ArtworxTO is currently seeking curatorial proposals for ArtworxTO 2021, Community Cultural Hubs. Four Curators will be contracted. Each Curator will be responsible for conceiving and delivering an 11 month-long program at one of four Community Cultural Hubs across the city. The Community Cultural Hubs will comprise a series of destination venues located within publicly accessible spaces during Toronto’s Year of Public Art 2021.
A primary goal within this ArtworxTO program, both for artists and audiences, is to centre voices that have been traditionally marginalized in public art. This is an ideal opportunity to foreground the voices of BIPOC artists, curators, and creators of all kinds.
Scope of Work
Curatorial concepts for individual Community Cultural Hubs, will be generated through this open call for Curators, and developed and refined by the selected Curators in consultation with the ArtworxTO team. The overall direction for Hubs is guided by the ArtworxTO Team, supporting the central pillars of Toronto’s new 10-year Public Art Strategy (2020-2030): “Creativity and Community – Everywhere” .
The program (and its related exhibitions, installations and events) will run from approximately January 30, 2021 to December 18, 2021.
The selected Curators will receive a Curator’s Fee of $25,000 (plus HST) and will have a minimum programming/production budget of $150,000 to implement their program.
The Call for Curators: Community Cultural Hubs outlines all required application requirements, including qualifications, exhibition and programming proposal elements, application assessment criteria and more. All applications should be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by October 19.
ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art will be driven by the guiding principles of the 10-Year Public Art Strategy and its 21 strategic actions endorsed by Toronto City Council.Foremost among these principles is a commitment to advancing reconciliation in Toronto through Indigenous place-making. For ArtworxTO this means that:
- Projects will acknowledge the Indigenous history, present and future of the land they are situated on;
- Indigenous projects should be guided by self-determination, freedom of expression, equitable access to resources and greater influence over public art practices; and,
Indigenous communities and creators must be at the centre of the decision-making process for any Indigenous-focused project.
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*Image credit: Nyctophilia, Daniel Young and Christian Giroux, 2014.