Founded by Claire Bourque, Sylvie Cotton and Diane Tremblay, DARE-DARE opened its doors in International Youth Year in 1985. Its goal is to disseminate the work of young artists by privileging in particular disciplinary hybridism.

After becoming an artist-run centre in 1990, DARE-DARE reiterated its commitment to the diversity of forms found in contemporary art and established a programming committee made up of member artists.

Since 1996 in particular, DARE-DARE has been developing its expertise in public art by supporting performances in the public arena, projects carried out in collaboration with a variety of communities and ongoing and ephemeral projects and those of varying duration while at the same time increasing its visibility within a larger and more varied public.

With Dis/location: projet d'articulation urbaine, DARE-DARE created a setting for enquiry into and the dissemination of artistic practices, which are carried out in the public arena. For this project, the centre acquired a mobile shelter and abandoned its gallery space. This urban exploration took the form of successive moorings throughout Montreal, giving rise to a number of intriguing social and political questions. Some of the centre's most recent events include Satellite (in Detroit and Tijuana, 2011), OFF biennale (2009), Périmètre, un événement d'art public (in Square Viger, 2005); Mémoire vive (with the Centre d'histoire de Montréal, 2002); and L'algèbre d'Ariane (an exchange with Les Brasseurs Art Contemporain, Liège, 2000). In 2004, DARE-DARE published Mémoire vive + L'algèbre d'Ariane about the work of the artists and instigators of these two events. Previous publications include Mobilité et résonnances (2000) and Orbitae (1997).