Complices is a centre for artistic development and exchange operating within as well as beyond the MAI’s physical premises. Its main aim is to support artists working at the border—of disciplines, traditions, histories, cultures—through specially-designed programs that take into consideration the broad range of artists’ needs, backgrounds, and ways of working. Complices is, in short, the MAI’s long-running Mentorship Program in a revamped and significantly expanded form.
Artist-driven and community-oriented, Complices supports interculturally relevant, rigorous and hybrid artistic practices, while centering the needs of artists working in and from positions of marginality (i.e. as determined along lines of gender, race, class, ability, sexual orientation, religion, age, language or other such sectarian axes of identity, marked and unmarked). Complices has a mandate of supporting recently immigrated artists, visible and invisible minorities (including Deaf artists and artists with disabilities), members of the LGBTQQIP2SAA community, and artists of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit descent.
A hub for intercultural creative development, Complices seeks the advancement and diversity of underrecognized artistic practices in Tiohtià:ke/Montréal.