residency opportunity: Sturt (NSW Australia)

Sturt’s Artist-in-Residence program invites and attracts experienced artists practicing in ceramics, jewellery/metalwork, textiles and woodwork. We house four to six residencies each year.

We encourage small scale production and individually designed work, which may be promoted through Sturt Gallery. Professional residencies may be awarded specifically to develop a body of work which can be produced and made at Sturt during the maker’s time here.

Sturt sees the residency program as an important addition to its overall aim of providing support for Australian contemporary art and design through a program of teaching, retail, exhibition and residencies. The emphasis of the residency program is to support those who embrace this philosophy.

All residency programs are financially assisted by Friends of Sturt.

Full details can be found HERE. Deadline is OCT 31st.

call for emerging artists: Journal of Australian Ceramics

The Journal of Australian Ceramics is keen to develop new voices in ceramic writing, and in our issue focus for The JAC April 2021, CERAMICS IS POLITICAL, we are open to pieces from a variety of perspectives – covering anything from environmental concerns, recording history, speaking the truth, alternatives to the dominant discourse to working towards positive change. We encourage First Nations writers, writers with a disability, writers of colour, and culturally and linguistically diverse writers to submit work for this opportunity.

Submission deadline for this EMERGING WRITERS project is 30 November 2020.

A fee will be offered to all successful applicants.

If you would like to discuss a proposal idea before submission, or if you need any assistance, please contact Bridie Moran, australianceramics@gmail.com, ahead of our submission deadline.

UPCOMING NCECA OPPORTUNITY DEADLINES 

2021 ANNUAL EXHIBITION

Deadline, October 7, 2020
The 2021 NCECA Annual will run from February 5- March 28, 2021 at the Weston Art Gallery, Aronoff Center for the Arts in Cincinnati, Ohio. Exhibition Curator Shannon Rae Stratton shares that according to physician’s Vivek H. Murthy and Alice Chen, the corona virus could cause what is being called a “social recession.” They speak about how the longer we go without personal contact, the more social bonds fray and unravel, leading to harmful effects on mood, health, our ability to learn and work, and our overall sense of community. Many artists working in craft value the field for its history of peer-to-peer exchange, mentorship, functionality and proximity to the body. It’s a field that identifies itself with connection and touch, with craft objects – whether functional design or conceptual art – often serving social functions. This call invites artists to consider the tension between together and apart, interdependence, belonging, hospitality and modes of support that allow people to extend themselves with mindfulness and compassion towards each other and to the non-human world. We encourage submissions that deal with collective grief and mourning, rage, empowerment, joy, care and compassion – but all through work grounded in connection, interdependence and the social. Visit https://nceca.net/2021-nceca-annual-social-recession/ to learn more and submit your work.

2021 NCECA JURIED STUDENT EXHIBITION

Deadline, October 7, 2020
The 2021 NCECA Juried Student Exhibition will take place from January 24-March 20, 2021 at DAAP Galleries of the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning at University of Cincinnati. Ceramic artists Jessika Edgar and Malcolm Mobutu Smith will select works for the exhibition. The exhibition is open to students enrolled in undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate programs based in the United States of America, Canada, and Mexico. (Applicants must be working towards a degree or be a post-baccalaureate at the time of submission.) Visit https://nceca.net/2021-nceca-juried-student-exhibition/ to learn more and apply.

September 30, 2020 – 2021 Venue Generated Exhibitions- Cincinnati https://nceca.net/2021-venue-originated-exhibitions/

October 14, 2020


October 28, 2020

JOB CALL: BIPOC Outreach Coordinator Deadline: SEPTEMBER 28, 2020

Mohkínstsis is the Blackfoot word for “elbow.” Wincheesh-pah is the Stoney word for “elbow.” Kootsisáw is the Tsuut’ina word for “elbow.” While the place where the Elbow River meets the Bow is today commonly known as Calgary, it’s had many other names throughout its history, which expands for thousands of years in all directions. The rivers’ confluence is a location of perennial importance. Sprung from a small lake on the eastern lip of the Rocky Mountains, the Elbow River snakes its way through the foothills in between the mountains and the city, enriched by the mineral-saturated terrain through which it travels. The Bow River also runs from the Rockies through the foothills and into the Prairie. Both rivers have always been veins of life. Today, they provide direction, power, fresh drinking water, and a home for millions of kinds of life. The Bow is fiercer, and has historically only had two crossings; one, where the Elbow meets it, and the second, Blackfoot Crossing: an integral trading route and hunting ground, and the place where Treaty 7 was signed in 1877. Today, the Bow and the Elbow continue to provide for all of us who call this place home—they cannot be owned, nor can this land. We are required, in return, to care for the rivers in collaboration with their traditional custodians who have always, and will continue to, care for this land, and tell its story; the Siksika, Piikani, and Kainai Blackfoot First Nations who have called this land home for many millennia; the Tsuut’ina First Nation, whose ᑕᓀᖚ (Dane-zaa) ancestors migrated here from the northern Peace River before Europeans settled in this region; and the Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley Stoney Nakoda First Nations whose ancestors migrated from the south and since, have cared for the rivers where they begin. Many other Indigenous people from across Turtle Island also call this place home and care for it generously, and where the rivers meet is part of the home of the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.

From Living Text, Richelle Bear Hat, Natasha Chaykowski, Tamara Lee-Anne Cardinal, Curtis Running Rabbit-Lefthand. Untitled Art Society, 2020.

Untitled Art Society and Stride Gallery are seeking a BIPOC Outreach Coordinator on behalf of the Alberta Association of Artist-Run Centres (AAARC).

Job Description:

 The Outreach Coordinator will work closely with Untitled and Stride staff and the AAARC Equity Committee to assist in organizing a series of internal and public-facing initiatives around equity in artist-run culture and the arts sector broadly, in the Fall of 2020. As an advocacy organization for artist-run centres in Alberta, AAARC is currently developing internal work, best practices, field reports and various formats of public forums and plenary sessions. In the next year, AAARC will create communication channels for artist-run centres and the communities we serve to integrate equity and accountability frameworks, as well as support for artists from equity-seeking communities. The Outreach Coordinator will work with the Equity Committee as we create the initial blueprints for these conversations; they will assist in organizing these initiatives in the fall through sharing the responsibility for internal and external communications, including marketing and digital communications and advertising, and are expected to attend weekly meetings with support staff, monthly meetings with the organizing committee, and in-person or virtual meetings with local project partners in Mohkinstsis/Calgary. The Outreach Coordinator will assist with operations as needed. Alongside the administrative and planning responsibilities, there are contract hours earmarked for self-directed research of the employee’s choosing.

Qualifications:

Untitled Art Society, Stride Gallery and AAARC recognize the unique qualifications of applicants from BIPOC communities, and acknowledge that skills learned from living in those communities are integral to equity work. As this position is created around equity work, we are seeking applications from BIPOC candidates.

Additional qualifications include:

• Dedication and investment in equity work in the cultural sector;

• Strong communications skills;

• Strong writing and research skills;

• Ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team;

• Strong computer literacy including Microsoft Office; experience with database entry an asset;

• Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail;

• Fluent in English, a second language would be an asset;

• Experience in the non-profit sector an asset;

• Experience working with art galleries and artist-run centres an asset;

• Experience with the execution of events an asset.

 Under the terms and conditions of Canada Summer Jobs, applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria: be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment; be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act 3; and, be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant legislation and regulations

Remuneration:

This role will be a full-time position, 30 hours/week, from October 2020 – January 2021, at $25/hour. If full-time hours present a barrier for applicants, we are open to considering alternative ways of organizing working hours. There is an opportunity to continue this employment opportunity beyond the contract end date.

Support for the Position:

  • UAS & Stride staff for day-to-day mentorship will be available to provide assistance as well as for regular check-ins as desired

  • AAARC Equity Committee mentorship

  • Dedicated BIPOC HR liaison

Application:

Please send:

·     1 page cover letter or 5 minute video or voice recording (link or actual file)

·     Outline of independent research interests for self-directed projects (optional)

·     CV or Resume (optional)

To board@aaarc.ca before September 28, 2020 with the subject line reading [ATTN: Hiring Committee].

Hiring Process:

Application deadline: September 28, 2020

Interviews: October 1 – 2, 2020

Position start date: October 5 – 13, 2020

The hiring committee will be comprised of staff from each of the two ARCs as well as a member of the AAARC Equity Committee.

Accessibility:

UAS, Stride and AAARC are committed to accommodating applicants with barriers to the recruitment process as well as throughout their contract. The Untitled Art Society office is wheelchair accessible, has two single stall, gender neutral washrooms and is located near public transit in downtown Mohkinstsis/Calgary. We are also able to accommodate remote work, if commuting daily to the office is a barrier for applicants. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the accessibility of the hiring process or the employment opportunity, please email board@aaarc.ca. We will work with you to meet your needs.

About:

Untitled Art Society is an artist-run centre in Mohkinstsis/Calgary, Alberta, Treaty 7 Territory. Our core goals are: to support the development, creation, and presentation of new work by early-career artists; to provide affordable studio space for Calgary-based artists; and to broaden the reach and scope of contemporary art in Calgary, with the ultimate, if ambitious, aim to expose Calgarians to artistic work that explores pressing contemporary issues. We work toward these goals with an artist-centric approach that prioritizes the wholesale support of artists; creative and radical uses of spaces outside of the gallery; and a curatorial focus on projects and practices that dovetail with the specific socio-political, cultural, colonial, economic, and Indigenous histories and contexts of Alberta. Ultimately, Untitled strives to empower and support artists to imagine radical futures, and to invite those inside and outside of our community to be co-conspirators in realizing such futures.

Stride is a non-profit artist-run centre that supports contemporary art practices. We believe in art that addresses our current realities with urgency, criticality and care through which we can propose new ways of thinking and being. For these emergent practices, we provide various platforms such as exhibitions, public programs, performances, workshops, publications, and gathering. Through these programs, we aim to foster community participation and conversations around art.

Founded in 2005, the Alberta Association of Artist-run Centres (AAARC) supports advocacy, networking, and organizational growth for artist-run visual arts organizations across Alberta. As a syndicate of ten not-for-profit artist-run centres, each with their own mandate, AAARC’s activities continue to strengthen community and collaboration in contemporary art by facilitating close communication between organizations. Since the early 1970s, and continuing today, Alberta’s artist-run centres have fostered artistic ingenuity, creative production, and dynamic public engagement with art—supporting a wide range of artists and contemporary art practices.

AAARC is part of the regional caucus of ARCA, an organization that represents and advocates for Canadian artist-run organizations on national and international levels, and in August 2021 AAARC will partner with ARCA to host Lands to Travel Through, an artist-run gathering in Mohkinstsis/Calgary, Alberta: landstotravelthrough.ca

Studio Potter: Grants for Apprenticeships

Applications for the 2020 

Grants for Apprenticeships open on October 1st. 

Five teams of mentors and apprentices will receive $10,000 per team to support a year-long studio pottery apprenticeship.

In this year of momentous events, Studio Potter strongly reaffirms its commitment to equality, diversity, and inclusiveness. The Grants for Apprenticeships Program is committed to supporting the development of BIPOC artists and increasing their presence in studio pottery. Applicants from all races, genders, identities, ethnicities, and religions are encouraged to apply. 

GRANT PROGRAM MISSION

Established in 2019 and funded by an anonymous donor, Studio Potter’s Grants for Apprenticeships Program supports emerging artists who want to become full-time studio potters and mentor-potters who wish to take on apprentices. This grant program honors the mission of Studio Potter and the legacy of its founder, Gerry Williams, by fostering individual careers in studio pottery, contributing to the life and future of ceramics, ensuring the continuity of a centuries-old tradition in non-academic education.

STUDIO APPRENTICESHIP DEFINED

Studio-based apprenticeship is a form of person-to-person training that places work above theory and emphasizes intimacy and immersion. In Western Cultures, people commonly associate the history of apprenticeship with craft and trade practices in Europe during the Middle Ages, but traditions of lineage-learning have endured for centuries around the world. Apprenticeship continues today as a means of passing down knowledge from generation to generation and as a way for aspiring artisans to build professional communities and prepare for careers as studio artists.

WHY APPRENTICESHIPS?

Pedagogy in craft disciplines has changed dramatically in the last century because of technological advances and the rise of a modern education industry. In this context, apprenticeship offers an alternative to academic educational structures through one-on-one relationships in an established studio. An apprentice learns by participating in the daily lives of their mentor, learning their skills, and being exposed to their values. Apprenticeships contribute to the preservation of cultural heritage and the professional advancement of studio potters.

HOW TO APPLY

Applications will be accepted via SlideRoom. Click here to go to the SlideRoom application.

NEW FOR 2020: Studio Potter offers reviews of applications

Reviews of draft applications are available to those interested. Submit your application in SliderRoom by Oct. 10th to receive feedback by Oct. 20th. We will un-submit your application by Oct. 20th, to allow you to make revisions and submit a final application for the Nov. 1st deadline. 

Questions? 

Email apprenticeships@studiopotter.org