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Call for Applications – Song Dong’s Communal Courtyard: Community Residencies Program

October 23rd, 2015

Song Dong Communal Courtyard 2013 Installation view, The Margulies Collection

Song Dong’s The Wisdom of the Poor: Communal Courtyard, 2011–2013, Gift of Martin Z. Margulies Foundation. As installed at the Margulies Collection at the Warehouse.

Call for Applications: An Opportunity for Toronto-based Artists, Collectives and Culture Groups

Are you or do you know a Toronto-based performance-based artist, collective and/or culture group? If yes, we have an opportunity to share.

The AGO is pleased to announce that Chinese sculptor and multimedia artist Song Dong will make his Toronto debut with the newly acquired installation Communal Courtyard. Made from over 100 reclaimed wardrobe doors, this immersive installation calls attention to the loss of architectural history as we modernize our cities and examines its impact across China and beyond. This major exhibition is coordinated by the AGO’s chief curator Stephanie Smith, and runs from Jan. 30, 2016 to July 17, 2016.

To extend the conversation beyond the Gallery’s walls, the AGO is launching an innovative community residency program in conjunction with the exhibition. We invite community partners, artists, collectives and local organizations to apply for one of five interactive residencies. The program, which will present projects that engage and respond to Song’s work, will support five residencies, with each residency running for three weeks. Successful applicants will be animating Song Dong’s Communal Courtyard through a range of artistic responses, which may include music, dance, spoken word, theatre and performance art.

Each resident artist or collective will be asked to program presentations in the exhibition space for three weeks: on Wednesday evenings; Thursday afternoons; Fridays evenings; and Saturday afternoons for a total of 12 activations or performances. The presentations should be geared for intimate audiences of approximately 30 people.

Selected artists will have the opportunity to meet with Song Dong the week of January 25, 2016 to workshop their proposals and gain valuable feedback from the artist and the AGO’s exhibition project team. An honorarium of $2,500 to support production and expenses will be provided for each successful proposal. Residencies will take place between March 30 and July 16, 2016.

For more information on the exhibition, click here.

Who can apply?
Artists, artist groups and/or collectives, non-profit arts organizations based in the GTA.

What do I submit?
Applications must include:
• A proposal outlining your work and practice in general and how you would propose to engage the space (maximum one page)
• Your CV or the mission of your organization (maximum two pages)
• Up to 15 images and/or 10 minutes of video documentation with detailed credit information (title, date, medium, dimensions).
Applications to the program are due on Friday November 27, 2015.

How do I submit an application?
Please submit your application via e-mail to Linda Lee, Program Assistant, Adult Learning & Special Projects at and include:
• Your statement and CV in .pdf format
• A link to your video documentation (via Vimeo or YouTube) and/or your .jpeg support material (via DropBox). PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT ATTACHMENTS.
• Please note your top 3 preferred residency dates:
March 30 – April 23 (no performances April 13–16)
April 27 – May 14
May 18-June 4
June 8 – 25
June 29 – July 16
• Lead Contact name, address, and official name of recipient of funds

How many performances/activations will I be responsible to create?
• 12 performances over 3 weeks:
Wednesdays, 6–8pm
Thursdays, 2–4pm
Fridays, 6–8pm
Saturdays 2–4pm

What is the honorarium?
• $2,500 inclusive of any materials and artist fees.

What other support do I receive?
• On-site coordination and marketing through AGO’s promotional vehicles
• An opportunity to meet with artist Song Dong and members of the AGO’s exhibitions, curatorial and public programming departments to workshop proposal.

When do I find out if I am successful?
• On or before December 15, 2015

For more information:
• Contact Linda Lee, Program Assistant, Adult Learning & Special Projects at

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