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Group Show – A National Test Market

CALL CLOSES FRIDAY August 11, 2017 @ 11:59pm

A National Test Market refers to Peterborough, Ontario’s long and somewhat unknown history as a testing ground for new products and technologies developed by large corporations that – should they be well received by the community – eventually be released for mass consumption across the country. It has been said that Peterborough earned this distinction, as the community’s demographics are representative of other settler communities across the nation, so: what works in Peterborough should work elsewhere.

Artspace is seeking submissions of new or existing work from emerging and new generation* artists who self-identify is being from or belonging to the Peterborough region in one capacity or another for the upcoming group exhibition A National Test Market. The exhibition will open Friday, October 20, 2017. A National Test Market will aim to explore the lived experiences of these artists, the visual discourse that emerges between their work, and the influence the city may have played on the development of their practice. Participating artists will work directly with Artspace’s Curator in the development and exhibition of their work.

Artspace is dedicated to presenting work from contemporary artists working in a variety of disciplines. The centre strives to present art that reflects and promotes the diversity of cultural and political perspectives that shape contemporary art practices. Submissions from artists whose works is alternative, experimental and/or critically engaged are welcome.

In preparing your submission please consult Artspace’s archive of previous exhibitions as well as the centre’s Artspace_floorplan. An extensive archive of past exhibitions can be found here.

Artspace will provide curatorial support, installation assistance, insurance, promotion, and documentation of exhibitions, and when budgets allow, commission critical essays to accompany selected projects. Artspace is committed to paying artist and copyright fees according to the guidelines established by CAR/FAC (Canadian Artists’ Representation/Les Fronts des Artistes Canadiens).

*A NOTE ON TERMINOLOGY

The terms “emerging” and “new generation” are derived from the Ontario Arts Council’s funding and priority guidelines. The former definition considers the artist’s experience by professional experience, while the later considers the artist’s age.

As per these definitions, an emerging artist is defined as:

Artists in the early years of their professional careers who have a small exhibition record. You must have been practicing professionally for three years or less (meaning public presentation of your work) to meet the criteria of this category.

Regarding new generation artists, the Ontario Arts Council states:

The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) is committed to supporting the next generation of artists, those under 30 years of age, whose ideas and innovations are the future of the arts in Ontario. We recognize that many young artists today face barriers to gaining experience as a professional artist and securing support for their work in competitive and established arts environments.

With those categorizations in mind, submitting artists should recognize that we consider these loose categorizations, and that ultimately it is the responsibility of the artist to determine whether their practice fits within these definitions.

Artspace employs an equitable approach to all its activities. Recognizing the institutional barriers faced by many, Artspace encourages submissions from self-identified members of underserved communities including Indigenous artists, artists with disabilities, new Canadians, as well as visible and invisible minority peoples.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

CALL CLOSES FRIDAY August 11, 2017 @ 11:59pm

All submissions should be made online through:
https://artspace-arc.submittable.com/submit

Artspace does not accept mailed or emailed submissions. Applicants who do not adhere to the following criteria will be disregarded.

You will be asked to include the following:

  1. Proposal/Project Description (1 page max)
  2. Technical Requirements
  3. Artist Statement (250 words max)
  4. Artist Bio (250 words max)
  5. Current CV (3 pages max)
  6. Visual Support Material with Support Material List (15 images max)

Please select visual support material mindfully, as committee members have limited time to consider each proposal. Images should be labeled numerically with the artist’s name (01_name.jpg, 02_name.jpg, etc.). Your Support Material List should include title of work, date created, medium, and dimensions.

Video documentation should be uploaded to a site such as Youtube or Vimeo and linked in the application. Regardless of duration, please include full videos. Due to time constraints, the selections committee may only view up to 5 minutes of each video. Please note the clip you would prefer the jury view by including time marks in the documentation list.

If you have any questions regarding submissions, please contact:

Jon Lockyer
Director + Curator
Artspace
378 Aylmer Street North
Peterborough
jon@artspace-arc.org
705-748-3883


General Call for Submissions

Artspace is dedicated to presenting work from contemporary artists working in a variety of disciplines. The centre strives to present art that reflects and promotes the diversity of cultural and political perspectives that shape contemporary art practices. Submissions from emerging, mid-career and senior artists whose works is alternative, experimental and/or critically engaged are welcome. The centre welcomes submissions from individual artists, curators, and collectives to apply with new or existing exhibition proposals. Artspace is seeking proposals for Gallery 1 and 2, as well as offsite projects relevant to the centre’s mandate.

Artspace maintains two submission deadlines: December 8, 2017
All submissions must be made using Artspace’s online submission system.

In preparing your submission please consult Artspace’s archive of previous exhibitions as well as the Artspace_floorplan. An extensive archive of past exhibitions can be found here.

Artspace provides curatorial support, installation assistance, insurance, promotion, and documentation of exhibitions, and when budgets allow, commission critical essays to accompany selected projects. Artspace is committed to paying artist and copyright fees according to the guidelines established by CAR/FAC (Canadian Artists’ Representation/Les Fronts des Artistes Canadiens).

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

All submissions should be made online through: https://artspace-arc.submittable.com/submit

Artspace does not accept mailed submissions. Applicants who do not adhere to the following criteria will be disregarded.

You will be asked to include the following:

  1. Proposal/Project Description (1 page max)
  2. Technical Requirements
  3. Artist Statement (250 words max)
  4. Artist Bio (250 words max)
  5. Current CV (3 pages max)
  6. Visual Support Material with Support Material List (15 images max)

Please select visual support material mindfully, as committee members have limited time to consider each proposal. Images should be labeled numerically with the artist’s name (01_name.jpg, 02_name.jpg, etc.). Your Support Material List should include title of work, date created, medium, and dimensions.

Video documentation should be uploaded to a site such as Youtube or Vimeo and linked in the application. Regardless of duration, please include full videos. Due to time constraints, the selections committee may only view up to 5 minutes of each video. Please note the clip you would prefer the jury view by including time marks in the documentation list.

Programming Policy
Proposals are judged in relation to Artspace’s mandate and programming focus. Submissions that arrive after each deadline will be held over until the next deadline. In order to present a cohesive yearly program, our committees review materials from both deadlines, and decisions are often not made for many months. While we appreciate all those who apply only successful applicants will be contacted.


 

If you have any questions regarding submissions, please contact:

Jon Lockyer
Director + Curator
Artspace
378 Aylmer Street North
Peterborough
jon@artspace-arc.org
705-748-3883