FAQ FOR ARTIST DATE SERIES
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WILL I RECEIVE COMPENSATION?
Yes, all artists will receive a small honorarium.
WHAT KIND OF ARTIST ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?
We invite emerging artists based in either Canada or India, who are excited by the idea of an interdisciplinary collaboration, to apply.
Through this program, you will be paired with another artist and you will create something together. You will experience one another's art forms and practices, and at the end, you will share the discoveries that result from your encounter at the Nautanki Festival.
Artists must be able to dedicate a few hours a week to this program, your art and your artistic partnership during the month of July 2021 (see more information about time commitment, below).
Applicants must be self-motivated, as pairs will need to decide between themselves / make their own schedule in July 2021 for when they are meeting one "virtually" to connect and to create.
Artists can be from any artistic discipline - including but not limited to performing artists, visual artists, writers, musicians, filmmakers, photographers, etc.
Because this is a short program, it is important that you have identified your artistic practice or discipline that you regularly engage with and wish to continue to develop.
Please note that we will likely pair you up with an artist from an artistic discipline different than your own. We will provide prompts every week to support you / guide you in collaborating with your "date."
HOW MUCH TIME WILL I NEED TO DEDICATE TO THE PROGRAM?
Artist pairs will meet for a minimum of 5 hours a week, based on their own schedules, throughout the month of July 2021.
We will also have 3 mandatory group sessions that all participants will be expected to attend throughout the month of July 2021.
1. An orientation (beginning of July 2021)
2. A mid-point check in (mid July 2021)
3. Our Nautanki Festival (a live sharing) (end of July 2021 / beginning of August 2021)
HOW WILL YOU DETERMINE WHO GETS INTO THE PROGRAM?
This program is unique in that we are setting artists up on a "date" - so we are looking to "match" artists together based on shared interests, curiosities, and the disciplines outside of their own that artists wish to engage with.
We are working with a jury of senior of artists, who will assist us in making the final decisions and pairings.
I'M A DANCER. HOW WOULD I WORK VIRTUALLY WITH A PHOTOGRAPHER?
We will share ways and ideas for how to collaborate in an interdisciplinary way during our orientation session. We recognise that a lot of artists are not used to working in an interdisciplinary way; as such, each week we will provide artists with different prompts and ideas to work with to facilitate the collaboration process.
HOW WILL THIS SERIES HELP ME AS AN ARTIST?
This program provides artists with a wide array of learning opportunities - specifically in working in a cross-cultural and interdisciplinary way. It is designed for artists who are curious to learn more about the arts scene in India and Canada. The program is a chance to connect, create and learn with a created community, and to experiment with new ways of creating work.
DO I HAVE TO CREATE A FINAL PIECE FOR THE NAUTANKI FESTIVAL?
At the end of the project, you will be invited to share a 5-minute “something” at our Nautanki Festival that relates to the work you were doing together with your "date". This purpose of this sharing is to give audiences a peek into your process and is by no means a "final product." It is our hope that this collaboration and sharing will be a starting point, and provide you with seeds of inspiration moving forward.
HOW IS THIS PROGRAM BEING FUNDED?
We are raising funds for our programming through Milaap and through private sponsorships. This program has come out of our desire to immediately respond to the challenges faced by artists in India (especially in the past few months) due to COVID-19. The granting system in Canada is not an instantaneous process; while we are applying for grants for future programs, this program has come out of need for a quick response to India's current situation.
HOW WILL YOU DETERMINE WHO I AM PAIRED UP WITH?
We will determine who we feel you have the best potential to collaborate with based on your application. We are specifically interested in your artistic practice, the history of your work as an artist and questions you wish to explore during the series.
HOW LONG WILL THE COLLABORATION PERIOD BE?
Approximately one month. This program will take place during the month of July 2021.
WHO IS RUNNING THIS PROGRAM?
This program is being run for artists, by artists. We, Ankita Alemona, Nidhi Baadkar and Nidhil Vohra, are a team of three artists from diverse artistic backgrounds based in Toronto and Brampton, Canada. We are all of Indian origin, and have spent extended periods of time in India. Collectively we have over ten years of experience working in arts and culture in India and Canada. Participants will also be working with a wonderful team of experienced artist educators from Canada and India throughout the duration of this program.