Exhibitions, Special Projects and Targeted Call

Call for Proposals, 2020 and 2021 Programming

Deadline: 15 February 2019, 4:59 PM

This call is only for the following programs: exhibitions, special projects and targeted call. Currently, we do not have an open call for residencies.

1. Exhibitions
2. Special Projects
3. Targeted Call
4. How to submit a proposal
5. Selection Process and Calendar

Information about venue accessibility

 

1. Exhibitions

OBORO particularly encourages Indigenous and culturally diverse artists and curators, as well as members of equity-seeking groups and under-represented communities to submit a proposal. Submissions will be evaluated on the basis of artistic merit, coherence with OBORO’s mission and mandate, ecological impact, and feasibility. OBORO supports artists who are parents by researching childcare options and offering financial help whenever possible. If, for reasons pertaining to equity, you wish to submit your proposal in an alternate format, please contact us in order to make arrangements.

Deadline: 15 February 2019, 4:59 PM

OBORO invites artists, artist collectives and curators in visual arts, media and digital arts or interdisciplinary practices to propose exhibition projects for Fall 2020 through to 2021. We are interested in innovative practices that offer a contemporary perspective on the issues facing us as individuals, as a society and as artists. OBORO’s mandate is to support creation in various cultural practices and to encourage innovation, experimentation, the exchanging of ideas and the sharing of knowledge. OBORO’s objective is to promote awareness and dialogue within the art world and society at large, and to contribute to a culture of peace.

Your project could include a performative aspect or a proposal for a public event (guided visit, artist talk, workshop, master class, cultural mediation, etc.).

Our regular installation period covers 10 days; please let us know if you think you will need more time in the gallery to develop the work in situ.

Conditions of Support for Exhibitions
-Exhibition rights: $2700 for a solo exhibition of 5 weeks;
-Exhibition install fee: $300-$500 per week;
-Materials budget for install and take-down: up to $500;
-Up to $1,000 to cover the artist’s travel fees (1); we will support artists in applying for additional funds if necessary;
-Up to $800 to cover the return transportation of artworks or equipment (1);
-For artists living outside Montreal: accommodation, a per diem of $40 (for stays of 7 days or less) or $25 (for 8 days or more) (The standard stay includes the week prior to the mounting and up to 2 days following the opening.);
-Up to 35 hours of installation and take-down technical support from our gallery technician (2);
-Specialized technical assistance for media-based projects;
-Promotion of the event in accordance with OBORO’s standard communications practices;
-Professional photographic documentation of the exhibition (the artist will receive a set of digital images);
-Access to the following equipment free of charge (3):
-4 Mac Mini computers;
-4 multimedia projectors;
-2 Matrox TripleHead2Go display ports;
-4 40" LCD monitors;
-6 amplified speakers with wall mounts;
-3 audio mixers;
-1 digital audio interface;
-1 subwoofer;
-3 headphones.

(1) Projects for which travel fees and transportation of the works exceed the maximum amounts will need to secure external supplementary funding before they can become eligible to the program.
(2) The artist (or curator) must be present during the installation period.
(3) The OBORO team reviews each selected proposal jointly with the artist in order to determine the options that will give the work optimal dissemination. However, any required equipment that goes beyond OBORO’s resources will need to be provided by the artist or by other collaborators. Artists requiring supplementary equipment for the presentation of their exhibition will receive a 40% discount on the current member rates of any equipment access should they wish to use the resources available at the New Media Lab.

 

2. Special Projects

OBORO particularly encourages Indigenous and culturally diverse artists and curators, as well as members of equity-seeking groups and under-represented communities to submit a proposal. Submissions will be evaluated on the basis of artistic merit, coherence with OBORO’s mission and mandate, ecological impact, and feasibility. OBORO supports artists who are parents by researching childcare options and offering financial help whenever possible. If, for reasons pertaining to equity, you wish to submit your proposal in an alternate format, please contact us in order to make arrangements.

Deadline: 15 February 2019, 4:59 PM

OBORO invites artists in visual, digital and media arts or interdisciplinary practices to submit proposals for special projects (performances, reading group, research group, short test periods, etc.). We support projects that could benefit from the technical or artistic expertise of members of OBORO’s team, or artists who require equipment or studio space to carry forward their research. Please indicate 2 or 3 preferred time periods between September 2020 and December 2021.

This call is for local, national and international artists and curators. However this program does not cover accommodation, per diem or travel fees.

Conditions of Support for Special Projects

-Honorarium for special projects: to be discussed according to the nature of the project (make a proposal in your budget);
-Up to $250 to cover costs of materials, including transportation;
-Access to OBORO’s studios and specialized equipment*;
-Artistic support;
-Technical supervision (Please note that OBORO provides a certain number of technical hours to familiarize artists with our equipment; beyond this time, the artist will be responsible for paying fees to a specialized technician.) *

OBORO’s team meets with each selected artist in order to develop the project’s production schedule. The specific requirements of each project are determined on an individual basis. Nevertheless, please include a list of anticipated technical requirements. A detailed list of our equipment is available here.

 

3. Targeted Call: Research Residency “Sound art and tactility: a haptic exploration of the living”

OBORO particularly encourages Indigenous and culturally diverse artists and curators, as well as members of equity-seeking groups and under-represented communities to submit a proposal. Submissions will be evaluated on the basis of artistic merit, coherence with OBORO’s mission and mandate, ecological impact, and feasibility. OBORO supports artists who are parents by researching childcare options and offering financial help whenever possible. If, for reasons pertaining to equity, you wish to submit your proposal in an alternate format, please contact us in order to make arrangements.

Deadline: 15 February 2019, 4:59 PM

For this targeted call, we want to support a research residency project that addresses tactile dimensions of interactions between human, vegetable/mineral and animal spheres by exploring the exchanges between these spheres of life physically and acoustically. We encourage the development of original methods to incorporate sound in a tactile, haptic manner. For example: the use of actuators as vibration sensors, the use of motors or pumps to sonify conductive objects on the body, etc. The approach may include a very concrete use of noise transmitters and receivers.

Conditions of Support for Targeted Call
- Honorarium for targeted call: to be discussed according to the nature of the project (make a proposal in your budget);
- Up to $250 to cover costs of materials, including transportation;
- Access to OBORO’s studios and specialized equipment*;
- Artistic support;
- Technical supervision (Please note that OBORO provides a certain number of technical hours to familiarize artists with our equipment; beyond this time, the artist will be responsible for paying fees to a specialized technician.)

* OBORO’s team meets with each selected artist in order to develop the project’s production schedule. The specific requirements of each project are determined on an individual basis. Nevertheless, please include a list of anticipated technical requirements. A detailed list of our equipment is available here.

 

4. How to Submit a Proposal

Please begin by carefully reading the program descriptions for this call, and looking on our website at projects we have supported in the past. If, for reasons pertaining to equity, you wish to submit your proposal in an alternate format, please contact us in order to make arrangements. Otherwise, we will only accept proposals submitted through our online submission portal. If you have any questions, contact the Front Desk at 514-844-3250 or email.

You will be asked to provide the following documents:
-    Presentation letter (1 page);
-    Biographical note of up to 150 words;
-    Current CV (maximum 3 pages);
-    Project summary of 250 words;
-    Detailed project description (up to 2 pages). For an exhibition, you will be asked to answer the following two questions:
      a) Would you like to occupy the large exhibition room, the small exhibition room, or both?
      b) Would you agree to have your work be considered for a group show along with the work of one or several other artists?
-    Support material: up to 10 images, up to 5 video or audio excerpts of 3 minutes or less (via url links);
-    List of technical requirements;
-    Basic budget listing anticipated expenses as well as revenue sources if they exceed OBORO’s resources (transportation costs, materials, equipment rental, etc.).

 

5. Selection Process and Calendar

OBORO has an artistic committee composed of members from the board of directors who have an active practice in creation, research, writing or curatorship, as well as members of OBORO’s team: the general director, programming coordinator, and two researchers. The committee meets to examine the proposals received for the centre’s various programs, and to consider the centre’s overall direction. On an ad hoc basis, the committee invites artists and curators from the art community to take part in the discussions. Furthermore, the members of OBORO’s team are called upon to play an active role in selecting certain projects, evaluating their feasibility and interest relative to a joint global vision. All of OBORO’s employees have an artistic practice, and the diversity of their interests and expertise contributes to the energy and vitality of the centre’s activities.

Artists and curators whose projects have been retained will receive a response within 3 months following the submission deadline. Due to the volume of submissions, we regret that we are unable to offer individualised feedback on applications that were not retained.