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In 2017, CUE received a record-breaking number of art project proposals (86 proposals representing $73,485 in requested funds). After a very competitive adjudication process, we are pleased to announce 24 grant recipients who will be producing projects in multiple disciplines (representing $16,849 in grants). This grant cycle underscores the urgent need for accessible and equitable arts funding--arts funding that is allocated in ways that more accurately reflect the diversity of our city.
We thank the Ontario Arts Council for their support in making this year's grants possible.
Alesha Aquino is supported to create a mixed media tapestry piece about experiences with heartbreak, love and rebirth, and destruction told through a narrative about a mythological goddess named, Kaluluwa which means “soul” in Tagalog.
Balu is supported to create a 4-track South Asian infused R&B EP using original beatbox compositions as instrumentals.
Cody Escuyos is supported to create Neat Little Boxes, an interactive video installation meant to examine the way trauma is stored in our bodies and minds.
Calvin Leveille and James Waters are supported to produce The House That Dripped Blood--a graphic novel about the relationship between two rural gay Indigenous men revisiting their condemned hometown to hide from the consequences of their misled lives.
Chason Yeboah is supported to create a performance piece that brings attention to the ridiculousness of the “dick pic”. The performance includes a hand made suit that will contain 30+ crocheted penises.
D. Hart is supported to create a 6-song EP entitled All In My Head which will incorporate Motown and Funk with Hip-Hop.
Devon Davey Welter is supported to create a series of abstract paintings and sculptures made from found objects.
Gillian Mapp is supported to create a series of digital colour photographs of Black female bodies, expressing the Black narrative in a way that is intended to challenge the history of the white gaze.
Hannah Schreck is supported to create an installation entitled Sekue ts'en nasja or I am going home, a recreation of a traditional umbilical cord ceremony.
Heyishi Zhang is supported to create The Queer Asian Youth Podcast – a podcast for queer East and Southeast Asian youth. The podcast will take listeners on the artist's journey as they reconnect with history and community.
Jade is supported to create a series of jewellery using hand modelled clay and found objects such as bone, metal, and shells.
Jason Julien is supported to create Anxiety Matrix--an abstract expressionism painting about experiencing anxiety.
James Yeboah is supported to create When Black Boys Smile--a series of paintings exploring the importance of Black male intimacy.
Kimberly Edgar is supported to create Bacchanalia--a short comic book exploring the anger and fantasized vengeful response of four women after being sexually assaulted.
Kuya Spirit is supported to create a series or 4 large-scale paintings based on blurred memories and patterns that constitute the artist's spirit. Each painting will be represented in a series of stickers.
Mascot is supported to create a 4-track Hip-Hop EP with elements of no-wave, punk rock, and horrorcore.
Noor Khan is supported to create East, a short film about how a person's relationship with land, gender and race shapes the relationship that she has with other people.
Oreka James is supported to create series of large-scale paintings exploring their understanding of Blackness, gender, race, accessibility and Queerness.
Pauline Aksay is supported to create a series of vignettes/portraits depicting a father overdosing on prescription pain medication, as told from his son’s point of view.
Pippa Elolia is supported to create Privilege--a sculpture installation that will explore privilege through a series of floating faces.
Sport Mathews is supported to create a hip-hop EP exploring mental health, relationships, and growing up biracial in a predominantly white society.
Taylor Thoroski is supported to create a series of fashion editorials, that will tell the story of growing up in social housing as a queer, creative Black girl aspiring to achieve success in a wealthy white-dominated industry.
Tumaini Lyaruu is supported to explore a textile-based approach to storytelling, where three artists who live with or have had a sexually transmitted infections, design and crochet palm-sized genitalia with clinical symptoms of STIs.
Yasmine is supported to create a 5 track hip-hop EP entitled When Time Stands Still, which will provide insight on hopeless love, addiction, and mental health.
CUE is excited to present to the community the Margin of Eras Gallery–a multidisciplinary arts space dedicated to showcasing the work of new generation artists who live and work on the margins.
After years of producing pop-up shows and exhibiting the works of CUaE grant recipients, we felt it was time to respond to the overwhelming need for diverse, inclusive art spaces in the city–spaces that are relevant to the large number of communities that are alienated by, do not feel safe in, or are not reflected in, conventional arts institutions.
Our first show features a selection of art projects in multiple disciplines funded by CUE over the past year, with a special performance by Nigel Edwards.
Opening reception November 24, 6 - 10 p.m.
Exhibition open from
November 28 to December 2
Tuesday - Friday 12 - 7 p.m.
with special hours Saturday December 2, 12 - 7.
Get a first look at the new gallery space and a chance to talk with coordinators about what you'd like to see here in the future.
CUE is a radical arts initiative dedicated to providing funding and support for new-generation artists who live and work on the margins in Toronto. Since 2008, the initiative has provided almost $300,000 in high-access grants to support the creation of more than 290 art projects.
This the first in a series of two shows... stay tuned.
We're excited to announce that CUE is launching a new space--the Margin of Eras Gallery! In 2018 we will be producing a series of events called Habitat, and you might be the perfect artist to be featured as part of this residency and performance opportunity.
Rather than just showcasing your music by performing on a stage, Habitat will take a closer look at you as a creative artist. The goal is to exhibit how you see, feel, and are inspired by the world, and how that translates into your work--your creative planet. 4 artists will be selected.
Each artist involved will curate the entire space of the gallery and offer audiences a 1 hour experience in their "Habitat". Your habitat will consist of 4 elements over which you have free reign to create and plan as you see fit. These are:
- Listening Station: We will provide multiple sets of headphones that will allow attendees to listen to a collection of your music, current and/or older, put together by you.
- Visuals: We will provide a screen and a projector. You will decide what to put on it. You could splice together media clips, project geometric shapes, color palettes, childhood home videos, literally anything that makes sense for your vision. There will also be the chance to display other pieces of art/objects--either art created by you, or art that means something to you.
- Playlist/DJ: We will provide a DJ. You will curate a playlist of music reflective of your Habitat, to be played in the space during your hour.
- Performance: You will come up with a unique way to perform your music in a way you've never done before. The idea is to step outside the traditional realm of the "stage show" and invite people to experience your music in a deeper, more original way. For example, a walk-through a-capella performance, something theatrical that involves props or choreography, something interactive, etc. It's up to you to dream this up.
Now, we don't expect you to have everything fully envisioned just yet. The second piece of the Habitat initiative involves working with local musician and multidisciplinary artist Matthew Progress, over 1-2 month period in order to craft and create all 4 of these elements.
You will receive mentorship, feedback, and guidance while you build your Habitat. When it's all said an done you will walk away with multiple pieces of content produced by you, which can be used for anything you like in the future.
Artists will receive performance fees.
How can you be selected?
If you are a past CUE grant recipient, email MOEGMusic@gmail.com with:
1. Some samples of your music
2. Some brief points about how you would approach each of the 4 elements of your Habitat. Tell us how you imagine it looking and feeling, and how that's reflective of who you are as a creative artist. How would you create an original performance?
If you have any questions please email MOEGMusic@gmail.com.
DEADLINE TO APPLY IS: NOVEMBER 15th, 2017
PLEASE NOTE THAT ONLY MUSICIANS WHO HAVE RECEIVED A CUE GRANT IN THE PAST ARE ELIGIBLE FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY
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Attention new generation artists living and working on the margins
Apply for up to $1000
To connect with CUE, email email@example.com
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS
OCTOBER 28th, 2016
CUE grants are for artists who:
Identify as new generation artists (29 years old or under) living and working on the margins
Work in any artistic discipline
Have a solid idea for an art project that can be completed in 3 months, and can be exhibited or presented to the public in some way
Demonstrate experience in their medium
Have a track record of finishing projects and following through on goals
Have not received funding from the Toronto Arts Council,
Ontario Arts Council, or Canada Council for the Arts, or other substantial arts funding
Are not in a Masters program in a post secondary institution, and do not hold a Masters degree
Meet with CUE before submitting an application
6 - 7 p.m.
at East Metro Youth Services
1200 Markham Road, Suite 200
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
180 Shaw Street, Suite 201
Don't be late.
ATTENTION NEW GENERATION WRITERS LIVING AND WORKING ON THE MARGINS
The STORY RENO STUDIO is a literary development intensive for new generation writers living and working on the margins. This opportunity includes:
- Weekly workshops (Mondays from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.) hosted by internationally recognized writer, educator, and literacy advocate Whitney French.
- Independent writing time with support and editorial consultation from a publishing industry professional.
- $500 sustenance bursary (for groceries, etc.) to help you spend focused time on your writing.
The STORY RENO STUDIO is open to writers working in any literary discipline who want to evolve a rough draft (or even an idea) into a polished final product. Writers will receive comprehensive and tailored mentorship in developing story, character, voice, plot, and style, and will have the opportunity to have their work constructively critiqued as well as critique the work of other writers in a supportive environment.
The STORY RENO STUDIO is for writers who:
- Are between the ages of 15 and 29 years old
- Have not received funding from the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, or Canada Council for the Arts
- Have not yet published in book form with a professional publishing body;
- Have not yet had their work produced by a commercial production company
- Have a rough draft, work in progress, or a strong idea for a literary project
- Have a demonstrated history of quality literary writing
- Identify as writers “living and working on the margins”
- Connect with CUE before submitting an application=
To connect with CUE, email firstname.lastname@example.org
CUE will be at SKETCH every Thursday in October from 2 - 7 p.m.
LOCATION - 180 Shaw Street, Suite 201
Drop by to discuss your project and get one-on-one consultation developing your proposal.
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS
OCTOBER 28th, 2016
The Toronto Arts Council has committed to ensuring high-access support for underrepresented community-engaged artists through Platform A. In addition to CUE, Platform A grants are available from Art Starts, Jumblies Theatre, and VIBE Arts. Please contact individual organizations for more information on their granting programs.
You may apply to only one Platform A organization (CUE/SKETCH, Art Starts, Jumblies Theatre, or VIBE Arts).
Deadline for applications:
OCTOBER 28th, 2016.
Thank you to the Toronto Arts Council for recognizing and supporting this urgent cultural momentum.
CUE grant recipient and 2015 Artist in Residence Timothy Yanick Hunter debuts his solo exhibition, Orange Room. The exhibition explores the gray area between consumer culture and cultural appreciation: at what point does the appreciation of artworks, artifacts, and people become a consumer past time, and when does an artist go from cultural contributor to retailer? The artist samples from the motifs of the consumer world and contemporary art; Hunter's approach is to blend these worlds seamlessly. With the Orange Room, he transforms a vacant space in Kensington Market with his orange paintings, orange walls, and even orange food. More than a show of artworks, the exhibit becomes an installation that employs its environment as a tool for conversation.The Orange Room consists of paintings, illustrations, and design all accented with what the artist calls, "colours that seduce the viewer, while questioning the role of desire in retail marketing.” Hunter aims to examine the history of white male artists painting the nude female form, and reimagines this process through the lens of a young black male artist.
Platform A is a strategic initiative of the Toronto Arts Council
CUE is excited to be taking part in the Junction Summer Solstice Festival. On June 18th, CUE grant recipients Tim Hunter, Phillip Saunders, Jason Jamaal, and Yael De Gale will be bringing art to life in a live painting installation, and Daniel Pessole will be exhibiting his sculptural work.
JUNE 18th - 12pm to midnight
2916 Dundas Street West (west of Keele)
12pm - 5pm: Live painting installation
5pm - 11pm: Art exhibit
MIDNIGHT: Works created are given away for free!
The Junction Summer Solstice Festival brings together artists, musicians, local restaurants and businesses for a giant street party to celebrate the longest day of the year. Hope to see you there!
Thanks to the Junction BIA for their work in organizing the event, and for sponsoring this exhibit.
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