Spring 2018 Sponsored Artist Program – Call For Artists
High Concept Labs (HCL) announces a call for artists for the Spring 2018 Sponsored Artist Program The season runs from February 1st through May 31st, 2018.
Deadline: 15 Nov 2017
The Spring 2018 Sponsored Artist Program is designed to promote the growth of artists and their work through the donation of customizable, no-cost support services including:
- Rehearsal, workshop, and performance space
- Administrative and production assistance
- Communications and design support
- Audience development and media outreach
- Artistic consultation
- Photo and video documentation
- Strategic networking for partnerships, funding, and creative collaborators
- Teaching and workshop opportunities
- Participation in HCL Artist Critique sessions
- Field-based or cross-disciplinary mentorship
Projects are chosen twice a year and last for a period of four months. Each season is curated to represent artists from a range of artistic disciplines. HCL sponsors three paths of development based on different intentions for the end-result of the project.
- Incubation – projects that require services to support the long-term development of a body of work and are not geared toward a public showing.
- Workshop – projects that are geared toward a workshop-showing of work after a period of incubation. The purpose of the showing is to gauge the development of the work and see how it changes in the presence of an invited audience.
- Exhibition/Performance – HCL acts as a producing partner to present a formal exhibition or performance for the public (may or may not include a period of incubation and/or workshop).
Successful applicants to the Spring 2018 Sponsored Artist Program are artists or collectives with a history of successful work (need not be in same discipline as application project) with clear goals for their residency. HCL does not accept artists currently enrolled in any form of degree program. Accepted artists are chosen to represent an array of artistic practices by members of HCL’s staff and Artistic Advisory Council.
Spring 2018 Sponsored Artist Program Benefits
High Concept Labs has two main programs for working artists: the Sponsored Artist Program (a four-month residency) and an Institutional Incubation Program (a year-long residency). The goal of both programs is simple: to facilitate dialogue between HCL’s artists, audience, and staff through a diverse range of programs each season. Programs include Artist Talks, Works-in-Progress Showings, Workshops, Performances, and Critique Sessions. Through conversation, artists have the opportunity to solicit feedback from participants and audience members. This provides them with valuable insight as a work progresses. Audience members are able to see works in progress and engage with the artists while an artistic work is still in its nascent phase.
About High Concept Labs
High Concept Labs (HCL) supports artists and facilitates dialogue between artists, audiences, and staff. This increases access and transparency to the artistic process and fosters transformational experiences in an environment of experimentation and discovery.
Since its foundation in 2009, HCL has been providing Chicago artists with flexible, affordable space in which to develop projects and new works. Over the course of its first year, HCL evolved into a full-fledged arts service organization. It assists artists with administration, publicity, and production. From inception, HCL’s goal was simple: to grow art.
In 2010, HCL created the Sponsored Artist Program (“SAP”), a four-month residency program available to selected artists from a range of artistic disciplines, designed to provide customizable support services. The SAP serves as HCL’s artistic foundation. SAP applicants submit a project or proposal which they would like to develop during their residency. Vetted by HCL’s Artistic Advisory Council, artists accepted into the SAP receive access to a 2,000 square foot studio space, marketing support, event support, equipment access, artistic support, and documentation services (photography and video) at no cost.
Additionally, HCL hosts two major events each season: an Open House and a Send-Off. The Open House takes place halfway through each season. Historically, these events have brought in 200-300 attendees and feature installations and performances by past and current Sponsored Artists. The Send-Off takes place near the end of each season. It is the last opportunity for the Sponsored Artists to showcase their art in a more intimate environment.
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