The VAV Gallery: Black History Month Residency + Jury Call-Out



The Deadline for the Black History Month Residency and Jury submissions has been EXTENDED until Sunday, January 16th, 2022 @ 11:59 pm


The VAV Gallery is now accepting submissions for its 2022 Black History Month Residency

 

About The VAV,

The V.A.V. (Visual Arts Visuels) Gallery is a student-run exhibition space, supported by a Concordia Fine Arts Undergraduate student fee levy. Concordia students of all identities and levels of experience are encouraged to participate. Concordia University is located on Kanien’kehá:ka traditional territory.

Deadline to submit: Sunday, January 16th, 2022 @ 11:59 PM



Eligibility:

Concordia Undergraduate Fine Arts students enrolled in at least one Fine Arts course during the 2021-2022 academic year.


Black History Month Residency Statement:

Black History Month is a time to center Black history, to celebrate the Black community, and to speak up against the atrocities of systemic racial violence. As a state-sponsored observance, though, Black History Month is not a perfect vehicle for the expression of solidarity with Black liberation and the celebration of Black identity. Too often, state bodies, as well as civil society, use Black History Month to issue trite and superficial appeals to the value of diversity. Still, the month is unquestionably a platform for black voices, and an opportunity for everyone to stop and focus on uplifting Black people and Black history. Simultaneously, though, it functions as a disciplinary mechanism to draw a border around a state-sanctioned time-slot for Black people’s agitation. In sum, it is a double-edged sword. The VAV gallery would like to recognize and acknowledge this reality, while still honouring all the good that Black History Month accomplishes. The VAV Gallery Black History Month Residency adheres to the structuring logic of Black History Month. Simultaneously, it seeks to be critical of the paradigm. The goal of the residency is to affirm Black art, joy, connection, and existence. This residency utilizes a format new to gallery since the pandemic- the VAV gallery residency. In so doing, we hope to carve out new space in the institution and its operations for supporting the work, development, and community ties of Black Concordians.

Because of the Pandemic, the VAV was faced with the necessity of opening up the space to alternate uses. Without the imperative of back-to-back exhibitions, the 2020-2021 coordinators were afforded the freedom to experiment with different programming formats. This freedom culminated in the 2021 Summer Physical Residency, which invited four artists to work in the space for individual, consecutive two-week periods. This took place when Concordia was still in lockdown and had not opened its doors to students for a year and half, which meant that only one person could occupy the space at a time. Concordia has since partially opened, and will be fully in-person for the Winter 2022 semester. The gallery, too, has been slowly increasing its capacity, and we are excited to be able to get back to regular operations. However, we believe that the new programming possibilities discovered during the pandemic represent valuable potential for the future of the gallery. These possibilities push the boundaries of what the gallery can be and do for the student body; they expand the image of how the gallery can best address the evolving needs of the students it serves. It is the view of the current coordination team that the programming possibilities discovered during the pandemic should not fall by the wayside, but should rather be integrated into the regular operations of the gallery.

The Black History Month Residency seeks to utilize this format to open up new space for the Black artists of Concordia’s undergraduate body. The format will differ from the Summer Residency in that, for the Black History Month Residency, the artists chosen will share the space of the gallery for the duration of the project. For the first two weeks of February, the chosen artists will use the gallery space as their own studio/ laboratory; making work, mounting and documenting, and forging connections with each other. The artists will be chosen with consideration toward affinity between the cohort, in order to facilitate opportunities for meaningful discussion and collaboration. The artists will be chosen through a typical jury process, consisting of two VAV gallery board members, two Voting Members of the VAV (members of the Fine Arts student body), and two of the gallery coordinators. In addition, the artists will each receive a 100$ honorarium to put toward their individual projects. The residency will culminate with a two-week-long group exhibition of the Residents’ work. As the residency is only two weeks, the exhibition will leave room for the works to be in process. Like the exhibition associated with the 2021 Summer Residency, the exhibition will seek to display the exploratory trajectory of the Residency itself, rather than finalized works- allowing room for ongoing conversation.


Guidelines:

  1. The VAV Gallery accepts submissions from Black artists in different forms such as written and visual research, sound art, audio-visual explorations, poetry, performances, project proposals, group shows with themes as well as any form of in-progress or completed work. The VAV Gallery seeks varied proposals in order to constitute the BHM residency.
  2. Students are welcome to submit more than one artwork/project proposal for consideration. However, only one submission form may be used.
  3. Submissions can be works-in-progress, or in the form of proposals for projects such as performances, installations, curatorial experiments, and one-night events.
  4. All files must be Mac OS compatible, and any linked content (video, audio, et cetera) must be viewable for at least two weeks after the deadline. Please include passwords for password-protected content in your Project Statement.
  1. Submissions will be accepted in either French or English.


We encourage applicants to consult our mandate, as well as our archives (available on our website: https://www.vavgallery.ca/) to know more about the VAV Gallery’s programming.


Support:

Honorarium: $100


How to apply:

Submissions will be accepted in either French or English and only proposals submitted via the online form will be considered.



Submit here


Selection process:

The VAV Gallery’s programming is democratically juried every semester by 1 member of our Board of Directors, 2 VAV Gallery employees, and 1-3 members of the Undergraduate Fine Arts student body through a system of score voting.  The members  of the Undergraduate Fine Arts student body are selected randomly from those who applied to the call out for jury members. More details on how to apply as jury members for the 2022 Winter programming at the end of the document.



Further questions: vav.board@gmail.com
Learn more about the VAV gallery, visit our instagram account @vavgallery  





The VAV Gallery is looking for jury members for its 2022 Black History Month Residency

About The VAV,

The V.A.V. (Visual Arts Visuels) Gallery is a student-run exhibition space, supported by a Concordia Fine Arts Undergraduate student fee levy. Concordia students of all identities and levels of experience are encouraged to participate. Concordia University is located on Kanien’kehá:ka traditional territory.


Deadline to submit: Sunday, January 16th, 2022 @ 11:59 PM


The VAV Gallery jury is a way to get involved with Concordia's student-run gallery space.  JOIN OUR JURY!

Position title: Jury member for the VAV Gallery 2022 Black History Month ResidencyHow the jury process works:
The VAV Gallery’s programming is democratically juried every semester by 1 member of our Board of Directors, 2 VAV Gallery employees, and 1-3 members of the Undergraduate Fine Arts student body. The projected jury date will take place the week after the call for submissions deadline (see above). All Jury Participants will be expected to review each submission, apply a score and take notes for each submission.



How to apply:

Submit here



Please note that students submitting artwork to our call for Black History Month Residency cannot be selected to participate in the jury.


Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, these positions will take place online through Zoom and email in order to respect social distancing government regulations.


Deadline to submit: Friday, January 7th, 2022 @ 11:59 PM

The VAV Gallery jury  is a way to get involved with Concordia's student-run gallery space.  JOIN OUR JURY! Position title: Jury member for the VAV Gallery 2022 Black History Month Residency How the jury process works:
The VAV Gallery’s programming is democratically juried every semester by 1 member of our Board of Directors, 2 VAV Gallery employees, and 1-3 members of the Undergraduate Fine Arts student body. The projected jury date will take place the week after the call for submissions deadline (see above). All Jury Participants will be expected to review each submission, apply a score and take notes for each submission.



How to apply:

Submit here

Please note that students submitting artwork to our call for Black History Month Residency cannot be selected to participate in the jury.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, these positions will take place online through Zoom and email in order to respect social distancing government regulations.