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Call for Curators and Writers - Building Cultural Legacies
Stephen Near

The Hamilton Arts Council is pleased to announce this call for curators/writers to produce feature sections to be included in the Building Cultural Legacies website.

Building Cultural Legacies (BCL) overview:

The arts have been a significant force in the shaping of Hamilton. Its current vibrancy owes much to the efforts of those who came before us, and yet this history is at risk of being lost or forgotten as individuals who lived and worked through these decades age and pass on. The Building Cultural Legacies: Visual Art digital storytelling website aims to build community knowledge, understanding, and pride, by engaging citizens from different communities and generations in the sharing of knowledge about the history of the Visual Arts in Hamilton.

Key Project Goals:

  • To capture and preserve individual stories related to Hamilton’s visual arts history
  • To create additional public engagement and awareness of Hamilton’s rich artistic history          
  • To understand the pivotal role of visual art throughout the City of Hamilton’s history
  • To create digital stories to preserve and make accessible Hamilton’s local history
  • To ensure that stories from the Hamilton community are representative, inclusive and diverse.

 

There are Three (3) opportunities in total:

1) Call for Indigenous curators, artists, collectives, writers, researchers, and others interested in providing innovative research and critical discourses on Indigenous arts and culture in the Hamilton region between 1950 and 1999. The selected applicant(s) will engage with Indigenous-led projects and highlight their context within the visual arts during this period. The details of the research question to be determined by the curator. The final work, which can include still images, audio, video, links, and text, will be included as a feature section within the buildingculturallegacies.ca website.

2) Call for curators, artists, collectives, writers, and researchers of colour to provide engaging research and critical discourses on the history of racialized artists in the Hamilton region between 1950 and 1999. The selected applicant(s) will work to give voice and to showcase ideas from underrepresented artists in Hamilton. The details of the research question to be determined by the curator. The final work, which can include still images, audio, video, links, and text, will be included as a feature section within the buildingculturallegacies.ca website.

3) Call for curators, artists, collectives, writers, and researchers to provide engaging research and critical discourses on the history of LGBTQ artists in the Hamilton region between 1950 and 1999. The selected applicant(s) will work to give voice and context in showcasing ideas from this specific community of artists in Hamilton during these times. The details of the research question to be determined by the curator. The final work, which can include still images, audio, video, links, and text, will be included as a feature section within the buildingculturallegacies.ca website.

The selected applicant(s) will receive a curatorial fee of $1500 for development of written and visual components for this featured section. Each selected applicant will also receive administrative and technical support from the Hamilton Arts Council as well as support from the Hamilton Public libraries Local History and Archives department.

  • Deadline for Submissions: Nov 30th. Midnight. 2018
  • Selected curators/writers will be notified: Dec14th, 2018
  • Completed projects due: March 15th. Midnight. 2019

 

Materials Required for Proposal:

  • Brief letter of introduction including a brief curatorial vision of how you will pursue this project.
  • Biographies of Curator(s) (max 300 words) and CVs (max 2 pages).
  • Images/links to completed exhibitions/projects (max 5 total) that convey an impression of your curatorial approaches, achievements, and interests.
  • Image resolution of 72 dpi is recommended.

Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

 

Please address any questions to christopher@hamiltonartscouncil.ca

We define the term Curator to mean any person or group that is critically engaged in curatorial practice — meaning here the research, development, writing, design, and production of original exhibitions and other projects — including independent curators, artist-curators, curatorial teams, curators at institutions and other arts organizations, and more.

This project is supported in part by the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Hamilton Public Library