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The Cartae Open School | 2016 CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

Cartae is an alternative learning space for the exploration of contemporary art modes, ideas and criticality, and their applications to individual practices. It is a site of experimentation, dialogue, creation, and research. Cartae is an initiative of aceartinc.

The Cartae Open School provides opportunities in the form of peer to peer and sel-directed learning, studio visits/workshops from ace’s exhibiting artists, screenings, artist talks, free access to all events that occur at ace during the Cartae year, and input from our sister Artist-Run Centres.

School starts 20th October 2016 and finishes on the 30th June 2017. There are 5 places available.



Each Cartaer will design, organize, and facilitate one workshop.

Cartaers are strongly encouraged to participate in all events provided for/by them including workshops, talks, screenings and talks, and studio visits from visiting artists.

aceartinc. already has several activities in place. However, Cartaers can program as many or as few activities as they wish (in consultation with the committee) in addition to their individual workshops.

Much of what you do will be self-directed- whether it is working on your practice in the shared studio, arranging studio visits for yourself, or choosing people to give artist talks.

Each Cartaer will attend a monthly meeting with the group and members of the Cartae Committee.

Additional communication with fellow members and/or committee members is the responsibility of each participant.

You are invited to contribute a short text to aceartinc.’s annual publication, PaperWait.

You will mount a year-end exhibition.



Cartaers will share a 500 sqft studio from 20 October 2015 – June 2016.

The fee is $500 per student and contributes to the cost of the studio and artist fees.


To apply please submit the following:

  1. Why do you want to be part of Cartae? What will you bring to it? What do you hope to gain from it? 500 words.
  1. Describe a workshop you would run. Topics can be wide ranging and should encompass an element of skill-sharing. For example how best to make stop frame animation or the ways of applying post-modernist theory to your practice.
  1. Please provide a portfolio of up to 10 images and/or up to 2000 words.
  1. Artist statement up to 500 words.


  1. Please provide a visual or written description of the potential you see in the studio. We welcome imaginative interpretations of this.


Email digital submissions in PDF format only to:

Create two separate PDF files: one consisting of parts 1, 2, 4, and 5. The other file will consist of your support materials (part 3). Label the files with your full name. Put your name, email, and phone number at the top of every page.

Support Material

aceartinc. is MAC compatible only.

You may include up to 10 images presented as one PDF document.

Individual images must be jpegs 72dpi, 1024 x 768 pixel, 500k (.5 MB) RGB or SRGB only. Images that are larger than this will not be viewed.

No PowerPoint please.

Video may be submitted through a link to Vimeo, YouTube or any other easily accessed website. See below for additional clarification regarding each part of the submission package.

Audio is accepted in MP3, WAV or AIFF format only.

At this time we can only accept submissions in English.


Important application dates

20 July 2016               Deadline

26 August                  Successful applicants notified

20 October                Orientation 5-7pm, move into studios

1-25 June 2017          Cartae exhibition

1 June 2017                Final text submitted for PaperWait

25-30 June                 clean, patch, and paint studio

30 June                       End of Cartae 2016/17


Annual student exhibition: Call for submissions

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Deadline: 4pm, 20 April 2016

If you are an undergraduate or post graduate student taking an art class in Manitoba, you are eligible to apply. All mediums welcome.

The exhibition will take place between 17 July and 6 August 2016.

You will install your work with assistance from staff.

Please include in your application:

  • Up to five images of the work you wish to exhibit.
  • An artist statement
  • A short explanation of the work.

Email your applications to

Vacancy: Finance & Administration Co-Ordinator

TERMS: 35 hours per week, permanent full-time position (with a 6 month probationary period)
SALARY: $32,000 – $34,000 per annum plus benefits
DEADLINE: 5pm, 24 September 2015; late &mailed applications will not be considered
APPLY TO:,  Subject: Application- FAC

We are seeking an organised, efficient, and cheerful individual who understands and champions Artist Run Centres and contemporary art. This role is both self directed, requiring the ability to prioritize tasks effectively and also involves working in a small, enthusiastic, fierce, and friendly team. As well as fulfilling the essential duties necessary for the organisation’s excellent health, the applicant will enthusiastically tackle the unexpected tasks that sometimes arise in an Artist Run Centre.

Reporting to the Director and to aceartinc.’s Board of Directors, the Finance and Administration Co-Ordinator is responsible for all day-to-day administrative and financial operations of gallery. In this capacity, the Finance and Administration Co-Ordinator will work closely and in tandem with the Director to ensure that aceartinc. fulfils its mandate.

Areas of responsibility include: financial management, including but not limited to budget planning, fundraising, invoicing, deposits, preparation of files for the bookkeeper, preparation of reports to the Board and funders, and payroll; general office administration; corresponding with and disseminating information to artists, members, and the public including assisting with the maintenance of social media platforms; manage the membership database; liaising with other arts organizations, funding agencies and the community; recruiting and supervising volunteers, interns or additional staff; maintaining gallery premises and equipment; assisting with installation and strike of exhibitions as required; and other duties as required by the Director and the Board.

This position is an excellent opportunity for a motivated individual with strong communication and organisation skills and a strong interest in artist-run centres, arts administration, and contemporary art.

  • Experience, education, or training in financial management and/or office administration, preferably a background in arts administration
  • Experience with artist-run centres and/or non-profit organizations including volunteer experience
  • Previous successful grant writing and/or fundraising experience
  • Familiarity with basic accounting and bookkeeping principles
  • Excellent communication, presentation, writing, editing and time management skills
  • The ability to work independently in a collaborative environment and work some irregular hours
  • A background in contemporary art including education, production, writing, and/or dissemination.

Download a detailed, updated job description : Finance and Administration Co-Ordinator


Applicants must submit a cover letter detailing their relevant experience as it relates to the job description and why they want the job(two pages maximum), along with a resumé (2 pages maximum), to the above e-mail address. Paper applications will not be accepted.

aceartinc. is an equal opportunity employer. The gallery adn office are not wheelchair accessible. We thank all applicants for their interest in this position, though only those selected for interview will be contacted.


Deadline                      24 September 2015

Interview                     6 October 2015

Desired start date      27 October 2015


About aceartinc.
aceartinc. is dedicated to the development, exhibition and dissemination of contemporary art by cultural producers. aceartinc. maintains a commitment to emerging artists and recognizes its role in placing contemporary artists in a larger cultural context. We strive to make art a living force in the community.

aceartinc. maintains a physical space for the public where exploration of the ideas and materials of contemporary art are facilitated through exhibition, events, critical writing, and dialogue.

Among its many objectives, aceartinc. provides concrete opportunities for the professional development of artists, writers, curators, gallery workers, volunteers and members. aceartinc. is committed to prioritizing the peer adjudication process for gallery programming.

aceartinc. is a not-for-profit Artist-Run Centre located in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.


PaperWait call for submissions

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PaperWait PaperWait is a beautifully designed, limited edition printed and unlimited edition digital annual publication published by aceartinc. that covers our programming year- in this case July 2014 to July 2015. It is primarily made up of the texts produced through our Critical Distance writing program that encourages critical writing and dialogue about contemporary art but it is also an archive of the year’s regular and special programming. Each issue of PaperWait includes an edited section of artist pages and arts writing that provides an opportunity to more artists to have their work included.

Visual Art
-Please submit one image with full title, medium, date and artist’s name.

-The image should not exceed 1024×768 pixels, 72dpi and/or 50kb.

Please submit a synopsis of no more than 400 words for an essay of no more than 1500 words that engages with themes, theories, or artists connected with ‘drawing’ within the realm of contemporary art.

We are accepting applications by email only- remember to include your email address, phone number and address. Please address them to

Deadline: 29 April 2015

Image: Untitled; pencil crayon, felt tip pen; 2015. Tansy Cookson.

aceartinc.’s Annual Student Show

call for submissions | deadline 20 March




Annual Student Show call 2015
If you are an undergraduate or postgraduate student in Manitoba taking an art class, you are eligible to apply.

Deadline: noon, 20 March 2015
To install and exhibit from 7 to 30 April 2015

Please submit up to 3 pieces on any theme in any medium to
– a one-page artist statement
– an image list
– Each image should not exceed 1024×768 pixels, 72dpi and/or 50kb. No more than 9 images total (including detail images of each of the 3 pieces being submitted).

Selected artists are eligible to apply for the Scott Wachall Memorial Bursary, a $500 award and opportunity to give a public artist talk about your practice and work.

Open City Cinema + Video Pool present: Women of Canadian Video Distribution

Curated by Jennifer Smith | Thursday, March 12 at 7:00pm

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Curated by Jennifer Smith

Thursday, March 12 at 7:00pm

Open City Cinema and Video Pool are teaming up to present a program exploring Feminist Video Art, and the culture of Independent Distribution of Video Art in Canada.

The four independent Canadian distribution centres across Canada are Vtape (Toronto), VIVO Media Arts Centre (Vancouver), Groupe Intervention Vidéo (GIV) (Montreal) and Video Pool Media Arts Centre (Winnipeg), curated by Video Pool’s Jennifer Smith. Presented with support from The Manitoba Arts Council/ Le conseil des arts du Manitoba and aceartinc.

Il était encore des fois by Aurélie Pedron
HANGMAN by Lamathilde
Calamity by Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan
CVS (Computer Vision Syndrome) by Freya Björg Olafson
Hope by Dana Claxton
Colonization: the second coming by Thirza Cuthand
Babe in the Woods by Lisa Birke
Per Se by Deirdre Logue

Annual General Meeting – 11 December, 6:30pm


Come and get the newest volume of PaperWait – to be launched during the AGM

Since our last AGM, the Board has filled one vacancy and appointed Nicole Flynn as a new director. The membership will vote to ratify this decision.

6 of our current directors have terms that will expire. They are: Andrew Moreau, Andrew Kaplan, Lancelot Coar, Holger Kalberg, Mark Neufeld, Mike VonTiesenhausen. These 6 directors have put their names forward to serve a further two-year term. The membership will vote on whether to re-elect them. 

There are currently up to 3 vacancies on the board. Any interested member can put their name forward, no later than November 26th, if they wish to stand for election. We encourage any interested individuals, especially practicing artists, to apply.

At the AGM we will be presenting:
 Treasurer’s Report, including ace’s Financial Statements from prior year.
(ii) Election of Directors.
(iii) Appointment of our Accountant.
(iv) President’s Report.
(v) PaperWait vol.16 launch.

2013 Annual General Meeting

12 December, 2013 | 7pm


aceartinc. will hold its 2013 Annual General Meeting on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 7:00pm, 2nd floor, 290 McDermot Ave.

PaperWait Vol.15 will be available after the AGM. It covers all the 2012/13 program including essays by Darren Stebeleski, Willow Rector, Ben Clarkson, Emily G. Doucet, and Eric LeSage. The limited print edition also features art work by Maegan Broadhurst, cam bush, Matthew Gardiner, Alexander McQuat, and Phomohobes. Come by and pick up your free copy, members, or become a member and get your free copy!

All members are invited and encouraged to attend.

The 2013 Annual Report and our review engagement will be presented. There will be cake!

For more information or to RSVP please call (204) 944-9763 or email

Studio Visits

another great membership perk

The-Artists-StudioThe Artist’s Studio (c1716) by Peter Tillemans.
*Actual studio visit may not be as shown.


Studio Visit bookings!

Did you know that your membership at ace entitles you to an annual studio visit from our Co-Directors?

Studio visits take place after 3pm on Fridays and typically last an hour.

To book, please email with two preferable dates (at least 2 weeks in advance), your studio address, and a contact phone number.