Collab for Change

The following message was sent to the members of the CCCC study group on April 4 2018. If you’re interested in participating and are not currently on the CCCC study group list, email:

Hello CCCC study group,

Kathy Bergquist called me earlier this week with the suggestion that we propose a collaborative exhibition with artists from the CCCC study group for the City Hall Art Gallery (deadline May 3). I love the idea, it will really give us something to focus on, so I asked her if she would co-curate it with me.

We will ask for a November 2019 time slot. This will give us 20 months to work on it. If we don’t get it this year, we’ll re-apply next year and ask for the January 2020 time slot; this will give us 21 months!

Attached is a draft of the proposal, minus all the artwork! I’ll finish writing the proposal once I hear from you! We will accept all artists from the CCCC study-group who want to participate in this project. It will be a collaborative process, expect your work to be discussed, perhaps critically, by the group.

  • As for the CARFAC fee, it will be divided among all artists so I don’ expect it will amount to much. The curatorial and writing fee will also be added to the pot. Costs for installation and transportation will be subtracted before sharing the fee. Material costs for production are the artist’s responsibility.
  • Please consider participating with a work (or installation that consists of several works) that can be connected in some way to the three intersecting major issues we are discussing: Capitalism, Colonialism and Climate Change.
  • As you can read in the draft proposal, colLABS for Change asks for more commitments from the artists than the usual group exhibition. We are proposing that each artist stays in the gallery one day a week for the duration of the exhibition, to generate discussion with invited friends and with people who drop in. There will also be three educational events.
  • Because of the educational aspect of this exhibition, it is highly recommended that the participating artists continue to educate themselves about the CCCC topics, through participating in the CCCC study group and/or other means.
  • At this point, I need one image and a c.v. of up to three pages, IN WORD FORMAT. Please note that we need one image only from each of the participants. We are only allowed to submit 10 images altogether for the proposal. Five of these images need to be of work that will be in the exhibition. If we have more than 10 responses (and thus more than 10 images), we will keep the extra images on file. Everyone in the CCCC group will be accepted for this proposal. We will choose the images that we think will bring us closest to being accepted for the exhibition. Whether your image is included in the submission or not, your name, and your c.v. will be there. If you’d like to participate, please read what is needed (below) and send it to me.
  • Please take the word colLABS seriously. Collabs is short for collaborations. LABS refers to laboratories. This exhibit is not about your art or mine, but about something that is larger and more effective that can flow from a pooling of energy and talents. There’s an urgent need for people to work together in this world in crisis. Let’s make colLABS for Change into a model of collaboration.

Be open, be generous, be thoughtful.

One image, c.v. up to three pages! Hope to hear from you soon(ish) We’ll need to get the proposal ready by the end of April. The draft proposal is open to change, depending on the responses by the artists. We’ll definitely get together to discuss it, we’ll let you know when. If you have any questions, email me.


What we need from each artist (1 image per artist)

The following requirements are cut from the City Hall Art Gallery Submissions page. You can find the whole thing HERE, but this is all we need from you:

  • Artistic resume, three pages max. (no need for contact info.) PLEASE SEND THIS TO ME IN WORD.
  • One Image: Include the following information about your image: artist’s name, artwork title, date, material and support, dimensions, and duration of artwork (if applicable). May also include additional information about the image in point form.
  • Strict adherence to naming convention is necessary for images to be successfully viewed during the peer assessment committee meetingImage files must be:
  • Saved as JPG
  • 72 dpi, no larger than 2 MB each. RGB colour mode with a maximum of 1240 pixels (length or width).
  • Named with the corresponding title, date, medium and support, and metric dimensions, each separated by an underscore. Do not leave a space before or after the underscore. File names must not exceed 150 characters. For example:
    Xylophage_2014_wood and paint_20 x 30 x 40 cm.jpg