Sunday, January 29, 2012

FEAST 04 -- Call for proposals

FEAST (Funding Engaging Actions with Sustainable Tactics) Toronto is a series of community dinners and micro-funding events. During each dinner, artists, designers and groups are invited to present proposals for art- or design-based projects. Everyone attending the dinner votes on which project they would like to fund, and the project with the most votes is given a grant from the money raised from the ticket sales. The grant winner(s) will be invited back to the next FEAST to present their completed project.

We are looking for proposals for the next FEAST, edition 04, taking place on Sunday, March 25, 2012 at XPACE Cultural Centre, 58 Ossington Avenue, Toronto.

FEAST 04 proposals should include:
A Project Summary (1), and the answers to the following questions:
(2) How will you use funding to realize your project?
(3) Why is this project critical to the FEAST community (e.g. why would the FEAST community be interested in supporting your project)?
(4) The names and contact information for all of your presenters

IMPORTANT! You must be able to attend the FEAST event on March 25th in order to apply. Project presentations are given in-person by the presenters to the gathered guests over dinner, and then everyone gets to vote on which project they would like to fund. The money raised from the dinner (estimated at $700+) will go to fund the project with the most votes. We will also have a separate student grant of $300 donated by XPACE Cultural Centre.

Each section of the proposal (1-4) should be no longer than 100 words. Remember these will be short presentations, so keep it brief and to the point! In order to be considered for FEAST funding, you must be able to attend the event. Tickets for this locally- sourced, vegetarian dinner will be $20-30, and $10 for students.

+ Proposals are due by Thursday, March 1, 2012

+ Email your complete proposals to with the subject line: FEAST 04 Submission. Please indicate clearly on your proposal if you are applying for the student grant.

FEAST Toronto was founded by Amber Landgraff and Deborah Wang. This event is volunteer-run and co-presented by XPACE Cultural Centre. See for details, photos and sponsors of previous FEAST events. If you would like to support feast with a donation of any amount, please contact us at

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Walkable Planets -- Jode Roberts & Chris DePaul

At FEAST 03, Jode Roberts & Chris DePaul presented their proposal for "Making Christie Pits the Centre of the Universe," aka "Walkable Planets."

Their proposal is the creation of a walking scale model of the solar system, stretching almost two kilometres from Christie Pits to the Wychwood Artbarns. At the relative distance from the Sun (likely at a scale of one to five billion) along the route, there would be a station created for the Sun and each of the eight planets -- nine if you include poor old Pluto. Each station would artfully display: (1) the planet at proper scale, (2) brief details about the planet; and (3) directions to the next planet (e.g. 30 steps to Earth). The ambition is to have ten different local artists commissioned to develop planetary stations, ideally sculptural works of art that are permanently fixed and all-season ready.

Project inspiration: a similar, but smaller project in Donzdorf