IDIOCINEMA / CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

IDIOCINEMA
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Deadline Monday 31 December 2018
Email to artists@nac.org with the subject line: Idiocinema.

Marplot’s Guide to Film
In the fall of 1995, a man with a briefcase suffered a fatal seizure in a dépanneur in Montreal, after an agitated and confused exchange with the proprietor. Apart from his name –Walter Marplot– authorities could not determine anything else about the man: no one seemed to know him and the few identification documents matched no known official offices or protocols. Stranger still were the contents of his briefcase: a manuscript for an encyclopedia of films, along with several still photographs identified in cramped handwriting as still shots from some of the films discussed in the manuscript. However, none of the hundreds of films described therein were recognized even by experts, yet they seem to cumulatively depict some alternative history not just of cinema, but of the world.

That’s the jumping-off place for a multi-artist project called Idiocinema, which will culminate in the publication of a book with that title by the Niagara Artists Centre. The text of the book is being written by Tim Conley. The book is to include images that suggest an entire film that will be used in conjunction with Tim’s synopses.

Idiocinema publication will consist of capsule, alphabetized descriptions of over 100 films, with lines of connection between them by which readers can follow particular storylines, such as that of a given actor’s career or of a particular trend in film in this alternative history (for example, the vogue for Swedish films about “legal technicalities” in the 1970s, or the British Mr. Whiffle comedies of roughly the same period). However, much of the book remains to be written, and the writing will be informed and inspired by the images chosen for inclusion.

NAC member artists are encouraged to lend their creativity to creating ‘film still’ images in a variety of styles, eras, genres, locations, and techniques. A black and white close-up of a nostril might be as powerful and suggestive as a full colour rooftop shot of a falling watermelon. We want images that hint at a scene, of the moments before and after the still image that’s submitted.

There’s only one absolute constraint: in Marplot’s world, there is no such place as Canada (it disappeared when cinema began), so images cannot include recognizable Canadian locations, landmarks, or symbols. In fact, the guide is to international film, so shots taken of/in the markets of Cairo, the clubs of Hong Kong, or the swamps of Louisiana are at least as welcome as those in an uncertain setting. Likewise, people may or may not be in the shot. Photos selected will be assigned a caption and presented as a scene, or still, from a particular film.

We plan to include 50 photographs in the published book. Artists may submit up to ten images for consideration. Modest remuneration of $50 will be paid for each photograph selected. Artists will receive printed credit and a copy of the book. They will retain copyright of the image and the right to sell the original and/or reproductions of their image(s). If there is sufficient interest, at a launch party for the book, an exhibit will be organized where the images can be presented and sold.

Submission criteria
a) Film stills may imply the different styles of filmmaking: Film Noir, the Musical, Italian Neorealism, Arthouse, and Sci-fi, for example. They may also imply the historic eras and shifting technologies of filmmaking: the silent era, animation, New Hollywood, etc.

b) Film stills should be formatted to reflect popular cinema and video aspect ratios: 1.85:1, 2.39:1, 4:3, and 16:9

c) Images should have a minimum resolution of 300 dpi.

d) Submission should be attached or file shared by email to artists@nac.org with the subject line: Idiocinema. Please include your name, address, and phone contact in the body of your message. The deadline for submissions is 31 December.

Sample film descriptions from Idiocinema
CANNIBAL DANCE CRAZE (1971)
American. Dir. Dalton Webby. Colour, 85 minutes.

A holiday cruise ship loses its way and runs ashore an uncharted island inhabited by savage cannibals whose one weakness is their inability to resist a good dance tune. The failed ironies of the film include the strange casting (the cannibals are all played by white actors, the tourists by blacks) and the double-entendres in the dialogue of the original script (written by Webby), which mocked specific racist views espoused by the then-governor of California, were lost in the rigorous editing that the studio enforced.
Trudy Trust is vaguely amusing as a fainting-prone socialite on the make for a husband, but the drinking may not be all acting. In her tell-all memoir, What Didn’t I Do (1984), she succinctly said of this film, “the lighting people seemed to know what was going on.”

CHACKATOO CHACK CHIZZERAM (1990)
American. Dir. Fintan Hold. Colour, 121 minutes.

The first of Hold’s films of people strangling each other, this one is the only one to include dialogue, and critics are divided as to whether it is thus an entirely extraneous feature or very meaningful precisely because it is so rare. The most shocking strangulation takes place in the library, a scene that takes only 12 minutes in the film but which took three whole days to shoot to Hold’s satisfaction. Fans will want to see this, but novices might better start with the later chapters in the cycle, such as Innocence to the Innocent (1992) and Gruzz Geduzz Alack (1994).

KEEPING IT DOWN IN THE AIRPORT (1973)
Swedish. Dir. Birgitta Lifsovgrass. Colour, 90 minutes.

A smuggling ring is cracked using a little-known regulation about noise levels in airports. Claes Kladdig plays the lead detective with unparalleled detachment, while Jannike Oregelbunden (better known for her later career in music) plays the nameless girl with acute hearing (and, in the dream sequence, the figure of Death). Keeping It Down initiated a surprising revolution in Swedish cinema and is recognized as the first
of a series of “legal technicalities” films, including director Lifsovgrass’s own Uncle’s Income (1975) and The Sorry Barber (1976).

THE LOST CAUSE OF MY HALF-BROTHER MILOSLAV (1984)
Czech. Dir. Andìl Všední. B & W, 88 minutes.

“I wanted to make a film so joyless,” the director Andìl Všední later acknowledged, “so utterly without hope, that an audience might feel that their own lives were not so miserable and wretched as all that.” The narrator recalls his family’s vain efforts to convince the by turns morose and truculent Miroslav to give up his dream of finding a cache of diamonds allegedly stolen decades before by his grandfather but never found. Všední exclusively used uncredited amateur actors, whom he found in hospitals and paid with watered down alcohol, and it may thus be unsurprising that the dialogue is often hard to make out.

Regan Peacock Fung Memorial Art Fund 2018

REGAN PEACOCK FUNG
MEMORIAL ART FUND 2018

Travel Assistance for Professional Visual, Media, and Craft Artists
Deadline for Submissions: Friday 12 October 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)
2015 > Amy Friend (Havana, Cuba)
2016 > Janny Fraser (Zwolle, Netherlands)
2017 > Jim Maunder (Camino de Santiago, Spain)

Download application requirements here:
Regan Peacock Fung Memorial Art Fund 2018

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

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Email to artists@nac.org
Please include Regan Peacock Fung Memorial Art Fund  in the subject line

Small Feats 2018 / Call for Submissions

Deadline to order materials is FridayFebruary at midnight.
Download the form HERE or swing by NAC to fill one out during gallery hours

We’re calling on the artist members of NAC to create remarkable works of art in support of your friendly neighbourhood artist-run centre.

With the success of last year’s Small and Smaller Feats, we’ll once again be offering NAC Members the option of working with 6”x 8” canvas board, to be sold for $100, or 12”x12” canvas or Masonite board, to be sold for $200. You can submit a maximum of three SMALL feats and three SMALLER feats.

We’ve got lots of space, but only the best works will be accepted. Contributing artists choose to donate all or half the proceeds of their work to NAC.

NAC will supply some materials on request (canvas board, stretched 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 Small Feats 2018 Form and emailing it to nacsmallfeats@gmail.com by FridayFebruary at midnight

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

Dates to remember
Friday 9 February 2018 before midnight / Applications to emailed to nacsmallfeats@gmail.com
Saturday 31 March 2018 12PM-4PM / Artwork to be dropped off at NAC
Saturday 7 April 2018 8PM / SMALL FEATS!

>> We’ll email you when the materials are available for pick up <<

Regan Peacock Fung Memorial Art Fund 2017

THE REGAN PEACOCK FUNG
MEMORIAL ART FUND 2017

Travel Assistance for Professional Visual, Media, and Craft Artists
Deadline for Submissions: Friday 29 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)
2015 – Amy Friend (Havana, Cuba)
2016 – Janny Fraser (Zwolle, Netherlands)

Download application requirements here:
RPF-memorialartfund-2017

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

Niagara Métis Art Exhibit / Exposition d’Art Métis au Niagara

Niagara Métis Art Exhibit
DEADLINE TO APPLY: Saturday 19 August
Please email submissions to natasha@nac.org and include Metis Art Exhibit in the subject line.

Are you a Métis visual artist living in Niagara? Are you interested in exhibiting your art work or video art?

The Niagara Artists Centre and the Niagara Region Métis Council is interested in displaying your work for a special exhibition in the Dennis Tourbin Members Gallery as part of the Celebration of Nations this September.

We are interested in new art works that explore what it means to be a Metis living in Niagara. Please send by email:

  • a short biography about yourself no longer than 50 words
  • a short statement about your work no longer than 50 words
  • ten jpeg images of art work or two mpeg sample videos of work that you’ve made

Submissions can be made in French or English.

DEADLINE: Saturday 19 August 2017

Please direct any questions to the Stephen Remus at the Niagara Artists Centre, minister@nac.org 905-641-0331


Exposition d’Art Métis au Niagara
DATE LIMITE: Samedi 19 août
Merci d’envoyer votre demande de soumission à natasha@nac.org et de bien indiquer “Exposition d’Art Métis au Niagara” dans le sujet du message.

Êtes-vous artiste plasticien Métis résidant au Niagara?  Seriez-vous intéressés à exposer vos œuvres plastiques ou vidéos?

Le Centre des Artistes du Niagara et le Conseil des Métis de la région du Niagara aimeraient présenter vos œuvres pour une exposition spéciale dans la galerie des membres Dennis Tourbin en partenariat avec la Célébration des Nations ce mois de septembre.

Nous sommes intéressés à découvrir de nouvelles œuvres d’art qui explorent ce que signifie être un Métis habitant dans le Niagara. Envoyez-nous par courriel:

  • Une courte biographie de vous, pas plus que 50 mots
  • Un court résumé concernant vos œuvres, pas plus que 50 mots
  • Dix images jpeg de vos œuvres d’art ou deux échantillons d’œuvres vidéos mpeg que vous avez fait

La proposition peut se faire en français ou en anglais.

DATE LIMITE: Samedi 19 août 2017

Veuillez adresser toutes questions à Stephen Remus au Centre des Artistes du Niagara, minister@nac.org 905-641-0331

 

SMALL FEATS 2017 / Call for Submissions

It’s that time of year again! 

We’re gearing up for the biggest art buying frenzy and party of the year! We’re calling on the artist members of NAC to create remarkable works of art in support of your friendly neighbourhood artist-run centre.
 
But hey! Check it out. 
 
While we’re still offering up sweet square foot works of art, we’re adding an even smaller option to this year’s wall. Sign up for a 6”x 8” canvas, to be sold for $100. Or stick with the 12”x12” canvas or Masonite board, to be sold for $200. Or do both!
 
We have lots of space, but only the best works will be accepted. 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 (available HERE) and emailing it to nacsmallfeats@gmail.com by Friday 17 February before midnight. Small Feats takes place at NAC on Saturday 8 April, so save the date!
 

DATES TO REMEMBER

Friday 17 February 2017 before midnight / Applications to emailed to nacsmallfeats@gmail.com.
>> Download the form here.

Saturday 1 April 2017 12PM-4PM / Artwork to be dropped off at NAC

Saturday 8 April 2017 8PM / SMALL FEATS!

We will email you when the materials are available for pick up.
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

Call for Performers: Voix de Ville Extravagonzo

Call for Performers – Voix de Ville Extravagonzo
Calling on dancers, actors, acrobats, comedians, models and more!

Please apply by Friday 14 October at 5pm to attend Audition.

Production name: Voix de Ville Extravagonzo
Director in attendance: Deanna Jones
Deadline to submit: Friday 14 October, 5pm
Show dates: Friday 18 November 7pm, Saturday 19 November 7pm + 9:30pm
Audition Date: Sunday 16 October 12-3pm
Mandatory Fitting and Photo Date: Saturday 29 October, 11-4pm
Email applications to: deanna@suitcaseinpoint.com (include “VdV 2016 Audition” in subject line)
Producing Company: Niagara Artists Centre (www.nac.org)
Producing Partners: FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, Suitcase in Point
Website: http://www.voixdeville.ca/

Ethno-cultural mandate or ethno-cultural casting statement: Niagara Artists Centre is committed to inclusive casting. Artists of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

About Voix de Ville: Voix de Ville Extravagonzo has evolved out of the Niagara Artists Centre’s popular STRUTT Wearable Art Show, a long-running Niagara favourite. Voix de Ville is a show based on the storied traditions of vaudeville. It is an unrivalled mixture of extraordinary performative feats presented in equally exuberant proportions.

Audition Information: This will be a group audition. Time will be spent in groups to focus on ability to move, ability to pick up on blocking and timing quickly, and most importantly, your pleasure to perform. Your measurements will be taken. Details on location will be sent out to all confirmed applicants.

Please submit resume, bio and photo to deanna@suitcaseinpoint.com by Friday October 14 at 5pm.
Rehearsal Dates: October 24 – November 18 (Schedule will vary for all performers cast).
Performance dates: November 18 + 19
Parts to be cast: Various roles, including chorus.

 

 

STUDIO SPACE / RETAIL SPACE / PRINT STUDIO

STUDIO SPACE / RETAIL SPACE / PRINT STUDIO
Downtown St. Catharines
Available 1 September 2016
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS:
Wednesday 31 August 5PM

NAC has a new storefront space on St. Paul Street to accommodate studios, screen-printing facilities, and retail space for selling art work! Interested? Contact us at artists@nac.org.

  1. How do I apply?
    Applications must include:
    – Ten digital images (jpegs) of your work (or appropriate documentation)
    – An artist statement no longer than 150 words
    – A resume or CV or your art related education and/or experience, if applicable. It should be no longer than two pages
  2. When are applications due?
    We begin our occupancy of the space on Thursday 1 September. Applications are due by Wednesday 24 August. Depending on availability, a second round of applications may follow in October.
  1. How much will the rent be?
    The rent for studio spaces will begin at $150/month. The rate is dependent on the size of the space you’d like and the number of artists renting. The spaces are common, meaning you will be sharing space in a room with two or three other artists. 
  1. How big are the studios?
    This depends on the number of artists occupying the space. Each space will be a minimum of 100 square feet and all spaces will have some natural light.
  2. Will I have WIFI access?
    Yes.
  1. What is the selections process?
    You apply by email (artists@nac.org), by mail (NAC, 354 St. Paul Street, St. Catharines, ON L2R 3N2), or by dropping your application off in person on or before Wednesday 24 August.A selection committee comprised of NAC staff, board of directors, and members of NAC’s programming committee will review all the applications and inform all the candidates of the results on Saturday 27 August. The committee will use the same guidelines used to select work for the Members Gallery which can be found here:Dennis Tourbin Members Gallery. Accepted tenants will be informed of when they can move in, some time on or before Thursday 1 September.
  1. What percentage of sales will you take from the retail space?
    Much like NAC’s Dennis Tourbin Members Gallery, NAC will collect a 15% commission on sales in the retail space. This modest commission will be used to cover costs of maintenance and conducting transactions.
  1. Do you have to be a NAC Member to rent space?
    NAC will be accepting responsibility for the space and extending its liability insurance to the space so all renters must be NAC Members. An artist membership in NAC is $40 + HST. You can join NAC online here.
  1. Will the print studio be available to those who are not part of the collective space?
    The print facilities will be available at hourly and daily rental rates. These rates will be kept affordable and made available as soon as the print studio is up and running. We plan on being able to offer screen-printing (including photo-emulsion facilities) and impression printing with motorized etching presses.
  1. Who will be selling art work in the retail store at the new space?
    Only artists who are tenants in the space will be able to put their art and craft works for sale in the retail store. In time, NAC may open in up to artists-at-large. The tenants will be responsible for setting and maintaining the retail store’s hours.
  1. What hours will the studio be open?
    Studio tenants will have twenty-four hour access.
  1. What about craft arts?
    NAC is a contemporary visual art gallery, so our focus will be on making studio space for expression in the visual arts. However, we are planning to open a portion of the studio spaces to professional craft art-makers as well. The ratio will be 75% visual art and 25% craft.

 

Regan Peacock Fung Memorial Art Fund 2016

THE REGAN PEACOCK FUNG
MEMORIAL ART FUND 2016

Travel Assistance for Professional Visual, Media, and Craft Artists
Deadline for Submissions: Friday 30September 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)
2015 – Amy Friend (Havana, Cuba)

Download application requirements here:
TheReganPeacockFungMemorialArtFund-2016

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

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.