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International Photography Competition (Halifax, NS) – Call For Artists

International Photography Competition (Halifax, NS) – Call For Artists

[Sponsored Listing] ViewPoint Gallery announces a call for artists for their International Photography Competition 2022. Open to photographers worldwide. There are no restrictions on subject matter. The images will be reviewed by an independent jury of established photographers who will select 12 images for exhibition at ViewPoint Gallery in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

This is an opportunity to exhibit your work for one month at ViewPoint Gallery, a dynamic photography gallery located in historic Bedford, Nova Scotia, close to downtown Halifax. ViewPoint is dedicated solely to photography. It is the only co-operative photography gallery in Eastern Canada.

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Enter by: 15 Apr 2022

Entry fee of $25 US. A maximum of three images may be submitted with each entry. Multiple entries are permitted. Current ViewPoint members and their immediate families are ineligible. Only images submitted by the artists who created them and hold sole copyright will be considered.

International Photography Competition Artist Benefits

Twelve winning images will be selected for exhibition at ViewPoint Gallery – one image will be exhibited monthly. The winning images will be professionally printed and framed at no cost to the photographer. The images will be promoted on ViewPoint’s website and newsletter.

Each winning image will be matted, framed, and displayed as ViewPoint Gallery’s featured International Artist of the Month. Winning images will be available for sale (unframed) at a price set by the artist. If the image is sold in the gallery, then the artist will receive the full sale price minus a 15% processing fee.

About ViewPoint Gallery

ViewPoint Gallery is an artist-run co-operative dedicated to inspiring, engaging, educating, and promoting the art of photography.

ViewPoint Gallery presents a dynamic approach to the display of photography with a mixture of solo and group exhibitions. The Gallery continually displays work by all its members. It showcases individual members through solo exhibitions accompanied by artist talks, presentations, and other events. In addition to the solo shows, there is one guest exhibition and several group exhibitions shown each year.

Since its founding, ViewPoint Gallery has hosted over 250 exhibitions, bringing the finest of Nova Scotia’s photography to tens of thousands of visitors.

For more information, contact info@viewpointgallery.ca.

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Review Me (Critique and Publication) – Call For Artists

Review Me (Critique and Publication) – Call For Artists

[Sponsored Listing] Observica Magazine announces a call for artists for the 10th edition of Review Me. Get published or receive a professional interview or art critique. For brilliant visual artists globally. Artists from anywhere in the world, working in any medium, are invited to submit a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 10 artworks for this unique opportunity.

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Enter by: 11 Apr 2022

Submission is free.

Selection fee is USD 300 for receiving an interview or critique and getting published in both Review Me website and Observica contemporary art Magazine.

Each critique, interview, and publication will be organized in relation to artists’ submitted artworks. It is recommended to submit artworks with particular messages to deliver or demonstrate creative ideas, thoughtful subjects, or special techniques. Artists can choose any set of works that showcases their recent art trends, goals, and message. The artwork set can belong to one specific collection or they can be gathered from various series. Moreover, as a legacy, artists can provide a range of their artworks that have been created in different eras of their art career.

Review Me Artist Benefits

Upon artist’s approval, art critiques and professional interviews will be published on the  Review Me website and in an upcoming issue of Observica, an international contemporary art magazine. Each selected artist will receive 6 to 8 colorful glossy A4 pages.

  • Critiques: Artists will receive a professional art critique for their submitted artworks
  • Interviews: Artists will receive a detailed interview about their art career and submitted artworks
  • Publication: Website: Critiques and interviews, together with artist headshot photo and artworks, will be published online on the Review Me website
  • Publication: Online and Print: Artists will receive 6 pages or more in prestigious Observica Magazine which is available online and via print-on-demand order. Artist biography, headshot photo, selected artworks, and received interview will be published in 6 to 8 pages on Observica Magazine.
  • Artist Profile Page: Each artist receives a free online profile page in Biafarin platform
  • 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 Observica Magazine

Observica is a Canadian contemporary art magazine published quarterly by “Discover the Artist” media holding. The magazine intends to open new perspectives to the art world by providing art critiques, interviews, news, events, calls, artist presentations, articles, and ads from all around the globe. Both online and high-quality print-on-demand versions of the magazine will be released in full-color glossy A4 pages. Moreover, the magazine will be accessible to thousands of art experts, collectors, art enthusiasts, galleries, museums, and art institutions from over 100 countries.

For more information, contact reviews@reviewme.art.

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ArtsAlive Public Art Program (Victoria, BC) – Call For Artists

ArtsAlive Public Art Program (Victoria, BC) – Call For Artists

[Sponsored Listing] The Oak Bay Parks, Recreation and Culture announces a call for artists for the annual ArtsAlive Public Art Program. Now in its seventh year, the Oak Bay Public Art program, ArtsAlive, is an expression of Oak Bay’s support for a flourishing arts environment for the entire community. Sculptures are selected by a peer jury to be displayed for up to a year at outdoor sites in the District of Oak Bay. They are on temporary loan by the artists who are sponsored by a local business or community group.

Oak Bay Parks, Recreation and Culture has installed outdoor sculptures in a variety of locations around Oak Bay — from stylized realistic pieces to the purely abstract, in various media including static and kinetic sculpture. They have been greatly appreciated for their artistic merit and have challenged viewers to pause and reflect about living in this special seaside community, proud of its distinct heritage even as it contemplates its future as a vibrant place to live and work. The permanent sculptures frame views, animate parks, streetscapes, and viewpoints.

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Enter by: 11 Mar 2022

This is an excellent opportunity for both mid-career and emerging artists to conceive and showcase their work, creativity, skills, imagination, and talent in a public space. Artist’s work will have exposure to thousands of residents and visitors in this high-profile program. The municipality, local media, and Oak Bay Tourism will promote this show throughout the year. Related arts events like art walks, paint-ins, concerts, and celebrations will be organized (pending public health orders), generating more excitement and building community.

  • Artists based in Western Canada are invited to submit an application for the 2022-2023 outdoor public art program
  • Work will be displayed for approximately 1 year
  • Proposals will be reviewed by an artist peer jury
  • Pending community sponsorships, up to 6 works may be selected and installed in highly visible outdoor locations open to the public
  • Successful submissions will be provided with an honorarium of $1,000 and a travel/delivery reimbursement budget of up to $500.

About Oak Bay Parks, Recreation and Culture

Since the public art program, ArtsAlive, was launched in 2014, Oak Bay has built a legacy of permanent public art in the community, acquiring one or more permanent public art pieces each year. Between the years 2014 and 2020, the former Oak Bay Arts Laureate, Barbara Adams, in collaboration with Municipal staff and the Public Art Advisory Committee, contributed to making Oak Bay a destination for arts and culture.

For more information, contact apass@oakbay.ca.

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Femina (Online Exhibition And Publication) – Call For Artists

Femina (Online Exhibition And Publication) – Call For Artists

[Sponsored Listing] Gallerium announces a call for artists for Femina. As UN stated in their celebration for International Women’s Day 2022, “Women of the world want and deserve an equal future, free from stigma, stereotypes and violence; a future that is sustainable, peaceful, with equal rights and opportunities for all.” Emphasizing on UN quote for International Women’s Day in March 2022, Gallerium invites all artists working in any medium to join in this celebration by sharing their visual story about women.

Open to all artists working in any art medium worldwide.

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Enter by: 2 Mar 2022

There is no submission fee for this artist call. Only selected artists will pay a selection fee of USD 40. Up to 5 artworks are accepted.

Artwork focus may include:

  • Womanhood (body, mind, soul), women’s emotions, women’s happiness
  • Women’s freedom, women’s rights
  • Women’s professions, women in leadership, women in management, women in politics
  • Gender equality, women in developing countries, violence against women
  • Motherhood, women and family
  • Women in history, women in science and technology, innovations by women, women in education
  • Women in COVID era

Femina Artist Benefits

  • Publication: The selected artworks will be published in The Book of Arts: Femina publication. The online version of the book will be available for free, while the high-quality print can be ordered online. Published in glossy colorful A4 pages, The Book of Arts: Femina will be promoted and distributed internationally. It will be available to thousands of readers, including experts, galleries, curators, businesses, and art enthusiasts via popular publication gateways.
  • Exhibition: The selected artworks will be showcased in Femina – 2022 international group art exhibition, organized by Gallerium. Selected artworks will be exhibited online from March 08 to April 08, 2022.
  • Exhibition Poster: Each artist will receive a link to the digital version of the exhibition poster via email.
  • Social Media Badges: A digital social media promotional badge for each artwork will be sent to each artist to share on social media.
  • Artwork Rating and Comments: All exhibition visitors can post their comments and ratings of each artwork online.
  • Exhibition Press Release: An exhibition press release sent out will be published in the art media to mark the event, attract more visitors, and increase the chances of artwork sales during the exhibition period.
  • Reports, Analytics, and Insights: A report containing the number of views, comments, artworks popularity, the engagement rate of exhibition viewers with artworks, and sales statistics will be sent to artists via email.
  • Artist Profile Page: Each artist receives a free online profile page on Biafarin platform.
  • Certificate: A digital certificate will be issued for all participants and selected artists. Each artist can print the digital certificate from the Biafarin platform after the selection process is complete.
  • Biafarin Free Shipment: Selected Biafarin members with Gold and Platinum packages will use a free shipment of their artwork(s) in case of sales.

About Gallerium

Gallerium art exhibitions are intended to create equal showcasing opportunities for prominent visual artists worldwide. Gallerium utilizes Biafarin exhibition platform to boost the benefits of the exhibitions. It is always free to submit your art in competitions, while only selected artists need to pay a small selection fee. Each one of Gallerium shows focus on a unique subject.

The Book of Arts is a series of contemporary art books published by “Discover the Artist” media holding and Art Publications Network. The mission is to publish prominent arts from artists with various cultures and nationalities via several editions each year. Each edition focuses on a specific subject to make a visual story of modern and contemporary art in the art world. The publications are available to hundreds of thousands of art experts, collectors, and enthusiasts in digital and print format and reach people in over 100 countries. The online version of the book will be published and circulated globally, while the high-quality print version can be ordered online.

For more information, contact exhibitions@gallerium.art.

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Woman 2022 (Online Exhibition) – Call For Artists

Woman 2022 (Online Exhibition) – Call For Artists

[Sponsored Listing] Exhibizone proudly presents their 21st artist call, Woman, from its well-known smart online exhibition series, Diversia. This month’s exhibition theme celebrates International Women’s Day, March 8, 2022. International Women’s Day was established to commemorate the movement for women’s rights. Women’s Month marks the history of women’s impact in the world. It is the best time of the year to emphasize women’s achievements and raise awareness about issues that they are facing globally. Share your visual story. Celebrate and honor women in March 2022.

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Enter by: 4 Mar 2022

Exhibizone invites abstract or representational artists working in any medium to submit their artistic expressions of the subject and participate in another popular art exhibition

  • USD 20 for 1 artwork
  • USD 10 for each additional artwork
  • Up to 6 artworks accepted per submission

Exhibizone is the home of art exhibitions and a well-known brand in online exhibitions. Diversia presents a series of monthly art exhibitions, encouraging art diversity to promote awareness on important international events and critical subjects via art. The Diversia exhibition series is organized by Exhibizone, powered by Biafarin platform. Exhibizone presents 50+ exhibitions each year and have attracted 2,000,000+ visitors worldwide.

Woman 2022 Artist Benefits

  • Group Exhibition: Selected artworks will be exhibited online for a duration of one full month in a smart international group exhibition from March 08, 2022 to April 08, 2022. (The dates are subject to change according to the unexpected circumstances.)
  • Public Choice Cash Prize: Three artists with the highest rating in the whole duration of the exhibition will win US$ 300 cash prize. The prize (US$ 100) will be transferred to each artist via Paypal.
  • Artwork Sales: Selected artworks will be promoted to sell via online exhibition link; however, artists can set their artworks as not for sale.
  • Exhibition Catalogue:  All selected artworks and artists will be published in a stylish colorful exhibition catalogue available in both online and print versions. Artists can order the print catalogue via print-on-demand service from one of the partner platforms. The online catalogue will be promoted and circulated internationally, becoming available to thousands of viewers including art experts, galleries, curators, businesses, and enthusiasts via popular publication gateways.
  • 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. Artists will be notified about the received comments by email. Visitors’ comments and ratings can provide valuable insights about the audience’s feelings and understandings of the artworks.
  • Exhibition Promotion:  A promotion program will be executed to boost the selected artists’ exposure and increase the artwork sales during the exhibition period. The program includes exhibition press release sent-out, catalogue circulation, and social media presentation.
  • 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 participant’s artworks might be published in art magazines and books, both online and in print.
  • Artist Profile Page: Each artist receives a free online profile page in Biafarin platform.
  • Certificate: A digital certificate will be issued for all participants and selected artists. Each artist can print the digital certificate from Biafarin’s platform after the submission is complete.
  • Free Shipment:  Selected artists who are Biafarin members with Gold and Platinum package will use a free shipment of their artwork(s) in case of sales.

About Exhibizone

As an art exhibition house, Exhibizone has become an international destination zone for visual artists to exhibit their art efficiently via one-of-a-kind smart online shows. Each exhibition targets specific segments of visitors and provides online sales features, news circulation, social media badges, catalogues, and exhibition posters to maximize the art exposure for participant artists.

Biafarin is a Canadian registered artist management company, supporting artists from 100+ countries to promote and sell their art effectively.

Diversia and Exhibizone both use Biafarin technology platform to deliver the smart online group exhibitions to visual artists worldwide.

Biafarin is the sponsor of Public Choice cash prizes to winners and guarantees the delivery of service by Exhibizone.

For more information, contact exhibitions@exhibizone.com.

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

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

[Sponsored Listing] 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 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 pedestal 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 Penticton 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.

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Enter by: 13 Dec 2021

PPSE 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 must be included, as well as photo examples of previous work. The City of Penticton is looking for up to seven (7) sculptures to be located along the Okanagan Lake waterfront or downtown and one (1) larger feature sculpture for the Front Street roundabout (intersections of Front Street, Marina Way, Ellis Street and Vancouver Avenue) in Penticton, BC.

Artist will be paid a set lease price of $2,000 for the waterfront/downtown sculptures and $3000 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.

Public Sculpture Exhibition Terms and Conditions

  • Lakefront/downtown sculptures are required to remain on site for the duration of one year (May 2022 – April 2023). The roundabout sculpture may be negotiated into a two year term (May 2022-April 2024).
  • 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 will 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 and the artist is responsible to uphold all terms and conditions of the agreement as set out by the City.
  • City staff/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, 2022, and removal in April, 2023. In the event the artist cannot be present, they are required to provide in writing a representative to be present on their behalf.
  • Up to $300 per sculpture will be allocated for signage that the City will create and install in consultation with the artist.
  • 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.

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 info@proficientartstallations.ca.

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Castlegar Sculpturewalk (Castlegar, BC) – Call For Artists

Castlegar Sculpturewalk (Castlegar, BC) – Call For Artists

[Sponsored Listing] Castlegar Sculpturewalk announces a call for artists for their 2022 event, which opens next May. Sculpturewalk is open to professional and amateur sculptors of all backgrounds. One of the premiere arts events in Canada, Sculpturewalk attracts artists and viewers from across the world to the beautiful city of Castlegar, BC, the Sculpture Capital of Canada™.

Click here for the application / registration

Deadline: 31 Oct 2021

Completed sculptures or proposed designs can be submitted. For proposed designs, examples of previous work must be included within the application. Open to art beyond what is traditionally viewed as sculpture (i.e. light installations). All sculptures need to be made of a durable material for the yearlong outdoor setting and constructed with safety in mind for display in a public setting.

Castlegar Sculpturewalk Awards

Each artist accepted to the program will receive an $1000 honorarium, payable upon installation of sculpture.

  • People’s Choice Awards: Winning sculpture purchased for up to $15,000 plus a $2000 cash award, 2nd place $1000, 3rd place $500
  • Artistic Merit Awards: Overall winner $2000, 2nd place $1000, 3rd place $500
  • Voting for the People’s Choice award will take place from May-October

About Castlegar Sculpturewalk

Inspired by, and borne of, local artist Pat Field’s participation in the Sculpturewalk program of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Castlegar Sculpturewalk began in 2010 with just ten sculptures. When Castlegar City Council learned of Sioux Falls’ downtown revitalization initiative tied to the cultural economy, they realized that they faced many of the same downtown revitalization issues and agreed to a trial project.

Incredibly, with community and basin support, and a dedicated group of volunteers, this cautious trial project grew beyond expectations into Castlegar becoming The Sculpture Capital of Canada™. Downtown Castlegar is now one of the few venues in Canada where artists have the opportunity to show and sell outdoor sculptural work, bringing international artists to the community, and supporting emerging local and regional talent.

For more information, contact selena@castlegarsculpturewalk.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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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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