Artscape Atelier launches paid opportunities for artists during COVID-19

As the arts and culture sector across the GTA struggles to stay afloat during COVID-19, Artscape has launched the first of a series of paid work opportunities that will be developed together with one of its city-building partners Lakeview Community Partners Limited, through its initiative, Artscape Atelier

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The first Call for Artist Proposals will generate over $100,000 in work for 17 artists at Lakeview Village, a vibrant 177-acre mixed-use community coming to Mississauga’s waterfront. The Call for Submissions for four distinct works is open to artists based in the Mississauga and Greater Toronto region, as well as within the Artscape artist community. The Calll for Artists include:

1. Interactive Sculpture/Installation:

The second opportunity is a large-scale interactive sculpture / installation that will serve as a focal point in the midst of a field of one-million sunflowers, connecting the street-level to the view of Lake Ontario.

Budget: $40,000

Online Information Session: April 27 at 1pm EST

Deadline: May 8, 2020

3. Sunflower Lane Mural Wall Series:

The third opportunity invites 14 artists to create a 25ft x 8ft mural sharing ‘the message they believe the world needs to hear right now’.  The mural creation process will be captured and shared with the public, and revealed later in the summer.

Budget: $3,000 per artist 

Deadline: May 8, 2020

4. Original Poetry by Indigenous Artist 

The fourth opportunity will be a collaboration with Indigenous leaders in Mississauga to identify a poet who will be commissioned to create an original work that speaks to the protection, reverence and sacred relationship to Lake Ontario. The poem will be printed on 50ft of construction hoarding alongside Lakeshore Blvd East. 

Budget: $6,000

Artists can apply online at: Information sessions on the sculpture and mural art projects will be shared online to answer questions artists may have during the application process. The process will integrate careful social distancing measures, including the digital creation of works offsite in the immediate term.

“We are very excited to partner with Artscape, through its Artscape Atelier initiative, to create immediate opportunities for artists to earn income during this particularly difficult period, while creating works that will significantly beautify and create a sense of community around the site once social distancing measures are lifted,” said Brian Sutherland, Director of Development, Argo Development Corporation, and development lead for Lakeview Village. “It is deeply embedded in the vision of Lakeview Village to create a hub for arts and culture and to establish platforms for artists both during the construction process and within the future community. We see the arts as a central component to making Lakeview Village a vibrant and enjoyable place for residents and visitors.”

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