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Public Readings by Manitoba Writers Grant

The Public Readings by Manitoba Writers Grant supports readings by Manitoba writers hosted by community organizations, schools and libraries. To qualify for support, readings must be open to the public (except in the case of schools).

The Public Readings by Manitoba Writers Grant Program pays $150 in reading fees per reading of 15 or more minutes to a maximum of $300 (or two readings) per writer per day. Readings of less than 15 minutes’ duration are not eligible. Participation on panels or workshops is not eligible for the program.

Applications for this program are accepted throughout the year and are assessed every six weeks through an internal process at MAC.…

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Build Your Best Budget

Almost all of MAC’s programs require a budget as part of a project application. A budget simply outlines how much your project is going to cost and how you plan on paying for it.

A good budget reflects the scope of the project and should support everything you have outlined in your proposal. So, for example, if you talk about renting a studio space, there should be a rental fee for that studio in your budget. And, for your application at least, your budget must balance, i.e. revenues must be equal to expenses. We all know that may change if you are awarded and have completed the project—you may not have made as much revenue at the box office as anticipated, or your other funding requests did not come through and that’s okay.…

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Connect with Derek Dunlop at Riding Mountain National Park

The Riding Mountain Artists’ Residency provides professional artists with an opportunity to be inspired and create their works in the park’s setting. In return these professional artists invite visitors to interact with them and uniquely discover the park through their eyes and works.

For many years, Derek’s research has explored the political, ethical and philosophical conditions for contemporary abstraction. He considers painting and drawing as cross-and inter-disciplinary modes of practice and his work is deeply engaged with art history.

During the Riding Mountain Artists’ Residency, Derek will create sculptural objects and photograph them in order to explore landscape and the creative potential of things.…

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Connect with Ufuk Gueray at Riding Mountain National Park

The Deep Bay Artists’ Residency provides professional artists with an opportunity to be inspired and create their works in the park’s setting. In return these professional artists invite visitors to interact with them and uniquely discover the park through their eyes and works.

For his residency at the Riding Mountain Artists’ Residency, Ufuk Gueray is interested in using erasure as a method to disrupt his own ideas about artistic productivity. His plan is to create drawings on a daily basis in various locations in the park, only to erase these drawings afterwards. None of the works made during the residency will be documented, and all of the erased drawings will be burned in a campfire at end of the residency.…

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Connect with Hannah Green at Riding Mountain National Park

The Riding Mountain Artists’ Residency provides professional artists with an opportunity to be inspired and create their works in the park’s setting. In return these professional artists invite visitors to interact with them and uniquely discover the park through their eyes and works.

During her residency, Hannah Green will work on a collection of poetry, Do You Know Where We Are. With humour and irony, this collection explores identity—takes up residence in the lawless space between reality and expectation, departure and arrival, who you are and who you want to be. By cracking open idioms and clichés, these poems challenge the authority of language—show that at the right angle even familiarity can become unexpected.…

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Connect with Kerri-Lynn Reeves at Riding Mountain National Park

The Riding Mountain Artists’ Residency provides professional artists with an opportunity to be inspired and create their works in the park’s setting. In return these professional artists invite visitors to interact with them and uniquely discover the park through their eyes and works.

At its’ heart, Kerri-Lynn Reeves’ work explores the relationship between the social and the material. Stemming from her upbringing on a farm in Southwestern Manitoba. Her work often looks at skill, legacy, and hands-on knowledge. Kerri-Lynn is an arts labourer working as an artist, writer, educator, curator, and organizer. Interested in how the skill of making is situated in our world today, she combines multiple material techniques at a basic level, including various fibre techniques, wood-working, drawing, and watercolour painting with high-tech processes such as digital photography, video, and laser etching.…

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Connect with Kristin Nelson at Riding Mountain National Park

The Riding Mountain Artists’ Residency provides professional artists with an opportunity to be inspired and create their works in the park’s setting. In return these professional artists invite visitors to interact with them and uniquely discover the park through their eyes and works.

Through a process of examination and re-contextualisation, Kristen transforms mundane subjects into larger social concerns. During her stay at the Riding Mountain Artists’ Residency, she will complete an installation in textiles. This installation will be comprised of the creation/re-production of more than 100 white woven crushed ‘cone style’ paper cups made of cotton and wax. These cotton cups will be woven on a floor loom beforehand, but dipped in wax, assembled and ‘crushed’ while in residence.…

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Connect with Carolyn Mount at Riding Mountain National Park

The Riding Mountain Artists’ Residency provides professional artists with an opportunity to be inspired and create their works in the park’s setting. In return these professional artists invite visitors to interact with them and uniquely discover the park through their eyes and works.

We will all die. Yet our society no longer knows how to deal with death, grief and mourning. Drawn to the stories and histories that tie one individual to another, Carolyn Mount reveals the interconnectedness that shapes our world. Utilizing a variety of tools and mediums including drawing, printmaking, ceramics, textiles or relational means of expression, Mount gives material form to our social or personal experiences.…

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An Interview with Maurice Mierau, Recipient of the Manitoba Arts Council’s 2017 Major Arts Grant

Maurice Mierau has been awarded the Manitoba Arts Council’s 2017 Major Arts Grant. This grant will assist the Winnipeg-based writer to work on the manuscript of his second memoir.

The photo was taken by Alex Kopychko in October 2016 at the front in eastern Ukraine, near Avdiivka. Third from left is Edward Kulinich, a national hero for his volunteer work supporting the Ukrainian army, and for surviving a brutal internment by Russian separatists. Maurice Mierau is on the right, beside his translator, Olga Kalambetova.

Maurice Mierau is the author of Detachment: An Adoption Memoir, which won the 2016 Kobzar Literary Award and the Alexander Kennedy Isbister Award for Non-Fiction.…

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Connect with Michelle Wilson at Riding Mountain National Park

The Riding Mountain Artists’ Residency provides professional artists with an opportunity to be inspired and create their works in the park’s setting. In return these professional artists invite visitors to interact with them and uniquely discover the park through their eyes and works.

Michelle Wilson’s work with bison began this past summer when she was an artist in residence at Riding Mountain National Park in 2016. Every day for two weeks, she observed and captured audio recordings of the bison that inhabit the Lake Audy plain enclosure. Collaborating with conservation officers, members of the local indigenous communities, naturalists and most importantly the bison themselves, Michelle formed a connection to these creatures and their biosphere.…

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Connect with Diana Thorneycroft at Riding Mountain National Park

The Riding Mountain Artists’ Residency provides professional artists with an opportunity to be inspired and create their works in the park’s setting. In return these professional artists invite visitors to interact with them and uniquely discover the park through their eyes and works.

During Diana’s Riding Mountain Artists’ Residency, she will be creating miniature tableau landscapes, which, once photographed, will become part of the series Black Forest (dark waters).

“Normally I work indoors and use merchandise that mimics elements of a natural landscape, but while at Riding Mountain, I will be combining the outdoor environment surrounding the cabin, with products that are normally reserved for studio use,” said Diana.…

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Connect with Curtis Wiebe at Riding Mountain National Park

The Riding Mountain Artists’ Residency provides professional artists with an opportunity to be inspired and create their works in the park’s setting. In return these professional artists invite visitors to interact with them and uniquely discover the park through their eyes and works.

Curtis L. Wiebe is a multi-disciplinary artist, musician and filmmaker.

Identifiable by flights of the fantastic in settings of winter forests and prairie landscapes, Wiebe’s art is full of imaginative characters brought to life as puppets and elaborate costumes often through the medium of film where music plays an important role.

Curtis will be creating an album of songs by Calvert Wander, a fictional cowboy balladeer from the 1960s. …

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Connect with Reva Stone at Riding Mountain National Park

The Riding Mountain Artists’ Residency provides professional artists with an opportunity to be inspired and create their works in the park’s setting. In return these professional artists invite visitors to interact with them and uniquely discover the park through their eyes and works.

Reva Stone uses a variety of digital technologies to make work about how biotechnological and robotic practices are changing the very nature of being human. Her work has included pieces such as Imaginal Expression, an endlessly mutating interactive 3D environment, Carnevale 3.0, a robot that she created to explore ideas about the nature of human consciousness, and Portal, a work that combines custom software, video, robotics and mobile phones to create a work that appears to be thinking.…

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Maurice Mierau is Awarded the Manitoba Arts Council’s 2017 Major Arts Grant

Winnipeg, Manitoba. April 20th, 2017. Maurice Mierau has been awarded the Manitoba Arts Council’s 2017 Major Arts Grant. This grant will assist the Winnipeg-based writer to work on the manuscript of his second memoir. His last book, Detachment: An Adoption Memoir, was published by Freehand in 2014, and won the 2016 Kobzar Literary Award as well as the Alexander Kennedy Isbister Award for Non-Fiction.

“We would like to congratulate Maurice Mierau on this prestigious grant.” said Akoulina Connell, CEO of the Manitoba Arts Council. “The body of work Mierau has developed over the course of his career is quite varied, and is a testament to his versatility and power as a writer.”

Maurice Mierau is the author of several books of poetry, including Fear Not, which won the ReLit Award in 2009.…

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Around the Campfire: Conversations about Artist Residencies

Join the Manitoba Arts Council on April 20th for a gathering on the topic of Artist Residencies (Multi-Disciplinary). Guest artists will cover a range of matters from running a residency and the unpredicted complications/joys of navigating creative energy through time and place; to survival notes, tips and true stories.

Featuring:
Kevin deForest, visual artist
Peter Morin, artist, writer and curator
Leanne Zacharias, cellist

Martine Friesen and Marian Butler, Program Consultants at the Manitoba Arts Council, and Marjorie Huculak, Partnering and Engagement Officer at Riding Mountain National Park of Canada, will also be on hand.

Thursday, April 20th, 7:00 to 10:00 pm
Manitoba Arts Council Brandon Office, A.R McDiarmid Civic Complex
638 Princess Avenue, (use the 6th Street entrance)
Brandon, Manitoba.…

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