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Coming Soon

Queer at Sea

Tales from the 2SLGBTQ+ Community

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About this Exhibit

The Maritime Museum of BC is preparing for a new exhibit called “Queer at Sea: Tales from the 2SLGBTQ+ Community”. This exhibit will be open to the public 17 May 2022 and run for the duration of the summer.

Queer and trans communities have long been a part of BC’s maritime history and culture. It is the goal of this exhibit to showcase those histories and culture, celebrate the roles and contributions queer, trans, and two-spirit people have made to BC’s maritime sectors, and to acknowledge work that remains to eliminate discrimination against the 2SLGBTQ+ community in the marine sectors.

The Maritime Museum of BC had many discussions internally and with members from 2SLGBTQ+ communities about the title. We recognize that not everyone identifies as queer, and that the word carries negative connotations for some. The Museum decided after these discussions that the word was as close to inclusive as we could get, and hope that most people will feel a connection to the 2SLGBTQ+ acronym.

 

What we are looking for

It is important for the queer and trans communities to speak for themselves and share their own stories. As such, we are seeking input from queer and trans individuals who are willing to voluntarily share their stories for use in the exhibit. In keeping with the theme of the exhibit and the mandate of the Maritime Museum of BC, we request stories from queer, trans and two-spirit people who are connected to BC’s maritime history/culture/industries. This can include anything from working in the BC maritime field as a queer, trans, or two-spirit person to being a queer, trans, or two-spirit member of a BC maritime based community/culture to partaking in maritime recreational activities as a queer, trans, or two-spirit person.

The exhibit will feature these stories as the main part of the exhibit. Stories can be shared in any of the following ways, at the discretion of those sharing them:

  • a written story that will be presented as text
  • oral interview that will be presented as text
  • video interview that will be presented on digital screens with audio
  • photograph-based stories with added captions to contextualize them as needed
  • object-based stories with personal objects (tools, uniforms, etc…) loaned to the Museum for the exhibit
  • short quotes that speak to your experience
  • any combination of the above
Dorothy, a small sailing yacht.

How to share your story

You can share your story in one of two ways:

  1. Complete our online form on our website. Please note that you can remain anonymous and provide as little or as much information as you would like.
              a. Google Form
  2. Contact Maritime Museum of BC staff. Please be in touch with Brittany Vis, Executive Director, to discuss this further. You can email or call her at the information below.
               a. bvis@mmbc.bc.ca
               b. 250-385-4222 ext. 106

Deadline for sharing your story

Please have your stories to us by 4 March 2022. If you are willing to loan personal objects or photographs for the exhibit, please let us know of your intention to do so by March 4 as well. We will then make necessary arrangements with you to have these items brought to the museum for the exhibit.

What’s next?

The Maritime Museum of BC will research and write the overarching narrative which submitted stories will be presented in. Once this narrative is crafted, everyone who has submitted a story will have the opportunity to review and provide feedback if they wish. At this time, contributors will also have the option of withdrawing their story. It is our intention that all contributors feel comfortable with how their story will be shared and presented with the public, and we will continue to work with you after you have submitted your story to make this happen.

If you have any questions at any time, do not hesitate to be in touch with us.

Postcard Art Contest

Three (3) Prizes of $150

Deadline: February 11, 2022 @ 11:59 PM

Open to anyone residing in Canada

Submission Instructions in Downloadable Form above

Our new exhibit, Queer at Sea: Tales from the 2SLGBTQ+ Community, opens May 17, 2022 at the Maritime Museum of BC. Three postcards will be printed that reflect the exhibit; these will be sold in the Museum Gift Shop and used in the exhibit for visitors to write reflective messages on. Your art could be on them.

Design Brief

Artwork must be relevant to the Maritime Museum of BC’s:

Mission: To promote and preserve our diverse maritime experience and heritage and to engage people with this ongoing story.

Queer at Sea Exhibit Purpose: Queer and trans communities have long been a part of BC’s maritime history and culture. It is the goal of this exhibit to showcase those histories and culture, celebrate the roles and contributions queer and trans people have made to BC’s maritime sectors, and to acknowledge work that remains to eliminate discrimination against the 2SLGBTQ+ community in the marine sectors.

Artwork should interpret, reflect, or resonate with the 2SLGBTQ+ BC maritime experiences and/or community. All forms of printable visual art are eligible, including photography, painting, drawing, or any combination thereof. Keep in mind the size and use of the postcard and use this to inform your design. Design should be easily understood by people who see the postcards. 

Submission Specifications

Any medium that can be printed onto a postcard will be accepted—submissions must be digital.

  • Please do not sign your designs—these will be judged anonymously!
  • High resolution JPEG or PNG (at least 300 dpi at full size)
  • Artwork must be to scale fit 6.25” x 4.25” (15.875 cm x 10.795 cm)
  • Artwork must be in colour
  • If text is on artwork, keep it 1” (2.54 cm) away from the edge on all sides
  • You may submit up to three (3) artworks for consideration, but may only win one (1) prize.

Artworks must be wholly original, and not published anywhere else prior to the contest.

Licensing

Winning artists will be contacted to confirm a licensing agreement prior to the winning artworks being announced. The Maritime Museum of BC reserves the right to withdraw the offer of prize money and choose another winner if an artist is unable or unwilling to enter into a licensing agreement. This license provides the Maritime Museum of BC with the limited right to reproduce, publicly display, and distribute the artwork only for the agreed upon terms signed by both parties.

Queer at Sea Postcard Art Contest Poster

Eligibility

To ensure all community members are safe to enter, this contest is open to all. Artists must be residing in Canada. There is no age restriction; however, minors must have a guardian sign for them. Winning artists may remain anonymous or use a pseudonym when credited, but the submission form below must be filled out with your legal information.

Judging

This is a judged selection. Chances of winning are based on judge preference and the number of entries received. The Maritime Museum of BC reserves the right to cancel, call for further submissions, or award more than one prize depending on the circumstances.

The judging criteria includes relevance to the themes of the exhibit described in the design brief above. Identifying information will be removed from the submissions prior to judging. The judging committee will be composed of a Museum Staff representative, a Board representative, and a community member. Only artwork that is the original concept of the artist is eligible for submission. If there is any question about authenticity; the Maritime Museum of BC reserves the right to demand proof of authorship. Plagiarized or derivative works will be disqualified.

 

Questions

For questions about submissions, please contact Anya Baker, Events and Development Coordinator at abaker@mmbc.bc.ca