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Call for Submissions: Curator in Residence 2021

February 26, 2021

Call for Submissions: Curator in Residence 2021

The Centre for Art Tapes is accepting submissions for our 2021 Curator in Residence program. We are looking for proposals that offer an exciting media art presentation to be presented in a public setting, with physical gathering restrictions in mind amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The presentation could take many forms such as an exhibition, public installation, virtual presentation and a combination of any of these forms. All forms of media art including electronic, new media, audio, and video will be considered. CFAT encourages creative presentation formats that critically engage with contemporary discourse of media arts and we prioritize emerging and underrepresented voices.

CFAT is an inclusive artist-run centre that supports artists who use video, audio, and electronic media to express ideas and stories that are under-represented in mainstream culture. CFAT is devoted to the exchange of ideas among diverse artists through experimentation, mentorship, presentation, and research. Previous experience in curating is not required!

The residency will begin April 1st, 2021 and continue on until November 31st 2021. The public presentation is to take place within the month of November, 2021. A catalogue with an essay (1000 word min.) written by the curator will accompany the curators presentation. The curator will be given a residency fee of $1700, a writers fee of $1000 and a $300 speaking fee for giving a curators talk at the final presentation. The presentation will have a budget of $2400 to cover all artist fees. Please note that CFAT will not support projects that do not pay artists a CARFAC minimum artist fee. All equipment, technical support and promotion will be provided in-kind by CFAT. Upon acceptance into the program the Executive Director will work with you to build a realistic budget.

Submissions should include:

  • Brief curatorial statement outlining your idea and any research that will be undertaken as part of the project - this can take the form of a written statement, audio/video recording (maximum 10 minutes long), or a recording of Zoom meeting with the Interim Executive Director (maximum 10 minutes long)
  • An approximate physical description of the proposed exhibition, including potential technical requirements, proposed venues/locations and a project schedule.
  • A CV
  • Bio’s or CVs of the potential artists involved in the exhibition (artists do not need to be confirmed at the application stage)
  • Maximum 20 digital images in JPEG format. All video clips must be under 5 minutes and sent as a URL

Applications will be reviewed by a jury of 3 artists, curators and cultural workers who will select the Curator in Residence is a democratic process.

The curator will meet with CFAT staff regularly, who will assist with promotion and coordination of the event. Though we anticipate that much of communications between the selected curator and CFAT staff will be done remotely amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, applicants should be residing within a commutable distance to the CFAT office. CFAT cannot offer accommodation or travel support at this time.

Applications will only be accepted electronically. Please email all materials to cortney@cfat.ca

Submissions are due on: February 26, 2021 by Midnight

For any questions about the program or application process, please email Cortney Cassidy, Interim Executive Director at cortney@cfat.ca.

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