BLUE CABIN FLOATING ARTIST RESIDENCY CALL
The Blue Cabin Committee (Other Sights, C3 – Creative Cultural Collaborations, and grunt gallery) are pleased to announce the first Artist Residency call for The Blue Cabin.
BLUE CABIN FLOATING ARTIST RESIDENCY OPEN CALL TO VISUAL AND MEDIA ARTISTS
The Blue Cabin Floating Artist Residency Committee is calling for expressions of interest from professional local, national and international artists to undertake a 6-week long residency aboard the Blue Cabin in 2020 or 2021. Open to visual and media artists at all stages of practice, up to five, 6-week residency spaces will be filled as a result of this call. The residency is on the water on a small float which carries a remediated heritage cabin studio and a separate deckhouse living space.
Located on the Pacific Coast in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, within the shared, unceded and ancestral territories of the xwməθ̓kwəy̓ əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Səlílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, the Blue Cabin offers a vantage point from which to consider this region — its layered histories and speculative future — differently.
The Blue Cabin sat between the low and high tide lines at Cates Park in North Vancouver from 1932 to 2015. Resisting ownership for nearly 100 years, it was home to maritime labourers and families, and since the late ‘60s was a place of creative respite and subsistence for Vancouver artists Al Neil and Carole Itter. Slated for demolition to make way for new development, the Cabin was saved by a consortium of arts organizations and has since been transformed into a unique floating artist residency that moves from time to time to different moorage sites and situations.
FACILITY AND CONDITIONS
This is a mobile, floating, on-the-water facility, a condition that brings a unique set of opportunities and challenges. The space consists of a floating concrete platform that houses a 350-square-foot, modern, purpose-built , 2-storey deckhouse as the artist’s residence and beside it, the restored, 315-square-foot, historic Blue Cabin that is outfitted as a studio. A wheelchair accessible bathroom for the use of visitors attending public events is available at deck level. Also on deck is a covered flex-space that can be used for gatherings or as an outdoor work area.The facility is designed with sustainability in mind and as such, has limitations and restrictions. The resident’s private bathroom and the public bathroom both have composting toilets. There is an onboard grey water system and the residence and studio are operated primarily by solar power with shore power as back-up. In order for the Blue Cabin’s sustainable systems to operate effectively, resident artists must be conscientious consumers of energy and water. Weekly laundry pick-up and delivery and house cleaning are among the services provided. Resident’s must be self-reliant and independent or able to arrange for access supports in collaboration with the Blue Cabin team.
SUBMISSIONS ARE DUE ON OR BEFORE 3:00 P.M. PACIFIC STANDARD TIME, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2020.
SUMMARY OF IMPORTANT DATES, 2020
Jan 14 Call for Submissions Open
Feb 21 Deadline for questions
Feb 24 Submissions due
Feb 27 Distribution to panelists for preview
Mar 9 Panel meets, short-listing
Mar 23 – 27 Artist interviews
Mar 31 Residency artists selected, contacted, and interest confirmed