Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin, Minister of Culture, in agreement with Alain Rousset, President of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region, Sandrine Derville, President of the joint union Le Lac de Vassivière and Vincent Speller, President of the International Centre for Art and Landscape – Vassivière Island Association, has approved the appointment of Alexandra McIntosh as director of the Centre for Contemporary Art of National Interest, in accordance with the unanimous proposal of the jury held on January 20, 2021.

Director of the Fogo Islands Arts (FIA) residency and exhibition program in Canada for the past five years, an international contemporary art organization based on the Fogo Islands in Newfoundland, Alexandra McIntosh oversaw artist residencies, AIF exhibitions, publications and events, and the development of strategic programs and partnerships. Prior to joining the FIA in 2015, she was a curator at the Illingworth Kerr Gallery in Calgary and in charge of the visual arts program at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Originally from Montreal, she was Coordinator of Special Projects and Cultural Affairs at Concordia University and Editor-in-Chief of the “CCL Online” at the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCL). She holds degrees from Concordia University in art history and fine arts, and from McGill University in architecture history and theory.

Alexandra McIntosh proposes for Vassivière an artistic and cultural project of international ambition entitled Situating the landscape, conceived as the exploration of the relations between the human and the environment, through both artistic and scientific research. Convinced that art and artists can offer new perspectives and be vectors of social change, she places her artistic and cultural project for the CIAP at the heart of the challenges of our time. In this way, artists will explore the relationships between nature and society, resource development and climate change.

Bringing together a wide range of artistic and scientific practices and research, the project aims to share ideas between art, community and scientific expertise, making them accessible to all.

Alexandra McIntosh succeeds Marianne Lanavère, whose Minister of Culture would like to commend the International Centre for Art and Landscape’s leadership over the past ten years. Its unwavering commitment and its voluntary support for the most up-to-date creation has made it possible to make the art centre shine across the territory and beyond, serving artists and the public.