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Diversia: Life (Online International Group Exhibition) – Call For Artists

Diversia: Life (Online International Group Exhibition) – Call For Artists

Biafarin announces a call for artists for Diversia: Life, a full-featured online group exhibition in February 2021 combined with online sales, artist certificate, promotion, and a colorful stylish exhibition book. The focus of the this exhibition is Life as we see, think, imagine, and live it.

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Deadline: 28 Jan 2021

Submit artworks that present your artistic expression of Life. Tell your unique visual story of Life. Is it beautiful, treasured, too short, worrisome, hard, happy, sad, strange, tough, dramatic, precious, sweet, or bitter? Can you imagine life as a series of baby steps, journey, adventure, artwork, game, book, choice, highway,  or junction? What do you make of it – a universal truth, temporary state, biological processes, or endless circle? Any abstract or representational interpretations of this subject are welcome.

Diversia: Life Artist Benefits

  • Group Exhibition: Selected artworks will be exhibited online in a smart group exhibition from February 01, 2021 to February 28, 2021.
  • Artwork Sales: Selected artworks will be promoted to sell via online exhibition link.
  • Exhibition Catalogue: All selected artworks and artists will be published in a stylish colorful exhibition catalogue available online and in print (print-on-demand and upon order). The catalogue will be promoted internationally and circulated and available to thousands of art lovers online.
  • Promotional Badges: A digital promotional badge for each artwork will be sent to each artist to share in the social media.
  • Artwork Reviews: All exhibition visitors can submit their reviews and ratings of the exhibition and each artwork online. The reviews act as a bridge to visitors’ minds and hearts and will be sent to each selected artist for exhibition by email.
  • Exhibition Promotion: A promotion program including exhibition press release sent out, catalogue circulation and social media presentation, will be executed to boost the selected artists’ exposure and increase the artwork sales during the exhibition period.
  • Reports, Analytics, and Insights: A report containing the number of views, reviews, artworks popularity, and engagement rate of exhibition viewers with artworks along with sales statistics will be sent to artists regularly.
  • Publication: Some of the selected artworks might be published in various magazines and books in Biafarin art network for promotion purposes.
  • Biafarin Certificate: A digital certificate will be issued for all Diversia: Life participants and selected artists. Each artist can print the digital certificate from Biafarin platform, after the submission is complete.
  • Biafarin Free Shipment: Selected Biafarin members with Gold and Platinum membership will use a free shipment of their artwork(s) in case of sales.

Diversia is a series of monthly exhibitions presented by Exhibizone, the worldwide online exhibition zone. It has been created to support artists to showcase their art based on diverse subjects and themes. Exhibizone shows are very popular and each show get around 25000+ views.

About Biafarin

Biafarin means “create” in the ancient empire of Perse, ruling in the 6th century BC, which has been one of the richest art heritages in the world’s history. This name was chosen to represent deep admiration for creations, creators, and creatures around the world.

Biafarin is a registered Canadian business in Ontario. They offer services through an artist management platform, established to help artists worldwide to present their artistic career, promote their art, sell their artworks, and create more revenue from new channels. As a resourceful multi-layered art marketplace, the Biafarin ecosystem includes a multi-lingual portal, support team, and a network of art businesses.

For more information, contact opportunities@biafarin.com.

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Public Sculpture Exhibition (Penticton, BC) – Call For Artists

Public Sculpture Exhibition (Penticton, BC) – Call For Artists

The City of Penticton, BC, Canada announces a call for artists for their Public Sculpture Exhibition. Created in 2016, Penticton’s Public Sculpture Exhibition (PPSE) is a year-long outdoor exhibit of original sculptures. The sculptures are owned by the artists and leased by the City of Penticton. The city is looking for up to six (6) sculptures to be located along the Okanagan Lake waterfront or downtown and one (1) larger feature sculpture for the Front Street roundabout.

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Deadline: 6 Dec 2020

The Penticton Sculpture Walk Exhibition is committed to serving the public by providing access to various mediums of public sculpture. It is well noted that public art slows down the pedestrian traffic, providing a positive impact on the enjoyment and mood of the general public, that influences how people see and connect within their communities, and provides an opportunity for dialogue between friends and strangers alike. Through an annual revolving collection of sculptures, the City of Pentiction hopes to provide a freshness to public art that engages, connects, and provides its community with a sense of image and identity, as well as including Artists as contributors to this cultural fabric.

The exhibition is open to professional sculptors of all backgrounds. Previously completed sculpture photos, or proposed designs can be submitted. For proposed designs, detailed drawings of the proposed sculpture and photo examples of previous work must be included.

Lakefront/downtown sculptures are required to remain on site for the duration of one year (May 2021 -April 2022). The roundabout sculpture may be negotiated into a two year term (May 2021- April 2023).

Artists will be responsible for transportation of their sculpture to and from site. Pedestals/ pads will be provided by the PPSE.
Artists will retain the ownership of their sculpture and be responsible for carrying comprehensive insurance to cover it in the event of theft or vandalism and public liability or will sign an indemnification in favour of the City of Penticton for any liability claims against the City as a result of the existence or location of the sculpture within the City during the exhibition. The risk of loss or damage to the sculpture will always be borne by the artist, and the artist will be responsible to repair and or replace all or part of the sculpture in the event of loss or damage thereto during the exhibition.

The City will enter into a lease agreement with the artist for the duration of the exhibition. The artist is responsible to uphold all terms and conditions of the agreement as set out by the City.

City staff and/or City contractors will perform the installation to ensure that the work is done in accordance with City standards, and to optimize the viewing of the sculpture. Sculptures will be placed in predetermined locations at the discretion of the PPSE committee and City. Artists are encouraged to be present for the installation of their sculpture(s) in May, 2021, and removal in April, 2022. In the event the artist cannot be present, they are required to provide in writing a representative to be present on their behalf.

At the end of the lease any sales/leases of sculptures will be conducted solely by the artist or their agent and will not involve the City. The City will be responsible for media relations and publicity for the sculpture exhibition. The artist will retain copyright for their sculpture and grant the City a license to take and distribute images of the sculptures. Any other likeness or models of the sculpture will not be created without the explicit permission of the artist.

Public Sculpture Exhibition Artist Benefits

Artists will be paid a set lease price of $2,000 for the waterfront/downtown sculptures and $4,000 for the roundabout sculpture. In addition to the lease amounts, prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place ($500, $300, and $200 respectively) will be awarded.

With Penticton being a year-round tourist destination in British Columbia’s heart of the Okanagan, chosen artists will benefit by receiving access to the general public for a period of one full year for the waterfront or downtown sites, and a possible two year period for the Front Street roundabout site. Throughout the lease period, artists also gain access to further leasing or sales opportunities that may conclude at the end of the lease period. These further opportunities will be conducted solely by the artist and outside of the involvement of the City.

About the City of Penticton

Nestled between two lakes, Penticton enjoys long, hot summers, dry winters, and more than 2,000 hours of sunshine each year. It is located in the southern Okanagan Valley of British Columbia. Easily accessed by major highways and airports.

It is known for its beaches, wine, and orchards, not to mention a wide range of outdoor recreational activities. Hop on your bike to discover award-winning wineries and trails with stellar views. Shop at the bustling outdoor market, peruse art galleries or go skating at the modern Community Centre. Ski champagne powder slopes or take in a hockey game or concert at the South Okanagan Events Centre.

Penticton, from the Interior Salish word snpintktn, is commonly translated as “a place to stay forever,” or more accurately, “a place where people live year-round.” It’s the kind of place where people come to visit for the holidays – and never want to leave.

For more information, contact ckyeske@me.com.

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Sell At 100 Galleries (Online Art Exhibition) – Call For Artists

Sell At 100 Galleries (Online Art Exhibition) – Call For Artists

Biafarin is pleased to invite you to submit your artwork for Sell at 100 Galleries annual art sales festival 2020. This unique opportunity showcases your artworks for sales in up to 100 online links around the world. Displaying your art in such scope boosts your digital presence and SEO, helps you to reach millions of art lovers, and creates a real chance of selling your artworks worldwide.

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Deadline: 20 Nov 2020

As social distancing protocols have become a part of our daily life, we all learned to change the ways we used to buy anything, and art is no different. Online art sales have been on the rise for the past 5 years. Adapting to live with COVID-19 has accelerated the growth rate even more.

Sell At 100 Galleries Art Sales Festival artists benefit from the vast distribution of their artworks:

  • Place artworks in up to 100 links
  • Boost digital presence
  • Enhance artists SEO effectively
  • Reach around 10 million art lovers, collectors, and art experts globally in a month
  • Provide certificate of selection
  • If not selected for this opportunity, artist paid fee will be refunded via Paypal
  • Promote artworks in social media

About Biafarin

Biafarin is a Canadian artist management company with a network of artists in 70+ countries. As an art technology company, our online platform empowers artists to present, promote, and sell their art worldwide. Since 2014, Biafarin has helped and supported thousands of artists to launch their art career with an intensive online art marketing program, assisting artists to distribute and sell their art, get exhibitions worldwide, participate in art opportunities, receive art critiques and interviews, get feedback from visitors, and receive statistical reports and insights about visitors of their art.

For more information, contact opportunities@biafarin.com.

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Castlegar Sculpturewalk 2021 (Castlegar, BC) – Call For Artists

Castlegar Sculpturewalk 2021 (Castlegar, BC) – Call For Artists

Castlegar Sculpturewalk announces a call for artists for their 2021 year-round outdoor sculpture exhibition located in Castlegar, British Columbia, Canada. Locals and tourists do the walking sculpture tour and cast their vote for their favourite between May and October. The winning sculpture is purchased by the City of Castlegar. Castlegar Sculpturewalk is the Sculpture Capital of Canada ™ – it all began here!

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Deadline: 31 Oct 2020

2020 submissions had a range of materials, subject matter, and interpretations covering the spectrum from classical cast bronze statues to abstract works that invited personal interpretation through the interplay of LED lighting, stained glass, living organics, and recycled and found objects.

Castlegar Sculpturewalk 2021 Artist Benefits

Prizes:

  • Up to $15,000 sculpture purchase for People’s Choice winner
  • Additional $7,000 in cash awards
  • $500 Artist Honorarium

Sales and Leases:

  • 49 Sculptures Sold since 2010
  • 59 Sculptures Leased in the last 2 years
  • Regional partnerships (Creston, Kaslo, Nakusp, Nelson, Penticton, Revelstoke, and Rossland) mean your sculpture has a much greater chance of a sale or a lease. Castlegar Sculpturewalk does the work for you!

Artist Perks:

  • Opening weekend accommodation
  • Dinner for you and a guest at Awards Gala
  • Magnet featuring your sculpture
  • T-shirt

Castlegar Sculpturewalk has been able to continue our program successfully throughout the pandemic due to the exhibition being outdoors.

About Castlegar Sculpturewalk

Beginning in 2010, Castlegar Sculpturewalk created an international buzz, establishing the program as one of the premiere arts events in Canada. The support and vision of the City of Castlegar, local businesses, and the community made this happen. Many years of hard work and success led to Castlegar’s international recognition as The Sculpture Capital of Canada TM.

For more information, contact info@castlegarsculpturewallk.com.

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SoloS – Fall 2020 (Online Art Exhibition) – Call For Artists

SoloS – Fall 2020 (Online Art Exhibition) – Call For Artists

Biafarin invites you to submit your artworks for the SoloS online exhibition opportunity. Get a smart solo online exhibition with international visitors and media coverage. SoloS offers 100 full-featured smart online solo exhibitions combined with online sales, artist promotion, and marketing materials such as stylish catalogue, poster, and badges.

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Deadline: 30 Sept 2020

The main difference between an ordinary venue-based solo exhibition and the smart online exhibition offered by SoloS is that Biafarin provides a full package exhibition at a fee along with insights and statistics.

  • 100 Solo Exhibitions: 100 artists will showcase their artworks in 100 online solo exhibition for 1 month.
  • Group Exhibition: Artworks with highest popularity and engagement rank in each solo exhibition will be presented in an online group exhibition for one month during 2021.
  • Biafarin Awards: Biafarin Blue artist development package will be delivered to 3 artists with the highest overall rank (the number of views, comments).
  • Exhibition Catalogue:  A stylish colorful catalogue will be prepared and digitally published for each solo exhibition.
  • Exhibition Badges: A series of shareable artwork badges for each solo exhibition will be sent to each artist to boost the exhibition visibility and awareness in social media.
  • Reviews: All exhibition visitors can submit their reviews and ratings of the exhibition and each artwork online.
  • Exhibition Promotion: A promotion program including press release, catalogue circulation, and social media presentation.
  • Reports, Analytics, and Insights: A report containing the number of views, reviews, artworks popularity, engagement rate of exhibition viewers, and sales statistics.
  • Forever Display: The selected artworks will remain in each online exhibition forever for display purpose only. The Buy button will be removed after the exhibition duration is finished.
  • Biafarin Certificate: A digital certificate will be issued for all participants and selected artists. Each artist can print the digital certificate from Biafarin platform, after the submission is complete.

About Biafarin

Biafarin is a Canadian Artist Management company with a network of artists in 70+ countries. As an art technology company, the online platform empower artists to present, promote, and sell their art worldwide.

For more information, contact opportunities@biafarin.com.

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Photography Competition (Halifax, NS) – Call For Artists

Photography Competition (Halifax, NS) – Call For Artists

Announcing ViewPoint Gallery’s Photography Competition international juried call for submissions. This is an opportunity to exhibit your work for one month at ViewPoint Gallery, the only gallery in Halifax, NS devoted to photography. The competition is open to all subject matter from photographers located worldwide. As part of the gallery’s founding philosophy the gallery especially encourages activity from amateur and emerging photographic artists.

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Deadline: 1 Sept 2020

Entry fee. Multiple entries allowed.

The photography competition winners’ work will be displayed in an environment dedicated to photography. ViewPoint is one of the major centers for photographic activity in Halifax, a city with a vibrant artist environment. Activities in the gallery include monthly solo or group shows by co-op members or invited guest artists. The gallery hosts monthly print reviews and artists talks.

Twelve winning images will be selected from the digital entries. One winner will be exhibited monthly. These winning images will be professionally printed, framed, exhibited, and offered for sale by ViewPoint Gallery starting in October, 2020. The twelve contest winners will have their work displayed alongside all this activity plus exposure on the gallery website and newsletter.

About ViewPoint Gallery

ViewPoint Gallery is an artist-run co-operative dedicated to inspiring, engaging, educating, and promoting the art of photography. It presents a dynamic approach to the display of photography with a mixture of solo and group exhibitions. The gallery displays continually work by its members and showcases individual members through solo exhibitions, accompanied by artist talks, presentations, and other events. There are one guest exhibition and several group exhibitions shown each year. Since its founding in 2000, ViewPoint Gallery has hosted over 230 exhibitions, bringing the finest of Nova Scotia’s photography to tens of thousands of visitors. The gallery regularly presents Open Print Reviews and Guest Speakers, and a partnership with PhotoWorkshops.ca to provide educational classes.

For more information, contact info@viewpointgallery.ca.

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Exhibizone – Summer 2020 (Online Exhibition) – Call For Artists

Exhibizone – Summer 2020 (Online Exhibition) – Call For Artists

Biafarin announces a call for artists for Exhibizone – Summer 2020, inviting photographers and visual artists from around the world to submit their artworks for an online group exhibition and international art publication. Exhibizone – Summer 2020 is a new generation of smart online exhibitions by Biafarin, helping artists to effectively showcase their art online, get reviews from art lovers and collectors, and receive reports for number of visits.

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Deadline: 31 Jul 2020

Selected artists for Exhibizone receive:

  • Group Exhibition: Up to 100 artworks will be chosen for this unique smart summer art exhibition and the exhibition will run from 15 August to 15 September 2020.
  • Artwork Sales: Selected artworks will be promoted to sell via online exhibition link and in up to 3 online art galleries worldwide for the duration of the exhibition.
  • Honorable Mention Awards: 10 most popular artworks in the exhibitions will be recognized as Honorable Mention and will receive an Honorable Mention award certificate.
  • Exhibition Catalogue: All selected artworks and artists will be published in a stylish colorful exhibition catalogue available online and in print (upon request). The catalogue will be promoted internationally and circulated and available to Millions of viewers in Amazon, iBooks, NOOK, etc.
  • Artwork Badges – Certificate: A digital badge for each artwork will be sent to each artist to share in social media.
  • Artwork Reviews: All exhibition visitors can submit their reviews and ratings of the exhibition and each artwork online. The reviews act as a bridge to visitors’ minds and hearts and will be sent to each selected artist for exhibition by email.
  • Exhibition Promotion: A promotion program including exhibition press release sent out, catalogue circulation and social media presentation; will be executed to boost the selected artists’ exposure and increase the artwork sales during the exhibition period.
  • Reports, Analytics and Insights: A report containing the number of views, reviews, artworks popularity, and engagement rate of exhibition viewers with artworks along with sales statistics will be sent to artists regularly.
  • Biafarin Certificate: A digital certificate will be issued for all participants and selected artists. Each artist can print the digital certificate from Biafarin platform, after the submission is complete.
  • Biafarin Free Shipment: Selected Biafarin members with Gold and Platinum membership will use a free shipment of their artwork(s) in case of sales.

About Biafarin

Biafarin is a Canadian Artist Management company with a network of artists in 70+ countries. As an art technology company, the online platform empower artists to present, promote, and sell their art worldwide.

For more information, contact opportunities@biafarin.com.

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International Open Juried Exhibition (Toronto, ON) – Call For Artists

International Open Juried Exhibition (Toronto, ON) – Call For Artists

The Society of Canadian Artists announces a call for entry for their annual 52nd International Open Juried Exhibition. This exhibition will be held at the Papermill Art Gallery, Todmorden Mills, in Toronto, ON from August 10 to September 8, 2020.

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Deadline: 3 Jul 2020

We continue to live in uncertain times. Currently, there is no guarantee that the Papermill Gallery will be open on these dates. The Society of Canadian Artists remains confident, but may have to modify this show to a virtual exhibition on their website. Prizes will be awarded as committed. The show will be on the website for 3 months. However and in this situation, works would only be available for sale through the artist.

International Open Juried Exhibition Awards

  • Mary Pratt Crystal Award: $1,000 and Crystal Bowl
  • Duggan Canadian Landscape Award: $1000
  • First Award of Excellence: $1,000
  • Second Award of Excellence: $500
  • 2 Awards of Merit: $250 each

About the Society of Canadian Artists

The Society of Canadian Artists (SCA) is a national, non-profit artists’ organization dedicated to expanding the visibility and stature of the visual arts. SCA has representation in all of the visual arts media. They respect their historical roots, are aware of the current world, and are future-minded.

Officially founded in 1972 (although germinating since 1957), the Society of Canadian Artists was born to foster and celebrate the visual arts in Canada. They are a collection of some of the country’s most committed traditional and new media artists.

For more information, contact exhibition-open@societyofcanadianartists.com.

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Nelson International Mural Festival (Nelson, BC) – Call For Artists

Nelson International Mural Festival (Nelson, BC) – Call For Artists

Nelson and District Arts Council (NDAC) announce a call for artists for the Nelson International Mural Festival. Travel to the stunning mountains and lakes of the Kootenays. Up to 10 artists are chosen annually to paint large scale murals throughout the alleyways of historic downtown Nelson, BC, Canada.

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Deadline: 31 Jan 2020

Cultural vibrancy in Nelson continues to flourish under the festival’s engagement of street artists, muralists, creators, and art enthusiasts joining the festival from the local, national, and international art scene. Through large scale public artworks, educational opportunities, and by animating the public sphere with reflections of local cultures, histories, and stories, the NDAC furthers and fortifies collaboration among artists, businesses, and community members. The festival is inclusive of all cultures, genders, ages, and abilities.

Walls are selected with the following considerations: accessibility for artists, size, composition, exposure, and funding availability (however funding is not necessarily a barrier). Both private and public walls are included in the festival. In the case of privately-owned walls, the building owners are given the opportunity during the application process to indicate the artistic styles they are enthusiastic about. Matches are made between artists and walls based off those suggestions. Building owners will have one opportunity to consult with the artist for a draft alteration. If a collaboration cannot be reached, the artist will still be paid their design fee. No gratuitous violence, racism, or hateful content is permitted and the mural shall not include any business signage or logos, advertising, political or religious messages.

Nelson International Mural Festival Selection Process

Artists will be selected by a 5 member arm’s length jury who represent a cross section of interests in the community (business, arts, and tourism). Their primary considerations are artistic merit of portfolio, large scale work experience, and design skills/composition. Selections will be based off of previous work and portfolios. Successful applicants will be contacted before June 15th, 2020. Due to capacity limitations, we are only able to contact successful applicants.

Selected artists will be sent a contract for perusal. Once signed, the artists will be given two weeks to provide a rough sketch, a proposed colour scheme, a bio, and a headshot. Upon receiving these items, a 10% design fee will be paid. Artists will then coordinate their painting schedule and paint/supply order with the festival coordinator. It is imperative that artists stick to the painting schedules that are agreed upon. The festival is located in a small community with limited resources that need to be booked well in advance.

Artists must be available to attend the festival opening on Friday, August 14th, 2020, and the artist panel on Sunday, August 16th, 2020. There will also be opportunities to host all ages workshops for additional fees. The painting will take place between June 15th-August 14th. Selected artists will be scheduled to paint based off of their availability and proximity to Nelson.

Nelson International Mural Festival Artist Benefits

All artists are paid fairly for their participation in the festival. All supplies and equipment are provided by the festival. Once a muralist is selected for the festival, the artist will be paid to complete a detailed drawing/design. Each artist will be compensated based on the size and scope of their mural. $2500-$3500 CAD budget per mural for artist fees, this will vary project to project. Payment will be received upon the successful and timely completion of the mural.

The Nelson International Mural Festival is unable to provide assistance with travel for the majority of our artists; however, we make every effort to assist with billeting arrangements for visiting artists.

Social Equity

The NDAC strives to create a barrier-free festival. They host all events at accessible public spaces and offering all events and activities free of charge.  The mural festival provides a platform for all voices to be heard through public art. The festival is committed to diverse programming. They work to ensure that varied cultures are represented annually, so as to provide inspiration to all who attend, not just one group. Bringing art out of the galleries and into the streets provides everyone the chance to experience the pieces, not just those that can afford an admission ticket.

About Nelson and District Arts Council

The Nelson and District Arts Council (NDAC) is a registered non-profit organization that was formed in 1969 as the Kootenay-Columbia Arts Council.

All the Board Members are volunteers who are committed to promoting and encouraging cultural and artistic activities in the community through successfully accessing funds for projects.

NDAC has individual and group members who all participate in art and culture related activities. Members represent such disciplines as theatre, music, dance, visual arts, crafts, heritage, and writing.

NDAC presents a number of projects each year intended to foster the arts in Nelson and District. They include the Nelson ArtWalk, Hidden Creek Artist Residency, Appetite for Art, the Dance Educator’s Showcase, the Rural Artist Support Weekend, the Nelson International Mural Festival, and Bigby Place Arts Initiative.

Fostering communication, networking, and providing support to members is one of NDAC’s main objectives. In addition, members and member groups are eligible through us for small funding awards from the B.C. Arts Council.

Advocacy, representation, and education are all important in fostering greater appreciation and support of arts and culture in the Nelson area. NDAC has a seat on the Cultural Development Committee for the City of Nelson. They work toward a more coordinated arts, culture, and heritage community.

The region is famous for it’s “Kootenay Culture,” that runs through the arts, heritage, and people of the region. They are proud to support arts and culture in the Kootenays.

For more information, contact info@ndac.ca.

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Doors Open After Dark 2020 (Guelph, ON) – Call For Artists

Doors Open After Dark 2020 (Guelph, ON) – Call For Artists

Guelph Museums announces a call for artists for Doors Open After Dark 2020, celebrating Guelph’s 193rd birthday and launch Doors Open weekend, with big, bold, innovative history and art activations at and around the Civic Museum from 5 p.m. April 24 to 1 a.m. April 25. This free event aims to create opportunities to connect, explore, and engage the community with history in unique ways.

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Deadline: 8 Mar 2020

Historians and artists of all disciplines are encouraged to submit proposals for activations that explore Guelph’s history and identity through themes of reconciliation, diversity, landscape, culture, innovation, and environment.

This opportunity is open to individuals, collectives, and groups from anywhere in the world. Preference will be given to residents of the City of Guelph and Wellington County. Installations will be selected through an open call process. A jury, formed by Guelph Museums, will select the featured installations.

Submissions will be assessed by the following criteria:

  • Innovation and originality
  • Quality of work
  • Interpretation of themes
  • Design and execution plan

Doors Open After Dark 2020 Artist Benefits

Chosen artists will receive an honorarium based on the CARFAC Fee Schedule at the “Other Public Places” level. Since 2017, approximately 200-300 visitors attend Doors Open After Dark each year. Artists will receive promotion through Guelph Museums’ website and social media pages to an audience of over 7,000 followers collectively.

Social Equity

Guelph Museums is in the process of decolonization through the reconstruction of their colonialist framework and by collaborating meaningfully with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples. The Museums are committed to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, strive to initiate dialogues, and create safe spaces for truth telling. These guiding principles inform all activities at Guelph Museums.

Doors Open After Dark 2020 coincides with the 193rd anniversary of the “founding” of the city of Guelph – a story traditionally centered on John Galt’s arrival in Canada in 1827 to build a Scottish settlement. The story excluded the Indigenous Peoples present on this land thousands of years before Galt’s arrival. Doors Open After Dark aims to provide space for historical truths and engage meaningfully with present-day communities impacted by those histories.

About Guelph Museums

Guelph Museums consists of three heritage sites – Guelph Civic Museum, McCrae House, and Locomotive 6167 – where they explore local histories through permanent and changing exhibitions, interactive galleries, special events, and engagement activities.

The Civic Museum (the location of Doors Open After Dark) is located in the heart of downtown Guelph in the renovated Loretto Convent. Guelph Civic Museum is home to a collection of over 30,000 artifacts that bring Guelph’s past to life.

They are adjusting the way history has been portrayed at the Museums to incorporate authentic Indigenous voices, stories, and knowledge, which have traditionally been sidelined in favour of colonial narratives. Guelph Museums considers truth and reconciliation fundamental in upholding its mandate to be a community museum that makes a difference, improving the lives of residents and visitors to the City of Guelph.

For more information, contact sarah.ball@guelph.ca.

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