The Mush Hole Project was an immersive, site-specific art and performance event that took place at the Woodland Cultural Centre (Brantford) on September 16, 17 and 18, 2016. This collaborative project aimed to respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action and to preserve, query, and reveal the complex personal, political, and public narratives around Canada’s residential school system, in general, and the Mohawk Institute Indian Residential School, in particular.
Now 5 years later, the Mush Hole Project is offering an open call for Indigenous artists to reflect on the Truth and Reconciliation’s Calls to Action and if reconciliation is happening in Canada in the year 2021.
This project aims to raise the public profile of residential schools and their ongoing devastating impact through a cross-cultural artistic lens that will be showcased digitally to a national audience as a 3-day virtual stream. This project has been funded through the Canada Council for the Art’s Digital Now Fund.
We are embracing works from a wide range of disciplines, including, but not limited to, fine art, art installations, film and media, sound art, performance art, dance and theatrical or musical performances. We are looking for a variety of works utilizing different media or disciplines that will address our selected themes. We will give preference to works that specifically animate, or draw upon, some aspect of the former school’s building or grounds. We are requesting that artists write, narrate, and illustrate a short essay/prose (500-750 words) reflecting on their process. This submission will be archived for publication.
Submissions may be received electronically at firstname.lastname@example.org
If selected, artists will receive an artist fee of $1102 which includes the short essay/prose.
In addition, artists will receive funding for content creation [materials or shipping] which is capped at $530. Artists are responsible for the packaging and organizing of shipping requirements. Artists will also be responsible for the technical operation of any devices required. If an artist requires additional funding, we encourage you to apply for Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant.
All components of the project must be prepared for the installation window between June 1 to June 15, 2022. Selected artists will be contacted to confirm the schedule.
Dates and Deadlines
Entry Deadline November 24 Notification Date December 6 Installation Window: June 1 – 15, 2022
Please contact the 24 Hour Residential School Crisis Line at 1- 866-925-4419 if you require emotional support.
Have you visited the museum to see our current exhibition? Make sure to visit before Doug Maracle: Come Walk With Me is gone!Doug Maracle is Mohawk Nation, Bear Clan from Six Nations of the Grand River and is known around the world for his craftsmanship and artist works. It wasn’t until more recently that his hometown discovered his talents.This exhibition celebrates the diversity of Doug’s body of work. The work includes wood carvings, prints, and pen & ink sketches meshed with a sense of humour, history, and place.The viewer will learn about what inspired Doug’s artistic practice to encourage visitors to understand the process of sculpting techniques and encourage a younger generation to become interested in the connection between art and narrative of the Haudenosaunee culture within the context of the history of art in Canada. The exhibition provides a point of departure to open the context of craft vs fine art, identity, and process.This exhibition will be closing before we’re back from our Christmas break and unfortunately cannot be extended. Be sure to visit the museum before December 22 to see Doug’s incredible work. Find out more info about visiting Woodland: woodlandculturalcentre.ca/contact-us/ #OnHeritage #OntarioHistory #Indigenous #IndigenousVoices #IndigenousArt #IndigenousEvents #FirstNations#FN #IndigenousKnowledge #IndigenousCulture #BrantOnt #TruthandReconciliation ... See MoreSee Less