Ways of Attuning: A Curatorial Study GroupFebruary 1, 2022 - March 15, 2022
Deadline to apply: 15 March 2022
Information session: 2 March 2022 (Zoom link)
wave~form~projects in conjunction with Critical Distance Centre for Curators is excited to announce the open call for Ways of Attuning: A Curatorial Study Group, set to begin in late spring of 2022. The program is a learner-focused mentoring and study group based in Tkaronto/Toronto that aims to create a collaborative learning environment in which everyone is an active, knowledge-sharing member. The study group will focus on curatorial strategies and relational methodologies. While it functions independently and hopes to broaden from academic learning, it remains in conversation with the global contemporary art world. The program centers on relationality, and accountability, and operates within the context of race, place, class, ability, sexuality and gender as fundamentally missing components from institutional and academic curatorial programs. The program will unfold as a combination of individual sessions, intensive group gatherings, workshops and conversations with invited guests, providing tangible space and time to create meaningful, robust, and critical frameworks for supporting participant practices.
Guided by these questions, wave~form~projects asks:
In an environment of over-professionalization, depersonalized and disembodied curatorial practice, how do we prioritize value in our relationships, in knowledge sharing, and sustained discourse? How do we nurture curiosity? How do we cultivate encounters within curatorial practices that consider our current time, our myriad histories and lineages, and our collective futures? In our creative practice, how do we remain attuned to our contexts, our politics, the places we are located in and dislocated from, and the artists and artworks we are engaging? And finally, how do we engage non-dogmatic and vernacular art histories within the structures of the “art world”?
For this pilot edition, we are seeking applications from curators and cultural practitioners who are interested and invested in developing their practice in a collaborative, experimental, and anti-racist environment. The program will integrate the conceptual, practical, and personal aspects of curatorial practice into the learning process, allowing for imaginative thinking around curatorial possibilities. The program will center the goals and interests of participants by working alongside wave~form~projects in the development of a participant-led mentorship program with invited guest curators, artists and/or writers and thinkers. Participants will have agency in shaping the program according to their desires, and in collaboration with wave~form~projects. Through an understanding of curatorial ethics and responsibilities, the program will encourage decentralized, non-hegemonic participation that welcomes the complexities of collaborative labour. The program seeks participants who believe in the value of intergenerational, accessible and shared learning.
The mentorship and study phase includes a tailored program featuring:
1) Individual sessions with wave~form~projects, responding to each selected curator’s project proposal
2) Individual and shared sessions with guest mentors, established local and international curators and creative practitioners (in-person and online), determined based on the participants’ specific interests
3) An intensive weekend of discourse and engagement with all participants gathering to encourage deep learning and knowledge-sharing
4) A number of workshops focusing on practical skill-building and creative problem-solving
As part of Ways of Attuning, each selected participant will develop an exhibition or curatorial project for Critical Distance’s 2023 program. Critical Distance is a not-for-profit initiative and space located at 401 Richmond St, dedicated to the support and advancement of curatorial inquiry and practice in Toronto, Canada, and beyond. Ways of Attuning will provide support for developing each curator’s project from concept feasibility to production considerations. This will include resources for research and writing; connections to other practitioners, practical strategies for project management and curatorial problem solving. Additionally, Critical Distance will work with wave~form~projects to provide grant-writing support/workshops to secure funding for exhibition projects, as well as, administrative, marketing, communications, outreach and installation.
Curators Toleen Touq and Liz Ikiriko have been working together since 2018 as wave~form~projects. Together, they bring years of cross-disciplinary curatorial and cultural arts practice both locally and internationally within varied settings, independently and collectively, building relationships with artists, fellow curators, organizations and institutions. wave~form~projects enacts practices that embody accessible and relational modes of care and critical thinking, centering underrepresented voices and the slow rooting of meaningful relationships across the arts and culture landscapes. We are guided by the teachings and practices of feminist, anti-colonial thinkers and pedagogues including global Indigenous methodologies as ways of being, making, and working. wave~form~projects attends to cross-disciplinary and multi-form engagements that open up spaces of inquiry and transgressive action and connection.
Toleen Touq is a curator, cultural producer and facilitator working between Toronto, Canada and Amman, Jordan. In Amman, she is co-founding director of Spring Sessions (2014-ongoing), a yearly residency program that brings together artists, researchers and cultural practitioners in a collaborative and experiential learning environment that is fueled by responsiveness to place and deep curiosity. In Toronto, she is artistic director of SAVAC, a nomadic artist-run center dedicated to presenting and developing the work of marginalized artists on Turtle Island. Her writings have been published with Ibraaz, Sternberg Press, A Prior, Manifesta Journal and others. She is currently an MA candidate at Queen’s University.
Liz Ikiriko is a Co-Curator of the 13th Edition of Bamako Encounters, African Photography Biennale (2022) in Mali, West Africa and is the Curator of Collections and Contemporary Engagement at the Art Gallery of York University, Toronto. As a Nigerian-Canadian artist, curator, educator, maker, and mother, she is focused on African and diasporic narratives. Through research, she supports and creates embodied experiences to facilitate moments of vulnerability and care with her communities. Her projects and curiosities engage, question, and confront internalized systems of oppression. Her writing has appeared in Aperture, Public Journal, MICE Magazine, C Magazine, Blackflash, and Akimbo. She holds an MFA in Criticism and Curatorial Practice from OCAD University (2019).
2 March 2022: Online information session (Zoom link)
15 March 2022: Application deadline
April 2022: Results announced
May 2022: Intensive retreat and group sessions
June – August 2022: Individual mentoring sessions and group workshops
Sept – Dec 2022: Project production (grant writing, artists communication, liaising)
Throughout 2023: Projects/exhibitions programmed at CDCC
- A total of 3 participants will be selected
- The application process is open to curators of all ages and experiences
- Priority will be given to underrepresented curators with life experiences of being on the margins, and affinities to a range of cultural practices and references
- We have budgeted for access needs that include but are not limited to ASL, childcare support, transportation & support workers. The budget is flexible and will be adapted to accommodate the real life needs of those who are selected for the program. We are committed to an ongoing conversation about access. Please get in touch to chat and we can come up with solutions that will best support your participation
- The program is open to curators based anywhere in Canada, however travel expenses to Toronto are not covered for in-person engagements in May/June or during the install period at CDCC in 2023
- Applications from current students are not eligible
- Participation will likely take place in a hybrid manner, with sessions running both in-person and online
COMMITMENT AND FEES
- Honorarium for curatorial study group is $4500/participant
- Commitment is considered for 7-10 full days of participation from May – August 2022
- Time and fees have been calculated using CARFAC standards
- Fees for project/exhibition at CDCC will be fundraised separately
Deadline is 12:00pm on 15 March 2022.
Please send the following to: email@example.com
- Name, contact info and place of residence
- In one PDF document: (file titled last name_first name_application, Ex: Ikiriko_Liz_application.pdf):
- Portfolio of up to 5 relevant works/projects (images, documentation, video links, writing samples, etc. )
- An expression of interest for joining the program, including bio (250 words max.)
- A concept note for a curatorial project or exhibition that you would like to develop further (250 words max.)
- An articulation of a desired session/thematic that you think is important for you within curatorial learning. Include names of curators, collectives, poets, playwrights, writers, dj’s, performers and practitioners of all kinds, and/or exhibitions or art projects, that inspire you and your creative practice (250 words max.)
We welcome non-traditional forms of writing, thinking and presentation. Please use guidelines above to help us assess applications in an equitable way. Questions can be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Short-listed candidates may be invited for an informal online interview at the end of March.
We will respond to all applicants once selections have been made.
This project is generously funded by the Canada Council for the Arts.
About the Curator(s)
Curators Toleen Touq and Liz Ikiriko have been working together since 2018 as wave~form~projects. Together, they bring years of cross-disciplinary curatorial and cultural arts practice both locally and internationally within varied settings, independently and collectively, building relationships with artists, fellow curators, organizations and institutions. wave~form~projects enacts practices that embody accessible and relational modes of care and critical thinking, centering underrepresented voices and the slow rooting of meaningful relationships across the arts and culture landscapes. We are guided by the teachings and practices of feminist, anti-colonial thinkers and pedagogues including global Indigenous methodologies as ways of being, making, and working. wave~form~projects attends to cross-disciplinary and multi-form engagements that open up spaces of inquiry and transgressive action and connection.Find out more