CONVERSATIONS WITH ELDERS

Our vision for this project is to work with artists and elders residing in the City of Toronto. In this project, we encourage elders from various neighbourhoods in Toronto to share their lived experiences and wisdom. Then for artists to collaborate with the elders to transform the elders’ experiences into artworks in any desired media (such as painting, poetry, music, textiles, photography, ceramics, sculpture, installation, etc) and to disseminate their knowledge to the public.

The main focus of this project is to produce opportunities for artists and elders to converse and connect in meaningful ways. During this process, we hope to foster stronger community connectivity and enhance the sense of belonging for people who live in the same neighbourhood.

PLAN YOUR VISIT

JURY

QU LEILEI

Contemporary Chinese artist, whose works are in collections at the British Museum, the Japan Modern Art Museum, the China National Art Museum, among many others.

NAVLIKA RAMJEE

Former teacher, education consultant, poet and author of Fig Loquat Orange.

DR. CHEN SHEN

Vice President Art and Culture and Senior Curator at the Royal Ontario Museum.
* Jury members in alphabetical order by the last names

PROJECT TIMELINE

STAGE 1

Feburary 16, 2022
Artists need to submit a  project proposal and other  information about themselves, including:

A short biographyAn artist statement
A curriculum vitae (CV) [optional]
Website and/or social media information

STAGE 2

March 25, 2022
The finalists will execute their proposed plan starting with the conversation.

The conversations are encouraged to be in the elders’ first and/or preferred language. After the conversations, artists need to submit documentation about their conversation with the elder, which can be:

A transcript (can be in the elder’s preferred language) OR
Summary and documentation of the conversation (paraphrase accepted)

Each partnership  (the artist and the elder) will be provided with a $1,000 budget.

STAGE 3

April 17, 2022
The finalists will create artwork in any desired mediums and genres to transcend their conversation and provide opportunities for others in the city to experience the elders’ lived experiences and wisdom.

The finalists’ works in our partner galleries in Toronto during Asian Heritage Month 2022 in Canada. The exhibition and its related public programming activities will be free and open for all.

FIND US HERE

exhibition

TRAVELLING THROUGH: CONVERSATIONS WITH ELDERS

TIFF Bell Light Box, 350 King St W, Toronto
May 13-22
exhibition

NASTALGIA: IN SEARCH OF FAMILIARITY

Remote Gallery, 568 Richmond St W, Toronto
May 27-29

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