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Vancouver Alternative Arts and Fashion Week – Call for Artists

Call for artists to show off your alternative side at Vancouver Alternative Arts and Fashion Week (VALT) during November 17-20, 2016.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 30 Apr 2016

The Vancouver Alternative Arts and Fashion Week 2016 theme is Year V.

  • Year V Gala ~ Thursday, November 17, 2016: Launch Party celebrating VALT Year V!
  • Vision – Friday, November 18, 2016: To see, to be blinded, or to have a glimpse into or an idea of the future.
  • Volume – Saturday, November 19, 2016: To hear, to be deafened, or to play with enormity or slightness.
  • Voice – Sunday, November 20, 2016: To speak, to be silenced, or to have one’s own ideas heard.

VALT is run by the Style, Entertainment, Art & Media Society – SEAMS. This not-for-profit organization focuses on developing local arts programming that assists emerging and fringe artists of every medium and media in the province of British Columbia, while fostering a community of culture appreciation.

VALT provides a professional, well appointed venue, sound system, projection setup, and months of marketing and public awareness. As a participant in VALT, all you need to bring is yourself and your work. We take all the guesswork out of showing at a festival. Our attendees are extraordinarily varied – a very different crowd than one usually finds at a fashion event. You can promote yourself and your work without having to organize or advertise anything (though we do encourage you to invite guests and publicize as time permits).

VALT provides Vancouver’s wildly explosive underground arts scene with a unique departure from typical arts affairs. This three-day event boasts over fifty jury-selected artists, musicians, performers, and designers in a celebration and promotion of unbridled creativity. VALT encompasses wearable art, music (from solo musicians to full contemporary bands to electronic artists), drawing, painting, mixed-media works, sculpture, film (documentary, art film, and narrative), performance art (from short theatrical works to interpretive dance and beyond), photography, and interactive installations.

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Vancouver Alternative Arts and Fashion Week


Pope Up – Call for Artists

Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to Philadelphia in September, 2015, is occasioning activities and festivities from many sectors of the city and region. Philadelphia Sculptors, in conjunction with the Globe Development Group, will make a unique contribution to the citywide events with Pope Up, an exhibition of artworks that present artists’ concepts relating to this historic visit.

Call for artists application

Deadline: 1 Jul 2015

Artists of all backgrounds and media will create artwork that celebrates, comments upon, interprets, imagines, or explores elements of any established religion, or specifically the papacy and its history, social context, culture, and/or regalia. The exhibition will take place at Globe Dye Works, a former manufacturing facility in the Frankford section of Philadelphia that now houses small businesses, artists’ studios, and community organizations.

The show will run from September 4 – 27 and will be open to the public on weekends. Pope Up will be included in the 2015 Philadelphia Fringe Festival and will continue throughout the month of September. Selected artists will also be able to sell smaller works in the Pope Up store.

Artists will have an opportunity for their works to be seen by a wide range of viewers, from Fringe Festival attendees to people visiting during the Pope’s tour. Artworks will be for sale, and artists will be able to sell additional small works in the Pope Up store. This will be an edgy show held in the always fascinating Globe Dye Works, and is sure to attract wide attention.

Philadelphia Sculptors always looks to find new and interesting venues to host our shows of provocative and attention-grabbing art. We support artists, believe in their creativity and encourage out-of-the-box thinking.

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