Since 1967, the Quinte Arts Council has dedicated itself to serving its members – artists, member groups, community friends, businesses, and students – while offering quality entertainment, arts experiences, and arts education for people of all ages in our community.
Our revenues come from government at the municipal and provincial level, sponsorships, foundations, memberships and donations. QAC is governed by a volunteer board of directors and relies heavily on volunteers to assist staff with administration as well as programs and special events.
The Quinte Arts Council is a registered charitable umbrella organization (#107869448RR0001) dedicated to promoting artists and arts organizations in all disciplines and to further appreciation of arts and culture in the Quinte region. The geographic region we serve is from the southern-most tip of Prince Edward County, north to Bancroft and east and west from Napanee to Brighton.
Our office is located at 36 Bridge Street East in downtown Belleville. Office and gallery hours are open year round (with the exception of statutory holidays) Tuesday to Friday 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The QAC Gallery and Gift Shop presents the work of local artists including paintings, photography, pottery, sculpture, gift cards, CD’s, books, jewellery, wood turnings, carvings, glasswork and a host of items for home or gifts.
Our Umbrella Arts Magazine is all you need to know about arts and culture in Quinte region. Published quarterly, Umbrella is mailed to members and distributed throughout the community. Information is also provided through this website, our weekly Arts Calendar emailed to our members, and our weekly Cultivating Creativity column in The Intelligencer. Our professional staff is on hand to provide information to working artists, member groups and the public.
Events & Exhibits
Art in the Community art exhibits change every three months year-round, and showcase the works of more than 500 area artists in non-traditional venues to raise awareness for, and sell the work of, local painters, photographers, and mixed-media artists. The QAC Gallery is located in the same building as the council office at 36 Bridge Street East in downtown Belleville. There you will find 2- and 3-dimensional work by Quinte artists and artisans.
Expressions is a biennial juried visual arts show featuring the work of up to 100 artists in the John M. Parrott Art Gallery every other May.
Culture Days, Festival of Trees, Ear Candy Music Festival, ArteVino Art and Wine Festival, Kids Playhouse, Two Weeks in May Festival of the Arts, Quinte Cabaret, Arts en Plein Air Festival, and Arts Recognition Awards just a few examples of community events, festivals and special events that we have produced or are helping to organize that engage artists and groups. Our annual World Music and Dance concert is offered free to local students and provides an introduction to music and dance from artists from around the globe.
Arts and culture plays an important role in defining who we are as a community and contributes to a healthy local economy and lifestyle for those who live and work in the area. Our programs continue to change and evolve in response to the needs of our members and our community.