About

ArtsidaX is an art auction fundraiser for AIDS Community Care Montreal (ACCM), a volunteer-based community organization working to enhance the quality of life of people living with HIV/AIDS, to prevent HIV transmission, and to promote community awareness and action.

Artsida returns for its much-anticipated tenth edition. Artsida has become an important event for art admirers and philanthropists who wish to make a difference in the community. Outstanding works from leading and emerging artists will not only inspire you to connect with captivating art but also to support our compelling cause.

Come join us and Raise your Hand for ACCM!

The ArtsidaX vernissage will provide an exclusive opportunity for the public to meet the artists, as well as preview the collection before it goes to auction. This free gallery exhibition will include additional artwork by emerging talent which will be on sale exclusively the night of the vernissage.

ArtsidaX Vernissage

Where: Les Grands Ballets de Montréal

When: February 28th

Time: 6 PM to 9 PM

ArtsidaX Main Auction

Where: Les Grands Ballets de Montréal

When: February 29th

Time: 6 PM to 10 PM

Note: There are elevators available onsite. All event washrooms are accessible and gender-neutral. Please email artsida@accmontreal.org if you have any accessibility-related questions.


History

Artsida was originally launched as Project HOPE in late 2006 when founder Chris Elliott was looking for an opportunity to assist ACCM’s crucial work in the HIV/AIDS community.

What began as a small fundraising effort to promote local artists and HIV/AIDS awareness soon took on more dynamic proportions by drawing the attention of celebrities such as Susan Aglukark, Joe Average, Tom Bianchi and Sharon Stone. The auction has been held at renowned venues across Montreal, such as the Cabaret Lion d’Or, the St James United Church and the Montreal Contemporary Art Gallery. Throughout the years, Artsida has featured works donated by the stars of the Québec and Canadian art scenes, such as Kent Monkman, Daniel Barkley, Marie Danielle Leblanc, Yvon Goulet, Zilon, Scarlett Raven (a celebrated member of Damien Hirst’s Young British Artists group), and international artists including Christopher Campbell (Saatchi member – UK); Irish artist Karl Mullen (Polk Museum), and American artist Ryan Cronin (Greenfield Foundation); as well as talented emerging Québecois artists like Steve Lévesque, Sébastien Astwo, Jean Pascal Fournier, Annie Langlois and Marie Hélène Bellavance (acclaimed star of Sophie Deraspe’s film Vital Signs).


Founded in 1987, ACCM is Québec’s only English language AIDS service organization and provides support and services in English and French. ACCM is a volunteer-based community organization working to enhance the quality of life of people living with HIV/AIDS, to prevent HIV transmission, and to promote community awareness and action. We provide practical as well as psychosocial support for people living with HIV, and offer treatment conferences dealing with HIV medication regimens. We also facilitate education and prevention outreach to at-risk communities in Montreal. Our services are accessed by hundreds of people every year, and we strive to break down the social stigma and isolation that can affect people living with HIV.