Call for Proposals: Satellite x Activism 2021

October 6, 2020


Satellite is a five-month residency for Emily Carr project teams to develop major self-directed projects through the lens of Activism and Place-Based Responsibility. Residents will have access to mentorship, peer support and funding toward the goal of developing projects within a real-world context, including products or services; initiating events, programs, initiatives or festivals; or starting studios, collectives, agencies or non-profits. Satellite will be held online, and will run from January – June 2021.

Participants are expected to develop major projects through the winter and early spring, with 4 hours per week devoted to process documentation and peer/mentor meetings. In May and June, teams will prepare to present and disseminate projects through external partner networks.

Participants will receive full-time access to mentorship and peer support, structured feedback and guidance, and funding up to $2000 to support project costs.

Projects best suited for this cohort of the Satellite program could include:

  • bring contextual attentiveness to systems of oppression and inequity
  • build relational, place-based networks (for example, who would we work with and how during disaster response)
  • support care and mutual aid within the localized community, nurture place-based storytelling or responsibility to the land
  • connect to localized movements of art, design and activism
  • collaborative, socially engaged initiatives that address the social and political realities of communities
  • consider human and non-human relationships
  • support community or seek to create social equity
  • are shareable, with learning that is open to others
  • support designer agency, practicality, navigating a way forward
  • establish designers’ participation in or creation of community
  • help establish conditions for artists and designers to financially support themselves through project lens, give financial sustainability to the project itself
  • negotiate “how” alongside “what”


Applications are welcomed from individuals or small teams made up of 2-3 people, including alumni/recent grads; and returning undergraduate and graduate students. Participants must be actively engaged in developing applied projects or collaborations (as opposed to doing contract work) and must be able to commit adequate time and attention to fully benefit from this opportunity.

Please note that access to this program is competitive and limited to 5 projects in this cohort. Applications will be evaluated for depth of proposal, feasibility, fit with spatial and programmatic opportunities, and personal commitment to the proposed project.


How to Apply

Please submit a single PDF or link to including:

  • A cover letter stating your interest in the program
  • A proposal outlining your project, including potential collaborators, materials/equipment/other resources that you are looking to develop or that you anticipate requiring, and a brief timeline for a five-month residency
  • A simple budget showing how funds would be used to support project development such as material costs, fees or other costs
  • A portfolio of work samples and/or link to a portfolio site
  • Names and contact information of 2 references

For More Information

Attend an Information Session:

Monday, October 26, 12:00 pm
Tuesday, October 27,  4:00 pm

or contact Cemre Demiralp at


Deadline: November 2, 2020


Realized with support from the Vancouver Foundation, the Ministry of Advanced Education, and the Association for Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning (ACE WIL).