Calling Curious Artists
At HCMA we’re on a quest to explore what’s possible--for architecture, for art, for all points in between. Our AIR program is one of our experimental forays that arranges a new working relationship between disciplines: What happens when artists set up shop in an architecture studio?
What do artists in residence do?
We’re inviting AIR artists to do a portion of your work right here in HCMA’s studios, where we’ll have the opportunity to be exposed to different forms of creative practice, and you’ll have the opportunity to hear our perspectives, too--we might just watch and marvel, and we might find ways to collaborate where it makes sense. In the best instances, the project grows in previously unforeseen ways, and everyone involved comes to see things just a little differently than they would have otherwise.
The length of each residency varies according to the project, but engagements usually culminate in a show in the TILT gallery, or in some other public space. But outcome isn’t everything. We’re also interested in the dialogic process outlined above, and we put our money where our mouth is by supporting our artists with a stipend and materials budget.
What media might be considered?
Dance, theatre, music, poetry, film, fashion, installations, illustration--the modality is up to you!
To be clear, this isn't a program to commission a public art work or to get artists to paint murals on our buildings. Murals can be great, and if you have a wicked idea for one, like Michael Rozen and Scott Sueme did, we'll jump on board! But the purpose of the program is not to have art made for HCMA.
If you're asking questions that our team wants to explore, you'll have our attention. Successful AIR project pitches are those that relate in some fashion to the built environment and/or social issues faced by the communities that we serve.
How will my application be evaluated?
What we’re most excited about is the prospect that we’ll become slightly different people as a result of this relationship with you, that the project will initiate a reciprocal exchange of attitudes, practices, and material processes. We believe that artistic investigation can help us tease out the issues at the heart of social sustainability, making us better citizens who are inspired to make a more awesome city--we're looking to be challenged and to stir debate. We’ll also look for pitches that demonstrate clear deliverables and careful thought toward the time, resources, and funds required.
How are Artists in Residence supported?
We’ll provide a materials budget and an honorarium appropriate to the project scope. Artists will also have access to studio resources as well as our promotional support through social media, email, and other communications and/or events.
What are the required deliverables?
Submit an artist’s statement, final written statement, and, supported by our team, to record the planning, production, and exhibition in various media.
Interested? Come in and say hello!
If you can, come on by the Vancouver or Victoria studios! Pop into the TILT gallery to see what’s on. Ask to talk to the program coordinators. Not in Vancouver or Victoria? Give us a call to talk through an idea. But hold off drafting a formal proposal until you’ve connected with us.
Get in touch with our program coordinators in Vancouver: Mark Busse, Steve DiPasquale, Susan Ockwell, or Dan Phillipot at 604.732.6620; or in Victoria: Rance Mok at 250.382.6650