“For me, this experience became one of learning to foster connections that spoke directly from the body and through the land, revealing how important it is to nurture the many forms of resilience we each carry into actions that speak collectively and listens carefully through the eyes of one another, confronting all that may not be directly seen.”
– Vanessa Grondin
2018 VINES FESTIVAL – ARTIST APPLICATIONS
Are you passionate about social justice, environmental justice? Are you interested in creating in the outdoors this summer? Do you want to experience perform or create an installation in nature? With a growing community? If so we want to hear from you! Apply to present or create a work for Vines Art Festival 2018.
Vines is inviting artists of all disciplines interested in creating outdoor site-specific works at Trout Lake and other local parks in greater Vancouver to apply. Performers and visual artists will be given the opportunity to select a specific “earth-stage”. Collaboration is encouraged; applicants can choose to submit new material, as well as pre-existing works that they wish to present within the framework of Vines. Interactive art that allows audience participation is also recommended to connect the art with the community. We love experimental work and both durational and shorter pieces are accepted. In other words—we are very open! The only stipulation is the theme of work should be connected to the earth, community and systemic change.
Artists are encouraged to work outside in preparation for the festival in lieu of indoor studio space (FREE). This will consistently bring art to a public space! What better way to spend part of your summer than outside and working on your practice? Working outdoors also permits new audiences to engage with contemporary art both surrounding and during the festival.
February 28, 2018 at 11:59 PM PST
March 31, 2018
Honorarium (dependent on pending grant results – last year was $250-300/work and we are hoping to raise the fees this year)
DATES OF FESTIVAL:
August 8-18, 2018 (main event on August 18)
LOCATION OF MAIN EVENT:
Trout Lake Park (South end)
OTHER POSSIBLE LOCATIONS:
Granville Island, Outside the Museum of Anthropology/Wreck Beach, Crab Park, Stanley Park, Kits Beach, Strathcona Park
Art reveals the emotive tissues connecting science, data and policy to humankind, welcoming people to connect to a story or idea. There are many campaigns and strategies that could use your voice.
The following are local campaigns that we encourage (not required!) you to consider when creating a new work:
STAKE IN PEACE – STOP SITE C
“Canada’s beautiful and sacred Peace River Valley in north-eastern British Columbia is under attack. The British Columbia government, with the support of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Cabinet colleagues, are in the early sages of building Site C, a massive hydroelectric project that will destroy this pristine valley, violate indigenous rights affirmed in the Canadian Constitution (under Treaty 8) and within the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, destroy habitat, cause environmental loss, forcibly remove third generation farmers and ranchers, demolish historical sites, drown ancient burials and artifacts, and flood prime horticultural land in a class one climate capable of providing the nutritional needs of over one million people a year. Forever.”
KINDER MORGAN: LEGAL CAMPAIGN – PULL TOGETHER
“RAVEN’s Pull Together campaign to stop Enbridge mobilized thousands of people to donate, fundraise, and organize against the Enbridge Northern Gateway project. We raised $600,000 for a huge legal victory for seven First Nations. We knew our approach — to stand with Indigenous Peoples on the front lines of defending land, air and water — was strategic. Now we have proof that it works.”
– RAVEN website
“Ecojustice and the David Suzuki Foundation are partners in the Blue Dot movement, a national campaign to advance the legal recognition of every Canadian’s right to a healthy environment. When we launched the Blue Dot Tour in 2014, we never dreamed this movement would receive such widespread support. More than 105,000 people, 25,000 volunteers and 150 communities have signed on to the Blue Dot movement.”
BAN PESTICIDES: SAVE POLLINATORS
“Neonicotinoid pesticides, also known as neonics, are the most widely used insecticides in the world. They’re primarily used to control pests on agricultural crops like corn and soy, but they are also found on Christmas trees, houseplants and more. Neonics have unintended and wide-reaching ecological consequences, including contributing to a decline in bee and monarch butterfly populations. We need bees. One-third of our food supply relies on pollinators like bees. They are, along with multitude of other invertebrates, the backbone our ecosystems.”
DIVEST FROM FOSSIL FUELS, INVEST IN CLEAN ENERGY
Divest from Big Money and banks, encourage others to make the change. Spend money on clean energy.
LINK ARMS WITH US – FISH FARMS GET OUT
“The Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw Nation have stood in opposition to fish farms in their territory for nearly 30 years. Since time immemorial they have protected their salmon and herring for future generations. Our people have spoken. Fish farms must be removed from our territories.”
TINY HOUSE WARRIORS
“The Tiny House Warriors: Our Land is Home is a part of a mission to stop the Kinder Morgan TransMountain pipeline from crossing unceded Secwepemc Territory. Ten tiny houses will be built and placed strategically along the 518 km TransMountain pipeline route to assert Secwepemc Law and jurisdiction and block access to this pipeline.”
RISE ABOVE PLASTICS
“Simple local actions help protect where we play. Our Rise Above Plastics (RAP) program advocates for a reduction in single use plastics and provides hands-on opportunities for the community to tackle the problem. We host one cleanup every month at one of Vancouvers’ local beaches. Beach cleanups are free to attend and open to everyone.”
BEYOND COAL: DEFEND OUR FARMLAND
British Columbians know local farmland is key to our food security. But the Port of Vancouver plans to bulldoze agricultural land while increasing shipments of coal and fracked liquid gas.The federal port authority claims “supremacy” over land-use decisions in the Lower Mainland — and says local food production can be replaced by imports from other countries.
GROW VINES FESTIVAL!
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