Call for Artists: CRIT AT THE HALLWAY GALLERIES

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Presented by O’Born Contemporary and Artscape Youngplace

O’Born Contemporary and Artscape Youngplace welcome applications from artists to participate in CRIT AT THE HALLWAY GALLERIES, a two week exhibition featuring a public CRIT event.  Key dates are as follows:

  • Monday, November 3, 5 pm – 9 pm: exhibition installation
  • Wednesday, November 5, 6:30 pm – 9 pm: exhibition reception and public CRIT
  • Saturday, November 16, 3 pm – 8 pm: exhibition de-installation

Disseminating work beyond the walls of the studio is integral to the development of an artist’s practice. Conversation fuels the creative process with a new energy that can only be attained when it is exposed to outside perspectives.

After art school, the venues for these exercises in critique and discussion are few and far between. Those four-hour academic critiques we once struggled to focus through vanish, isolating us with our toils. And, for those who never had the privilege of an organized peer assessment, access to critical communities are even sparser.

With CRIT AT THE HALLWAY GALLERIES, O’Born Contemporary has partnered with Artscape Youngplace to offer wall space to local artists for an opportunity to both rediscover the importance of peer evaluation and connect to the current creative community in the city.  Participants will have the chance to present work for two weeks in the Hallway Galleries, and participate in a group event and receive feedback from many perspectives.

For this CRIT AT THE HALLWAY GALLERIES, O’Born Contemporary and Artscape Youngplace will invite guest participants including artists, gallerists, curators, and writers to contribute to the conversation and enrich the experience for all.

RSVP is required for participation. The first eight artists to confirm participation will be assigned exhibition space, and will receive 15 minutes of presentation and discussion for at least one work during the public CRIT. Any RSVPs received after the first eight will be offered a spot in a future CRIT AT THE HALLWAY GALLERIES. Whether presenting work or not, all artists are welcome to observe and contribute to the dialogue.

Artists will be responsible for:

  • The preparation of their works for installation and transport to Artscape Youngplace.
  • Installation of their works on Monday, November 3 between 5 pm and 9 pm.  Artists are allowed the option to self-install works at no charge following the Hallway Galleries’ installation guidelines. Artscape can also organize professional installation with secure installation hardware at an additional charge.
  • Participation at the CRIT and Opening Reception, Wednesday, November 5, 6:30 pm and 9 pm.
  • Removal of their works and hardware on Saturday, November 16, between 3 pm and 8 pm.
  • Providing art work details for standardized exhibition signage by Monday, November 3 at 9 pm.

Participation is free for Flex Studios members. For more information about the Flex Studios program and how to become a member, please visit http://artscapeyoungplace.ca/flex-studios/

To participate, please RSVP to natasha@torontoartscape.on.ca

About the Hallway Galleries
The Hallway Galleries is an impressive public exhibition space located at Artscape Youngplace (180 Shaw Street) in West Queen West, one of Toronto’s most creative neighbourhoods and a major centre for contemporary art in Canada. The building is open to the public daily and frequented by artists, cultural workers and the community. Spanning 9,350 sq.ft. of spectacular corridor space on three floors, the Hallway Galleries are ideal for a wide variety of art forms and curatorial projects. Hallways are 125’ in length with 14’ ceilings throughout and are equipped for visual art installation in a variety of media.

  • First Floor: Four permanent vitrines (94 sq.ft. total) with depths ranging from 8”-18” and featuring internal lighting, security locks, cork-covered plywood mounting surfaces, and access to power. There is limited access to additional wall/floor space throughout the first floor and mezzanine.
  • Third Floor: ~1,120 sq.ft. of reinforced gallery wall surface in 17 distinct areas, 8’ in height and ranging in length. Each area has adjustable full-spectrum lighting, access to power and is suitable for security installation hardware. Access to limited movable vitrines.
  • Second Floor: ~1,080 sq.ft. of reinforced gallery wall surface in 16 distinct areas, 8’ in height and ranging in length. Each area has adjustable full-spectrum lighting, access to power and is suitable for security installation hardware. Access to limited movable vitrines.

Additional floorplans and specifications can be downloaded here: http://artscapeyoungplace.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/AYP_HallwayGalleries_Package.pdf

About O’Born Contemporary

O’Born Contemporary is a commercial gallery dedicated to the exhibition and dissemination of recent works by living artists. We aim to present an exhibition program that is diverse in medium and aesthetic but consistently rich with critical merit. Our exhibitions and the works that comprise them are both intellectually engaging and alluring commercially, making them well-suited to a myriad of diverse collections.

As gallerists and agents, we pride ourselves on our practice of fostering active relationships with our represented artists, thereby ensuring an authentic and sensitive understanding of the works we exhibit. By extension, we endeavour to maintain a contributing relationship with our local and international communities. This is achieved in part by hosting auxiliary programs including critiques, panel discussions, lectures and performances as well as participating in international events such as fairs and festivals. Engaging regularly in art happenings, we are well positioned to adapt to the fluidity of the art market without compromising the stability of vision upon which our nuanced approach to art is poised.

For more information, visit oborncontemporary.com