Mn Artists Presents [Your Name Here] is an opportunity for Minnesota-based artists of all disciplines to serve as “guest curators” of a one-night event at the Walker Art Center. Guest curators propose a central theme or question arising from their artistic practice, and then work with Mn Artists/Walker staff to create a multidisciplinary event that may include performances, discussions, temporary installations, concerts, workshops, social and participatory art experiences, and more, highlighting other artists in their professional network.
The call is open now, and proposals are due December 14 at 3 pm. Artists can find the full guidelines and apply here:
Events can combine components including (but not limited to):
- set design, costume and temporary installation in a public space at the Walker
- roundtable conversations, interviews, lectures, panels
- workshops, how-to sessions, art-making
- live music
- social moments; spaces or opportunities for artists to meet and connect to each other
They are looking for proposals that:
- use innovative, engaging and accessible methods to communicate artistic ideas and issues to the general public
- are interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary
- include participatory or interactive elements in a playful and/or social atmosphere
- networking, and/or skill-sharing
- include a range of entry points for audiences, who range from practicing artists to people visiting a museum for the first time
- use inventive methods to insert artist projects into the museum context
- relate to digital practice or online networks
- involve artists/arts organizers who have not previously been involved in Mn Artists or Walker programming (though artists we have worked with before are welcome to apply!)
- Proposals must come from individual artists, collaborative groups with a history of working together (i.e., not organizations or non-profits). Current employees or contractors of the Walker are not eligible to apply.
- Proposals should highlight your community, artistic interests, or network – rather than your own artwork. Please do not submit curatorial proposals that include your own artwork. Even if they are collaborative or interactive, proposals that include artwork authored by the curator will not be competitive.
- All artists involved in the program must be based in Minnesota.
- All activities should be somewhat flexible in their space requirements. Available spaces may vary for each program, but project spaces may include: any of the public lobbies (Main Lobby, Cargill, and Hennepin), the Cinema, Art Lab, Garden Terrace Room, Cityview Room, Skyline Room, and possibly terraces (weather and schedule permitting).
- All projects must leave no trace on the Walker campus, cause no damage to the building or artworks, and take no more than one day to install/de-install.
- Projects may not involve plant materials, live animals, or food for public consumption made outside of the Walker’s catering agreements.
- All projects must comply with the Walker’s non-discrimination and anti-harassment policies.
- Projects must be appropriate for a general audience, including visitors of all ages and with a range of physical abilities.
- Events will take place on Thursday nights on dates pre-selected by Walker staff. Mn Artists Presents will run from 5–9pm on these given evenings. The events are scheduled for May 3 and August 23, 2018. Applicants should be available for both dates.
- Events may take place in different public spaces and rental spaces at the Walker Art Center. Please note that space availability is contingent on facility rentals and other bookings.
- The guest curator will receive a stipend, as well as a budget to commission other artist projects and collaborators, in consultation with Walker staff. Budgets for each program range from $5000-6000, which goes towards materials, event production support, documentation, materials, artist stipends, and includes a guest curator stipend of $1600 as part of the overall budget. Travel and lodging will be covered for artists who live in greater Minnesota.
- Programs will be developed alongside outreach initiatives, curated content on mnartists.org, and editorial content on mnartists.org.
- Mn Artists Presents serves as a professional development opportunity for artists with interest or experience in curatorial work, event production, community outreach, and museum operation and administration, as well as providing visibility for their career, expanded network, and artistic interests.
They are asking artists to:
- Propose a central idea, concept, or question, and
- Give us a sense of how that might manifest in a one-night event: types of artist projects, potential collaborators, thoughts on discussion formats, activation of public spaces etc. Consider the event components as a range of different possible answers to your question!
Once proposals are selected, Mn Artists staff will work with the guest artist to fully realize the event, produce the artist projects, ensure that the event is relevant and accessible to a wide range of audiences, and conduct targeted outreach to expand audiences for the event and for Mn Artists more generally.
Finalists will receive notification in January 2018.