Please, teach me to swim is a year-long curatorial experiment situated on Calgary’s Kijiji. Comprising twelve contributions by artists and writers, this project seeks to exceed our gallery’s walls, and weave art through the places and spaces—both imaginary and real—that Calgarians frequent. This project is curated by Jaclyn Bruneau and Natasha Chaykowski, and funded by the Rozsa Foundation.
About the organization:
Founded in 1994, Untitled Art Society (UAS) is a not-for-profit artist-run centre in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Throughout the history of our organization, UAS has strived to support artists in diverse ways from the provision of much-needed subsidized studio space in Calgary’s downtown area, to the organization’s ardent support of emerging artists through our rigorous, innovative, and nationally- and internationally-recognized exhibition programming and contemporary art projects, presented both in and outside of our main gallery space. Such programming is buttressed by an ambitious program of workshops, artist talks, film screenings, educational outreach and publishing activities, all with the goal of supporting the work of emerging artists through providing opportunities for research, development, production and presentation to diverse publics that our organization serves.
Prioritizing experimentation and critical discourse, the programming at UAS is structured such that emerging artists are provided with the resources to commence or continue their burgeoning careers, particularly through our support of the production of new work. UAS is committed to not only paying nationally recommended artist fees, but also supports artists through production, mentorship, curatorial support, publications, and opportunities to engage in public events and outreach initiatives. Through the provision of resources to emerging artists, Untitled Art Society fosters developments in social, political, ecological and cultural thinking and practice, making active the many potentialities of contemporary art and its salience in greater socio-political and cultural contexts.