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How much Space does WNDW take up?

It depends on the installation, the work & you. We have portable walls that some artists like to use to isolate the “gallery” space. These walls also offer you as host a bit of privacy, so viewers aren’t peering right into your space. The walls themselves are 7′ high, can be varying lengths and have supports that come off the base that are 2′ long, to keep them from falling over.

If the walls are used the minimum space is about 3′ (1′ depth + the support base), the maximum is up to you! We work with hosts and artist to find a space that works for everyone. Average depth so far has been around 4-5′.

Click here for some photos of our last installation on Cambridge St to get a better idea. This installation took up about 4.5′.

How long is a WNDW show?

WNDW shows vary in length, depending on the host. We ask that host are willing to have the show up for a minimum of 2 weeks.

Do I need to let strangers into my house?

No! The idea behind WNDW is that the work is visible from the outside of the house. The only time we need access to the inside of your house is when we install the show & take it down. We like to host openings, artist talks, etc during the event, but all these things happen outside the house (and are scheduled around when you would like them to be)

What do I have to do as a volunteer host?

This depends on you. The minimum is to agree to allow an artist to install work in your window for 2 weeks, and let us host a opening or closing gathering outside of your house. You need to be able to meet with the artist who will be installing in your house at least once before the show.

Who is involved?

This project is the brainchild of Lexie Owen, the current artist-in-residence at Burrard View Park Field house. She usually refers to herself as ‘curator’ of this project and is an emerging artist interested in sculpture, craft in the expanded field, social practice initiatives and curatorial projects (like this). In plain English this means she is interested in making objects, thinking about what it means to make something, creating works that sometimes don’t end up with an object at all, and seeing what happens when a work of art is show to a specific public, in a specific place, at a specific time. She graduated from Emily Carr University with a BFA in 2014, and was awarded a Fieldhouse residency by the Parks Board for the 2015-2017 term. In 2015 Lexie was awarded an Early Career Development grant from the BC Arts Council to pursue a mentorship with Vancouver-based artist and educator Justin Langlois.

What is this project all about?

WNDW is a project that is functioning in a bunch of different ways. Project director/curator Lexie Owen is an emerging artist, and often creates institutions or intervenes in developed infrastructures. She is interested in what happens when an individual claims the power and authority that comes with calling oneself an institution. She views WNDW as an artwork that happens in a variety of places over a long period of time. She has purposefully mimicked both the aesthetic aspects of a gallery space, as well as its educational mandate in the hopes of deploying this pre-determined infrastructure outside of self-classifying “high-culture” areas of the city where such galleries are usually found.

In addition to being an socially engaged artwork itself, WNDW is also, as Lexie puts it, an “artist validation machine.” Emerging artists are constantly navigating a tricky place where it can be incredibly hard to find project funding. Often these promising artists have ample opportunity to show their work (young artists are incredibly good at making gallery spaces out of next to nothing), but have very few opportunities to get paid for these shows. In the eyes of funding bodies like the BC Art Council and the Canada Council, its the getting paid part that matters- the financial transaction legitimizes the artist in the eyes of potential funding bodies. Lexie found that working as an artist in residence within the city has provided her with opportunities to access funding sources not usually available to emerging artists, and developed the WNDW project as a way to fund other emerging artists, and help them become eligible for funding as “professional artists.”

How is this project funded?

This project been supported both financially & in-kind by a number of organizations. The WNDW pilot project was funded by the Vancouver Foundation‘s Neighborhood Small Grants, and further funding was received from the 2015 round of the City of Vancouver‘s Community Arts Grants. The project is administered as part of the Parks Board Fieldhouse Studio Residencies at Burrard View Park, where project director Lexie Owen is artist-in-residence for the 2015-2017 term. The project is also supported obliquely by the BC Arts Council, as Lexie is currently receiving support through their early career develpment program.

Who is getting paid?

Lexie is currently receiving a stipend from the BCAC through their Early Career Development program. Exhibiting artist are paid an artist fee of $381, the equivalent of CARFAC fees for showing a single work in a small gallery space.

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