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Call for Artists – PARN Sharps Box Design Project

Deadline: June 5, 2020 – 5pm

PARN – Your Community AIDS Resource Network, is calling artists in the greater Peterborough region to submit plans to paint our public sharps containers. There are five boxes in the downtown core and we would like to support one artist for each box.

The boxes must retain their biohazard symbol on the front and the words Needle Drop Box near the opening. The dimensions of the box are: 50 inches high x 21 5/8 inches wide x 15 3/8 inches deep. To see images of the boxes, you can visit the Artspace website.

Each artist will be paid $1000 for their work plus expenses up to $300. The expected completion of the project is July 2020. Given the current conditions brought on by COVID-19, a suitable timeline for completion will be developed by PARN in consultation with each artist. 

This project is administered jointly by PARN – Your Community AIDS Resource Network and Artspace. 

Mailed submissions will not be accepted. Applicants who do not adhere to the following criteria will be disregarded.

 You will be asked to include the following:

  1. Proposal/Project Description (1 page max) 
  2. Technical and Material Requirements
  3. Artist Statement (250 words max)
  4. Artist Bio (250 words max)
  5. Current CV (3 pages max)
  6. Visual Support Material with Support Material List (15 images max)

Please select visual support material mindfully, as committee members have limited time to consider each proposal. Images should be labelled numerically with the artist’s name (01_name.jpg, 02_name.jpg, etc.). Your Support Material List should include the title of work, date created, medium, and dimensions. 

If you wish to include video documentation, it should be uploaded to a site such as YouTube or Vimeo and linked in the application. Regardless of duration, please include full videos. Due to time constraints, the jury may only view up to 5 minutes of each video. Please note the clip you would prefer the jury view by including time marks in the documentation list.

Submission Policy
In addition to artistic merit and viability, proposals will be judged in relation to PARN’s mission and mandate; designs must comply with all non-discriminatory legislation as well as be compliant with an anti-oppression, anti-racism framework and of course, be supportive of harm reduction. You can find our mission and philosophy statements here: https://parn.ca/about-parn/mission/ and a little bit about our Harm Reduction Works program: https://parn.ca/harm-reduction/harm-reduction-works/

Review Process

A jury facilitated by Artspace staff and comprised of PARN staff and members of the community at large will review all submissions that meet the above criteria. All applicants will be notified of the jury’s decision by June 19, 2020.

Have any questions? 

Please contact:

Jonathan Lockyer
Director and Curator

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.