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CARE Project: Paid Internships

The CARE Project – Process and Material Considerations for Sustainability in Fine Arts – is a
collaboration between the SOFA Committee, FASA, and CUCCR. The goal is to identify key issues at Concordia
University relating to sustainable material use and taught method(s) within Fine Arts, and address these issues
through a series of video interviews with staff, faculty, and students. To be hosted online, the project will gather
information, raise awareness, and seed a culture of skill sharing across faculty initiatives within Fine Arts. In the
context of the pandemic, the SOFA committee believes in the necessity of developing new forms of social solidarity. It
is SOFA’s intention to provide a space for students to voice concerns, share tips and contribute to a growing voice of
sustainable practices at Concordia University. Offering this initiative as both a resource and forum for students, staff
and faculty, the CARE project is a critical opportunity to provide language, tools and practical support for students to
start a sustainable relationship with materials before, during and after the process of creation.

  1. Research and content developer – 3cr. paid internship (TRAC rate, 120h)
    Working in close collaboration with the project coordinator, the designer/video editor, and committee members, the
    content researcher will:
    ● Design and disseminate surveys for students about key challenges in material sustainability
    ● Promote surveys in key online events (classrooms, zero waste week, CUCCR, etc)
    ● Design questions and interview key faculty, staff, associations, and alumni about challenges and best
    practices in material sustainability
    ● Analyse data and participate in the content editing of the videos
    ● Transcribe interviews and edit written content.
    ● Develop written content for CARE online portal
    ● Develop written content for the promotion of the CARE project
  2. Graphic designer and video editor – 3cr. paid internship (TRAC rate, 120h)
    Working in close collaboration with the project coordinator, the research and content developer, and other committee
    members, the graphic/motion designer will:
    ● Create SOFA’s branding (Logo, letterhead, etc)
    ● Analyse data and edit videos
    ● Develop and maintain the web platform
    ● Develop templates for a graphic/PDF version of the guide
    ● Develop graphic content for the promotion of the CARE project

Culture of Care
CUCCR Artist Residency 2020

CUCCR Artist Residency Call-Out 2020

We are so EXCITED to open the call for CUCCR’s 3rd annual Artist in Residence for 2020! This year we are partnering with the Art Matters Festival and will be included in their 2020 festival programming!

Residency dates: March 4th-28th

Deadline: December 2nd 11:59 pm



Art Matters is a platform for exhibiting students’ work and encouraging exchanges between artists. Art Matters brings art out of the studio and into the city. The festival takes place in March 2020 in galleries across the city, our show will be from March 7th – 28th in the VAV Gallery. All “art” matters and the festival encourages the inclusion of traditional and non-traditional visual arts mediums, installation, new media, performance, music, film, dance, literary arts, and so on. We are accepting applications from undergrad students from across all academic faculties so if you are an artist/maker but not in the Faculty of Fine Arts you can apply too!

Concordia University’s Center for Creative Reuse (CUCCR) is dedicated to diverting usable materials from inside Concordia’s waste-stream and offering them to the general community free of cost. This waste diversion project is having big impacts on campus, not only by making materials available for free to everyone but also by changing the culture of sustainability and reuse across campus and beyond. This year we would like to reach out to artists and makers that are not only using reused materials, and thinking about their practice through a more sustainable lense and interested in sharing that message with others. This year the 8-10 artists selected will be encouraged to put on at least one public engagement opportunity/intervention that can help continue the conversation around a more sustainable world. This idea will be refined and developed over the course of the residency with collaboration and mentorship with the CUCCR team, in partnership with an Art Matters’ Facilitator.

Participants will have access to CUCCR’s materials and team in order to create innovative works that explore care in material practices, and consciousness for the Earth. Concordia students from any department, working in any medium are encouraged to participate.

The Residency will last three months (December-February) during which the artists chosen will create works that expand their current practice and facilitate workshops and skillshares related to their work. The residency will end with a three-week-long exhibition (March 7-28) at the VAV Gallery, as part of the Art Matters Festival.

For documentation of past residencies, please check out


+ Applicants must be undergraduate students at Concordia University for at least one semester of the 2019-20 year. Part-time students are eligible.
+ Students from all departments are encouraged to apply but will not be considered if they have opted-out of the Art Matters fee-levey or if they have already participated in a past CUCCR artist residency.
+ Selected artists will receive a 75.00$ honorarium.

Want to learn more about Art Matters and CUCCR or have some questions about the Artist Residency Call-out? Contact us at or at

Application Form Questions

1. Please provide us with a brief proposal, outlining your intentions, ideas any background
information. (200-300 words)

2. Art that is environmental in subject isn’t necessarily sustainable. Sustainable art does not
necessarily need to speak to the environment, though it must consider the environmental
impact of making.
Please reflect on the following questions:
○ Where do your materials come from and how were they made?
○ Where will your project go after the show?
○ What labour went into the making of your materials?
○ What can others learn from you and your practice?

3. Please explain how your proposed project will explore and take into account these important
questions. (200-300 words)

4. Art Matters recognizes and welcomes the unique contributions that individuals from
marginalized and oppressed communities bring to our organization, and invites these
individuals to apply. We encourage applicants to describe the unique contributions they, as
individuals with diverse experiences, would bring to Art Matters. (optional, 300 words or

5. Please describe your project proposal. This should include a description of the work and your
plan for its execution. (200-300 words)

6. If you are selected, you will be asked to spark a public intervention to help us change the
culture of sustainability at Concordia. This could take the form of workshop, community
discussion, guerilla art postering, etc.. Here are some things to consider:
○ What do you wish others knew about the way materials are used?
○ How can you impact or change your community to become more sustainable?
○ What are some ways that culture changes, what responsibilities do artists have?
○ What barriers are present in our current society that prevent a more careful approach
to making?

7. Please contribute a tip, wish or concern about making your practice or department more
sustainable. (100-200 words)

Andressa Mendes Amorim

Is a second-year student in political science who is interested in creating a more
sustainable world. Andressa first joined CUCCR as a sustainability ambassador and
really became amazed by the impact that a project like CUCCR can have in a
community. She has been hired as a reuse depot assistant in the fall semester of 2019. Her
goals are to combine her knowledge on political science and International Relations with
the dream of creating a more sustainable world.

Get Involved

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Become a sustainability ambassador today!

Sustainability Ambassadors are staff, faculty, and students who collectively create a culture of sustainability at Concordia. From compost, urban agriculture to sustainable transportation and events, Concordia’s Sustainability Ambassadors are the knowledge resources and drivers of change on campus.

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A Practice in Grief

Sadie Mallon

Living Things – VAV/CUCCR Residency 2019

Sadie uses her interdisciplinary practice to dissect our relations to birth, sex and death. An eco-feminist approach is employed as Sadie makes bold connections between our treatment of human experience and the natural world. Tackling the unappealing nature of relations with care, Sadie puts forth a request to change the way we relate to one another and the earth.

Project description:

For centuries, artists have strived to create archival works that will outlive them. Derived from the belief that our fear of death and loss are a common motivator behind creating archival or single-use works, “A Practice in Grief” seeks to face these fears by emphasizing death’s crucial role in producing new life. “A Practice in Grief” takes the cycle of life and applies it conceptually and literally to material forms, in hopes of inspiring artists to be more environmentally conscious in their practices.

“A Practice in Grief” consists of a series of graphite drawings on handmade papers of the artist’s body amidst scenes of birth, life and death as witnessed in nature. Discarded papers were salvaged, soaked, blended with natural colour agents (turmeric/dirt) and laced with indigenous to Montreal plant seeds. At the end of the piece’s life in the VAV Gallery, the artist will bury this fully compostable piece, from which the seeds embedded within the paper, will grow.

Sadie MallonA Practice in Grief

Caite Clark

Caite Clark

Living Things – VAV/CUCCR Residency 2019

Caite Clark is a puppeteer and projection artist in her final year of Concordia’s Theatre and Development Specialization. Concordia theatre includes Dwellings (puppeteer), The Fredy Stories (Assistant Director), The Tempest (Assistant Director), and Crossings (puppeteer). Projection work includes Autobiography of Red (TNC Theatre McGill) and Lovesong for Insomniacs (Student Performing Arts Festival). 

Project Description: 

If I could use two words to describe my practice as a puppeteer, it would be sustainability and curiosity. I am interested in making things out of reused and recycled material, as well as the multiple usages for a single material or puppet. For me, puppeteering is a natural curiosity: how can we think through something? How can we access that childlike part of our brain that is willing to believe an inanimate object is alive? As this exhibition is a collaborative effort, I seek to invite people to animate the puppets I have created, breathe life into discarded material, and engage with sustainability in a tactile way. 

Caite Clark

Armando Rivas

Armando Rivas

Living Things – VAV/CUCCR Residency 2019

I am Venezuelan, and this is my first year here at Concordia in the fine arts program. Traditionally I have always painted, and something I have done for years is make computer models as reference material for my paintings. This is what has made this last year so exciting, as I have been able to bring these digital fantasy worlds to life. For some time I worked in an architecture firm and carpentry, both of which were profoundly instructive experiences. Since I have been exploring the field of construction but through an artistic lens. I am deeply interested in the power of spaces and the influence they can exert on individuals or a collective. From always I have explored miniatures and using them as a means of visualizing grand spaces. What has been particular about the last couple of months has been that I’ve considered material for the first time. Before, most of my work was painted on canvas. Seeing a reduced budget, I have sought for alternatives, and that led me to work more and more with CUCCR.

Armando Rivas

Among Things

Xavier Beldor

Living Things – VAV/CUCCR Residency 2019

Xavier Bélanger-Dorval has a multidisciplinary corpus comprising kinetic works, paintings, sculptures and installations. Favouring the use of recycled objects, his work focuses on the themes of the environment and consumption. In his works, he organizes the formal possibilities of organic and non-organic objects in order to revisit their meaning.

Xavier Bélanger-Dorval a un corpus multidisciplinaire constitué d’œuvres cinétiques, de peintures et de sculptures. Privilégiant l’usage d’objets recyclés, son travail se concentre sur les thèmes de l’environnement et la consommation. Dans ses oeuvres, il agence les possibilités formelles d’objets organiques et non organiques de manière à en revisiter leur signification.

Project Description :

This kinetic work forms an ecosystem of recycled objects reassembled in a disorganized way into recycled wood furniture. The mass made of these objects moves at random intervals, simulating the effect of a breath. These movements remove objects from their waste condition by giving them a second life, this time organic. This project addresses the themes of the environment and consumption to stimulate reflection on how we interact and deal with the objects around us. It also invites the viewer to reconsider the distinction between things, objects and waste.

Cette oeuvre cinétique forme un écosystème d’objets recyclés et rassemblés de manière désordonné dans un meuble en bois recyclés. La masse de ces objets se meut à des intervalles aléatoires, simulant l’effet d’une respiration. Ces mouvements sortent les objets de leur condition de déchet en leur donnant une seconde vie, cette fois organique. Ce projet aborde les thèmes de l’environnement et la consommation en vue de susciter une réflexion sur la façon dont nous interagissons et traitons les objets qui nous entourent. Elle invite également le spectateur à reconsidérer la distinction entre objet et déchet.

Xavier Bélanger-DorvalAmong Things

Care Package

Dexter Barker-Glenn

Living Things – VAV/CUCCR Residency 2019

I am a Toronto born visual artist working sculpture, painting and experimental video work. Through my art, I attempt to understand my own identity and accept it as both a singular state and as a combination of many states. I often incorporate organizational structures such as cabinets of curiosity, three-ring binders and manila folders into my work. I identify with these objects as they are both a single object and an assemblage of many objects. I hope to show the beauty in these structures while drawing attention to their power to shape our feelings towards the objects they contain.

Project description:

Through playful interventions with shipping materials, the Care Package Series puts a spotlight on these often discarded, yet powerful objects. The sculptures are made from used plywood and styrofoam packaging; materials that don’t only protect the objects they transport, but add to their value by insinuating that they are important enough to be protected. Similarly, the work and care in my manipulation of these materials change their value by implying that they are worthy of being cared for. These objects have gone through two journeys. They have literally moved from place A to place B, but also have journeyed from functioning as a case or frame to functionally protecting the ‘thing’ to becoming ‘the thing’ itself

Dexter Barker-GlennCare Package