Fall RBC Residencies at the Maison d'Ariane


Grand-Métis, September 5, 2023 – The International Garden Festival is pleased to announce the start of the RBC autumn residences at the Maison d’Ariane in Métis-sur-Mer. The residency program is funded by the RBC Emerging Artists program of the Royal Bank of Canada to contribute to the development of the talents of tomorrow and to assist organizations that offer opportunities to young artists to advance their careers.

From now until October 1 we are welcoming Penélope Desjardins and Ann Karine Bourdeau Leduc, two emerging artists who together have less than ten years of experience in their respective fields. During their creative residencies, they will offer workshops and performances for the generate public.


The artists in residence

Ann Karine Bourdeau Leduc

· visual artist ·

Ann Karine collects, recycles and collects materials of all kinds in order to present them in sculptural installations that include printed images and drawings. Her work has been exhibited in Quebec and New Brunswick. She has participated in international creative residencies at the Bolìt Centre d’Art Contemporani in Girona (Spain, 2018), the Frans Masereel Centrum in Kasterlee (Belgium, 2022), as well as the Rad’art in San Romano (Italy, 2023). She has a Master’s of visual arts from Concordia University (2022). She lives and works in Montreal.


Penélope Desjardins

· dance, visual arts and poetry

The artistic work of Penélope incorporates both the body and poetry. Convinced that the hybridization of practices revives and enhances artistic practices, she has developed various projects through performances and work that engages her body. With a BA in contemporary dance from the Université du Québec à Montréal (prix de mérite William-Douglas), and enrolment in a master’s program (creation), she continues her interdisciplinary work that combines creation, literature, performance and installations.


Activities and workshops


Atelier écosomatique with Penélope Desjardins

  • Errance jardinière  - Saturday, September 9, 9 am - Meet at the Visitor Centre, by registration only
  • Usages alternatifs du traceur numérique - Discussion and workshop by Ann Karine Bourdeau Leduc - 

    Saturday September 23, 2 pm, aire Desjardins, Great Hall

  • Comportement poétique - Performance by Penélope Desjardins - Sunday, September 24, 2 pm to 6 pm & Sunday, October 1, 9 am to 1 pm - Meet at the Visitor Centre


About the Maison d’Ariane

The RBC Residencies at Ariane House in Métis-sur-Mer are made possible through the support of the Royal Bank of Canada's RBC Emerging Artists Program. This program provides funding to organizations dedicated to supporting artists in various fields (visual arts, music, theatre, performing arts, literature and film) who are at the beginning of their career; are creating new work; demonstrate a commitment to devote more time to their art; are involved in the creative environment in which they evolve; devote at least 24 hours per week to the practice of their art; are financially committed to the practice of their art and seek to derive their primary income from their artistic activity; have little history of presentation, exhibitions or publication; identify themselves as emerging artists.


About the International Garden Festival

The International Garden Festival is the leading contemporary garden festival in North America. Since its inception in 2000, more than 250 gardens have been exhibited at Grand-Métis and as extra-mural projects in Canada and around the world. Presented at the Reford Gardens, at the gateway to the Gaspé Peninsula, the Festival is held on a site adjacent to the historic gardens created by Elsie Reford, thereby establishing a bridge between history and modernity, and a dialogue between conservation, tradition and innovation. Each year the Festival exhibits conceptual gardens created by more than seventy architects, landscape architects and designers from various disciplines in a pristine environment on the banks of the St. Lawrence River.

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Ève De Garie-Lamanque

Artistic Director

The 2023 activities of the Maison d’Ariane have been funded by the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) and the Fondation Ariane Riou et Réal Plourde.