Call for Submissions: What The Pop! A Pop-Up Boutique, Gallery and Performance for All


Emerging artists working in any medium, and who are based in Quebec, are invited to submit to the YES Pop-up Exhibition series titled WHAT THE POP! This series is designed to showcase your work while helping you develop new skills to monetize your art.
Three pop-up exhibitions, each showcasing a different group of artists, will take place in three different Montreal neighborhoods: Saturday August 10th, 17th & 24th; in the Plateau, Old Port & Verdun. The exhibitions will be preceded by a mandatory training session on pop-up logistics (Monday, July 15th), and an optional training session on making sales (Monday, July 22nd). Both training sessions can be attended in person or online.
Pop-up exhibitions emerged in the last decade out of a need for increased accessibility to art and art spaces, all with a Do-It-Yourself philosophy. A pop-up is a short-term, non-traditional exhibition, held in a temporary and often alternative location, and can take on many forms.
Generally, pop-ups seek to help artists:
  • reach new audiences 
  • engage with existing networks in an innovative way 
  • test a new product
  • get a better understanding of their audience and clients
  • generate sales 
YES is a not-for-profit organization that provides English-language support services to help artists, entrepreneurs and job seekers succeed in Quebec. We encourage people of diverse backgrounds (such as people of colour, aboriginal people, persons living with disabilities, members of the LGBTQAI+ communities, and other cultural communities) to apply and take this opportunity to highlight diversity in their application.
Please note, if selected, you will be exhibiting at ONE of the following dates/locations: 
Saturday, August 10: WIP. 3487 St Laurent Blvd, Montreal, QC H2Y 3T6
Saturday, August 17: Café Des Arts, 350 St Paul St E, Montreal, QC H2Y 1H4
Saturday, August 24: Church of the Epiphany, 4322 Wellington St., Verdun, QC H4G 1W4

If you participated in the 2018 edition of What the Pop!, we encourage you to re-submit your application for the 2019 edition. 
Our goal is to offer support to artists as they learn to monetize their art, build their artistic CV and make connections.
Do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions about the series or the application process.

For more information, please contact Mariana Stabilé 514-878-9788 ext. 316.

Here's a list of the artists who participated in 2018.
Anders Bayly 
Bri Foster 
Emilie Coquil
Gabrielle Elliott Atelier Triangle 
Ivan Atehortua 
Jean-François Brucel 
Maria Trujilo 
Moon Nakhala
Natalia Delgado
Valerie Whissell THE ITs Ok PROJECT
Wai Au 
Zahraa Hayat Sbaiti 
Alexia McKinsey
Aliah Schwartz
Annie Lafrance
Brooke Jurdak 
Chase Cancilla 
Clara Congdon 
Claudia Cachay-Osorio
David Goldberg
Fatimah Rehman 
DJ Overflow
Holly MacKinnon 
Ian MacLeod 
Ingrid Agbato 
Iuliana Irimia 
Jordan Treimanis Art with Jord 
Lyndon Polan 
Maia Thomlinson
Marielle Camozzi -
Marta Barnes 
Melisa Veillette
Natalie Chicoine
Nicole Small
Nova Lee Fortier
Rad Rouse
Sarah Rosenberg -
Toby Wesenberg 
Victoria Niya
Vintage Mekare 
Yolanda Marie Ruzilo - 
Zi Di Zhu - 

Triple Scale Games (Frederic Bohn, Isabela Pedrosa, Renato Renboucas & Pierre Picard), digital gaming - 
Monica Pena Cid - 
Mattey Ossom - 
Renald Boyd - 
Chloé Fortier 
Eliza Moore 
Karen Chung  Karen Chung
Yoni Chekhanovich 
Yemisi Adeleye -
Joséphine Sterling –
Rebecca Taylor -
Zoe Lambrinakos-Raymond

Mariia Kovalezska 
Oksana Gerych
Ljudmila Jurcovsky

This project is funded by: