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The Royal Society of Canada (RSC) has created a COVID-19 Task Force in response to the pressing issues the pandemic has brought to Canadian society. Topics which have or will be investigated in a series of papers include long-term care, mental health, homelessness, civil liberties, children and schools, representations of science, higher education, Indigenous health and well-being, and creative responses to the pandemic.
Given the important role of art and creative research in responding to the complex issues that have arisen out of the COVID-19 crisis, the RSC has created a COVID-19 Working Group to integrate and underscore artistic/creative responses to this crisis. As part of this initiative a website is being developed to exhibit and host creative work in a wide range of disciplines and forms, including music, sound, literature, visual art, theater, performance and media arts. The site will have several functions, including acting as a place to experience creative research related to COVID-19, creating an archive to document this cultural moment, and offering an opportunity to explore new creative practices.
The Working Group is putting out a call to creative researchers to invite them to submit work for this website. The site will be designed to host a wide range of creative forms.
Please include along with your submission the following information in a word document:
1. 200-word creative/artist statement about the work
2. 150-word biography
3. Short description of work (i.e. media, dimensions, if it is a documentation of a work)
4. Any relevant copyright information
The initial deadline to receive submissions will be November 16th. However, the project is intended to grow and expand over time; therefore, work will be considered on an ongoing basis after the initial submission deadline.
The following are formats that creative work can be submitted:
1. All FIles:
Naming conventions: use letters, numbers, underscores, and hyphens in file names. Other characters (like non-breaking spaces, question marks, percent signs, and ampersands) may upload incorrectly or cause unexpected behavior online.
2. Still Images:
Quantity: One to Eight images
Resolution: Minimum of 72 dpi and a Maximum of 150 dpi
Size/Dimensions: Height can be variable, but width should be between 1500 & 2500 pixels wide.
Color Space: RGB only with an sRGB color profile attached to support mobile devices. CMYK images will not render on screen and should be converted prior to submission.
File types: Save images in .jpg, .gif, or .png format only. PDF, .psd, .tff, and .doc files aren’t web-compatible.
Maximum Resolution: 1080p or 1920 x 1080.
Minimum resolution: 720p or 1280 x 720.
Aspect ratio: 16:9
File Format: MP4
Format: stereo, lossless format like WAV, FLAC, AIFF, or ALAC. If your piece is mono, please remaster with audio duplicated in both L & R channels.
Please note that all submissions will be transcoded to a high-quality format optimized for music streaming like AAC 256 kbps.
5. Written Work:
Text file, Rich text file or a simplified Word Document, Shared Google document – no PDF’s or Design files (.indd, .ai) please. Note that text will be copied and pasted “as-is” so final editing and/or proofing should be complete prior to submission.
6. Links to Existing Online Works:
We also encourage work, either creative or historical, that reflects on past pandemics and related crises.
An artist fee of $100 will be given to artist, artist groups/collectives, and writers for posting work on the Engaging Creativities: Art in the Pandemic site. However, it should be noted that this initiative is an emerging project, with organizers working to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in a timely manner; therefore, funding for the project is being generated on an ongoing basis. With this in mind, project organizers would appreciate if artists/creative researchers with fulltime academic positions who have submitted work would consider forgoing this fee.
Submissions should be sent via attachment in an email to: email@example.com.