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The Edmonton Arts Council (EAC) is a not-for-profit organization that supports and promotes the arts community in Edmonton and works to increase the profile and involvement of arts and culture in all aspects of our community life. 

Request for Proposals - Artist in Residence 2017/2018
City of Edmonton Waste Management Centre

The Edmonton Arts Council is inviting artists who live in Edmonton to submit a proposal to become the first artist-in-residence hosted by the City of Edmonton Waste Management Centre.

The selected artist will ideally commence residency in the late fall of 2017, for an anticipated six-month period (terms negotiable/flexible).

The Edmonton Waste Management Centre (EWMC) is a unique collection of advanced waste processing and research facilities where municipal waste is transformed into useful resources. The Centre is 233 hectares in size; the Composting Facility alone occupies space equivalent to almost five football fields.  On average, 4,500 trucks bearing 9,800 tonnes of material cross the scale every week. Over 15,000 students, teachers and adults tour the Centre each year.

The artist-in-residence will develop a body of artistic work while interacting with the staff and tour groups in and around the EWMC site. The artist will ideally reflect their residency experience through their work, and will have access to recycled materials from the facility, as well as potentially mentoring the artistic expression of interested staff and community.

There are several potential studio and workspaces available at the EWMC, which is located east of the Anthony Henday and north of Yellowhead Trail. Spaces include indoor office and classrooms, as well as outdoor and industrial space. Raw materials are plentiful, and artists that work in any number of mediums and scales could use this opportunity. The final workspace will be determined in conjunction with the selection of the artist.

This is a full-time-equivalent opportunity, with the artist expected to commit to regular working hours during the operating hours of the facility, over the course of approximately six months. The artist will be expected to produce and present at least one public showing of work.

A panel that includes representatives from Edmonton’s arts community, the Edmonton Arts Council and the City of Edmonton Waste Management Centre will review the proposals and select the artist-in-residence following an interview process.

Emphasis will be placed on finding an individual with a history of strong artistic work, and good potential to succeed in producing artwork in the available space/time.   Experience and demonstrated ability to interact with elementary-aged students may be a factor in selecting an artist that can participate in tour programming of the facility. A police check may be required.

The Edmonton Arts Council is committed to equity in all aspects of its work, and invites proposals from any and all interested artists who are already residents of the City of Edmonton.

To respond to this call, interested artists should provide a proposal letter and resume/C.V.  In their proposal they should refer to the following items:

·       The focus of their previous artistic work, and current topics or areas of artistic interest

·       Specific reasons why their work and personal attributes might align with this residency opportunity

·       Their public exhibition or presentation record

·       Previous experience engaging in artistic work with and around non-artists

·       Potential avenues of artistic exploration for this residency

·       Examples of the artist’s experience in organizing and mounting a public exhibition of their work

The candidate should provide 10-15 examples of their recent artwork, using an appropriate digital format, preferably a link to an applicant’s website, dropbox, or other online resource.

The Edmonton Arts Council has reserved $25,000 for artist remuneration, as well as a modest budget for consumable supplies. The final schedule and amounts are subject to negotiation of the time and scope of the project within that budget.

This initiative is sponsored by the Edmonton Arts Council and the City of Edmonton, as part of the Art of Living cultural plan.

Please respond with the noted cover letter, proposal and appropriate support material by October 6, 2017 to info@edmontonarts.ca. Responses may also be sent to the Edmonton Arts Council offices in hard copy.

Any questions about this call can be sent by email to: swilliams@edmontonarts.ca

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