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

Eyelevel supports 2-3 Major Projects every year, which are off-site, itinerant (roaming/mobile) and/or time-based projects by emerging and mid-career artists. Major Projects are well-supported programs that are made possible by project grants. In addition to artist fees above CARFAC minimums, Eyelevel provides additional support such as travel, childcare, material costs, space in one of our studios and other artist needs. These projects are larger in scale and include interpretive/engagement activities such as commissioned writing, workshops, community art builds and artist talks.

 Artists applying for a Major Project are encouraged to think in-depth about how they want to be supported by Eyelevel, and consider additional public activities to make their proposed project as inviting and accessible as possible.  

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 programs 1-2 years in advance, with all major projects occurring between June and November.

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.

It is within Eyelevel’s mandate that we aim to raise public awareness and capacity of our local arts community; particularly artists and arts workers who have been historically underserved and misrepresented in the contemporary art dialogue. Eyelevel strives to be a connector between artists, communities, and the broader public, to constantly question the balance of power and work against systemic oppression and discrimination by centring anti-violence and pro-survivor practices. Eyelevel works in treaty to build a more inclusive and caring world through art, and to advance positive change within the arts through its operations, policies, and programming. 

HOW TO APPLY:

Eyelevel accepts applications to Major Projects in multiple formats. Our preference is for artists to apply with the https://forms.gle/HukxdyoANBu6Ftgs5. Proposals can also be emailed to Eyelevel in written, audio or video form, and pitched to Eyelevel in the form of a zoom or in-person interview, which will be recorded for the jury. 

TO APPLY ONLINE:

Fill out the google form, and follow instructions on how to submit your support material. https://forms.gle/HukxdyoANBu6Ftgs5

TO SCHEDULE A 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 (Jan 18).

TO EMAIL YOUR APPLICATION:

Email the following items to director@eyelevel.art with the subject line “2022 Major Project Submission”

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

  • A written proposal as a .doc or .pdf file - Important: instead of a classic artist statement/project proposal, please respond to the prompts below.

  • 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). 

Written Proposal Prompts:

  1. Tell us a little about yourself and your work (max 200 words)

We encourage applicants to self identify within their application

  1. What format(s) does your project take? (residency, presentation, publishing project, workshop, artist talk, etc) Eyelevel welcomes applications for residencies, publishing projects, performances, exhibitions, etc. Applicants should be aware that Eyelevel does not have a white-wall gallery, and borrows a variety of different kinds of spaces for exhibitions and events. We also operate a studio/residency space as well as a bookstore. 

  2. Who is your intended audience?  Do you have any space requirements for this project? If so, what are they?  (200 words max) Eyelevel is mandated to present work in unconventional spaces. Determining suitable spaces varies on the content of your work and can include spaces that are; public, outdoor, indoor, closed, formal, informal, site-specific, etc.

  3. What's your inspiration for this proposal? (Approximately 250 words max) We encourage work that stems from lived experiences. 

  4. What is the current stage of your ideas? What work (if any) will you need to do in order to complete your proposed project?  (Approximately 250 words max) Your proposal can include work that is not yet started, completed, and anywhere in-between. 

  5. Do you require any support from Eyelevel in the creation/execution of your project? If so, please explain? (100 words max) Eyelevel is able to provide support in various methods such as finding and booking venues, providing studio space, production budgets, access to special equipment or mentorship and facilitation. 


  6. Are you interested in being considered for group projects or other programs such as HEAT WAVES?    

  7. Is there any other information you wish to share to support your proposal? If so, please use this space (200 words max)

Join Wren Tian, Eyelevels Interim Artistic Director for a Zoom info session and Q&A on Wednesday, December 15th, 6 PM AST 

Register online here

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