Rolling Deadline

Eyelevel invites local, national, and international artists to submit their projects for review for the 2018 season. Eyelevel programs in an itinerant model—we do not maintain a gallery. We are looking for projects that are outside the scope of the traditional exhibition space. Proposals that are off-site, site-less, and site-specific in nature are preferred.

Eyelevel is testing a seasonal programming model, in which projects will take place from June to November annually. We welcome submissions from members year-round, which will be kept on file for up to one year, for consideration by staff, Programming Committee, and guest curators. In autumn, we will announce an open call for projects, to be juried in the New Year for 2018/19/20 Programming.

Committing to our history as an alternative centre, we support subversive, critical, playful, and disruptive projects that question accepted modes of presentation. We invite you to re-imagine your role as an artist within a specific community and context. Eyelevel prioritizes the development of artistic practice, as well as its presentation, therefore our selections process will give equal weight to proposals that lean on the integrity of the work, research, and process, as to those that propose exhibition of finished work.

Eyelevel is committed to paying CARFAC fees for artists. As a small artist-run centre with limited resources, we also aim to support the artist in execution of their project through material, travel and accommodation, childcare, shipping, and technical support, wherever possible. When needed, Eyelevel will work with selected artists to find appropriate spaces for their projects. Due to the nature of our programming model, proposals that are clear about their needs and flexible with their physical requirements are best suited.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Introduction
    • your name, contact and a short bio or CV to introduce yourself
    • Description of your work to introduce your artwork (i.e. artist's statement if that is helpful)
  • Project idea, which describes:
    • The physical, aesthetic, and conceptual scope of your project
    • How your project/work is compatible with Eyelevel’s current programming approach
    • Your capacity to fulfill such a project, and any specific needs from Eyelevel including physical or technical requirements
    • Please be sure to address where, who, and why (if it helps, read some prompts below)
  • Support material & detailed list
    • 10-15 samples of recent work
      • Images – JPEG file only, 72dpi, 1024x768px
      • For video and audio files, please submit a URL to an online link – 5 minutes maximum
    • Detailed image list for support material
    • weblinks are welcome, but notes help us to find relevant information

Please send submissions by email (unzipped) with subject line PROGRAM 2018 to director@eyelevelgallery.ca.

NEED SOME IDEAS? CONSIDER...

HOW is your project compatible with Eyelevel’s roaming programming approach?
How do you see your work being supported by the alternative space it may be presented in?
How does your project impact the place in which it is presented? How might its location inform and impact your work?
How adaptable is your project?

WHERE will your project take place?
Where does it take place, what borders does it cross, whose territory does it occupy?
Does it rely on research—formal or experiential—conducted on site?
Does it require public or private space?

WHO is the intended audience for your project?
Who is included or excluded in your project? Will your project include populations not usually reached by artist-run centres?
As an artist, are you a host or guest?
How does your project reach your audience—in person, online, in text, by oral transmission?

WHY are you working in this way?
Does your work disrupt, question, or reimagine the perceived neutrality of the traditional white cube?
Does your project create “space” in other non-physical terms—space for discussion, space for emotions to be experienced, space for voices to be heard, or perspectives to be seen?
Which boundaries does your project cross, breakdown, transgress or reaffirm?
Which structures does your project build, rely on, perpetuate, need?