Call for Proposals - 'Nebulous Straits' Virtual Residency

  • Deadline:
    Sept. 27, 2022, 11:09 p.m.
  • Location:

Call for Proposals - 'Nebulous Straits' Virtual Residency

The curatorial collective Diasporic Futurisms seeks proposals from Canadian artists to participate in Nebulous Straits Virtual Residency.

Artists working with themes of alternative realities, erased histories, and possible futures are encouraged to apply. As the contemporary socio-political moment increasingly mirrors the dystopian speculative fictions of our upbringings, we look to the future to reclaim the possibility of leaning into greener pastures.

The residency will offer:

- Artist, production and presentation fees
- Group discussions, readings and screenings
- Workshops and visiting artist talks
- Public Digital exhibition and livestream event

Nebulous Straits will facilitate space for artists of a wide variety of disciplines, including musicians, performers, graphic artist, video artist, filmmakers, among others, to develop and create new artworks that respond to themes of diasporic futurisms. We welcome proposals for new or ongoing projects to be developed in community with the other residents. We will be tailoring programming for the needs and interests of our residents.

Nebulous Straits is supported by the Toronto Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts.

If you have any questions please email

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About Diasporic Futurisms:

Diasporic Futurisms is a collaborative curatorial team comprised of Adrienne Matheuszik and Vanessa Godden. This collaborative curatorial endeavor works to create space for racialized and marginalized peoples whose artworks are based in the genre of diasporic futurisms.

Matheuszik and Godden define diasporic futurisms as the presentation of alternative perspectives of the present, predictions of the future, and creative approaches to reimagining the past. Within the movement of diasporic futurisms, the destabilization of white-supremacy, colonisation, and capitalism in relation to the lives of diasporic peoples are a primary concern. In diasporic futurisms, these concerns are materialized through the genres of Fantasy, Magical Realism, Science Fiction, Speculative Fiction, and related subgenres.

The collaborative team, Diasporic Futurisms is radically reimaging and reimagining diasporic futurisms in the arts through the impact of a global pandemic and the increased visibility of police brutality. Diasporic Futurisms is continually working to build immersive and inclusive arts experiences that radically resist patriarchal, heteronormative, ableist, and racist oppression.

Submission Guidelines:

Please submit via email to
Due by September 27 before 11:59pm est

- Artist Bio (100 words) and CV (1 page)
- Project Proposal describing project and how it relates to body of work and research interests
- Website/Social Media/Portfolio links
- Support Images: Sketches, work in progress, past works