Co-Founders (with Pascal Champoux) of Galerie 3
Location: Quebec City
Started Collecting: 2007 and 1995
First artworks actively acquired: Martin Bureau, Le principe de la neutralité 2, 2009 (Chiguer); BGL, BGL Mobilité, 1998 (Langlois)
We first met at an exhibition opening in 2011. At the time, Norbert was trying to create a local collectors’ club. A few weeks later we started doing studio visits together and working with the community. We don’t see it as a club so much as a circle of collectors. We’re based in Quebec City, but there are also collectors who’ve joined from other places. We organize events in Montreal. We do activities in Chicoutimi.
Really, it started because, as collectors ourselves, we found there wasn’t enough discussion about collecting. How do you start a collection, for example? We wanted to talk about that. It was also an opportunity to stimulate the art market, and to show how collections work, because a lot of people think you need to be wealthy to buy art. The majority of this circle of collectors—now there are more than 100 people involved—are really just normal people who are interested in art; some are students, some are artists. The only rule is you need to buy one artwork each year.