Biennale internationale du lin de Portneuf (BILP) 2023



The mission of the Biennale internationale du lin de Portneuf (BILP) is to produce, every two years, a multidisciplinary artistic event of international scope highlighting contemporary practices related to linen, both from a technical and conceptual standpoint.


Driven by a desire to participate in the development and influence of their region, the organizers of the BILP rely on the work of creators from various backgrounds and associated with different fields of practice to revitalize the artistic and cultural landscape in Portneuf while highlighting the region’s heritage sites.



Adrien Landry
Textile creator and professor at the Centre des textiles contemporains de Montréal
Dominique Roy
Executive director, Biennale internationale du lin de Portneuf
Donald Vézina
President, Biennale internationale du lin de Portneuf


Dominique Roy Executive director
Laurie Béland Executive assistant


Donald Vézina, president Louise Richard, vice-president Michel Gosselin, treasurer Lise Sylvain, board member
Sébastien Leduc, board member Adrien Landry, board member

T E N T H  E D I T I O N

The Biennale internationale du lin de Portneuf (BILP) is presenting its 10th event this year. Various projects are being implemented to mark this important milestone in the organization’s history.

From June 18th to October 1st, 2023, visitors will be able to discover the latest trends in visual art, including drawing, painting, sculpture, installation and video, as well as traditional techniques such as engraving, embroidery, glassblowing and basketry.

The exhibition No Fixed Abode will be presented in various heritage sites in Deschambault-Grondines and will bring together the works of twenty artists from Quebec, Alberta, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Belgium, the United States, France, Lithuania, and the Netherlands, as well as two artists from Portugal who will be in residence. All the artists will address the theme of homelessness from different angles, a particularly topical issue related to the displacement of populations, whether voluntary or imposed.

The exhibition Refuge, presented at the Presbytère Saint-Charles de Grondines, is dedicated to students and graduates of various art institutions interested in working with linen. Emerging artists will explore the notion of refuge, whether it takes the form of a haven of peace, a bunker, or the arms of a loved one.

The programme includes cultural mediation activities aimed at raising awareness of the mechanisms of the creative process and facilitating understanding of the artwork presented and of the artists’ work. Guided tours, round table discussions, lectures and workshops will be aimed at specific interest groups as well as at the public for encounters between citizens and creators that will take place throughout the summer. Finally, virtual guided tours of the exhibitions will be broadcast online on our social networks to reach a wider audience.

The 10th edition of the event will close with the launch of a retrospective catalogue, a testament to the organization’s twenty years of presence and cultural actions in Portneuf.

I N V I T E D  A R T I S T S

Anneke Klein (The Netherlands) Blair Tate (United States of America) Bozica Radjenovic (Ontario)

Carole Frève (Québec) Carolyn Wren (Ontario) Daniel Jules Roger (France) Karen Trask (Québec) Karine Locatelli (Québec) Laura Vickerson (Alberta) Line Dufour (Québec)

Maria Luísa Ramires (Portugal) Marie-José Gustave (Québec) Megan Sharkey (Portugal) Mylène Michaud (Québec) Nathalie Lavoie (Québec) Paula Murray (Ontario)

Philip Hare (Nova Scotia) Rochelle Rubinstein (Ontario)

Severija Inčirauskaitė-Kriaunevičienė (Lithuania) Stéphanie Jacques (Belgium)

Of the twenty featured artists, nine have already participated in previous editions of BILP and are invited again to celebrate the event’s tenth edition and to present entirely new works created especially for the occasion.

A R T I S T I C  R E S I D E N C I E S

Eager to renew itself and increase the influence of its organization and the artists whose work they exhibit, the BILP’s artistic direction committee is always on the lookout for any event that promotes the textile arts. This is how the collaboration between BILP and Contextile, an event that has been taking place since 2012 in Guimarães, Portugal, took shape in 2016. Both biennials promote arts and culture based on heritage elements that reflect a regional identity and offer activities that foster dialogue between the creator and the community.

As a continuation of this partnership, the BILP will welcome two Portuguese artists to Deschambault-Grondines from May 7th to June 19th. During this six-week residency, Maria Luísa Ramires and Megan Sharkey will produce a work that will be presented at the tenth edition of the BILP, will visit the workshops of the event’s partner schools, such as the Maison des métiers d’art de Québec and the Montreal Centre for Contemporary Textiles, and will have the opportunity to interact with members of the Quebec and Canadian artistic communities, as well as with the public.


From June 18th to October 1st 2023

  • 2 exhibitons
  • 20 professionnal artists
  • 20 emerging artists
  • Multiple mediation activities A round table
  • A day of conferences

The launch of a retrospective catalogue