The VCR Film Curator-in-Residence program will host a Concordia University alum scholar or Graduate level student to curate a collection of films created by Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) filmmakers. The curator will receive a stipend of $2,500 for 75 hours of work.
The Faculty of Fine Arts is taking action to decolonize their curriculums, and the Visual Collections Repository (VCR) wants to provide resources to support and create a more inclusive pedagogy through curated expansions to the moving image collections.
The Visual Collections Repository (VCR) is an academic resource that provides visual documentation to support the Faculty of Fine Arts' research and teaching needs. VCR maintains an extensive film and slide collection and an archive of works created within the Faculty of Fine Arts. Our mandate of accessibility and preservation ensures long-term use of these materials.
The VCR also promotes cross-disciplinary and collaborative pedagogy by providing a space for exchange between faculty and students. This inviting space showcases the collections (material, analog, digital) and maintains their relevance to research across the university.
The VCR Curator-in-Residence program will invite a curator to research the moving image collections and develop a screening program (five to eight films) around a specific gap in the collection.
The resident receives:
Access to VCR moving image collections.
Assistance by the VCR to purchase films from distributors.
Access to technical support for digitization.
The opportunity to connect and network with the wider Concordia community.
By participating in the program, the resident is expected to:
Research VCR collections to develop a focused film screening program, including curatorial notes and a list of 5 films to acquire (format and length to be determined.)
Assist with the creation of VCR educational resources to promote and share the research.
Work with VCR to hold a screening event at a venue, such as the VCR, 4th Space or another location.
Provide a tentative schedule at the start of the program.
Be available to meet with faculty and students to discuss the research.
Communicate regularly with the VCR Supervisor on the progress of the Residency.
Applicants must be a Concordia University Alum or Graduate level student and involved in advanced research in filmmaking and/or film scholarship. Some curatorial experience is considered a strong asset.
Concordia University is committed to Employment Equity. As this residency is about decolonizing the canon and centering marginalized perspectives in film, we strongly encourage those who identify as Black, Indigenous, or a person of colour to apply and self-identify in their application.
A letter of intent that includes a brief description of how the curator intends to assist with VCR collection development and demonstrates expertise or knowledge of BIPOC films. (Approximately 500 words.)
Curriculum vitae (CV)
A letter of reference (an email is acceptable)
Timeline and process
The VCR Curator-in-Residence Program will run for four months, from February to May 2024, with a presentation in Fall Term 2024.
The deadline for the call for submissions will be Monday, December 18, 2023.