As part of Mural Fest that will see urban artistic expression explode all up and down St-Laurent Boulevard next week, a series of conferences will be presented at Excentris Theater for the first time in the festival's history. With two consecutive dates set, this is your chance to get an in-depth look at the creative process and techniques of some of the most innovative artists working today and pick their brains at the same time.

Day 1 - June 9

FONKI - Street artist

4:00 to 5:30 PM - 60 minutes conference + Q/A

"The art of living or living for the art."

FONKi is a Montreal artist originally from France and his parents were Cambodian refugees of the Khmer Rouge genocide of the 70’s. Since discovering graffiti at the age of 15, FONKi has developed his unique Kbach style and has become one of the most prominent figures in Montreal’s new generation of street artists. FONKi’s signature portrait murals, depicting local people with a focus of human expression, can be found in France, Cambodia, Belgium, England, Mexico, Vietnam, and the United States. FONKI has shared his experience in multiple conferences and interviews including  TEDx, and has been featured in many prestigious exhibitions around the world.

Claude Provencher - Architect, main associate and co-founder Provencher-Roy

6:30 to 8:00 PM - 60 minutes conference + Q/A

“Architecture in public spaces serving creativity and life quality.”

A Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and a Member of the Ordre des architectes du Québec and the Ontario Association of Architects, Claude Provencher is behind much of Montreal's most impressive modern architecture. He serves as a member of the Commission des biens culturels du Québec and the National Capital Commission Advisory Committee on Planning, Design and Realty (ACPDR) in Ottawa. He has also served on the the Board of Directors of the Canadian Conference of the Arts and Heritage Montreal as well as numerous other university committees and organizations promoting excellence in architecture.

Day 1 tickets cost $10 online on La Vitrine Culturelle’s website or available at MURAL festival’s ticket office, in front of 3547 Saint-Laurent between 10 AM and 8 PM from June 4-9.

Day 2 - June 10

Martha Cooper - photojournalist and author (Subway Art)

4:00 to 5:30 PM - 60 minutes conference + Q/A

Martha Cooper is an American photojournalist best known for documenting the New York City graffiti scene of the 1970s and 1980s as a staff photographer for the New York Post. Her photographs have appeared in National Geographic, Smithsonian and Natural History magazines as well as several dozen books and journals. She is currently the Director of Photography at City Lore, the New York Center for Urban Folk Culture.

Photo cred - Mckay Jaffe

Crimson Rose - co-founder Burning Man

4:00 to 5:30 PM - 60 minutes conference + Q/A

"Ignite the Art Spirit."

As a co-founder of Burning Man, the Black Rock Arts Foundation, and Burning Man Project, Crimson Rose has spent her life devoted to arts and artistic expression. She began participating in the Burning Man event in 1991, and developed the process and infrastructure that support and fund the large-scale participatory art works that Burning Man is today. With Crimson's guidance, Burning Man serves as an inspirational canvass for the works that many now find in public placement in cities around the world.

Day 2 tickets cost $20 online on La Vitrine Culturelle’s website or available at MURAL festival’s ticket office, in front of 3547 Saint-Laurent between 10 AM and 8 PM from June 4-10.

Check out the Facebook event and MURAL website for more details.

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