As the event announcement states: “FEAST hamilton is a new community micro-funding event and is looking for Artists Project Proposals. FEAST (Funding Engaging Actions and Sustainable Tactics) is a series of community dinners and micro-funding events that bring people together with the aim of supporting local projects through funds raised at each FEAST event.
Jen and I went and it was a really fun event – and I learned a lot about how artists present and saw how some strengths and weaknesses influenced the final vote. I’ll talk about those in a sec. I took some photos, posted below, and I apologize for my name being in the bottom right. That was an oversight from a new process.
Each one of us received a list with six artists names, who would be presenting projects we could vote on at the end. Aside from costs, the entire funds raised went to the artist and the organizer’s anticipated $500. The actual amount ended up being just over $800.
It was fun sitting with some new people and even a couple of the artists. This sort of format and social funding in the arts here has not happened before and there was an excited buzz in the air, and an excited rumbling in our stomachs as the food was in the next gallery over. Tickets sold out for this, and I think this sort of format has a very bright future within the arts community. OK, I know it sounds like a cheesy quote from the Hobbit, but I really got a “jolly fellowship” vibe from the whole thing.
What we noticed about some of the proposals is that there never a complete “who, what, where, why, when” picture of the projects. Even if you don’t have confirmed place, you should specify a date and place that is the goal of the work being supported. There was some nice overviews of some studio work or other successful projects, but no “and this is exactly what we are going to do with it with the money you give us”. In terms of the audience judging this, that seems worthy and genuine but it’s too broad.
It’s was of no surprise to me that Chris McLeod won – he has a great deal of work done on a crazy-ass steampunkish bicycle power water purification contraption. He stated he wanted finish the machine with some specific materials. He was going to take it to festivals and concerts so people would be able to connect to our use understanding of water. That was a the clearest, most demonstrable and destination / time-frame specific proposal of the night.
I must admit I was imagining my own proposal and what I would say and show in 10 minutes. They say they’ll have two a year, and I suspect it will be even more popular – especially to present. I hope I still get a chance and would think more events like it should pop up on the landscape. Hopefully.
Continuum & Subtle Technologies are partnering and both have in common a keen interest in smart people doing smart but unexpected things resulting from cross-discipline collaborations. The resulting project is called “collide” and some of the most interesting people from across Canada are participating in it – and many of these individuals were in attendance at a fundraising party at Gallery 345 in my old haunt of Parkdale Village.
Being manned here in the art outpost of central Hamilton, I promised myself I would make it to more events in Toronto and I was glad to make it to this – especially since Subtle Technologies’ Jim Ruxton has moved into my neighbourhood and I am presenting hounding him for a podcast interview.
Finally, I managed to see inside the space at 345 Sorauren Avenue I was also very happy to run into Jack Butler, and Susana & Claire from Circuit Gallery, among others.
Below are some photos & a video clip of a performance that evening: Percussionist Ryan Scott performing Erik Griswold’s “Spill.
Look forward to seeing the results of this project!
I talk with Margie Kelk about her use of social media and how she finds it useful, as an artist and administrator of The Red Head Gallery, 401 Richmond, Toronto.
Originally recorded July 13th, 2012.
With a sympathy for proximity, artist Brian Kelly talks process and considerations for his sculpture exhibit “Not as big as I remembered it.” in Hamilton, Ontario. This was a good talk – thanks Brian.
11 minutes. (Podcast)
For me, this was the first try in capturing audio, pictures and uploading straight to YouTube – and I think it would of worked except for a technical step I missed earlier. It will work for the next attempt I am sure, and then I will be truly 100% production via mobile.
Another lesson I learned is to take more pictures – lots and lots of pictures – as I took too few this time, I think.
Show ends Dec 4th (2012)
330 James Street North
YYZ is *always* good – one of my main destinations at 401 Richmond. Also, one of the first galleries in my experience to be totally ok with a blogger posting images from exhibitions.
An alternate Masters of Fine Arts program mashed up from your community of peers and administered by artist run centres. It should last exactly two years.