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The City in Motion

CAG/Telus Garden Public Art Commission

Call for participants aged 17 to 25yrs old

November 2014 – February 2015

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This fall, the Contemporary Art Gallery (CAG) is embarking on a unique public art commission and intensive program for emerging artists (ages 17 to 25 yrs old).  The CAG has been selected by Telus to develop a community-based permanent multimedia installation for the Telus office located in the new Telus Garden building on West Georgia Street in downtown Vancouver.  Through this invitation, the CAG has organized, The City in Motion, an intensive four month program for emerging artists interested in investigating the city through the frame of moving images.  Supported by Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society and led by artist/mentors Josh Hite, Brian Lye and Jem Noble, participants will consider how the city has and is documented and envisioned through film, video and new media, engaging with the histories of documentary film and the city archive, and interrogating contemporary forms of documentation from smart phones videos and social media to surveillance recordings. Youth will respond to the ideologies, perceptions and histories of the city, culminating in the production of a permanent work at the Telus Garden building

This innovative program is an opportunity for youth to experiment with various media, offering training and mentorship on the concepts, documentation tactics and technical logistics for developing video/film/new media work. Through studio and gallery visits, workshops and screenings will also be connected to Vancouver’s cultural community. Designed to immerse participants in a rigorous schedule that supports the process of developing an idea into a final permanent installation, the CAG is targeting self-motivated individuals interested in collaborating in the process of creating a collaborative public art commission.

This innovative program is an opportunity for youth to experiment with various media, offering training and mentorship on the concepts, documentation tactics and technical logistics for developing video/film/new media work. Through studio and gallery visits, workshops and screenings the group will be connected to Vancouver’s cultural community. Cineworks will host a screening of completed works in February 2015.

To enroll: Send a letter of interest (500 words max) introducing yourself and outlining your interest in the program to learning@contemporaryartgallery.ca by Friday November 14, 5pm.

For more information on the project, contact: Shaun Dacey, Curator, Learning and Public Programs : s.dacey@contemporaryartgallery.ca or 604-681-2700

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This summer I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to intern at the Contemporary Art Gallery as the Communications Assistant. This was my first internship in the industry, so I did not really know what to expect, but it ended up being an incredibly insightful and motivating experience for me.

If you are familiar with the CAG blog, you have likely seen my “From the Archives” series, in which I discussed past exhibitions at the gallery and their relationships to themes of current exhibitions or other current issues in contemporary art. This gave me the chance to research and learn more about emerging and established artists, and was a great chance to use my academic knowledge in a real-world situation. It was pretty awesome to be able to write about an artist who’s work I had seen a few months ago while on exchange in Scotland (Nathan Coley!) on a gallery’s website in Vancouver.

I was excited to use my marketing and communications knowledge to assist with research into the marketing of art institutions and how non-profit galleries can reach a wider audience, especially in Vancouver. It was also eye-opening to be given the chance to attend Brendan Fernandes‘ interim performance and help with the gallery’s Family Day events; seeing and being a part of the processes of the gallery’s programs allowed me to experience what a career in the arts really entails.

I am now back in Montréal to complete my final year as an undergraduate Art History student at McGill University. After my internship this summer, I am looking forward to undertaking independent research concerning issues in contemporary art, something I had never studied heavily before this experience.

I want to thank the staff at the CAG for encouraging my creativity during this internship and giving me an authentic experience at the gallery. I hope to continue to contribute to the gallery in the future and am now even more thrilled to pursue a career in the arts industry!

- Kelli Sturkenboom

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