River As Home

River as Home
City of New Westminster
Submission Deadline: May 15, 2017 at 4pm PST
Budget: $4000.00

2017 marks the 150th anniversary of Confederation in Canada. This offers a chance to reflect on Canada’s history, look to the future, and embark on an exciting new chapter for the country. Many activities are being planned for the New Westminster community to commemorate and participate in this milestone.

As part of the Canada 150 anniversary, the City of New Westminster will be bringing together a collection of cultural projects centered on the concept of “Home”.

The intent behind this program is to engage artists, residents and visitors in conversations surrounding the theme of “Home”. Home exudes more than a place where we sleep, eat and keep our belongings. Home can be a place of belonging, where safety, security and identity are upheld. At a time of increased immigration and displacement, home might be a new and challenging place. Home may also be on unceded territories. Houses, community spaces, neighborhoods, rivers, mountains, cities and countries are all a part of home.

The City of New Westminster, in partnership with the Arts Council of New Westminster and the Fraser River Discovery Centre, is soliciting proposals for video-based works in response to the theme “River as Home”. The call for proposals invites proposals for new work that reflects on, and creates a dialogue about, the Fraser River as manifest in this notion of home.

The successful artist or artist team will be responsible for the research, creation, and production of the video work. The selected artist or artist team is encouraged to work with the local community to inform their process. The selected artist or artist team will have access to the Fraser River Discover Centre’s research collection, access to the City of New Westminster Archives, as well as the opportunity to work out of the nearby Anvil Centre for facilitation and creation of the work. Artists must have their own video and editing equipment. The final work will be presented as part of Riverfest, September 19-23, 2017 at the Fraser River Discover Centre’s Theatre and as part of the Canada 150 exhibition at the New Westminster Museum in November, 2017.

The total budget available to artist(s) team is $4000.00 Artwork budget must be inclusive of all costs, including (but not limited to) artist fees, studio overhead, equipment, production, travel, transportation, all taxes and general liability insurance.

Eligibility Criteria
This call is open to all professional Artists or Artist Teams, who have demonstrated creative expertise and technical skills to manage all phases of the process, from research through to production, in coordination with the community partners and municipal staff.
City of New Westminster staff, members of the City of New Westminster Public Art Advisory Committee, and jury panel members are not eligible to apply.

Please email your submission by May 15, 4:00pm PST to bvelkova@newwestcity.ca

Please keep your submission under 8MB in file size. The City of New Westminster will not consider late submissions.

Submission Requirements:

Please provide a project proposal with a proposed timeframe. The “River as Home” project must be completed by September 1, 2017.
Artist CV
Provide your name, address, phone number, email address and details of all experience related to past artwork and other relevant information.
Previous Work Examples
Up to 10 digital images or video links (Vimeo, YouTube or other) showing previous examples of artwork created by the artist(s). Provide the following information to support the previous work examples: title, date completed, medium.
For further requests for information:
Biliana Velkova, Arts Coordinator
Email: bvelkova@newwestcity.ca Phone: 604 515 3822