Information and artist fee

I SPY… is a disposable camera mail art project created by UNIT/PITT. Inaugurated in 2020, this will be the second year of I SPY…After a turbulent year, we would like to know what you’ve seen. What have you witnessed? In your communities? Your everyday life? Your dreams? What have you not seen? What do you hope to see? 

Six selected participants will be mailed disposable cameras with return postage. Each individual will be given a unique crowd-sourced prompt that begins with: “I spy with my little lens…” Participants will have one month to photograph whatever they choose, as long as one photograph in their roll responds directly to the prompt. Nine photographs from each roll will be published to UNIT/PITT’s website and social media, and selected for consideration in a future exhibition.

Applications will be juried by U/P’s Programming Committee. Successful applicants will receive $500, and high-resolution scans of their photographs.

Who can apply

This program is open to post-secondary and graduate students from any area of study, and emerging and early career artists and cultural practitioners.* Eligible applicants must currently reside on or have strong connections to the unceded land belonging to the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations, also known as Vancouver, B.C.

*Borrowing this definition from the British Columbia Arts Council, an emerging and early career artist or cultural practitioner is someone under 30 years of age, or someone who has completed a peer-recognized basic training in their discipline or art form within the last five years.

How to apply

Email with a short statement about yourself and your interest in this project (maximum 300 words), a curriculum vitae, and 3-5 links to view your work online. Deadline to apply is Monday July 26 at 4:00pm PDT.

All applicants will be notified of the outcome by Friday August 6, 2021.