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A Sheridan College initiative in collaboration with the City of Brampton

Submission deadline: June 11, 2018

Clockwise from left: Common spaces at Sheridan College’s Davis Campus, Brampton, Ontario: B-Wing Atrium (photo by Doug Hall), Library and Learning Commons, Skilled Trades Centre (photo by Jonathan Bielaski).

Launched in 2012, the Temporary Contemporary program is an annual installation of a contemporary artwork on one of Sheridan’s campuses. The program offers an opportunity for creators to incubate and implement new ideas through exchange with Sheridan’s vibrant interdisciplinary community. Previous participants have included Derek Sullivan, Roula Partheniou, Jon Sasaki, Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky, and Couzyn van Heuvelen.

The 2018-19 Temporary Contemporary program invites proposals from artists across Canada to envision and implement an installation at our Davis Campus in Brampton. We invite proposals for a site-specific artwork, executed in any medium (including sound installations and performance), that responds to the connections between the Davis Campus and the City of Brampton. We encourage work that will involve meaningful engagement with students, faculty, and staff on site and actively address notions of cross-cultural community, connectivity and placemaking.

Sheridan’s Davis Campus is located on the traditional territorial lands of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, Anishinaabe Nation, Huron-Wendat and the Haudenosaunee Confederacy.

Located in Brampton, one of the fastest-growing and most ethnically diverse communities in Canada, Davis Campus is Sheridan’s largest campus, home to more than 12,000 students. This bustling, innovative and multicultural campus is home to our applied health, community services, engineering and technology programs.

In 2017, Davis officially opened its new Skilled Trades Centre. This three-storey, 130,000-square-foot facility is the new home for our skilled trades and apprenticeship programs, which were previously offered in Oakville.

The City of Brampton is a thriving hub for arts, culture and entertainment, thanks to a young and creative crowd that has fueled a boom in art galleries, interactive classes, outdoor concerts, live theatre, cultural events and much more. Brampton’s incredible diversity generates a wide spectrum of cultural activities, positioning the city as an emerging leader in cross-cultural fusion and pioneering new forms of expression.

The selected artist will have access to facilities and resources at Sheridan’s Creative Campus Galleries, the Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design (FAAD), and the Centre of Student Success. The proposed artwork would be produced in FAAD’s Oakville studios, which include a wide range of technical resources and facilities. Within a defined scope, Sheridan can offer some support in developing and building the work. Some examples of resources to consider:

  • Crafts Studios: Glass, Textiles, Woodworking, Ceramics, Industrial Design
  • Advanced technologies such as immersive and augmented realities
  • Advanced Manufacturing technologies (rapid prototyping, laser, CNC)
  • High-end computer labs with color calibrated monitors for editing
  • Recording studios with access to Foley sound effects
  • Photo studios with white and green infinity coves
  • MIDI lab with surround sound
  • Film and Television studio

Our selection panel seeks projects with a holistic approach to learning through the creative process. A key component of the Temporary Contemporary program will be to meaningfully engage students, faculty, and technologists at the Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design, as well as at the Davis Campus. Please identify in your project description how you will involve students in the process of creating and installing your work. We would like to understand how you would inspire and guide students through sharing your practices, journey, and experience as a professional artist. Some possibilities could include workshops, or participation in the visioning and fabrication of your work.

The artist who is selected to implement their project at Sheridan will participate in a public talk that engages with Sheridan and its communities about what was learned and what was shared through the creation of the work. In addition, the artist will also provide a professional development workshop for local emerging and mid-career public artists in collaboration with the City of Brampton.

The selection panel will identify a shortlist of three proposals from the applicant pool. We will invite the shortlisted artists to Sheridan to tour our facilities and meet our panelists. During their visit, each candidate will present their proposal and respond to questions from the panel.

The three shortlisted candidates will be awarded an honourarium of $750 for travel expenses and time. The final successful candidate will be provided with a $15,000 budget to cover all expenses of the project, including all artist fees (for exhibition and presentation), materials (for production of work and public programming), fabrication, installation, technicians, documentation, transportation expenses and all other related costs.

Our selection panel will be comprised of members of Sheridan’s International Centre, the Centre for Student Success, the Faculty of Animation, Arts, and Design, and the Creative Campus Galleries, as well as City of Brampton’s Economic Development and Culture Division.

The finished artwork will be exhibited at the Davis Campus for an eight-month period, after which it will become the property of the artist. It is the artist’s responsibility to arrange for dismantling and removal of the artwork.

Submission deadline: June 11, 2018

All proposal materials should be collated into a single PDF and submitted to:

Proposal Checklist:

  • Project description (maximum 500 words)
  • A sketch or other visual representation of the proposed work
  • Artist Statement (maximum 300 words)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Images of previous work with information on title, dimensions, materials, and date (maximum 10 images)
  • Itemized budget indicating how the $15,000 would be allocated
  • Description of the proposed site for the work, including dimensions and technical details about construction and installation (maximum 500 words)
  • List of Sheridan resources you would like to access to implement the project, including detailed notes about how you would like to use them
  • Proposed timeline for the project (final installation must occur after September 2018 and before February 2019)

Any inquiries can be directed to:

Click here to learn more about previous Temporary Contemporary projects.





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