Image from BEFORE DEMOLITION: TIDES BY EMILY NEUFELD, Eyelevel 2019 Major Project 

Image from THE ART OF HANGING PICTURES By Amy Wong, Eyelevel 2016 Major Project

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Submissions

MAJOR PROJECTS - DUE DECEMBER 1ST 

DEADLINE EXTENDED

Eyelevel supports 1-2 "Major Projects" every year, which are off-site, itinerant and/or time-based projects by emerging and mid-career artists. Eyelevel supports the mounting of our major projects through successful project grant applications, and endeavors to cover materials, travel and production costs in addition to paying CARFAC project and presentation artist fees. Major projects are often paired with an artist talk or small publication and can take the form of exhibitions, research residencies, and/or performances. 

Eyelevel does not operate a formal gallery space, applications for Major Projects should consider our model of programming from an artistic and logistical standpoint. Eyelevel will work with selected artists to secure appropriate venues for their project, and programs 1-2 years in advance, with all major projects occurring between June and November. 

TO APPLY, PLEASE SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING BY THE ANNUAL DEADLINE:

  1. Your CV or a short bio with your name and contact information (for groups, please only include a short bio for each artist)
  2. A detailed project description which outlines:
    • Your artistic interests and motivations for your proposed project
    • How your project fits Eyelevel's mandate
    • A clear description of what your project will be - what will you do, where will it be, who is the intended audience, etc. 
  3. A list or description of your technical and logistical needs (special equipment, technical support required, space needs, etc)
  4. 10-15 items of support material with descriptions/relevant information, links to websites and social media are acceptable but should be included with directions/guidance on what to view
  5. If you are applying as a curator, please also include a project budget 

Applications are accepted in whatever format is preferable and easiest for you. Applications can be submitted by:

  • email to director@eyelevel.art
  • shared with us via dropbox or google drive
  • pitched to Eyelevel in person, over the phone, or in the form of an audio or video file.

If you would like to pitch your idea to Eyelevel in person or over the phone, please contact Sally Wolchyn-Raab, the Artistic Director (director@eyelevel.art) to arrange a meeting which will be recorded for the jury.
 

Applications for Major Projects are accepted from artists and groups at all stages of their careers who meet Canada Council's definition of a professional artist - joint/group applications or guest curatorial applications will also be considered.

Canada Council defines a professional artist as someone who:

  • has specialized training in the artistic field (not necessarily in academic institutions)
  • is recognized as a professional by his or her peers (artists working in the same artistic tradition)
  • is committed to devoting more time to artistic activity, if possible financially
  • has a history of public presentation or publication.

NEED SOME IDEAS? CONSIDER...

  • How is your project compatible with Eyelevel’s roaming programming approach?
  • How do you see your work being supported by the alternative space it may be presented in?
  • How does your project impact the place in which it is presented? How might its location inform and impact your work?
  • How adaptable and flexible is your project?
  • When will your project take place?
  • Where does it take place, what borders does it cross, whose territory does it occupy?
  • Does it rely on research—formal or experiential—conducted on-site?
  • Does it require public or private space?
  • Who is the intended audience for your project?
  • Who is included or excluded in your project? Will your project include populations not usually reached by artist run centres?
  • As an artist, are you a host or guest?
  • How does your project reach your audience—in person, online, in text, by oral transmission?
  • Why are you working in this way?
  • Does your work disrupt, question, or reimagine the perceived neutrality of the traditional “white cube” gallery?
  • Does your project create “space” in other non-physical terms—space for discussion, space for emotions to be experienced, space for voices to be heard, or perspectives to be seen?
  • What structures does your project build, rely on, perpetuate, need, etc.?

Image of Devon Jones' work at Eyelevel from the HEAT WAVES residency

EYELEVEL STUDIO RESIDENTS

Eyelevel is opening up 4 home studios this year and is putting a call out for artists to send expressions of interest to Eyelevel. Eyelevel will be lightly jurying expressions of interest in our studios. The studios are in the process of being built at 2177 Gottingen St. (above Radstorm) and will be accessible 24 hours a day. Studio Residents will have their own designated walled-off space of around 100 sq feet, free wifi and use of the bathroom, deck, and kitchen in our space. Studio Residents are encouraged to get to know Radstorm and make use of their facilities (photocopier, kiln, rehearsal space, screenprinting equipment, free fresh food, and a zine library)

Each studio will be rented on a monthly basis at $250 per month, with studios available December 1st. folks applying should note that the studios are up a flight of stairs and will be in a shared, unventilated space. 

Expressions of interest should contain the following:

  1. A little bit about your practice and who you are
  2. What materials you will be using and what your space needs are
  3. How often do you imagine using your studio, and for how long
  4. A few images of your work or a link to your website, blog or social media account

When selecting residents, Eyelevel will be considering...

  1. Your needs and our capacity: do Eyelevel's facilities fit your needs, can we accommodate your practice physically and logistically?
  2. Your ability to access space: Eyelevel will be seeking residents who do not easily have access to studio space in another location
  3. Your practice gels with Eyelevel: We will be seeking artists whose work fits within Eyelevel's mandate of supporting contemporary art, and whose work aligns with our anti-oppression framework (no hate, no violence no discrimination)
  4. Your interest in Eyelevel: We are actively creating an engaged community through permanent home studios. Do you have an interest in Eyelevel beyond a studio? Tell us about it!
  5. Priority will be given to artists who identify as BIPOC, QPOC, 2SLGBTQIA+ and/or artists who feel unable to access professional arts organizations. 
  6. Joint or duel applications for shared space will be considered

Please send you expressions of interest here: https://forms.gle/6RPfsvjfnubzxcgJ6   or email them to director@eyelevel.art by November 20th. EOIs can be submitted in the form of an email, a shared dropbox or google drive folder, an audio or video pitch, or pitched in person to be recorded for the jury. To arrange an in-person pitch, please contact Sally Wolchyn-Raab at director@eyelevel.art 

We welcome questions! Reach out to Eyelevel's Artistic Director, Sally Wolchyn-Raab at director@eyelevel.art or 902-425-6412