Click here to learn more about CUE’s grants for new-generation artists living and working on the margins.Read More
CUE presents: The Sandbox Sessions 2019
Back by popular demand, the creative writing drop-in SANDBOX SESSIONS returns for a three month run at the Margin of Eras Gallery this fall. All sessions facilitated by Whitney French.
at the Margin of Eras Gallery
1684 Queen Street West
BE PART OF A UNIQUE LITERARY COMMUNITY
Stop by to:
+ Connect with other writers
+ Experiment with new writing techniques and styles
+ Receive feedback on your work
+ Read, share or write on your own
Drop-in session — informal and organic — anything goes!
Snacks and dinner served every session.
Whitney French is a storyteller and a multidisciplinary artist. She is the editor of Black Writers Matter, a critically acclaimed anthology published by University of Regina Press in 2019. Her writing has been published in Geist Magazine, Canthius Journal and The Quill and Quire and anthologized in Black Notes: Young Black Voices (2017) and The Great Black North: Contemporary African Canadian Poetry (2010). She lives in Toronto, Canada.
CUE is excited to announce Cue Art Show 2019, "Stick It To The Man" — featuring the work of over a dozen 2019 CUE-funded artists — opening Thursday, September 12th from 7-10pm at the Margin of Eras Gallery (1684 Queen St W.)Read More
CUE is happy to present the 2019 CUE Grant Recipients — learn more about their projects here!Read More
On June 6th, come and witness two exclusive mixed media installations from the minds of Sydanie and Adria Kain. Both will culminate in an intimate and interactive performance, happening one night only.Read More
On May 16th, come and witness two exclusive mixed media installations from the minds of TIAYL and Keita Juma. Both will culminate in an intimate and interactive performance, happening one night only.Read More
[DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS HAS NOW PASSED -
KEEP YOUR EYE OUT FOR HABITAT EVENT DETAILS!]
A RESIDENCY OPPORTUNITY FOR NEW-GENERATION MUSICIANS WHO LIVE & WORK ON THE MARGINS
CUE invites you to start dreaming up ideas for HABITAT 2019: a production and performance residency for new-generation artists (15-29 years old) who live and work on the margins in Toronto. This is a platform for you to explore and produce a 360-degree expression of your creativity; not just as an EP or performance, but an opportunity to dive deeper into the core of your creative self. We want to work with you to fully create your own HABITAT: an immersive visual and sonic environment that represents not only the origins of your music, but you, as a human being.
HABITAT is a platform to experiment artistically, free from music industry conventions, and share new parts of yourself with audiences. It's a forum to try new things and take risks. Final projects will be performed and exhibited at CUE's Margin of Eras Gallery in 2019.
Throughout this project you will work closely with Toronto artist Matthew Progress, lead producer of the HABITAT residency program. Local arts professionals will provide support, mentorship, and collaboration in creating video and visual art installations, as well as mounting all components in CUE's Margin of Eras Gallery. You don't have to have the visual arts skills, just a solid vision and we will work together to make it happen.
You will receive artist fees. You will have your own budget for materials and production. In addition to the venue, CUE will provide quality audio equipment, a DJ/live sound engineer, videographer, graphic design, coordination/administrative support, promotion, and catering for your final event.
Each HABITAT exhibition will feature:
Video (Projected, or played on screens in the gallery)
Art installation (Can be anything. Dream big, make it real. 2-D, or 3-D. Everything is permitted)
Listening station (Featuring a selection of your past recorded music. Audience will be able to listen on headphones)
A playlist (for opening night, curated by you, reflective of your HABITAT--songs that have inspired you to become the artist you are. We provide the DJ, you provide the songs.)
These elements will come together to create your HABITAT--an intimate exploration of you as an artist that audiences would not get to see on any other stage.
Meetings, rehearsals, and performances take place at the
Margin of Eras Gallery (the MOEG), a 1300-square-foot
multidisciplinary arts space in Toronto's Parkdale neighbourhood.
1684 Queen Street West.
For the artist, the process consists of:
Attending multiple conceptual development and production planning meetings
One-on-one in-person consultation with professional multimedia and installation artists, as well as a Gallery Technician to develop and execute your vision
Working independently, off-site and on your own hours
Managing a materials/production budget (with support from CUE)
A dress rehearsal/sound-check at the gallery
Final public exhibition and live performance. Exhibitions remain open to the public for several days after the main performance event, where audiences will have a chance to interact with, and listen to, your work.
Artists will need to be available during the following months:
RESIDENCY (development and creation, meetings with lead producer, mentors, and technicians): January - March 2019
PERFORMANCES/EXHIBITIONS: April - June 2019
HOW TO APPLY:
Email MOEGMusic@gmail.com with your answers to the following questions.
(You can write answers in the body of an email, or attach them in .doc or .pdf. Point form answers are fine.)
Preferred pronoun (i.e. she/they/him, or other):
Website/streaming/social media links:
Address (or area you reside if you have no fixed address):
It's okay if your ideas aren't fully envisioned--just dream big and write down your raw creative ideas. This is a chance to take over an art gallery
and present yourself and your art in a new way. Point form answers are okay.
1. Tell us how you would present a unique live performance. (This is not a conventional stage performance... dream up something new and unique. For example, Do you incorporate props? Are you inviting audience participation? How do you communicate your artistic "Habitat"? Push yourself as an artist,
and as a performer. This is an art gallery, not a club stage. It's an intimate environment to experiment and take risks. Anything is possible.)
2. How would you incorporate video art into your HABITAT? (You will have access to a projector and/or a standard flat-screen.)
3. How would you incorporate visual/installation art into your HABITAT? (A gallery floor plan, and available furnishings are available here.
Think big, push boundaries.)
4. Please provide samples of your music/art. (Soundcloud or other streaming links are preferable, but you can send MP3 files by email - maximum 3 audio files. If sending image files, please use .JPEG format)
5. Can you commit to the full project timeline? (January - June 2019. Please let us know now if you foresee scheduling conflicts so we can plan ahead and work around - i.e. your work schedule, if you plan to be out of town, etc.)
6. CUE and the MOEG's mandate is to support artists who live and work on the margins. How do you identify with "living and working on the margins"?
If you have any questions, or would like help preparing your application,
please email Matthew Progress at MOEGMusic@gmail.com
Artists may apply to only one CUE program this cycle (HABITAT Residency OR CUE Grant Program)
DEADLINE TO APPLY: November 23, 2018
[CUE’s 2018 GRANT CYCLE IS NOW CLOSED]
GRANTS FOR NEW-GENERATION ARTISTS LIVING AND WORKING ON THE MARGINS
Apply for up to $1000 to produce a project in any discipline
Artists must meet with CUE before submitting an application.
Deadline to apply:
Tuesday, October 16th, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
The Margin of Eras Gallery, 1684 Queen Street West
Tuesday, October 23rd, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
SKETCH, 180 Shaw Street - Suite 201
Thursday, October 25th, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
UrbanArts, 5 Bartonville Ave. East
DROP IN GRANT WRITING SUPPORT:
Tuesday, October 30th, 3 - 8 p.m.
The Margin of Eras Gallery, 1684 Queen Street West
Tuesday, November 6th, 3 - 8 p.m.
The Margin of Eras Gallery, 1684 Queen Street West
Monday, November 12th, 5 - 8 p.m.
NIA Centre for the Arts, 524 Oakwood Ave
Tuesday. November 13th, 4 - 8 p.m.
SKETCH 180 Shaw Street, Suite 201
Thursday, November 15th, 5:30 - 8:30 pm
UrbanArts, 5 Bartonville Ave. East
Tuesday November 20th, 3 - 8 p.m.
Margin of Eras Gallery, 1684 Queen Street West
GRANTS ARE FOR ARTISTS WHO:
• Identify as new generation artists (29 years old or under) living and working on the margins in Toronto
• 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
Margin of Eras Gallery, 1684 Queen St. W.
UrbanArts, 5 Bartonville Ave. East
SKETCH, 180 Shaw St. - Suite 201
CUE and The Margin of Eras Gallery invites you to the CUE 2018 Arts Show (aka the Margin of Eras 2018!) this Thursday September 6th!Read More
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On February 22nd and March 8th, CUE invites you to the Margin Of Eras Gallery to explore the minds of four musicians—each of whom has built a fully immersive original installation providing you with a deeper look into their complete habitat of inspiration and vulnerability.Read More
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 Graham 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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