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Request for Proposals

Built for Art: Nuit Blanche 2017 at 401 Richmond
Deadline: Friday July 21, 2017 at 5 p.m.
Theme: Brick, Brink and a Space in Between

Since its inception at the turn of the 20th century, 401 Richmond has been a repository for many forms of creativity. This unique structure offers room for making, it is a site for action, an opportunity for reflection and a catalyst for growth. These merits can be said to describe the current 401 architectural philosophy as readily as they embrace the diverse communities that have called this venue home. Over time, countless artists, designers, cultural producers, microenterprises, galleries, festivals, and retailers have shaped and reshaped 401 – both by laying bricks and by crafting content. The behaviour of 401 Richmond is such that it’s in a perpetual state of reconstruction and revelation as it endeavours to spotlight the many situations, conventional and otherwise, in which art and artistry can happen. Presented in partnership with Nuit Blanche Toronto, Brick, Brink and a Space in Between is a curatorial initiative exploring the personality of place and the role that this ubiquitous address plays as artistic advocate and cultural guardian.

This request for proposals is seeking interactive, entertaining and site-specific installations or performances in response to the theme Brick, Brink and a Space in Between. An important component of Nuit Blanche Toronto, which takes place Saturday 30 September 2017 from 7pm to 7am, this initiative aims to activate numerous public sites at 401 Richmond and offers artists a central, high-traffic venue to share their art with the public. You are invited to propose a project that is fun, engaging and thought-provoking – while appropriate for the large crowds that attend Nuit Blanche.

The building will be open from sunset to sunrise, and special consideration will be given to projects that will be accessible all night. We will work collaboratively with the selected artists to realize projects that speak to the unique character of 401 Richmond and which animate spaces in, on and around the building.

Urbanspace Property Group will make attempts to work with exhibitors to realize their projects, however funding is not guaranteed. Applicants should be prepared to cover the costs of their proposed project in full. A small budget is allocated towards assistance with material costs, and will be granted at the discretion of the Built for Art curator.

Proposals should include:

  • Description of project or performance
  • Visual support material
  • Rough installation plan and technical requirements (feel free to include a wish list)
  • Biography and/or curriculum vitae
  • Full contact information

To forward proposals or for more information:

William Huffman
Built for Art Guest Curator