The Collection Loto-Québec started with an annual print contest in 1979. At that time, our decision-makers needed considerable courage, audacity and visionary spirit to include such an adventure in the government corporation’s mission. Just over 35 years on, it is obvious that close cooperation and many events, panels, programs and renowned artistic productions have strengthened our bond with Québec’s cultural community. Today, our collection of nearly 5,000 original works by more than 1,200 artists in a variety of disciplines from all over Québec is the satisfying fruit of our endeavours that we can call “our collective memory.”
The Collection is not designed to be a museum. Free of the constraints of historical representation, it was gradually, continuously and doggedly built. Collection works are presented in various cultural centres and regional museums as well as in certain government offices, not to mention the offices of all our subsidiaries.
Beyond the forms of expressions, genres, diversity of techniques and visions included in this significant body of works, the Collection Loto-Québec is forever in flux, which is perhaps the characteristic that is most representative of today’s arts milieu.
The Collection evolves and reinvents itself through time, always maintaining its vocation to offer itself, in all its wealth, to the Quebec public.
In 2014, for the 35th anniversary of the Collection Loto-Québec, a community legacy program was developed in partnership with the Université de Sherbrooke and local stakeholders in each region hosting the exhibition Territoires imaginés. The program provides lasting effects after the themed exhibition has moved on.
Three of the four projects have been revealed in 2015, in Saint-Jérôme, Rouyn-Noranda and Jonquière (blog in French only). Each is an integrated project that combines the arts, the environment and the community. The next legacy project will be announced in Sherbrooke in 2016.
In 2014, a partnership with the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux (MSSS) enables the Collection Loto-Québec to lend some of its works to selected health establishments in regions. Loans are for a period of 10 years. Patients, employees and visitors frequenting the establishment are therefore able to enjoy more attractive public spaces.
|Partnering health establishments in 2014|
|Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Sherbrooke||Sherbrooke, Estrie|
|Centre de santé et de services sociaux des Sommets||Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, Laurentides|
|Centre de santé et de services sociaux de la Vallée-de-l’Or||Val-d’Or, Abitibi-Témiscamingue|
|Centre de santé et de services sociaux de Jonquière||Saguenay, Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean|