Call for Fashion, Fiber, and Conceptual Art Collaborators
Weinberg/Newton Gallery is accepting applications for two artists to take part in a participatory, collaborative, and experimental makers workshop (June 24 - August 16) exploring communal inquiry, alternatives to institutional/state violence, and sustainable forms of social practice, initiated and led by Chicago-based movement artist Joseph Lefthand. Descended from the Cheyenne-Arapaho, Taos, and Zuni tribes, Lefthand works at the intersection of art and cultural advocacy, exploring the role of body movement, "performing-as-theory", and historical legacy as sustainable modes of communicating and engendering social discourse and justice work.
Participants will meet an average of 8 to 12 hours a week, drawing from both their personal practices and historical narratives of socio-political violence to imagine new and innovative approaches to nonviolent intervention, with a strong emphasis on cultivating a generative and intuitive working process through the use of presence, embodied practice, and mindful self-awareness.
Participants will also explore the relationship between human(ness), form, personhood, and institutional/political violence by utilizing elements of performance and design, conceiving and fashioning wearable art that re-imagines and augments the human form as transitory, lucid, ethereal, and disruptive, culminating in a public facing window exhibition of completed work from August 16th to the 28th.
Selected artists will receive a $2,000 stipend, 2,200 SF of shared/collaborative working space, and 24/7 access to the gallery for the duration of the project.
Please note: one of the two artist positions is reserved specifically for applicants with a fashion/fiber/conceptual design background. See eligibility guidelines below.
To apply, please submit your completed google form application by June 15, 2021 11:59PM CST. Interviews will take place via Zoom or Google Meet on a continuing basis through June 20th. Selected artists will be notified by June 21st.
- Workshop Dates: June 24–August 16, 2021
- Exhibition Dates: August 16-28, 2021
- Location: Weinberg/Newton Gallery, 688 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL, 60642
- 2,200 SF of workspace
- Work tables and chairs
- Materials and production stipend
- Chicago-based artist
- Work that is invested in public dialogue around the notions of resistance, collaboration, and sustainable forms of social justice/practice
- Need for work space
- Interest in sharing in-progress work with online audiences
Additional eligibility for fashion/fiber artist:
- Advanced to intermediate sewing/pattern-making skills
- Background in fashion or fiber
- Ability to co-work with collaborators to plan, design, and fabricate worn pieces/final projects
- Must have access to their own sewing machine(s) for fabrication
- Due to the concept, design, and fabrication elements of the project, selected artists must be able to commit to 8 to 12 hours of collaborative, in-person work each week for the duration of the project, including installation of the final exhibition (Aug 12-15, estimated timeframe).
- Participants will collaborate with each other and WNG staff to curate a weekly online presence to share selected activities and works in progress.