By Haley Bassett, January 21st 2021
Yeehaw! Howdy, dear reader, this week I will be sharing some exciting opportunities for local artists that you won’t want to miss.
BC Arts Council Pivot Grant
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, a new project assistance grant is being offered by BCAC to help artists adapt their practice in a way that will advance or sustain their career. Funding is available for up to $12,000. There are two funding categories:
Adaptation and Transition, which is designed to assist individuals for projects that will make bold changes or transitions in their artistic practice, allowing them to better withstand the ongoing pandemic.
Professional Development, which will assist in providing professional development or learning opportunities that will further an individual’s artistic career.
The deadline for applications is February 16th, 2021. You can learn more about the program here.
You must apply through BCAC’s online portal system. If you are not yet registered with BCAC, I highly recommend you do so as soon as possible. You can learn more about that here.
If you require assistance with your application you can email the program officer, Sarah Todd, at Sarah.Todd@gov.bc.ca.
Artist Registry, Penticton Art Gallery
The Penticton Art Gallery is compiling a registry of contemporary BC-based artists. This database will be used as an art historical and research tool, as well as a platform for connecting artists.
Filling out the online form is super easy, and you can find it here.
Travelling Exhibitions Program Region 1 (TREX NW), Art Gallery of Grande Prairie
The Travelling Exhibitions Program Region 1 (TREX NW) welcomes proposals from artists based in Treaty 8, Alberta. The exhibition schedule for TREX NW is programmed roughly one year in advance. Each exhibition features between 15–20 artworks and tours for two years throughout the province of Alberta. All TREX NW artists are paid an artist fee for their works. Selections will be made in accordance with the submission guidelines, the TREX NW curatorial mandate, and in consultation with the selection committee.
The application deadline is March 15th, 2021. You can find the full program guidelines here.
Bin Top Artist in Residence (BTAR), Dawson Creek Art Gallery
The BTAR program will support a visual artist to develop and create a body of work for a professionally curated exhibition. This program will offer a visual artist a subsistence fee and artist fee, as well as mentorship and studio space in the Bin Top Studio at the Dawson Creek Art Gallery.
The deadline to apply has been extended to February 1st, 2021, with notification of results on February 17th.
You can find the full BTAR program guidelines here.
At Home Artist Residency (AHAR), Dawson Creek Art Gallery
The AHAR is designed to creatively and financially support three artists through the COVID-19 pandemic. Three artists will be paid a subsistence fee to create a body of work at home which will be shown in a virtual exhibition. Artists of all levels are encouraged to apply.
Like the BTAR program, the deadline has been extended to February 1st, with notification of results on February 17th.
You can find the full AHAR program guidelines here.
It should be noted that the Dawson Creek Art Gallery is managed by the South Peace Art Society, so if you have a membership with DCAG then you are already a member of SPAS. However, if you are not yet a member, you can call the gallery at 250-782-2601 to sign up.
Well partner, I hope you pony up and get after these opportunities while the gettin’s good.
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