The VAV Gallery: Looking for Twelve Solidarity Grant Recipients



The VAV Gallery is looking for Twelve Solidarity Grant Recipients

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


Deadline to Apply: April 9th, 2021 11:59 PM
The VAV Gallery is honoured to announce the launch of its first annual Solidarity Grant! The VAV Coordinators and the VAV’s generous, dedicated Solidarity Committee have been working hard to develop this inaugural program which will provide financial support to BIPOC Fine Artists.


Black, Indigenous, and People of Color have been historically excluded and discriminated against within academic and arts institutions. Their cultural contributions have been systematically dismissed, appropriated, and stolen. The VAV Gallery recognizes the need to support BIPOC artists, and has launched the Solidarity Grant as one step towards a more equitable arts community at Concordia.


This opportunity is only available to Undergraduate Fine Arts Students who are Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Color, and enrolled in at least one fine arts class during the 2020-2021 year at Concordia University.


Details about the Solidarity Grant:

The Galerie VAV Gallery seeks twelve BIPOC Undergraduate Fine Arts Students to participate in our first Solidarity Grant. Each of the twelve students will receive a $100 honorarium or grant and attend a special workshop by a professional artist. Additionally, there will be a dedicated section on the VAV website where grant recipients will have the option to publish images of their work, links to their websites, short bios, and/or a portrait of themselves.


The application process is quick and easy, and could be completed in about 45 minutes.


Jury Process:


Generally, The VAV Gallery’s programming is democratically juried every semester by 1 member of our Board of Directors, 3 VAV Gallery employees, and 1-3 members of the Undergraduate Fine Arts student body. This process takes place the week after the call for submissions deadline. All Jury Participants review each submission, apply a score and write down comments or feedback. The VAV will prioritize self-identified BIPOC jurors. Jurors are not eligible to be selected for the grant.


The jury application form can be found here.


Important dates:
  • Deadline to submit application form: April 9th, 2021
  • Applicants will be contacted: Week of April 12th, 2021
  • Workshop date and artist TBD.

Honorarium and Support:
  • $100 one-time honorarium or material reimbursement.
  • Applicants who are members of the VAV’s Board of Directors or Employees of the VAV are not eligible for an honorarium. However, the VAV is able to provide material reimbursement (reimbursement for material purchases) to applicants who are ineligible for honorariums. If you are ineligible for honorariums, please include a proposed budget of up to $100 in your application.

Responsibilities of the artist:
  • Return signed contracts
  • Submit financial information
  • Provide website content (if they would like to have a profile on the VAV website)

Submit Here!


The Google Form will ask:

  • Your name, pronoun, preferred language for speaking and writing, phone number (optional) and email address.
  • Self-identification.
  • Answer ONE of the following prompts with 100-500 words OR a creative interpretation (painting, photograph, video, etc):
    • What inspired you to become an artist?
    • What was your proximity to art growing up?
    • What do you most love about your arts community?
    • If your art practice was a story, how would you tell it?
    • What do you want to see in the Fine Arts community at Concordia?
  • OR a portfolio with images of your work compiled into a PDF.

Other questions:  vav.board@gmail.com

Learn more about the VAV gallery:  https://www.vavgallery.ca/

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