What About Rodman Hall?

What About Rodman Hall?
Deadline for submissions:
Thursday 24 March at 5PM at NAC

As an art gallery, Rodman Hall’s place in the consciousness of our community has fluctuated over its fifty-five-year history. The art gallery has at times been a proud emblem of civic health and an indicator of our collective progress, while at other times it has been misunderstood and purposefully marginalized.

The history of the Niagara Artists Centre and Rodman Hall are intertwined. Rodman Hall’s founding curator and director, Peter Harris, was one of NAC’s founding sixteen members. NAC also made an early home in the Coach House on the grounds of Rodman.

The place of the Rodman Hall Art Centre in our community is once again the subject of deliberation. Brock University, which in 2003 pledged to be the sole operator of the art gallery for twenty years, is now reconsidering the terms of its supporting role.

Why is it that our community leaders have not always recognized the value of having a strong, well-resourced public or university art gallery like Rodman Hall?

NAC is interested in the ideas that the visual artists of Niagara would like to share about Rodman, an organization that is mandated to support the development of artists and cultural workers in southern Ontario, as well as providing art experiences that enrich peoples’ lives.

What is the role of a public gallery such as Rodman in a community like ours?

What will the future of Rodman Hall look like?

What should our community leaders recognize about the value of an art gallery such as Rodman Hall?

The Rodman Hall website includes a thorough history of the gallery. Artists are encouraged to visit the site. We’re also going to organize an opportunity for those interested to go over to Rodman and poke around, dig into the permanent collection, and that kind of thing.

Finished works will be accepted at NAC for consideration by the Programming Committee from Saturday 19 March until Thursday 24 March at 5PM.

Artists are also expected to submit an artist statement of no more than 250 words along with a short biography not exceeding 150 words.

The group exhibition, tentatively titled, What About Rodman Hall?, will open with a reception on Friday 1 April at 8PM in the Show Room Gallery at the Niagara Artists Centre, 354 St. Paul Street, downtown St. Catharines.

Artists with works accepted for exhibition will be paid at rates above those recommended by the Canadian Artists Representation Copyright Collective (CARCC).

Questions about the exhibit can be directed to Stephen Remus at the Niagara Artists Centre minister@nac.org. Please include What About Rodman Hall? in the subject line.

Small Feats 2016: Sign on by Friday 12 February 2016

small feats
Sign on by Friday 12 February
Deadline for Art Works is Saturday 2 April at 4pm
SMALL FEATS is Saturday 9 April 2016

DOWNLOAD THE FORM HERE

Artist members of NAC, your Artist-run Centre needs you! We’re seeking remarkable art works from you created in the confines of a single square foot. We have lots of space, but only the best works will be accepted. We’ll line the walls of our Dennis Tourbin Members Gallery and sell them off for $200 each. Contributing artists choose to donate all or half the proceeds of their work to NAC.

NAC will supply some materials on request (canvas or masonite) but photographic, mixed-media, and works on paper will also be considered. You must be a member in good standing to participate.

Let us know if you intend on making work by filling out the form (above) and emailing it to nacsmallfeats@gmail.com by Friday 12 February at midnight.

Completed works get dropped off at NAC by Saturday 2 April at 4pm.

Need to renew or sign on?
You can swing by NAC and we’ll hook you up or stay home and do it online here

The Last Things

THE LAST THINGS
Call for Submissions
NAC’s Flea Market Gallery

Deadline for proposals: Wednesday 2 March 2016 to be received at NAC by 5PM

Once a thing is gone, that is the end of it.
– Anna from In the Country of the Last Things
by Paul Auster

Members of the Niagara Artists Centre are invited to submit proposals for art work to be included in an exhibition entitled The Last Things at NAC’s Flea Market Gallery.

Using materials sourced from the Flea Market, artists are invited to reconfigure found materials as a way of speculating on a post-industrial future. Tools, prototypes, contrived artefacts, and other imaginings are suggested to evoke a future era of salvage and survival. THE LAST THINGS proposes an imagining of future material cultures, the socio-political circumstances of those futures, and the kinds of innovations and responses that could arise with the disappearance of advanced technologies and newly manufactured goods. The exhibit wonders: Where and how does art merge with utility? What kinds of hybrids might arise out of necessity?

The title of this exhibition draws inspiration from the 1987 dystopian novel In the Country of the Last Things by Paul Auster. Set in a speculative future of an urban post-industrial wasteland, it follows Anna, a collector who scavenges and sells useful found objects.

The St. Catharines Factory Outlet Flea Market—Niagara’s largest flea market—coincidentally opened its doors the same year that In the Country of Last Things was published. In 2010, NAC converted an 8’ x 10’ flea market booth into a gallery and invited artists to create site-responsive work for the space. THE LAST THINGS is one of over fifteen exhibits to be shown at NAC’s Flea Market Gallery since it opened. The Flea Market currently accommodates over 250 booths, and welcomes 2500 visitors every Sunday.

Your submission for the LAST THINGS should include:

> a 300-word proposal describing the work and how it relates to the theme
> up to five relevant drawings, diagrams or photographs that support your proposal (sized 1024 x 768)
> a short artist statement/bio
> up to ten images of related past work (sized 1024 x 768)
> you must be a member in good standing

A jury will select works to be included in The LAST THINGS exhibited at NAC’s Flea Market Gallery in Spring 2016. CARFAC recommended artist-fees will be paid to selected artists or collectives.

For more information or questions please contact NAC 905-641-0331 or artists@nac.org

In the Soil Arts Festival 2016: Application Deadline – Mon 2 Nov 2015

Call for Artists
In the Soil Arts Festival

An explosion of creativity in downtown St. Catharines
30 April – 1 May 2016

Application Deadline – Monday 2 November 2015 @ 11:59pm

3 Days! Music, theatre, film, installations, one-time happenings, street art, comedy and more.

THE DIRT:

In the Soil is now accepting applications for our eighth annual Arts Festival, celebrating the unique artistic talents of Niagara and beyond. There are showcase opportunities for music, theatre, media, film, dance, streetscape, interactive art and more.

In the Soil Arts Festival nurtures the creation of new work, showcases talent, encourages innovation, and provides intimate and uncommon platforms for audiences to experience work by contemporary performing and literary artists, musicians and media artists. ITS encourages projects from both emerging and professional artists. In the Soil is Niagara’s homegrown arts festival and is working to make a Niagara that is self-determining and culturally distinct.

APPLY ONLINE HERE

The Regan Peacock Fung Memorial Art Fund 2015

THE REGAN PEACOCK FUNG
MEMORIAL ART FUND 2015

Travel Assistance for Professional Visual, Media, and Craft Artists
Deadline for Submissions: Friday 11 September at 5PM

Regan Peacock Fung took tremendous joy in the world around her. Her courageous spirit, keen judgment and infectious laughter enriched the lives of those who knew her. Regan’s passing in September 2011, from Chronic Lymphatic Leukemia, was a devastating loss.

Regan had a love of art since kindergarten, when her drawing was published in the children’s section of our newspaper. She pursued her interest in high school and then attended Concordia University, earning a degree in studio art and art history. She had a studio at home and spent her free time, when possible, painting large canvasses. When she became ill, it was her painting that gave her focus and solace. Her art hangs on the walls of family and friends, proof of its enduring importance. We cannot think of a better way to honour her life than through an endowment for Niagara Artists Centre.
– Claudia Peacock

The Regan Peacock Fung Memorial Fund has been established by Regan’s parents, Bob and Claudia, and brother, Erik, to honour her memory and two of the passions that enriched her life: art and travel. Money raised through the fund will provide assistance to professional visual, media and craft artists living in Niagara. Annually, an artist will be awarded $1000 toward their travel expenses artist in Canada or abroad to attend, or participate in, activities related to their work as an artist.

Past recipients:
2013 – Carrie Perreault (Artist-in-Residence [AIR], Taipei Artist Village, Taipei, Taiwan)
2014 – Mori McCrae (Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig, Ireland)

Download application requirements here:
ReganPeacockFungMemorialArtFund-2015

Submit proposals to
Regan Peacock Fung Memorial Art Fund
c/o Niagara Artists Centre
354 St. Paul Street
St. Catharines ON L2R 3N2

 

WORLD’S SMALLEST FILM FESTIVAL

Think Big, Shoot Small!
WORLD’S SMALLEST FILM FESTIVAL

Deadline for submissions is FRIDAY 5 JUNE!

Win big this summer by entering World’s Smallest Film Festival! Shoot a creative 1-3 minute short film on your mobile device around the theme of “water” and enter for a chance to win $1000.
 
All shorts will be featured on our Youtube page. Get the most likes? The top films will screen across the Niagara Region as part of the Niagara Integrated Film Festival. A jury of filmmakers and industry luminaries will pick the best film.
 
Deadline to submit: Friday 5 June 2015
For more details, including prizes and how to submit: https://niagarafilmfest.com/wsff/

IN THE SOIL > Vendor Bender

IN THE SOIL / VENDOR BENDER
Call for Submissions
Co-presented with Craft Arts Market (7 James St., downtown St. Catharines)

DATES: Friday 24 April 5pm – 9pm // Saturday 25 April & Sunday 26 April 2015 // 11 am – 5 pm
Submission Deadline: Monday 6 April 2015In the Soil Arts Festival, now in its 7th year, showcases and celebrates the unique artistic talents of Niagara and beyond. The 3-day event will feature more than 400 contemporary performing and literary artists, musicians, and media artists in the St Catharines downtown core. This year, we’ve teamed up with Craft Arts Market to present Vendor Bender, an arts market taking place at the hub of the event on James Street from Friday 24 April to Sunday 26 April 2015. TheVendor Bender offers an opportunity for independent Niagara artists and craftspeople to share their work. If you are making works such as artisanry; self-published magazine and book works; textile arts; screen prints; independent music recordings, and any other unique creations, we want you to present and sell your work at this dynamic, popular and exciting market. The Vendor Bender will be part of our outdoor Festival Hub in a fully tented location on James Street and part of an entire street of activity, including the festival Main stage tent with food and drink and live entertainment throughout the three-day festival.

>> APPLY HERE

SMALL FEATS 2015


SMALL FEATS 2015
Sign on by Thursday 12 February
Deadline for Art Works is Wednesday 1 April at 5pm
SMALL FEATS is Saturday 11 April 2015
>>DOWNLOAD the form:
SmallFeats2015-form

Artist members of NAC, your Artist-run Centre needs you! We’re seeking remarkable art works from you created in the confines of a single square foot. We have lots of space, but only the best works will be accepted. We’ll line the walls of our Dennis Tourbin Members Gallery and sell them off for $200 each. Contributing artists choose to donate all or half the proceeds of their work to NAC.

NAC will supply some materials on request (canvas or masonite) but photographic, mixed-media, and works on paper will also be considered. You must be a member in good standing to participate.

Let us know if you intend on making work by filling out the form (above) and emailing it to nacsmallfeats@gmail.com by Thursday 12 February at midnight.

Completed works get dropped off at NAC by ­­­Wednesday 1 April at 5pm.

Need to renew or sign on?
You can swing by NAC and we’ll hook you up or stay home and do it online!