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The Manifestation internationale d'art de Québec, in collaboration with "Collective Réparation de Poésie," is inviting artists to participate in a mail-art exhibition, under the theme “Happiness and Pretence.” This mail-art exhibition will be held from April 21 to May 31, 2003, at the Bibiliothèque Gabrielle-Roy in Québec City.

Important Information:
  • Required format: 4 X 6 inches (10 X 15 cm)
  • Only work that relates to this theme will be accepted.
  • A CD-ROM catalogue will be produced for the occasion and given to each of the participating artists.
  • No artist's fees will be paid.
  • Works must be received by mail.
  • All works relating to the theme will be exhibited and none will be returned to their creators.
  • Please create your work from within the following art forms: artist’s stamps, visual poetry, collage, computer-assisted art, art brut (arte povera), graphic art, photography, painting.



April 15, 2003 (postmark bearing witness)

Send your collaborations to:

Jean-Claude Gagnon
Collectif Réparation de Poésie
Pour la Manif d'art
1-359, rue Lavigueur
Québec (Québec)  G1R 1B3

"Collective Réparation de Poésie"

"Collective Réparation de Poésie” is a not-for-profit organization active since 1986. Its mandate is to link poetry and the visual arts and to establish international mail-art in Québec City and in regional areas of the province. To reach these objectives, the collective holds a major event entitled "Événement reparation de poésie" every two years. The event is comprised of exhibitions and performance art, as well as workshops—"Poésie nature en region"—in which nature and poetry lock horns.


During the 1950’s, American Ray Johnson and his Correspondence School of Art were the first to organize an exhibition that set up a mail-art network. It constituted the basis of a free and democratic art form that never judges its participants; each creator is solely responsible for the quality of his or her work.
Since its inception, and in the bright and generous spirit of Johnson, more than 50,000 artists from around the world have participated in mail-art, which encompasses items as diverse as postcards, artists’ stamps, graphic arts, decorated envelopes, visual poetry, stamps, seals, exhibition catalogues (printed or on CD-ROMs), photographs, magazines, artists’ books (from individuals and collectives), exhibition cards, press releases, and information of all kinds. The Internet is contributing to the growth of mail-art. (Jean-Claude Gagnon)

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