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East End Arts invites all textile-based artists to submit an application to this Call for Textile Artists. Successful artists will be selected for our upcoming programs: ArtMEETS Textile Edition, and TAPESTRY. The deadline for this call is Tuesday May 31st at midnight.

ABOUT OUR UPCOMING TEXTILE PROGRAMS:

East End Arts is about to embark on a season of textile-based programming, and we are looking for some passionate, talented artists to join us! Our first textile program of the summer season will be ArtMEETS: Textile Edition. Originally launched in 2018, ArtMEETS is a series of arts workshops and experiences that invite adult community members of all abilities and backgrounds to to learn a new art skill, meet new people, and let your creative side shine! Led by talented, engaging, and supportive artist facilitators, ArtMEETS workshops will take place on Saturday afternoons at St. Matthew’s Clubhouse in July and August, 2022. While past editions of ArtMEETS have focused on multiple disciplines of arts workshops, this season we are looking to present textile-based workshops only. This program will feature eight workshops in total, and each workshop will be led by a different artist/facilitator of a different textile discipline.

The second textile program launching this summer is called TAPESTRY, an at-home online art program for seniors that is largely based on our successful 2021 program for seniors called, Doorstop Diaries. TAPESTRY will work within the realm of textile art exclusively, and will work with a group of 20+ seniors to create a series of collaborative quilts. Each panel will be celebrating a loved one or neighbour, an abstract concept, or even a local beloved business lost during this contemporary pandemic. At the beginning of the program, seniors will receive a kit of materials including fabrics, patterns, and the necessary materials to create textile art, as well as a journal in which to write about and share their insights into the themes explored in each online programming unit over the course of six months. This program will run from August 2022 – March 2023, and will feature six workshops in total (one per month). Each unit/workshop will take place on Zoom, and will be led by a different textile artist. The program will culminate with a community exhibition.

ABOUT THIS GENERAL CALL FOR TEXTILE ARTISTS:

We are seeking submissions from textile-based artists and/or arts facilitators interested in sharing their textile-based art practice with our communities this season! Anything from punch needle embroidery, weaving, shibori and other dying practices, sashiko mending, quilting, needle felting, crocheting, macramé and more! We will use the applications from this Call for Artists to hire artists for ArtMEETS: Textile Edition, and TAPESTRY. Workshops for both 2022 programs will need to be three hours in length, and have a low barrier to participation. ArtMEETS workshops will take place in-person at St. Matthew’s Clubhouse, 1-4pm on Saturday afternoons, and TAPESTRY workshops will take place online over Zoom every month for the course of six months from August – March 2023, (exact date each month TBD). For both programs, we are open to any type of textile-based artform, so long as it can be easily taught to interested participants, and it aligns with the program theme and purpose. This call is open to all arts facilitators who are new, emerging, experienced, and anywhere in between. Let your imaginations run wild, and propose a fun workshop that is both engaging and accessible for our community members.

A NOTE ON COVID SAFETY PROTOCOLS: Please know that the safety of our participants and our facilitators is of utmost importance to us. All East End Arts staff and artists/facilitators are expected and required to continue to comply with applicable health and safety measures to reduce the hazard of COVID-19, including but not limited to, being fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine series, wearing a mask or face covering when necessary, maintaining appropriate physical distancing, and self-monitoring of potential COVID-19 symptoms when working in a space with others. All of our ArtMEETS: Textile Edition workshops will take place in-person at our Clubhouse with proper physical distancing, while all workshops for our upcoming TAPESTRY program are planned to take place over Zoom. Interested applicants should ensure that they can adapt their workshops for both in-person and online settings, as in-person workshops may pivot online if and when necessary.

SELECTION PROCESS:

Anywhere between eight to fourteen artists will be chosen out of this general textile artist call for our upcoming programs, ArtMEETS: Textile Edition, and TAPESRY.

ARTMEETS: TEXTILE EDITION SELECTION PROCESS

ArtMEETS: Textile artists will be selected by a committee made up of East End Arts staff members, board members, and select local artists. Priority will be given to artists from EEA’s Priority Groups, with particular weight given to applications from Local East Toronto Residents. Proposals will be evaluated based on the experience of facilitators, and viability of the proposed workshop to be delivered in-person during a three-hour timeframe. Preference will be given to proposals that introduce participants to new and engaging textile art forms & experiences, allow participants to take home completed artworks, and have a low barrier to participation. ArtMEETS endeavors to be a fun, accessible space for people of all abilities and backgrounds to learn new art forms, meet new people, and be creative for the afternoon.

TAPESTRY SELECTION PROCESS

TAPESTRY artists will be selected by a committee of local seniors. Priority will be given to artists from EEA’s Priority Groups, with particular weight given to applications from other senior artists or arts facilitators. Proposals will be evaluated based on the experience of facilitators, alignment with the program’s key themes (social connection amongst seniors, senior facility with online technologies, and senior artistry and self-expression), and viability of the proposed program to be delivered online over Zoom. TAPESTRY endeavors to be a program that focuses on community, creativity, and care for our senior participants, helping to tell their untold stories with our communities through art.

All of our Artists and Arts Facilitators for both ArtMEETS: Textile Edition and TAPESTRY will be provided with:

  • Fair and transparent facilitator fees (CARFAC rates): $225 for prep and $350 for one 3-hour workshop;
  • Costs covered for workshop supplies and materials;
  • Professional development opportunities and resources;
  • Support with administration, outreach, and communications for their individual workshop.

IMPORTANT DATES:

  • Deadline for submissions is May 31, 2022
  • Results notification will be after June 13, 2022
  • All artists will be chosen and sent contracts no later than week of June 20, 2022
  • ArtMEETS workshops will take place between July 9, 2022 and August 27, 2022
  • TAPESTRY workshops will take place between August 1 2022, and March 1, 2023
  • TAPESTRY Community Exhibit will take place in April of 2023

HOW TO APPLY TO THIS GENERAL TEXTILE ARTIST CALL:

Thank you for your interest in working with East End Arts! To apply to work with us through our ArtMEETS: Textile Edition program and/or our TAPESTRY program, please email one single PDF document, which includes your answers and all support material, to submissions@eastendarts.ca, with the following information:

  1. Name of Artist or Collective:
  2. Postal Code:
  3. Website (if applicable):
  4. Social Handles:
  5. Please provide an artist bio (200 words), attach a CV & promotional headshot.
    ** This bio & headshot will be used as promotional material for selected artists.
  6. Describe the artform that you would like to share in your workshop. Keep in mind that all artforms should be accessible enough that they can be learned in a three-hour class online. (Max 200 words)
  7. What materials are required for your workshop? (Keep in mind there is an approximate budget of $10-25 per participant for both ArtMEETS and TAPESTRY).
  8. Are you applying to be considered for ArtMEETS: Textile Edition, TAPESTRY, or both?
  9. If you want to be considered for ArtMEETS: Textile Edition, can you tell us what participants will get to take home, and the possible barriers to participating in your workshop? (Max 200 words).
  10. If you want to be considered for TAPESTRY, can you tell us how your workshop will address the themes of social connection and self-expression? (Max 200 words).
  11. Provide 6 examples of your work as support materials.
  12. Please confirm if you are a member of any of East End Arts’ Equity Seeking Groups:
    -Local East Toronto Resident
    -Female/Non-Binary Identifying
    -Indigenous
    -Black
    -Person of Colour
    -Person living with Disabilities and/or Mental Illness
    -LGBTQ2+
    -Newcomer
    -Senior
    -Youth
    -Low Income Community Member
    -High Density Tower Community Member
    -Crescent Town Community Member
    -Bengali Community Member
    -Francophone

Please save your single PDF document with your name in the file name, and Textile at the end, i.e. Robin_Smith_TextileApp.pdf. Send your PDF to submissions@eastendarts.ca.

If you have any questions about the application process you can email our Executive Director, Shana, at shana@eastendarts.ca. No phone calls, please.

Deadline for submissions: May 31, 2022, 11:59PM EST

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