small feats 2020

SMALL FEATS 2020
Call for submissions

We’re putting the call out to NAC Member artists to contribute to the weirdest art buying frenzy and spring hip-drop on the Peninsula! NAC’s looking for red-hot art works to sell-off in support of your friendly neighbourhood Artist-run Centre. Once again, we’ll cram the space with work in April, but only the best will be accepted. As per usual, contributing artists choose to donate all or half the proceeds of their work to NAC.

SMALL FEATS
NAC will supply the materials (upon request), either a 12”x12” canvas or hard board, for our slate of Small Feats. All to be sold for $200.

Work on materials other than those supplied by NAC (canvas or Masonite board) such as photos, mixed-media, or works on paper will also be considered. DOWNLOAD THE FORM (available HERE).

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HIT PRINT
We’re also accepting printed works on paper. Pitch us a mock-up, sketch, whatever, and we’ll hand over the keys to NAC’s print studio so you can have the run of the place and start churning out some sweet little printed things (no larger than 12” x 12”) in an edition of 25. Each print will sell for $50. CHEAP! There are bunch of printing options serigraph, etching, lino, and wood block and Risograph!

Send an email to nacsmallfeats@gmail.com with ‘Hit Print’ in the subject line to get the immediate and particular lowdown.

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You must be a member in good standing to participate.
Even if you don’t require materials, 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 1 February before midnight. Please save your form with your name in the file name.

 

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DATES TO REMEMBER

Saturday 1 February 2020 before midnight
Applications to emailed to nacsmallfeats@gmail.com
We will email you when the materials are available for pick up.


Saturday 21 March 2020 12PM-4PM
Artwork to be dropped off at NAC


Saturday 4 April 2020 8PM
SMALL FEATS!

 

Littlest BOHO

LITTLEST BOHO
Saturday 7 December 12NN-5PM
East End of St. Paul Street / Downtown St. Catharines

A concentrated THREE blocks of artists’s studios and cultural enterprises open their doors and invite your patronage. Visual arts, crafts, musical instruments and recordings, books, and eclectic cultural gifts and artefacts of all kinds are to be offered at discounted rates–ONE DAY ONLY!

Visit EIGHT independent businesses selling cultural goods and the studios of NINETEEN Niagara Artists!

Lauren Garbutt Photography Studio at 283 St. Paul Street / Ziegler Boutique at 283 St. Paul Street / Write Bookshop at 285 St. Paul Street / Bond Street Studio Sale at 3 Bond Street / Out of the Past Vintage Clothing at 340 St. Paul Street / Niagara Artists Centre at 354 St. Paul Street / Niagara Records at 377 St. Paul Street / {pocket} Change at 393 St. Paul Street / Mostly Comics at 413 St. Paul Street / Ryson’s Music at 5 Court Street / Roly Poly Vintage and the NAC Studio Shop at 433 St. Paul Street

 

 

Regan Peacock Fung Memorial Art Fund 2019

REGAN PEACOCK FUNG
MEMORIAL ART FUND 2019

Travel Assistance for Professional Visual, Media, and Craft Artists
Submissions due Friday 1 November 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)
2018 > Tammy Jane Lepp (New Orleans, USA)

Download application requirements here:
RPF-memorialartfund-2019

Submit proposals:

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

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

 

 

 

Skawennati. Teiakwanahstahsontéhrha’ | We Extend the Rafters | Opening Fri 6 Sept 6:30pm

Skawennati.
Teiakwanahstahsontéhrha’ | We Extend the Rafters.

A children’s exhibition designed for kids aged 5 to 11
On display in NAC’s Show Room Gallery from 6 Sept-6 Dec 2019
Opening Reception Friday 6 September 6:30PM

The reception takes place Friday 6 September 6:30PM as part of the opening night of Celebration of Nations Indigenous Arts Gathering, which takes place at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre 6-8 September and includes 40+ free and ticketed events. More information at www.celebrationofnations.ca


My name is Iotetshèn:’en, and I live on Earth—usually. Our planet is united under the Great Law of Peace. […] Earth has been attacked by more than one visitor from outerspace, and our harmonious way of life is being threatened. So for now, my home is this spaceship. We are travelling to the first meeting of the five nearest, friendliest planets in our galaxy. The goal of our mission is to create a union that will protect us from attacks and also help us share our very different knowledges. I have been invited on this historic voyage because I have a special power…

Thus begins The Peacemaker Returns, a futuristic saga set in 3025 yet firmly rooted in the ancestral Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) confederation story and featuring historical figures such as Tekanawí:ta, Jacques Cartier, and a president addicted to Twitter! This new machinima—an animation-style movie produced on the virtual reality platform Second Life—is the core of the children’s exhibition Teiakwanahstahsontéhrha’ | We Extend the Rafters, designed specifically for kids aged 5 to 11 by Skawennati.

Audiences of all ages are invited to (re)discover some traditions in the artist’s “museum of the future,” an original installation. A guided tour and a collective workshop in the form of an innovative board game will encourage young and mature viewers alike to (re)learn history from an Indigenous perspective and imagine how all people can contribute to the world of tomorrow, reminding us how History, like any other narrative, is a construction defined by those who tell it.

The Teiakwanahstahsontéhrha tour benefits from the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec. This exhibition was produced in 2017 by VOX, centre de l’image contemporaine in partnership with Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace (AbTeC) and Obx Labs, with financial support from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Quebec Ministry of Culture and Communications and the City of Montreal under the Agreement on the Cultural Development of Montreal, as well as the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th.

About the artist.

Skawennati makes art that addresses history, the future, and change from an Indigenous perspective.  Best known for her machinimas—movies made in virtual environments—she also produces still images, sculpture and textile works.

Her pioneering new media projects include the online gallery/chat-space and mixed-reality event, CyberPowWow(1997-2004); a paper doll/time-travel journal, Imagining Indians in the 25th Century (2001); and TimeTraveller™(2008-2013), a multi-platform project featuring nine machinima episodes.  These have been presented in New Zealand, Hawaii, Ireland and across North America in major exhibitions such as “Now? Now!” at the Biennale of the Americas, and “Looking Forward (L’Avenir)” at the Montreal Biennale. Skawennati is represented by ELLEPHANT and her award-winning work is included in both public and private collections.

Born in Kahnawà:ke Mohawk Territory, Skawennati holds a BFA from Concordia University in Montreal, where she is based. She is Co-Director, with Jason E. Lewis, of Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace (AbTeC), a research network of artists, academics and technologists investigating, creating and critiquing Indigenous virtual environments. She also co-directs their Skins workshops in Aboriginal Storytelling and Digital Media. In 2015, AbTeC launched IIF, the Initiative for Indigenous Futures; Skawennati is its Partnership Coordinator.

www.skawennati.com


Supported by the
Audrey Shimizu Memorial Art Fund

What’s Eating You / Shake-n-Make Collective / Flea Market Gallery / Aug-Nov 2019

WHAT’S EATING YOU?
Shake-n-Make Collective
Flea Market Gallery at
St. Catharines Factory Outlet Flea Market

On display every Sunday
from 18 Aug – 3 Nov 2019

The photo diptychs presented here combine Betty Crocker recipe cards with flash fiction. Embedded in the actual recipe are short stories – mostly about interpersonal relationships, family dynamics, disappointment, failure, shame, and awkwardness. And looking over it all is the quintessential ‘70s food icon rendered in a gilt macaroni portrait, with an upgraded title to suit our current era: Master Chef Boyardee.

 

ShakenMake (members: Claudia B. Manley & Liss Platt) is a Hamilton-based queer art collective whose work directly references the 1970s while elevating craft and subject matter beyond kitsch to speak to our current moment. Initially inspired by the discovery of a set of Betty Crocker Recipe Cards (circa 1973), ShakenMake artworks take the form of felt banners, embroidery, photo-text works, macaroni portraiture, beaded gas cans, installation projects, and more. We are particularly interested in creating tension between the domestic sphere (a primary site of crafting) and the public sphere (the world outside the home), undermining high/low divisions, and questioning what is appropriate as an art material.