Current Residency Call

BLUE CABIN FLOATING ARTIST RESIDENCY 

OPEN CALL TO VISUAL AND MEDIA ARTISTS


INTRODUCTION

The Blue Cabin Floating Artist Residency Committee is calling for expressions of interest from professional local, national and international artists to undertake a 6-week long residency aboard the Blue Cabin in 2020 or 2021. Open to visual and media artists at all stages of practice, up to five, 6-week residency spaces will be filled as a result of this call. The residency is on the water on a small float which carries a remediated heritage cabin studio and a separate deckhouse living space.

Located on the Pacific Coast in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, within the shared, unceded and ancestral territories of the xwməθ̓kwəy̓ əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Səlílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, the Blue Cabin offers a vantage point from which to consider this region — its layered histories and speculative future — differently.

THE BLUE CABIN FLOATING ARTIST RESIDENCY
The Blue Cabin sat between the low and high tide lines at Cates Park in North Vancouver from 1932 to 2015. Resisting ownership for nearly 100 years, it was home to maritime labourers and families, and since the late ‘60s was a place of creative respite and subsistence for Vancouver artists Al Neil and Carole Itter. Slated for demolition to make way for new development, the Cabin was saved by a consortium of arts organizations and has since been transformed into a unique floating artist residency that moves from time to time to different moorage sites and situations.

FACILITY AND CONDITIONS
This is a mobile, floating, on-the-water facility, a condition that brings a unique set of opportunities and challenges. The space consists of a floating concrete platform that houses a 350-square-foot, modern, purpose-built , 2-storey deckhouse as the artist’s residence and beside it, the restored, 315-square-foot, historic Blue Cabin that is outfitted as a studio. A wheelchair accessible bathroom for the use of visitors attending public events is available at deck level. Also on deck is a covered flex-space that can be used for gatherings or as an outdoor work area.The facility is designed with sustainability in mind and as such, has limitations and restrictions. The resident’s private bathroom and the public bathroom both have composting toilets. There is an onboard grey water system and the residence and studio are operated primarily by solar power with shore power as back-up. In order for the Blue Cabin’s sustainable systems to operate effectively, resident artists must be conscientious consumers of energy and water. Weekly laundry pick-up and delivery and house cleaning are among the services provided. Resident’s must be self-reliant and independent or able to arrange for access supports in collaboration with the Blue Cabin team.

LOCATION
The residency is currently moored in False Creek in downtown Vancouver at a publicly accessible dock at the Plaza of Nations. The Blue Cabin Committee is working towards a move to a different waterfront location in the Fall of 2020.

SELECTION PROCESS
Three panelists will review submissions and independently assess the submissions according to stated selection criteria. The full selection panel will meet to discuss their assessments and will short-list up to 12 artists for interviews. As a result of this process, up to five artists will be selected for individual 6-week residency slots.

SELECTION PANEL
Three curators or artists, each representing one of the three partnering organizations.

HOW SUBMISSIONS WILL BE ASSESSED
The Selection Panel will build upon the following selection criteria:Letter [60]:
• Degree of consideration and reflection
• Compatibility of interests and research
Past Work [40]:
• Artistic excellence, creativity, vision
• Research, areas of interest, rigor
• Potential impact the residency will have on their career
• Potential for engaging diverse audiences

FULL CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS (PDF).


HOW TO APPLY

Please send the following material in the form of one compressed PDF (4 MB maximum). Your submission materials will not be printed; therefore we recommend a horizontal format for optimal viewing on both computer and projection screens.Please title your file “Last Name_First Name.pdf” and include the following:

1. Your contact information: Mailing address, email address, daytime phone number

2. A one-page document that addresses:
    a. Your approach to research and production and how you would like to further this during the residency
    b. How you expect the residency will benefit your artistic inquiry and practice
    c. How you approach public/community engagement
    d. Your interest in the residency being located on the water, this region’s histories   of the foreshore, and how these conditions might relate to your practice

3. Current CV, maximum 3 pages.

4. Up to 10 images of recent artwork (may include multiple viewpoints of one artwork) with brief descriptions including title, date, etc. Alternatively, you may embed links within your PDF that direct us to specific pages of your website.

5. Feature one of your projects – maximum of 5 images and 300 word description. This feature provides an opportunity to elaborate on a selected project that you wish to bring to the attention of the selection panel.

 

SUBMISSIONS ARE DUE ON OR BEFORE 3:00 P.M. PACIFIC STANDARD TIME, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2020.

In fairness to all applicants, please know that our deadlines are fixed.

Please email your submission to: submissions@thebluecabin.ca

We welcome questions prior to February 21, 2020. These can be directed via email to: anthony@thebluecabin.ca

Answers to questions will be posted weekly on our website for the review of all who are interested in applying.

 

SUMMARY OF IMPORTANT DATES, 2020
Jan 14   Call for Submissions Open
Feb 21   Deadline for questions
Feb 24   Submissions due
Feb 27   Distribution to panelists for preview
Mar 9    Panel meets, short-listing
Mar 23 – 27  Artist interviews
Mar 31   Residency artists selected, contacted, and interest confirmed

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

I’m a writer, may I apply?
No, not in this round, but there may be opportunities in the future. This call is open to visual and media artists from emerging to established.

Can I specify which 6-week residency slot I’m interested in?
Not at this phase in the selection process. We will discuss the residency schedule during the interview phase.

Can I bring my partner?
The living quarters are quite small, but yes partners are welcome. They will need to cover their own costs for travel, subsistence etc.

I am part of a collaborative team; does the fee change to accommodate other members in our group?
Costs for travel and the subsistence fee remains the same. Please note the facility can only accommodate a single person or couple sharing the same bed.

Will I be alone on the vessel?
Yes, the resident artist is primarily on their own with visits from the residency coordinator as needed. The coordinator is on call 24 hours a day. The public will be invited on board for scheduled events and activities that will be developed by the artist and community engagement coordinator.

How is security handled?
The residence has a security system, lights, and alarms.

When will information about the moorage location be available?
We anticipate the residency will continue to be moored in Vancouver’s False Creek until November 2020 and hope to have confirmation of the subsequent location by Summer 2020. We will post information about the moorage on our website as it becomes available.

Artist and cabin inhabitant Al Neil at the Blue Cabin.

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