For over 10 years, FADO’s Emerging Artists series was a highly anticipated and exciting staple of the performance art calendar. (Scroll down to take a look at previous iterations of this series.) Initiated in 2003 by Canada’s own performance art matriarch Tanya Mars, FADO’s Emerging Artists series was created to provide a professional platform for emerging artists to develop and present a new performance, working within a specific curatorial framework. The intention of the series was to nurture new work and ideas, provide direction and mentorship to artists, and to showcase the work of the city’s newest perspectives in performance art.
As the series developed, it became clear that this was an opportunity to nurture not only emerging performance artists, but also emerging curators. In this way, FADO encouraged new curatorial voices in performance art, and in exchange were exposed to new communities of artists (new communities were exposed to FADO too). Soon after, the series started to include artists not just from Toronto, but regionally as well, giving local audiences a taste of the emerging performance scene across Canada.
Some of your favourite performance artists and curators cut their teeth making performances and developing curatorial projects in this context, and we want to do it all again!
FADO is once again seeking proposals for curatorial projects for the 2024 & 2025 Emerging Artists series from emerging artists and/or early career curators. Your project will present the work of emerging/early career performance artists. FADO recognizes that the definition of ‘emerging’ is fluid, flexible, and personal. (To note: the Toronto Arts Council’s definition of emerging is a useful reference.)
Projects will be chosen based on their inventiveness, experimentality, and for their attention to the practicalities of execution/feasibility within FADO’s presentation capacities and resources. Overall project budgets will be set by FADO, including artist fees and curator honorariums.
We are open to projects that are innovative in their use of technology; multi-disciplinary or performance-adjacent; presented in a gallery, in public space, site-specific; durational; a series within a series or one-off event; conceptual or thematic; and anything else you can think of.
This is a Canadian call for proposals. FADO is not able to support projects from international curators and/or artists, on-site research or residencies. Curators living outside Toronto will work remotely and final presentations will take place in Toronto. If you have any questions while preparing your submission, please contact us at email@example.com.
Your proposal includes:
Curatorial statement / CV
Artist project descriptions (to the extent they are known) & accompanying artist CVs
Production needs & general project plan
Please submit your proposal using the Google Form LINKED HERE.
If you prefer to send your proposal directly, please email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline date EXTENDED: March 31, 2024
11:45 PM curated by Kate Barry
Over the course of hours, days or longer the performer and the audience can experience a physical, mental, spiritual and/or emotional transformation. Durational performance functions to bring the performer and the audience into the moment; time is made palatable and visceral.
.site.specific. curated by Francisco-Fernando Granados
.sight.specific. proposes performance art as the staging of sight as site: observation as contour, terrain, and architecture for modes of aesthetic embodiment.
Extra-Rational curated by Gale Allen
The artists in Extra-Rational embrace the aesthetics of popular culture and seek to recuperate/utilize these “low brow” processes of production and cognition.
Misinformed Informants curated by Lisa Visser
Misinformed Informants invites emerging artists to answer to the idea of miscommunication, misunderstanding, misplaced lines of agreement.
Vivência Poética curated by Erika DeFreitas
The curatorial premise of this project required an emerging and an established performance artist to collaborate jointly, and in turn with participants within the space in which they work/present.
Enter-gration curated by Nahed Mansour
Enter-gration explores the well-worn myth that crossing the border into North American society is a simple act for immigrants and refugees.
Open Airway curated by Elle McLaughlin
Open Airway, FADO’s latest Emerging Artists series event is an investigation of rhythmic and organized patterns that ensure the successful function of systems.
Feats, Might curated by Alissa Firth-Eagland
For Feats, Might, curator Alissa Firth-Eagland asked artists known primarily for their video works to “unplug” their performative ideas, stepping out from behind the camera and onto the live stage.
Game City curated by Craig Leonard
The artist in GAME CITY disrupt conventions by disorienting visual, spatial and auditory perceptions.
Home Repair by One Night Only
This event features six simultaneous performances in an empty apartment building, focusing on ideas of communication and relationships within domestic spaces.
Books & Ephemera
An ode to FADO's history, Series Purple is composed of a collection of purple fragrance materials dating back to the Roman Empire. Dense, intense, and meandering, this fragrance tells us non-linear stories.
cassis, lilac, heliotrope
orris root, purple sage, labdanum