MAP IDS MA / MFA in Inclusive, Diverse and Equitable Curation
Call for Applications (August, 2019)
Understanding that art galleries must position themselves as open learning communities, the Faculty of Media, Art, and Performance at the University of Regina (MAP) in partnership with the MacKenzie Art Gallery (MAG) will offer six funded masters level internships in Inclusive, Diverse and Equitable Curation over the next three years within the context of a MA or MFA program in Interdisciplinary Studies.
Canadian cultural institutions have long considered themselves above the political, although there is an increasing recognition that they are not neutral conduits of knowledge and experience that they have purported to be. However, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) Calls to Action have posed challenges to art institutions and their leaders are now confronted with an urgent question: How do galleries shift their ingrained orientations to align with the more diverse populations (Indigenous, newcomer, LGTBQIA) they now serve?
Through this Call for Applicants, MAP and MAG are taking steps to address the decolonization of art in their institutional structures. How cultures are represented in art, media, entertainment, must be foremost in our minds as we strive to achieve a more equitable, diverse and inclusive society. This call is aimed at master’s level students interested in how to decolonize institutions through curatorial practices and, thereby, better understand and practice fair and accurate representation, share knowledge and frame just economies.
If you have a BFA, or BA in Art History or Curation, MAP is interested in receiving your application for one of either 4 MA or 2 MFA positions in Inclusive, Diverse and Equitable Curation. Each successful applicant into this limited intake will have a 6-month Mitacs-funded professional internship at the Mackenzie Art Gallery (MAG), Regina. Start dates will be staggered over the 3-year duration (January 2020 to January 2023).
Successful candidates (GPA over 80%) will also be eligible for Entrance Scholarships and base funding in each semester.
MA students will gain expertise in the following areas:
- Selecting and interpreting art works for exhibition; researching artifacts and artwork in order to write labels, contribute to catalog essays, and other content supporting exhibitions.
- Learning skills related to the business of the art gallery: marketing, public relations, and fundraising.
- augmenting skills in communications working as intermediators between the museum, artist, and the public.
- moving curatorial practice at the Mackenzie into a position of equity, diversity and inclusion.
- Realizing a form of public dissemination (talk, lecture, workshop).
MFA students will gain expertise in the following areas:
- Preparing art works for exhibition and touring.
- designing and realizing the layout of exhibition space.
- Participating in public solo exhibitions.
- Moving curatorial practice at the MAG into a position of equity, diversity and inclusion.
- Realizing form of public dissemination (talk, lecture, workshop).
Areas of research might include:
- How are notions of diaspora and migration in relation to Indigenous populations represented in current art production? (MA)
- How are contemporary South Asian and Indigenous artists merging traditional art forms in contemporary art practice? (MA)
- How are the origins, aesthetics and representations of whiteness represented in contemporary art practice?(MA)
- In the current reality of cultural diversity, how are perspectives on illness and death made visible in contemporary art practice? (MA)
- How are dis/ability and otherness portrayed in contemporary performance art? (MFA)
- How does blackness figure in contemporary sculpture in Canada (MFA)
- Other pressing questions facing contemporary cultural institutions.
For further Information and details of how to apply, please contact:
Interdisciplinary Studies Rep.
Faculty of Media, Art, and Performance
Visual Arts Dept.
Associate Dean Graduate Studies and Research
Faculty of Media, Art, and Performance
Deadline: Immediate and Ongoing (official deadline in January 15 but we are accepting applications now to admit two applicants in January 2020).