Facilitators are selected based on their interpersonal skills, willingness to represent the festival as a whole, writing skills and interest in organizing art events across the disciplines.
Facilitators select artists from all Fine Arts departments at Concordia University to be presented together in spaces such as cultural institutions, art galleries, artist-run centers, theatres, concert halls and public spaces.
For the 20th Edition of the Art Matters Festival, facilitators will work together to choose artists from the pool of applicants to represent the programming for the whole festival.
As artworks, performances, music, dance and theatre pieces speak to each other, a vision for the whole 20th anniversary festival can be achieved.
As a team, facilitators will then create coherent groupings of works to be presented together in various spaces. The venue most accommodating to the group of work in question will then be assigned, based on a finite list of venues.
Facilitators will agree together and based on their personal interests, who will be facilitating which exhibition. Once artists and a venue are assigned to each facilitator, communicating with the artists, the space’s staff as well as technical support will be the facilitators’ main tasks.
Private workshops will be offered to facilitators to help them achieve their vision in regard to their specific event inside the festival’s programming.
The festival takes place in March 2020 (March 2nd to 22nd). However, the opening night will be on February 29th, during Nuit Blanche and will consist of a one night only visual art and performative short works exhibition. Other collaborations (CUCCR Residency, Art POP and Festival CHROMATIC) will also be taking place this year, during the festival’s programming and as satellite events during the months of May and September.
Art Matters is about content and form, as well as creating opportunities for social and conscious changes in the arts. The festival encourages interdisciplinary events and exhibitions.
The 20th edition of the festival greatly encourages intersections between disciplines as well as progressive pieces.
Our goal is to create our own art space and community through the creation of lasting relationships between student-artists. We are, all of us together, creating the future of art!
Facilitators interested in creating interdisciplinary events are the ideal candidates.
APPLICANTS must be undergraduate students at Concordia University.
APPLICANTS must be registered in at least one Fine Arts course during the 2019-20 year (note: this restriction doesn’t apply to the artist call-out that will open up in November)
APPLICANTS must be voting members of Art Matters. In other words, they cannot have opted-out of their Art Matters fee-levy
APPLICANTS must submit a complete application form on the Art Matters Website before October 4th 2019 at 11:59 PM to be considered by the Jury.
Previous experience in artistic curation is not required
The first step of the application process will take about 45 minutes to an hour to complete.
A short presentation about yourself/your team;
A short text about your interest in the Art Matters festival;
Describing how the festival could be improved going forward;
Description of the type of event you would like to organize (music, film, theatre, dance, visual arts, intermedia, performance, design);
Your experience and interpersonal skills;
A short curatorial statement example.
Following a thorough revision of all applications, selected candidates will be called in for an interview.
The jury will consist of the Art Matters coordinators’ team, two members of the Art Matters’ board, a Faculty member as well as an external jury from the Montreal art community.
The interview's jury will consist of the three Art Matters coordinators as well as our Board of Directors Co-Chairs.
Please note that you are more than welcome to apply even if you have no experience organizing artistic events.
Art Matters’ purpose is to give students opportunities they would not otherwise get because of lack of experience. This could be your way into the art world!
For this 20th edition, artistic events such as visual art exhibitions will last only one week, giving the chance to more artists to showcase their work. Many one night events, such as concerts, performance night, film screenings, theatre pieces and dance recitals are expected to take place during this year’s festival.
We encourage you to be specific about your objectives and take risks.
Art Matters mandate focuses on diversity, anti-oppression, peer support and the creation of safe spaces for open discussion.
It is our goal for this mandate to be reflected in our programming and, as such, Art Matters recognises and welcomes the unique contributions that individuals from marginalized and oppressed communities bring to our organization, and invites these individuals to apply.
We encourage applicants to describe the unique contributions they, as individuals with diverse experiences, would bring to Art Matters in their submission.
We encourage each APPLICANT to inform themselves of our anti-oppression mandate, to reflect on their own position as a facilitator, and to be aware of which themes or narratives may be communicated through the works they will be presenting.
Take note that selected facilitators cannot apply as artists and may not display their own work within their artistic event.
Along with being flexible, we encourage facilitators to be realistic with their propositions, taking into consideration possible space constraints, technical limitations, or equipment requirements.