Call for Curatorial Proposals: Paradigmatic Pulse

Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery

Call for Curatorial Proposals: Paradigmatic Pulse

About Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery

As Waterloo Region’s leading public art gallery, the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery (KWAG) connects people and ideas through art. Its nationally-acclaimed exhibitions and programs welcome all to be inspired and challenged through a deepened understanding of ourselves, our cultures and our communities. For the benefit of current and future generations, the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery collects, preserves, researches, interprets and exhibits the visual arts. It offers dynamic public programs that inspire creativity and an appreciation of the visual arts in the Region and beyond. Established in 1956 and incorporated in 1968, KWAG is a non-profit organization open to the public and administered in the public trust.

About Paradigmatic Pulse

Paradigmatic Pulse is brand-new, fully funded curatorial opportunity for experimental projects and platforms that are socially engaged, community focused and critically rigorous. It aims to support a Canadian curator in the development of an exhibition that probes the paradigmatic boundaries of exhibition making and visitor engagement. We welcome intersectional proposals that push our understanding of what constitutes an exhibition, redefines how to hold space in a contemporary art gallery and nurtures a sensitive inclusion of difference. Let us practice other types of discursive space that can challenge institutional practices/processes while encouraging the growth and strength of community organization in a time of crises and collapse.

For more information visit the Call for Curatorial Proposal: Paradigmatic Pulse

Who Can Apply

  • This program is open to any Canadian citizen / permanent resident that is recognized by their peers as a Curator (not-for-profit / artist-run / independent / commercial / other)
  • You may apply individually or as a collective
  • There are no age limits
  • There are no minimum requirements for years of experience or education
  • KWAG embraces a culture of belonging that enhances our capacity to meaningfully address and serve the interests of our diverse community. We strongly encourage applications from Indigenous Peoples, Black and racialized persons, women, persons with disabilities, and people of diverse sexual and gender identities. Our values regarding equity and diversity are intrinsically linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence.

Submissions Must Include

  1. Contact information.
  2. Introductory statement providing a narrative description of curatorial practice and professional interests.
  3. CV – up to 3 pages
  4. Exhibition proposal including:
    ◦  Proposed concept for the exhibition and relationship to the Paradigmatic Pulse Program Description, including any key programming (1-2 pages)
    ◦  Key works or images with descriptions (name, title, date, medium, dimensions) (up to 10)
    ◦  Detailed budget. Must include: i. Artist fees (commissions, CARFAC, or rationale otherwise) ii. Installation expenses iii. Ideal programming and/or outreach
    ◦  Audio-Visual Requirements and Equipment List
    ◦  A writing sample, preferably from a curatorial and/or critical context (no minimum or maximum length)
    ◦  Floorplan
    ◦  Description of any unique or unusual installation requirements
  5. Completed Agreement and Consent form.

For more information visit the Call for Curatorial Proposal: Paradigmatic Pulse

Submission deadline: Friday 14 April 2023 by 5 pm EST.

If you have any questions, please contact:
Darryn Doull

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Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery
101 Queen Street North
Kitchener, ON N2H 6P7

Located on the traditional, unceded territories of the Neutral Nation, Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee peoples.

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Thursday: 9:30 am – 9:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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Image credits: Installation views, Joyce Wieland: A Clutter of Love, at the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery from 21 January – 21 May 2023. Featuring Joyce Wieland, August Klintberg and Fernanda Pessoa. Curated by Darryn Doull. Photos courtesy of KWAG.