Call for papers

GENERAL INFORMATION

Submissions must be sent in Word format (Times New Roman, 12 pts, 1.5 line spacing) to info [@] espaceartactuel [.] com. Unless otherwise indicated, they should be original and previously unpublished work. Please include a brief biography of the writer (70-80 words for reviews, 80-100 words for other sections), as well as their mailing and email addresses.

The editorial committee reviews all submissions and reserves the right to accept or refuse any articles. Texts that present a potential conflict of interest between the author and subject will not be considered.

Submissions are evaluated on the following criteria: relevance to the mandate of ESPACE art actuel magazine, clarity of expression, quality of analysis and originality.

The editorial committee, overseen by the Editor-in-chief André-Louis Paré, consists of Mélanie Boucher, Peter Dubé, Bénédicte Ramade, Aseman Sabet, Bernard Schütze and Mathieu Teasdale.

The magazine will pay $65 per 250-word page (excluding footnotes), up to a maximum of $260 for exhibition reviews and $520 for texts in other sections.

1. EXHIBITION REVIEWS section

a) An exhibition review will have 800 to 1000 words, and will address a solo or group exhibition in Quebec, Canada or abroad.
b) Apart from exceptional cases, the exhibition reviewed should not have ended more than four months prior to the release of the issue in which the review will be published.
c) The title of the review should be limited to the title of the exhibition, and include the artist’s name if it is a solo exhibition.
d) The header should also include the venue and dates of the exhibition.
e) Intertitles should be avoided and footnotes should be kept to a minimum, if at all.
f) Images, with full captions, to accompany the text are welcome but not mandatory.
g) A proposal should be sent by e-mail to alpare [@] espaceartactuel [.] com as soon as possible before the deadline. The editor-in-chief’s preliminary approval of this proposal does not mean that the submission of the completed text is accepted. The editorial committee must still review the final text for acceptance or rejection.

The next deadline for exhibition reviews is September 11, 2020.

2. EVENTS section

a) The texts in the Events section are reviews of large-scale exhibitions, particularly biennales or other artistic events involving several venues.
b) A review in the Events section will be 1500 to 2000 words.
c) Apart from exceptional cases, the event reviewed should not have ended more than four months prior to the release of the issue in which the review will be published.
d) The title should include the name of the event, but not necessarily limited to it.
e) The header should also include the venues and dates of the event.
f) Headings and footnotes are welcome but not mandatory.
g) Images, with full captions, to accompany the final text are welcome but not mandatory.
h) A proposal should be sent by e-mail to alpare [@] espaceartactuel [.] com as soon as possible before the deadline. The editor-in-chief’s preliminary approval of this proposal does not mean that the submission of the completed text is accepted. The editorial committee must still review the final text for acceptance or rejection.

The next deadline for the Events section is September 11, 2020.

3. FEATURE section

a) For the Feature section, we would like original texts of 1500 to 2000 words (including footnotes) on the theme addressed, along with relevant case studies.
b) Headings are welcome for clarity, but not mandatory
c) Footnotes are welcome, but should not exceed 20.
d) The text will not include a bibliography.
e) Images, with full captions, to accompany the final text are welcome but not mandatory.
f) The author is invited to send us, as soon as possible (before June 15, 2020), a proposal by email to alpare [@] espaceartactuel [.] com before the final submission of his or her text. The preliminary acceptance of this proposal by the editor-in-chief does not, however, prevent the submission of the completed text to the editorial committee for final validation or rejection.

The next deadline for the Feature section is September 11, 2020.

No. 127 (Winter 2021)
FEATURE: COME OUT
CODIRECTION: Laurent Vernet

Nowadays, art in public spaces is mainly presented by way of institutional programs that fall under the umbrella term “public art” (including the so-called 1% policies), which appear to favour artists from socially privileged categories, notably on the basis of their gender and ethnic group. Guided by openness and a desire to renew the field, this issue is a plea for greater diversity in public places; diversity of artists, artworks and their site locations, but also of the models and organizations that oversee the production and dissemination of practices. Reflecting a critical engagement with public spaces, the analysed approaches should be various propositions to rethink the dynamics that are set into motion among the various groups addressed by these works, including the publics.

While questions of equity and accessibility mobilize the cultural milieu, programs have been implemented to respond to questions of inclusivity that institutional public art processes raise. Some of these initiatives consist of one-off projects, such as the development of the Indigenous Art Park in Edmonton, curated by Candice Hopkins, that made it possible to create six permanent works by Indigenous artists from the Albertan capital region and the rest of Canada. Other approaches aim to reveal the systematic biases of current policies, as has been borne out by an initial report on cultural equity in the public art field that was published this year by the Americans for the Arts association.1  The focus is thus on approaches seeking to ensure that the artists who work in parks, squares and streets are more representative of the population. In this perspective, we welcome articles that examine sexual and gender diversity, including feminist and queer practices. Non-Western art practices and contexts are also of interest for this issue.

The multiplicity of contexts and intervention modes continues to be an underlying issue to diversify the (non-)publics of art. In this regard, collaboration with community groups in the making of artworks has been a fertile territory since the 1970s and 1980s, as the protagonists of the American ‘new genre public art’ and ‘art in the public interest’ movements have demonstrated. In city neighbourhoods as well as in the suburbs and regions, artists and organizations thus propose various types of encounters for citizens, by drawing, among other things, on cultural outreach, all the while going against the grain of spectacular urban entertainment events. By extension, programs have challenged the hierarchies that are inherent in public art commissions: as is the case with the Fondation de France’s Protocol of the New Patrons, now established in many European countries, that puts the patron (who can be “any person within civil society”) at the heart of the work’s acquisition process. The analysis of such contributions could support the search for more inclusive processes regarding various publics.

The public health measures put in place to confront the current COVID-19 health crisis has also forced us to rethink and reinvent public spaces—in terms of their development, management ad social functions. This exceptional time-out also presents an opportunity to imagine new roles for art outside of the official sites of artistic expression.

This ESPACE art actuel feature seeks to bring together texts that identify practices that are linked to diversity issues, understood in the broadest possible sense, to foster a democratic and critical vision of art in public spaces. If you wish to submit an article, we invite you, as a first step, to email the editor of the magazine alpare [@] espaceartactuel [.] com before June 15, 2020, in order to make a brief proposal pitch. We will inform you promptly before June 20, 2020 if your proposal is selected. Your completed text should not exceed 2000 words, footnotes included, and will be submitted to us by September 11, 2020. The honorarium is $65 per page (250 words).

 


1.
Patricia Walsh, Amina Cooper, Chris Guerra, Susan Lambe, Julia Muney Moore and Ruri Yampolsky, Cultural Equity in the Public Art Field, Washington, Americans for the Arts, Public Art Network, 2020, 16 pages. [On line]: https://www.americansforthearts.org/sites/default/files/2.27%20AFTA_PARC_cultural%20equity_v7.pdf