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Call to BIPOC Artists

CALL TO ARTISTS

BIPOC Artist Billboard in Old Town/Downtown, Victoria BC

A project by the Victoria Arts Council supported by the City of Victoria’s Participatory Budgeting Initiative and facilitated through STEPS Public Art

Application Deadline: 01 September 2022

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Translations of this Call to Artists can be found here:

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ABOUT THE PROJECT

Operating from the traditional territories of the lək̓ʷəŋən speaking people, The Victoria Arts Council (VAC) in conjunction with STEPS Public Art invites local artists who identify as Black, Indigenous, or as a Person of Colour to submit a final design for a temporary two dimensional artwork to be digitally printed and installed on the exterior of the Victoria Art Council’s main gallery space located on the corner of Store and Herald in Victoria’s Old Town. With the support of the City of Victoria’s Participatory Budgeting Initiative, the Victoria Art Council strives to support vibrant public artwork that reflects the diversity of our community, and engage its residents and visitors. The successful artist will receive a one-time fee of $2,500 (inclusive of taxes). Printing and installation costs will be the responsibility of the Victoria Arts Council. There is no fee to apply. The selected artwork will be displayed on a prominent 10’x10’ billboard. The work will be on display until Spring 2025. The copyright will remain with the artist, though the printed billboard becomes property of the Victoria Arts Council.

ARTWORK LOCATION

As Old Town is a rapidly-developing neighbourhood, and earmarked as a future arts+tech hub, this BIPOC billboard will be an integral element reminding residents about the importance of civic-minded art and the City’s commitment to social justice. The site for the artwork is located on the exterior of VAC’s gallery in Old Town located on the corner of Store and Herald. The actual size of the printed work to be installed on the building is 10 feet by 10 feet.

SELECTION PROCESS

The selection process of who will be awarded this commission will be led by a jury of BIPOC artists/curators/community members/business leaders.

HOW TO APPLY 

Applicants must be local Victoria-based artists who identify as BIPOC to qualify for this opportunity. Interested applicants must submit their artwork by September 01, 2022 at 11:59 PM PST. Submissions received after the deadline will not be accepted. Applications must be emailed to:

Collin Zipp, Public Art Manager
STEPS Public Art

collin@stepspublicart.org

ELIGIBILITY

Applicants must be local Victoria-based artists who identify as Black, Indigenous, or as a Person of Colour [BIPOC] to qualify for this opportunity. Must be 19 years or older or have written parent/guardian consent.

DESIGN CRITERIA

The proposed artwork should address systemic barriers to inclusion in the visual arts and /or the lived experience of BIPOC artists in these territories. Proposals can be illustrated, painted, digital, photographic, collaged or any artwork that can be reproduced digitally for a two-dimensional support structure. We are looking for completed work, not a rough sketch. An Artist Statement must accompany the application. 

PROJECT TIMELINE

Call to Artists: May 2022 – August 2022

Deadline for Submissions: September 01, 2022

Selected Artist Notified: October 2022

Artwork Installation: November/December 2022

Public Launch: December 2022

PROPOSAL REQUIREMENTS

This proposal requires completed artwork in JPG format no larger than 10 MB file. Final artwork for the successful candidate will require enlarging and must be provided electronically to the Victoria Art Council as a 600dpi CMYK JPG or TIFF, once selected. The file will be enlarged to the final 10’ x 10 image. Artist to provide:

  • Brief biography with self-identification, include artistic background or approach;
  • Artistic CV or outline of related artistic experience;
  • Artist statement (500 words or less);
  • Finished visual proposal of artwork to scale, in JPG format no larger than 10 MB.

Contact STEPS’ Public Art Manager, Collin Zipp with any questions: collin@stepspublicart.org 

ABOUT THE VICTORIA ARTS COUNCIL

Established in 1968, the Victoria Arts Council connects artists with audiences. A nonprofit charitable organization, the Victoria Arts Council works with hundreds of artists annually across multiple platforms, including ten community satellites, a professional gallery, a monthly lecture series, and a quarterly magazine. Vicartscouncil.ca 

ABOUT STEPS PUBLIC ART

STEPS Public Art is a registered non-profit that fosters dynamic and inclusive communities through public art and creative placemaking. We transform urban spaces into vibrant places through cultural planning, community arts and artist capacity building programs. Stepspublicart.org 

OPEN HOUSE “Demystifying Public Art” online information session Wednesday 15 June, 6PM 

https://stepspublicart.zoom.us/j/86009108186?pwd=ZndCTnBCeEN3dk4wTVdiZzNjUEdUUT09

GENERAL INFORMATION

Public art is art in any media whose form, function and meaning are created for the general public through a public process. It is a specific art genre with its own professional and critical discourse. Victoria Art Council has the right to refuse or revise any and all designs. Artist agrees to have work photographed or videoed by Victoria Art Council staff. Artist agrees to make themselves available to local media. Artist will be recognized via an info placard with a QR code that will lead to their bio and the Artist’s Statement, which will be used in Victoria Art Council and STEPS’  newsletter, social media accounts and on the website.

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Translation services, provided by Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria, supported by the Victoria Foundation’s Reconciliation, Racial Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Fund.

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UNTIL… a magazine

In March 2020, the Victoria Arts Council launched a new digital magazine as a way for our members to stay connected while practicing social distancing.

In Fall 2021 the VAC conducted an accessibility audit and as a result transitioned UNTIL from a PDF to a stand-alone website, now located at:

https://untilmagazine.wordpress.com

Below are links to past issues of UNTIL…

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Issue 9: Queer Island, with Guest-Editor David Geiss

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Issue 8: Relationships, with Guest-Editor Lorilee Wastasecoot

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ISSUE 7: THE PREQUEL, with Guest-Editor Kemi Craig

Release date: November 2020

With the return of our digital publication, UNTIL, we’re taking stock of the past six months since we initiated this project… of course it’s a different world now. And with this revamped magazine, we look to play with time and space as a way of fumbling forward to what might (or should) happen next.

The Victoria Arts Council is proud to present the latest issue of our digital magazine, which “borrows heavily from speculative approaches to franchises, but also the possibilities of futurisms in its multifaceted forms.”

While curating this issue, we asked the community a number questions: What came before this? How does a deep dive into under-acknowledged histories allow for a better understanding of how to be now as well as how to be better for the future? Where do the lines of experience blur into what is felt, what is knowable, and what is needed? How does this location of an Island on which we find ourselves reinforce the possibilities of where we might end up next? Will your work be a re-imaging of this time and place? Perhaps you are an echo of cells and actions of the past millennia? 

This issue presents a number of talented artists, writers and thinkers whose work engages with these questions and more.

Download and share issue 7 of UNTIL… NOW

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DOWNLOAD & SHARE PAST ISSUES OF UNTIL… NOW

Issue 6 of UNTIL is now live:

UNTIL Issue 6: For the Last Time features visual, literary, and performative works loosely gathered around notions of finality.

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Issue 5 of UNTIL on the theme of Memory is now live:

UNTIL Issue 5: Memory… features visual, literary, and performative works inspired by the prompt of Memory.

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ISSUE FOUR OF UNTIL … is now live:

UNTIL Issue Four: Home features contributions of visual, literary, and performing art by VAC members on the topic of what ‘home’ means and how our understanding of home has been reinforced, altered, or subject to various interpretations and permutations since the COVID-19 pandemic emerged.

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ISSUE THREE OF UNTIL … is now live:

UNTIL Issue Three: Resilience features contributions of visual, literary, and performing art by VAC members. Issue 3 also includes the 2nd installment of our Poetry in Public project, featuring the poem What to do when the world wants you dead, by past Youth Poet Laureate for the City of Victoria, KP Dennis.

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PREVIOUS ISSUES OF UNTIL MAGAZINE

ISSUE TWO OF UNTIL … is now live:

For the second issue of UNTIL…, we invited local artists to explore what being tender means to them, and whether they have been able to preserve that tender spot in their heart when life seems harsh in a time like this. Exceeding all expectations, we received such a wide variety of responses that challenged and broadened our preexistent understanding of the theme.

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The first issue’s theme is Interconnected. How do we nurture and sustain meaningful relationships during a period of time when we cannot physically interact? In what ways can we support one another? What role does art play in defining your “new normal?” How do we sustain our individual practices when all we want to do is be among our peers?

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CreativeMornings/Victoria: “Wilderness” with Jessie Demers

Friday, 24 June 2022
11am-12pm
Online (click here to register)

This month’s theme is WILDERNESS and our guest speaker is local curator Jessie Demers.

“Standing in an ancient temperate rainforest and breathing with the giants that surround you can be life changing. Ancient forests, for many, represent a place to connect with what is real and of true value – providing a rare experience of connection in a consumer culture dominated by screens.

The notion of Wilderness refers to a natural area that is uninhabited and relatively untouched by humans. This definition can be problematic, as it often erases the historical and ongoing relationships Indigenous Peoples maintain with their traditional territories. However, conservation movements are increasingly partnerships between Indigenous and settler communities, as both recognize the need to protect Earth’s life support systems for future generations.

As a curator, I am interested in the relationships between art, ecology and activism. For the past year, with the welcome of Pacheedaht community members, I have invited Indigenous and settler artists into some of the last stands of ancient forests on Southern Vancouver Island. The resulting artwork and exhibitions create space for dialogue about old growth from a range of perspectives. I see hope as a verb that is akin to artmaking. Both are tenacious creative processes of questioning, forming a vision and taking action without guaranteed results. This is how new futures are made – futures which will hopefully include standing ancient forests and thriving, just communities.” – Jessie Demers

Jessie Demers is an independent curator, arts administrator and activist living on the traditional territories of the Lək̓ʷəŋən speaking peoples. Demers has worked in the visual arts since 2006, including 5 years as a curator and education programmer at Touchstones Nelson Museum of Art and History. She has been involved in environmental activism and social justice movements since she was 16 years old. In March of 2021, Demers established the Eden Grove Artist in Residence Program, located on Pacheedaht Territory. The studio was adjacent to one of the many old growth blockades which collectively saw over 1,100 arrests. An exhibition of work by resident artists was took place at Fortune Gallery in Victoria in August 2021, and a larger exhibition including a wider range of artists will take place in summer of 2022 at Legacy Gallery in Victoria, opening June 25. Demers holds a BFA from NSCAD University and a BEd from UBC.

(Photo by Cole Sprouse.)