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Partnership with Arts Commons

Making Treaty 7 is pleased to announce that we are partnering with the Arts Commons to launch a new program. Arts Commons and the Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society have identified the common goal of creating space to celebrate and centre Indigenous Two-Spirit identity and knowledge through: mentorship by Indigenous Elders, traditional Knowledge Keepers, professional artistic career mentorship, artistic creation, exhibition, and sharing learning with the broader community.
More information is provided in this call for submissions.

Call For Submissions

Deadline: Monday May 27rd, 2019

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Description of Project

Making Treaty 7 and Arts commons are pleased to announce the launch of a new visual arts residency for Indigenous Artists that addresses our common goal of creating space to celebrate and centre Indigenous artistic identity and knowledge through: mentorship and discussion, artistic creation, exhibition, and knowledge sharing with the broader community. We are seeking two (2) Indigenous Artists for this residency. Artist Fee and Material Fees for Exhibition and Residency is provided.

The residency begins with the exhibition of existing artworks from the selected artists in the Arts Commons +15 Galleries as a way for the public, Making Treaty 7 and Arts Commons to centre their practice and story at the beginning. Elders and Knowledge Keepers from Treaty 7 Nations will then be invited to share their traditional knowledge of the meeting place that is Mohkinstsis (Calgary) and its importance to the geographical migration of the Treaty 7 people with the two selected artists, the Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society, and Arts Commons. This mentorship and the question, “how do we honour our paths that connect us today?” will inspire the selected artists to create new works in the Ledge Gallery. These new works will then be displayed as an exhibition in the Ledge Gallery in August 2019.

In addition to exhibiting existing and new works from the two selected artists, this project will culminate in a legacy piece created by Making Treaty 7 and Arts Commons on Indigenizing colonial spaces. This legacy piece will consult the traditional knowledge shared during the project by Elders and Knowledge Keepers, as well as the feedback and artistic process of the Artists themselves.

Making Treaty 7 and Arts Commons both recognize that this consultative and arts-centred approach to the Indigenization process of a traditionally colonial institution like Arts Commons is particularly appropriate and timely. By approaching the Indigenization process with a leader in Indigenous Arts like Making Treaty 7, the traditional knowledge of Treaty 7 Elders and Knowledge Keepers, and the ability and sensibilities of Indigenous Artists, we believe a model for de-colonisation that is centred and specific to the Indigenous Nations of our home can be created for arts and cultural institutions around the Treaty 7 area, and perhaps create a blueprint for others to follow.

Eligibility

We are seeking two (2) Artists who are:

  • Indigenous to Treaty 7 Nation(s) and/or reside in the traditional territories of the Treaty 7 Nations.
  • A professional artist;
    • A professional artist is an individual who is committed to their own artistic vision and practice.
    • Has training in their field, however this training does NOT need to be from a recognized post-secondary institution – mentorship, apprenticeship, and traditional ways of knowing and learning are all acceptable forms of training.

We encourage ALL interested artists to please call or email with their questions, comments or concerns.

We want to hear from you.

How to Apply

Deadline: Monday, May 27th, 2019

To apply, simply call or email Natasha Jensen, Visual and Media Arts Associate with the following information:

  1. We would like to know a bit about you, so please share your:
    • Your first and last name
    • Your address
    • Phone number
    • Email address
      • And any biography of yourself that you have available – this is optional.
  1. What interests you about this residency, and more specifically:
    • About your interest in mentorship from Elders and Knowledge Keepers, and
    • Your interest in exhibition and creating work in residency,
  1. What you think about the residency question:
    • “How do we honour our paths that connect us today?”
  1. What is your current artistic practice, and how do you think this residency could develop that practice?
    • g. paint, sculpture, photography, etc.
  1. Some images of the work you have already done that you would like to exhibit in the +15 Galleries at Arts Commons.

All materials can be sent to Natasha Jensen, Visual and Media Arts Associate by email or over the phone:

Project Timeline

Below is the proposed timeline for the project. If you are interested in applying, but have a conflict with some of these dates, please let us know. We may be able to accommodate you.

May 27, 2019

Submission Deadline

May 31, 2019

Successful artist notified

Week beginning June 10, 2019 

  • Install existing work in the +15 Galleries
  • Elders, Knowledge Keepers, and Two-Spirit artists – Consultation #1.
  • Elders and Two-Spirit artists – Consultation #2.

Week beginning June 17, 2019 

Knowledge Keepers and Two-Spirit artists

  • Consultation #3 (last ‘formal’ consultation session).

Move into the Ledge Gallery

June 17 – July 31, 2019 

Residency format to create new work informed by consultations.

Week beginning July 29, 2019 

Artists install completed new works in the Ledge Gallery and Artists existing work in the +15 Window Galleries remain on display.

August 31, 2019 

Artist Reception at Arts Commons

Week beginning September 2, 2019 

Strike Ledge Gallery and +15 Windows

Why this project?

Arts Commons and the Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society have identified the common goal of creating space to celebrate and centre Indigenous Two-Spirit identity and knowledge through: mentorship by Indigenous Elders, traditional Knowledge Keepers, professional artistic career mentorship, artistic creation, exhibition, and sharing learning with the broader community. This goal is consistent with the long-term plan of Arts Commons to Indigenize our spaces through building reciprocal relationships with the Indigenous Nations of the Treaty 7 region via artistic practice. Within the Visual and Media Arts portfolio, we have a consistent record of engaging Indigenous artists (residencies, exhibitions and the current +15 Window Galleries with Tsuut’ina Nation artists), the Education portfolio (most recently with teaching artists Shirley Hill & Chantal Chagnon), and the Producing and Engagement portfolio (most recently with National Indigenous Peoples Day Celebrations, and partnerships events with IRIM and Drum Beat as well as space support for Indigenous artists).

The Celebrating Two-Spirit Identities Project has 4 objectives: to (1) support the sharing of traditional knowledge from Treaty 7 Elders and Indigenous Knowledge Keepers with Two-Spirit artists, and to (2) have this knowledge inform and inspire new works from Two-Spirit artists based on the question: “what does it mean to you as a Two-Spirit artist to celebrate this identity?”, while (3) sharing the fruits of this reflection and work with the broader community of Moh’kins’tsis (Calgary). Furthermore, this knowledge transfer and artistic process will (4) inform Arts Commons’ own Indigenization process through the creation of a legacy piece (a document providing context and direction) that is centered on Two-Spirit identities as a way into right relations.

With the consultation of Making Treaty 7, we know this to be a particularly appropriate avenue into conversations on Indigenization given that traditionally, Two-Spirit identities are often respected as conduits between different worlds and identities in many Treaty 7 Nations. It is our collective ambition that this project be specific to those Nations of the Treaty 7 region, and the beginning of a deeper relationship between Arts Commons, the Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society, and all Indigenous Nations of the Treaty 7 region. We expect and welcome that through the course of this project, other opportunities will open to the ways these relationship may grow.

Arts Commons and the Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society share a vision for public spaces and discourse that respects the traditional knowledge of Elders, Knowledge Keepers, and Two-Spirit peoples from the Indigenous Nations of the Treaty 7 region as a way towards building a creative and compassionate society, inspired through the arts.

Ledge Gallery

June-July 2019 (Residency)

August 2019 (Final Exhibition)

The selected Two-Spirit artists will share the Ledge Gallery as a production and residency space. By August there will be a final presentation of the new work created as a results of the residency.

About the LEDGE GALLERY:

This unique space is located in the +15 walkway system and overlooks Centre Court from the second floor of the building. The gallery has windows on two sides, a cement floor, and track lighting.

The LEDGE GALLERY is most conducive to sculpture, installation, and artist-in-residence style projects. Please note that the work is viewed from outside of the windows looking in unless the artist is present (performative piece). Exhibitions, projects, and residences in this location will run from one to three month intervals depending on the nature of the proposal. CARFAC standard artist fees are paid for this exhibition space.

+15 Galleries

The selected Two-Spirit artists will each be provided two +15 Galleries to exhibit existing work.

About the +15 GALLERIES:

These spaces are located in the +15 walkway system and have a window on one side, a painted wood floor, and track lighting. These exhibition spaces are conducive to sculpture, installation, and/or two-dimensional works.