Call for Artists – Unearthing an Oral History of Food Activism

The Food System Resiliency Table (The Table) is a regional food policy and programming working group that brings together community leadership to learn lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic and ensure diverse groups are leading policy development from their lived experience.

The Table is accepting expressions for a creative partnership to co-create a project that documents and presents the rich history of our local food system in an accessible and inspiring way.

The Table is seeking an artist who can co-create and accompany our community partners through a process that captures and documents stories of the lands, waters, creatures, people, and events that contribute to the rich history of food and food justice in Guelph and Wellington — from time immemorial to the present day — in a dynamic and memorable way.

This project will support the gathering and sharing of food culture and stories of activism and social, economic and environmental change. We define activism as: the policy or action of using vigorous campaigning, advocacy, and care to bring about political or social change.

The successful artistic output and process will express a commitment to unlearn colonised ways of knowing and engage in a meaningful approach that allows stories, knowledge, and history to unfold, be gathered and shared. The finished expression will be a compelling and accessible digital mural/collage that combines audio and visual elements. The Table will host an (in-person) unveiling event for the finished artform. We also see this final offering as an integral part of our future presentations at conferences, in-person and online events, that will have an expected reach of thousands of residents. The unveiling event will also share reflections from the process and ideas for a permanent artistic expression.

The Artist

The successful applicant will co-host/facilitate a series of public events with The Table with the intention to ensure that intergenerational voices from diverse cultures, gender expressions, and perspectives will be woven together. The Artist will take into account and utilise recorded audio, video and images in their final offering  –  we are open regarding the format of the finished artform and will remain in close dialogue with the appointed artist throughout the process.  The successful candidate will be chosen by an Advisory Panel and will be awarded $3,600 for their work.

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