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Open Call for Artists

June 5, 2010

Independent curator, Milena Placentile, invites submissions from Winnipeg-based artists to participate in a community arts project taking place from September 3 – October 5 at aceartinc.

Showing Up, Speaking Out seeks to explore the extent to which artists can motivate and facilitate civic participation by connecting local, national, and international artists with local communities through the collaborative production of ephemeral artworks deployed in public spaces throughout Winnipeg.

One goal of this project is to enhance relationships between artists and diverse communities through the formation of a socially resonant context that will highlight the creative, critical work of artists while providing unique opportunities for community members to collaborate in manners well poised to increase confidence in recapturing the public sphere as a place for thoughtful idea exchange.

The presentation site for this project, aceartinc., will serve as a staging ground where people will collaborate to determine projects, plan the delivery of their interventions, and make props. The venue will simultaneously be a site for exhibiting ephemera related to each action (i.e. used props, photographs, digital video, messages to other participants). It will also be a destination for discussing the potential impact of each action and reflecting on what participants might have gained from their involvement.

All activities will be supported by a blog/online discussion forum (http://www.showingupspeakingout.ca) and a downloadable/print-on-demand publication including critical responses by local writers.

The artists confirmed at this time include:

  • Inge Hoonte (Netherlands/Brooklyn, USA) will work with participants to address the issue of recreation in public space
  • Deborah Kelly (Sydney, Australia) will work with community members to respond to issues pertaining to “living together” (i.e. sexual, racial, and gender diversity)
  • Tomas Jonsson (Calgary) will work with participants to address the issue of social housing/homelessness


Showing Up, Speaking Out seeks the participation of one or two additional artists to propose a theme around which she/he will develop an intervention in collaboration with other members of the community.

Submission Requirements

In addition to the mandatory requirement that applicants be based in Winnipeg, each artist is requested to submit the following information via email to showingupspeakingout [at] gmail [dot] com :

  • Artist CV including current contact information (mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address) (3 pages maximum)
  • A one page statement expressing why she/he would like to participate in this project and what experience she/he has working with others in a collaborative fashion. Please remember that this opportunity is open to artists at any stage of their career – emerging, mid-career and established.
  • A one page statement about the theme she/he would like to explore in collaboration with community members. Examples include: policing, water stewardship, public transit, parking lots, bicycle lanes, food security, waste management, government accountability, etc.
  • Support material in the form of 10 digital images of past work — .jpg preferred; no greater than 72 dpi or a resolution of 1024 X 768 pixels. Up to two videos may also be submitted as support material and should be available for viewing online (i.e. youtube, vimeo, etc). Please remember to provide a descriptive list of all images and video including title, date, and year created, as well as any other brief details relevant to understanding context.

Each participating artist will be paid a fee in accordance with the CARFAC rate equivalent to a solo exhibition to cover activity spanning approximately 10 days over the course of the exhibition period (September 3 – October 5). The dates of participation are flexible and will be agreed upon in advance of the project launch. Each participating artist will also have access to a budget of approximately $400 for production materials or equipment rental as necessary.

Please direct enquiries and submissions to: showingupspeakingout [at] gmail [dot] com

Please note that all submissions must be received by Monday, July 5, 2010 at 5:00 p.m. In order to ensure fairness, late submissions can not be accepted. Submissions will be selected through a jury including constituents from the various groups described below.

This project is made possible thanks to the generosity of the Winnipeg Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts as well as the energetic and enthusiastic partnership of: aceartinc., Art City, Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art, the Institute for Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Winnipeg, Urban Shaman Gallery, and Video Pool Media Arts Centre, among others to be announced.

This project is included as part of Culture Days Manitoba (September 24 – 26, 2010).

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