ART APART: 575 emerging artists submit projects to the National Theatre School
575 artists from 10 Canadian provinces and 2 territories have applied for the Art Apart project. This initiative by the National Theatre School of Canada (NTS) will provide $60,000 in support to emerging artists (as 80 grants of $750), who are facing increased financial precariousness due to the COVID-19 crisis.
“Artists help keep the social fabric alive, even from a physical distance, said Gideon Arthurs, CEO of NTS. Their work is essential to bringing our communities together even in times of isolation. We want to thank all applicants for their courage and desire to share their work and artistic practices with a wide audience during this difficult time. »
We will get in touch with selected artists shortly.
The works will be broadcast throughout April and May on TheatreTraining.ca and on the National Theatre School's and the artists’ social networks through the hashtag #artapart. Please follow along. We hope you will find as much pleasure as we did discovering these artists!
ABOUT THE SUBMISSIONS
Artists who have submitted artistic projects come from all areas of theatre (acting, directing, lighting design, production design and technical arts, playwriting, set and costume design, sound design) and from all genres (performance, musical theatre, puppet theatre, clown, improv, devised theatre, monologue).
These students and young graduates come from dozens of educational institutions across the country (National Theatre School of Canada, Concordia University, Dalhousie University, George Brown, Humber College, John Abbott College, McGill University, Queen’s University, Ryerson, Sheridan College, University of Ottawa, University of Alberta, University of British Columbia, University of Saskatchewan, University of Toronto, University of Victoria, University of Windsor, York University and more). Other artists have received mentorship or culturally specific learning.
This great diversity of languages, cultural backgrounds, provinces, regions and fields of theatre studies will be reflected in the 80 selected works.
Because physical distance shouldn’t mean total isolation, the National Theatre School of Canada (NTS) is allocating $60,000 in support of emerging artists (as 80 grants of $750). These funds will be granted to theatre artists in training, or artists who have completed a theatre training program within the past five years, to present a piece of art online.
With the COVID-19 crisis, artists find themselves in a situation of increased financial precarity due to the closure of performance venues and cancellation of contracts. The impressive and diverse arts community is already finding a thousand ways to keep hope and art alive in times of social distancing. Through this initiative, NTS continues to provide a voice and support to emerging artists. It’s a way to help minimize the impact of this crisis in the arts community and to provide much-needed assistance to artists who are in the early stages of their careers by rapidly injecting funds into the arts sector.
“Young artists, already living close to the poverty line, are finding themselves in particularly precarious situations because of cancelled contracts and lack of job opportunities, all while trying to manage the emotional weight of enforced isolation. This fund will hopefully go a little way to providing them some breathing space while helping them share their artistic voices. Art is a cornerstone of a compassionate society, allowing us to engage with the complexity of our times, and we need it more than ever," says Gideon Arthurs, CEO of NTS.
More information about the projet
Theatre artists currently enrolled in and artists graduated within the past five years from a theatre training program anywhere in Canada are invited to submit a project. NTS recognizes that university and conservatory-type training programs are not accessible to everyone and therefore encourages artists who consider themselves to be in training (mentorship or culturally specific learning) to submit their work.
Artists from all theatre disciplines, including set and costume design, lighting, sound and video design, playwriting, directing and acting, are eligible to apply. Artists from all regions of Canada, from all backgrounds and languages are welcome.
The artist must own all rights to the work presented.
The application period is now over. We want to thank all applicants for your courage and desire to share your artistic artworks and practices with a wide audience during this trying time.
Artists have until March 31, 2020 to submit their work or their project proposal for a live performance. NTS will select projects of various of forms from across the country (such as: performance recorded on video, monologue, text, sketches, paintings, and more). NTS will begin to share and promote the works as soon as possible, while still receiving project proposals until March 31, 2020.
In addition to the financial support ($750 grant), the selected artists will have their work disseminated via NTS networks with the hashtag #artapart.
Projects will be evaluated based on the originality of the concept, coherence of the application, relevance, and feasibility. The selection committee is made up of NTS staff members.
Watch the official video of the ART APART project which supports artists amid the COVID-19 crisis.Watch the video