SpokenWeb invites applications from Black poets, spoken word artists, sound artists and curators whose work explores Black experience in Canada through the use of voice and sound.

Two fellowships of $5000 each will be offered through this program. Each successful candidate will receive a $5000 fellowship payable for a (virtual and/or in person) residency/creation period from September 1 – December 31, 2020, or, from January 1 – April 30 2021, as suitable to the project and recipient.

Each residency fellowship is designed for a creative practitioner to focus deeply on their own practice, and/or for a curator to work on the development of an archival collection that documents Black performance in Canada, and/or to curate and document a new series of performance by Black Canadian artists.

SpokenWeb will also aim to collaborate with recipients to augment the development of their project through the provision of technical support, server space, and other resources, where possible.  SpokenWeb and Concordia University would hold the rights to display the work through their public-facing sites, repositories and projects, but the rights to republish and reuse the work will remain with the authors/creators.

Application Instructions

Eligibility: This program is designed to support Black Canadian artists and/or curators. Black Canadian artists/curators at all stages of their career are welcome to apply.

Scope: The proposed project, carried out throughout the duration of the residency must be new work (not previously exhibited or performed), but it may build on the candidate’s existing artistic practice. Forms or combinations of forms that the project may take (in virtual and/or live iterations) include:

  1. Online sound and visual exhibits
  2. Live/Virtual poetry readings or spoken performances (of their own work, or work of invited artists)
  3. Curated collection(s) of sound recordings (either newly made or historical)
  4. Workshops / Artist’s Talks / Forums
  5. Other activities that build upon the above-listed approaches

Application Materials: To apply, please submit: 1) 500-word Proposal summarizing your project and demonstrating its feasibility within the proposed timeline; 2) 250-word Personal Statement stating what motivates you to undertake this project at this point in time; 3) 2-page professional CV (including a link to your website/portfolio if you have one).

Deadline:  Applications are due by midnight, 1 August 2020.

Submission Format: Please email your application with the subject heading: SpokenWeb Residency as a single Word or PDF file to <spokenwebcanada@gmail.com>.