A graphic to promote the call for submissions for "What's Your Problem?" The colour palette is a dark teal, mint green, and an off white. The text reads : Eyelevel Presents... Call for submissions. What's Your Problem? A 5 week group residency for artists engaging with and responding to current social issues. Deadline February 14 2022 11:59 PM AST

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What's Your Problem?

What’s Your Problem? 


What’s Your Problem? Is a five-week group residency intensive scheduled to launch through Eyelevel Artist-Run Centre, March 15 to April 12 2022. This residency will house 4 artists at 2482 Maynard Street (Kjipuktuk/Halifax, NS) who express interest in using art as a vehicle for social activism/social justice. Artists will work individually on their project and will be encouraged to explore a “problem” (social issue) of their interest to investigate throughout the residency. What’s Your Problem? will comprise of weekly group meetings co-facilitated by Arjun Lal and Raven Davis where the artists will engage in discussions and idea sharing over a meal.There is no pressure to complete projects by the end of this residency. However, selected participants should be ready to commit to this program including its scheduled meetings and activities.

We encourage applications from everyone! We will be prioritizing Black, Indigenous, People of Colour (BIPOC), and 2-Spirit / Indigiqueer, lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer, intersex, asexual (2SLGBTQIA+), non-binary and disabled identifying artists and the problems they are facing and addressing in their work. Application forms can be found below and will be ranked based on how applicants describe their problem and their imagined solutions or steps towards a solution, and their chosen  support material. With an intention to support and continue conversations about oppression, this residency was created to nurture artistic practices that respond to current social issues including but not limited to racism, discrimination, and colonialism. 

What’s your problem? What are you going to do about it? 

These questions provide a foundation for this residency.

Why are you doing what you are doing? And what are you hoping to achieve by doing it?

What are you making? And who is it for? 



TO APPLY ONLINE: Fill out the google form, HERE,  and follow instructions on how to submit your support material. 


TO SCHEDULE A ZOOM PITCH: Contact Wren Tian, Eyelevel’s Interim Artistic Director at director@eyelevel.art or call or text Eyelevel’s cell phone at 902-425-6412 to schedule a time for a 30-minute pitch of your ideas. Please schedule this time before the deadline (Feb 14).


TO EMAIL YOUR APPLICATION: Email the following items to director@eyelevel.art with the subject line “What’s Your Problem Submission” 

  • A written proposal as a .doc or .pdf file. An audio proposal as an mp3 or wav. A video proposal as an MP4, MOV, or WMV. - Important: Please include your name, pronouns, a bit about yourself (300 words max, 5 minutes max) and please respond to the prompts below (600 words, 15 minutes max).

  • Maximum 8 items of support material (audio, video, images). Please make sure that all of your support material is compatible with MacOSX. Large files can be submitted through WeTransfer, a shared google drive or dropbox folder, or included as a link to a streaming platform such as SoundCloud, Vimeo or YouTube. Title all files with your name in the order you want them viewed (ie: 01YourName.jpg)

  • A support material inventory as a .doc or .pdf file. An inventory is a list of all of the files that you are sending us in order and should include all relevant information to help the jury understand your work. This can be the title of the work, the year it was made, any collaborators, location, dimensions, materials etc. What you include in your inventory is up to you. Any YouTube, Soundcloud or Vimeo links can be included here. A website, blog or social media account can be submitted in lieu of support material. In this case, please include some instructions for the jury on what to view (and what not to view). 

Please reach out if you have any questions, concerns, or are looking for some feedback throughout the application process.


PROMPTS: What’s your problem? What are you going to do about it? 

Why are you doing what you are doing? And what are you hoping to achieve by doing it?

What are you making? And who is it for? 



Raven Davis is an Anishinaabe, 2-Spirit, transgender, disabled multidisciplinary artist, activist, and educator whose mother is from Treaty Four in Manitoba, Canada. Davis was born and raised in Michi Saagig Territory/Toronto, Ontario, and resides and works fluidly between Toronto and Kjipuktuk/Halifax. A parent of three sons, Davis works within the mediums of painting, performance, and media. Challenging systemic oppression, Davis fuses narratives of colonization, race, gender, disability, transformative justice, and 2-Spirit/Indigiqueer identity in their work. Davis’ performance practice bravely embodies their lived experience, their relationship to colonial systems, intergenerational histories, lands, lives and futures.

Arjun Lal (he/they) is an interdisciplinary artist based in Kjipuktuk. His creative work has been focused on contemporary queer themes of identity, colonialism, fetish culture, and cultural fetishization. Lal is inspired by their lived experiences as a queer Indian person who has lived in cities on Turtle Island and in Berlin. 

Lal is a current candidate for a Master of Arts in Art Education after receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts - Interdisciplinary, both at NSCAD University. Working across mediums within sculpture and performance, their approach to art-making is multidisciplinary and includes textiles, silicone, storytelling, ceramics and video. They have received support from MITACS, Arts Nova Scotia and Canada Council for the Arts. 



This program will take place at 2482 Maynard Street (see below for building access notes). We will  begin the residency with an anti-oppression workshop and discussion. Given that the nature of this work may be very personal, we would like to inform everyone on how we can make this group residency a safer space when discussing problems that may be very sensitive. We will use strategies such as setting up space agreements for discussions, making closed spaces, keeping conversations confidential, opening meetings with check-ins, doing follow-ups for emotional and artistic support, ensuring that volunteers and staff have received trauma first-response training, and having decompression spaces and meetings over full meals. We want to ensure that everyone interacts with each other in a supportive and empathetic way. 

2482 Maynard Street is a wheelchair-accessible building. The building has visitor parking with reserved accessible parking spots. There are push-button door openers at the main entrances, and a button-operated lift to the second floor. The building has wide hallways and all doorways are a minimum of 36" wide. 2 non-gendered washrooms (one with a changing table) are located on the first floor, and 2 non-gendered washrooms without changing tables are located on the second floor. All washrooms have sharps containers, room for a wheelchair to turn, and grab bars. A quiet room is also located on the first floor. 2482 Maynard Street is a low-scent, all-ages, low-stimuli building. The second floor is not open to the public except for special events and is normally locked with keypad entry.


Each participating artist will be provided with:

  • a $1000 honorarium for committing to participatie in  this program

  • a shared, wheelchair-accessible studio space (194 square feet)

  • a $200 materials budget.

  • a CARFAC presentation fee for participation in a public artist talk and panel discussion after the residency with the other artists-in-residence and facilitators.



Running March 15th to April 12th out of 2482 Maynard Street

Meeting every Tuesday 5-8 PM

MARCH 15 - WEEK 1: Program Overview

  • Discussion: space agreements, anti-oppression, care
  • Shared meal
  • Group introductions including problems of concern (naming the problem)
  • For next week: Prepare 2-3 ideas for your project (rough sketches, words, loose concepts) 

MARCH 22 - WEEK 2: Group check-in and conversation about projects

  • Shared meal 
  • Slide presentation 
  • For next week: Continue working on your projects and prepare 2-3 ideas to share next week

MARCH 29 - WEEK 3: Group check-in and project updates.

  • Shared meal
  • Individual meetings between participants and facilitators
  • For next week: Elaborate on one of your ideas into a  project proposal (think about your budget, production steps, audience, and your inspiration) 

APRIL 5 - WEEK 4: Group check-in and project updates

  • Shared meal
  • Individual meetings between participants and facilitators
  • For next week: Continue working on your project and prepare for a final share and discussion. 

APRIL 12 - WEEK 5: 

  • Group check-in
  • Project shares (the process, problem, method. etc.)
  • Shared meal
  • Discuss any potential follow ups 
  • Project feedback