Esse arts + opinions is a bilingual magazine of reference, produced in Montreal since 1984, on Canadian and international art. Published three times a year by Les éditions Esse, the magazine covers art practices ranging from the visual arts to theatre arts, digital arts, and various forms of social interventions, in situ or performative. Each issue includes a thematic section complemented by a portfolio of artworks, a section comprising critical articles and reviews of exhibitions and events, and a section presenting the activities of the magazine’s advertising partners.

Esse has always been resolute in its intention to surface ethical reflections and the resulting social changes. As a consequence, its target readership is not limited to the field of art but extends to a broader community interested in environmental, ethical, political, cultural, and identity-related issues.

Over the years, Esse has distinguished itself for the engaged nature of its themes, the consistency and quality of its publications, its burgeoning activities on the international scene, and its self-funding activities, such as the annual Vendu–Sold auction.

Why give to Esse?

As a non-profit organization, Esse needs the community’s support to advance its activities. By supporting Les éditions Esse, you are encouraging researchers and artists from Quebec and elsewhere—you’re helping to provide them with visibility so that they can join the conversation and contribute to the flourishing and independence of contemporary art. Your donation will help to develop and publicize the Quebec and Canadian art scenes.

Esse receives financial support from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Conseil des arts de Montréal.