Expanding the outreach of emerging artists in contemporary art!

Become a part of Artch’s second cohort and take advantage of this platform to expand your knowledge.

CALL FOR ARTISTS

What is Artch?

Artch is an initiative by Carrefour jeunesse-emploi Montréal Centre-Ville (CJE), Art Souterrain and Jack Marketing, in collaboration with Destination Centre-Ville, the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and Concordia University, and supported by the Conseil des arts de Montréal.

The project came naturally into place in alignment with the initial strengths and missions of each partner. This alliance, marked by rich and diverse skill set, allows for a complete approach to the project.

Artch’s mission is to create a firmly rooted emerging contemporary art market in downtown Montreal by orchestrating a new happening for enthusiasts, visual art professionals and the public. The public space thus becomes a dissemination platform for emerging artists in the visual arts. Pop-up installations combining design, urban planning and architecture will showcase the works while creating an immersive experience for buyers, passersby and professionals alike.

Artch is a sharing platform whose goal is to promote emerging artists by offering them training and putting them in touch with the business community. The project is also focused on training new collectors, mobilizing cultural players and introducing the public to the visual arts.

To best achieve these goals, Artch centres around two main actions for artists:

  1. A three-week training with workshops focused on professionalizing emerging artists.
  2. A four-day exhibition in a public space, including a pre-opening event, from September 11-15, 2019.

Taking part in Artch offers the following opportunities:

    • Entrepreneurial art training from May 27 to June 13, 2019
    • A four-day outdoor exhibition at Dorchester Square in downtown Montreal: September 11 to September 15, 2019
    • 100% of sales related to this exhibition
    • Training coaching throughout the entire exhibition
    • A $1,000 grant

    You have until 11:59 p.m., March 14, 2019, to send your application to: candidatures@artch.org

Eligibility criteria

This program is designed exclusively for individual artists in the field of visual arts: painting, printmaking, photography, drawing, object (sculpture), and we are proud to introduce an all-new category: performing arts projects.

What are the requirements?

To be aged 35 years or under as of October 1, 2019

To have less than 5 years of professional experience as an artist

To identify yourself as a professional artist

To live and work in Québec

To be a citizen or a permanent resident of Canada

To be available the following dates:
  • Training sessions from May 27 to June 13, 2019
  • Set-up: September 4 – 11
  • Take-down: September 16
  • Pre-opening event: Wednesday, September 11, starting at 5 p.m.
  • The 4-day event: September 12-15, 2019
The following are not eligible:
  • Artistic collective projects
  • Artists living outside Quebec
  • Artists with refugee status or working under a Working Holiday Program (WHP)
  • Visual artists with a practice in installation, sound art, video or performance
  • Incomplete applications
  • Applications received after the deadline

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is Artch?

Artch is an initiative by Carrefour jeunesse-emploi Montréal Centre-Ville (CJE), Art Souterrain and Jack Marketing, in collaboration with Destination Centre-Ville, the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and Concordia University, and supported by the Conseil des arts de Montréal.

The project came naturally into place in alignment with the initial strengths and missions of each partner. This alliance, marked by rich and diverse skill set, allows for a complete approach to the project.

Artch’s mission is to create a firmly rooted emerging contemporary art market in downtown Montreal by orchestrating a new happening for enthusiasts, visual art professionals and the public. The public space thus becomes a dissemination platform for emerging artists in the visual arts. Pop-up installations combining design, urban planning and architecture will showcase the works while creating an immersive experience for buyers, passersby and professionals alike.

Artch is a sharing platform whose goal is to promote emerging artists by offering them training and putting them in touch with the business community. The project is also focused on training new collectors, mobilizing cultural players and introducing the public to the visual arts.

To best achieve these goals, Artch centres around two main actions for artists:

  1. A three-week training with workshops focused on professionalizing emerging artists.
  2. A four-day exhibition in a public space, including a pre-opening event, from September 11-15, 2019.

What kind of support is provided by Artch?

To put on exhibitions and achieve the best possible showcase for the artists’ work, Artch provides a certain number of financial, technical or dissemination aids:

Financial aid: Every artist receives a $1,000 grant as an artist fee which includes exhibition production fees and coaching (please note that works on paper must be framed).

Technical assistance: Artists will be assisted by our technical teams before, during and after the event.

Exhibition labels: Use of explanatory texts on the biography and artistic approach in each module.

Mediation: Each artist will be accompanied for 4 days by a mediator for interactions with the public.

What will the training be about?

In alignment with the missions of Carrefour Jeunesse Emploi Montréal Centre-Ville and Art Souterrain, whose focus is the professionalization and insertion of artists, the content of the training is devised as a toolbox to enable artists to overcome certain obstacles they may encounter during the first years of their career, while covering topics such as the promotion of artistic work, legal issues relating to the status of the artist and works, conservation, marketing and the dissemination of works.

Artch’s main mission is to support and train young visual artists for three months — from concept ideation all the way through to the exhibition. Artists will be supported by mentors and/or a technical team throughout the various steps involved in the creation of their project (production, directing, wrapping, set-up, exhibition, take-down and post-event wrap-ups). 

Artch proposes a series of free training workshops delivered by professionals from the world of contemporary art through individual and collective actions. 

Artists selected must be present throughout the entire training from May 27 to June 13, 2019

Where will the exhibition be held (September 11 to 15)?

At Dorchester Square, also known as Dominion Square, located in the heart of downtown Montreal, between Peel and Metcalfe. With its ideal location spanning 11,000 square feet, this space is perfect to tap into the downtown’s hustle and bustle.

How will the exhibition take place for the selected artist?

Each artist selected by Artch will exhibit his or her work in a space specially designed for him or her. Modules imagined and designed by FUTIL will be set up along the park’s main walkways. Each exhibition module or space will span 32 linear feet for the full duration of the 4-day event.

What are the specifications of the exhibition modules?

16’long x 14’ wide and 8’ high (4.9 m long x 4.25 m wide and 2.45 m high) with artificial lighting in each module

Smooth white exhibition floor

Transparent vaulted stretched canvas ceiling

No power outlets in the modules

Are the modules provided free of charge?

Yes. Each artist will be provided a module free of charge for the duration of the Artch exhibition.

What are the opening hours of the exhibition?

Wednesday, September 11, at 5 p.m., pre-opening event;

Exhibition days with mediation activities:

Thursday, September 12 to Sunday, September 15, 2019, from noon to 7 p.m.

How and until when can I apply?

Please fill out the Word application form available at artch.org/appelcandidatures

 See the list of required documents below: 

  • Your résumé in PDF format (2 pages maximum)
  • Proof of registration from your university (if you are a student at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) or Concordia University)
  • A visual retrospective of your work: 10 visual documents maximum (jpeg 1024×768 pixels or 768X1024 pixels); WARNING Each visual must be named using the following format: visuel1-artistname-dateofcreation Example: visuel3-sarahgineaudelyon-2016
  • A PDF text outlining the overall artistic approach (approx. 500 words)
  • A detailed list of technical aspects in PDF format (list of materials used and dimensions)

The deadline is March 14, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. Send a link that regroups all your documents (WeTransfer, Dropbox, etc.) or a zip file to: candidatures@artch.org

What defines a professional artist?

A professional artist, whether self-taught or having completed academic training, has acquired the experience and knowledge required for the development of his personal practice, and is recognized as such by his peers (artists of the same artistic tradition). He or she creates, interprets or publishes works in the public realm, is dedicated primarily to his or her art practice, and should receive compensation for the works that he or she creates. See the glossary available at https://www.artsmontreal.org/media/artistes/aide/financement/transitoire/CAM_Glossary_English.pdf.

Why is it not permitted to submit a portfolio for performing arts, sound, video or installation projects?

The outdoor exhibition conditions featuring modules located in a public area are the reason such mediums are off limits.

How many artists will be selected?

The call for artists aims to single out a maximum of 30 emerging artists who will be selected by a jury put together by Art Souterrain, and made up of professionals recognized for their expertise in contemporary art.

What are the selection criteria?

Audacity and originality: The work submitted demonstrates a unique artistic approach. The artist shows boldness in the language and the delivery of his or her work.

Accessibility: The work successfully appeals to a large public from all walks of life and promotes the accessibility of new artistic practices in the visual arts.

Technical innovation: The work demonstrates creative and innovative qualities through the use of a revisited medium or atypical technical design.

Consistency of artistic purpose: The body of work must demonstrate consistency and a well-thought direction.

Purchasing potential of the work or service provided to the community.

Does one have greater chances if he or she is a college graduate?

Absolutely not. The selection criteria are not based on your degrees, but rather on your work and the approach used.

Why target the 35 and under age group?

  • Given the great number of artistic training institutions in downtown Montreal, the CJE wishes to offer support to these students for their passage from academic training to a professional career.
  • As is the case in any market, by targeting a specific client base, in this case artists having graduated 5 years ago or less, CJE is able to offer support and projects adapted to the needs of emerging artists.
  • The public funding system is insufficient and has long struggled to integrate new artistic proposals. The artistic community, for its part, has trouble laying bridges between the generations of artists.    
  • CJE Montréal Centre-Ville, along with the artistic community, provides support to youth aged 16 to 35 who live, transit or spend time in downtown Montreal, by motivating and coaching them through the pursuit of their educational, professional, creative or artistic business projects focused on finding their place in the labour market or elsewhere. 

What are the steps involved in the application review process?

The process involves five main steps:

  1. March 14, 2019: submittal deadline
  2. Receipt of portfolios and verification of eligibility by the Artch project manager
  3. Mid-April 2019: selection by the jury of the chosen applicants
  4. End of April 2019: response to artists
  5. May 27, 2019: training begins

Artists are informed of the decisions by email; no decisions will be given by phone.

Applicants agree to never contact the members of the jury regarding the management, review or decisions related to their application. The Artch team is the sole entity authorized to answer questions from applicants.

Artch warrants the confidentiality of the personally identifiable information in its possession as well as the refusal of access to any confidential document received, with the exception of cases subject to the provisions of the Act Respecting Access to Documents Held by Public Bodies and the Protection of Personal Information (RSQ, chapter A-2.1).

What are the responsibilities of the artist and Artch?

By collecting the grant, the artist agrees to perform the activities laid out by the grant and to respect the conditions attached. 

Artists who are unable, for any reason whatsoever, to undertake the selected project for which he or she has received support must inform the Artch team. Depending on the situation, they may be required to reimburse, in whole or in part, the amount granted.

The works created in the course of this agreement remain the intellectual property of the authors. Artch will pay no exhibition fees for the exhibited works.

Does Artch charge a sales commission?

The artists maintain full commercial property of their work and nearly all income from potential sales made within Artch; Artch does not charge a sales commission during the public exhibition. However, a fee of 2.5 % will be taken on total sales; this fee represents the Mastercard, Visa and Interac merchant fee.