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Awakening 2017 – Call For Artists

Awakening 2017 – Call For Artists

Artscape Gibraltar Point announces a call for artists for Awakening 2017, an Earth-based spiritual practice and art residency.

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Deadline: 17 Jul 2017

Residency dates: September 21 through October 1, 2017

No fees to apply. Residency fees: 900 + HST for private room and shared studio, $750 + HST for a shared room and shared studio

Now in it’s second year, Awakenings 2017 is a ten-day thematic residency. It provides a sacred and inspirational space to explore creativity and intuition within the framework of earth-based spirituality. The objective is to engage holistic practices that connect mind, body, and spirit with the self and environment. The goal is to incorporate metaphysical practices within the arts and examine how this knowledge has been viewed historically and how current views can be integrated, disrupted, or altered.

Awakening 2017 topics such as herbalism, mindfulness, shamanism, divination, and ritual will be viewed from a variety of perspectives. They include pop culture, psychology, alchemy, theology, history, and post-colonial discourse. Along with programmed time, residents have free time to work individually or collaboratively in a studio. Methods of art making can be visual, time-based, photography, craft, writing, music, dance, or performance art. Supportive discussions of residents’ work in progress occur on a regular basis.

Awakening 2017 Artist Benefits

Artists will benefit through secluded and intensive focused studio time. Professional and peer-based instruction and critique in a unique and supportive environment is offered. Further, the communal living style of Artscape Gibraltar Point offers artists an opportunity to interact closely and on a personal level with their peers and fellow residency participants.

As well, the residency’s setting affords residents the chance to experience life in one of North America’s most unique communities, the Toronto Islands. The community has a unique history of social activism, creativity, and a generosity of spirit. Off island, artists can experience the vibrant arts and cultural scene of the city of Toronto. Toronto is one of North America’s largest cities, located only fifteen minutes away by ferry.

About Artscape Gibraltar Point

Artscape Gibraltar Point offers 35,000 square feet of affordable retreat space, artist studios, and accommodations for artists and creative thinkers. It is located in the former Toronto Island Public and Natural Science School. The tranquil, idyllic setting is world-renowned as a centre for members of the artistic and non-profit communities to think, experiment, collaborate, and share ideas.

More than 800 artists have experimented and created art through self-directed artist retreats and thematic residencies hosted in the overnight accommodations. In addition to visiting artists, fifteen long-term artists work studios provide space for a range of painters, sculptors, musicians, theatre companies, and a recording studio. All of whom contribute to the unique and collaborative atmosphere at Artscape Gibraltar Point.

Over 600 charitable and not-for-profit groups have used the centre’s conference facilities to host staff retreats, training sessions, and strategic planning. Artscape Gibraltar Point also plays host to private events, managed by our Artscape Event Services team. As well, a number of unique partnerships have brought arts and music festivals to the centre’s grounds. These include Camp Wavelength, the New Traditions Festival, and the JanSport Bonfire Sessions.

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2018 Branscombe House Artist Residency – Call For Artists

2018 Branscombe House Artist Residency – Call For Artists

The City of Richmond Department of Arts, Culture, and Heritage invites professional, community-engaged artists to submit proposals for an 11-month live-in 2018 Branscombe House Artist Residency located on Canada’s west coast, in Richmond, B.C.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 29 May 2017

The third annual Branscombe House residency will begin in January 2018 and run until mid-December, 2018.

Branscombe House is a recently restored Edwardian style house located in the residential area of historic Steveston in Richmond. The self-contained two-bedroom artists’ suite upstairs is offered as an artist residence/studio. Rent is 100% subsidized in exchange for ~22 hours/month (240 hours total) of hands-on community engagement. The City will provide up to $1500 in hard cost reimbursement as well as in-kind marketing and facility/production support. This will include access to free use of cultural and performance spaces, basic workshop materials, print production, and tech support.

The City of Richmond seeks proposals for interesting new projects and programs that promote meaningful community engagement through artistic opportunities. Artists passionate about working with diverse communities are especially encouraged to apply.

The 2018 Branscombe House Artist Residency is an opportunity for artists with a community-engaged practice to create new work in exchange for live-in creation space. During the residency, the artist will establish a presence in the community. This will include spending time developing a body of work and engaging the public with their programming which may include workshops, exhibitions, demos, and legacy projects. To be conducted on the Branscombe site, community centres, schools, and events/festivals.

About the City of Richmond, BC

With an estimated population of 218,000, Richmond is the fourth-most populous city in British Columbia. It has an immigrant population of 60%, the highest in Canada, and more than half of its population is of Asian descent. Many of whom immigrated in the late 1980s from Hong Kong, Taiwan and, more recently, Mainland China. Two of the largest Buddhist temples in North America reside in Richmond, the International Buddhist Temple and the Ling Yen Mountain Temple.

Part of the Metro Vancouver area, Richmond is comprised of 17 islands in the mouth of the Fraser River. The city supports 100,000 jobs in various areas including high technology, services, retail, tourism, light manufacturing, airport services, aviation, agriculture, fishing, and government. Richmond is also the location of Vancouver International Airport. It was the site of speed skating events during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games at the Richmond Olympic Oval.

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Carmel Fine Art And Music Festival – Call For Artists

Carmel Fine Art And Music Festival – Call For Artists

Niagara Arts Showcase is looking for artists to sell their work at the 5th Carmel Fine Art and Music Festival in Niagara Falls.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 1 May 2017

The indoor/outdoor festival is at a new location this year, Firemen’s Park. The park is known for its 135 acre natural park which is located in the north end of Niagara Falls on the beautiful Niagara Escarpment (Dorchester Road at Mountain Road).

Artists will benefit by showcasing and selling their art to residents and visitors to Niagara Falls. Being the 5th year of the festival, Carmel Fine Art and Music Festival has established a clientèle and attendee base from all across Ontario.

There are many additions to the festival this year along with the new management of Niagara Arts Showcase including:

  • up-and-coming artists from the local high schools
  • juried art awards
  • kids art zone with many activities to get their creative juices flowing, and
  • art installations that will transfer space and its meaning.

About Niagara Arts Showcase

Niagara Arts Showcase’s mission is to promote the advancement of arts, culture, and recreation in Niagara Falls; enhance the quality of life for the citizens of Niagara Falls; and provide professional and educational opportunities to resident artists. A healthy and thriving arts community is an integral part of a thriving city. Prosperous arts communities create social and economic opportunities which allow artists to remain in the area and attract those that love them.

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Film For Artists Residency – Call For Artists

Film For Artists Residency – Call For Artists

Artscape Gibraltar Point announces a call for artists for the Film For Artists Residency. Program dates: 19 – 26 June 2017. Facilitators: Zoë Heyn-Jones, Eva Kolcze, and Terra Jean Long.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 1 May 2017

Price: $750 + HST

The Film For Artists residency, appropriate for absolute beginners and small-gauge film enthusiasts alike, will focus on artisanal film techniques while engaging with the specific geography of the Toronto Islands.

Spend a week on beautiful Hanlan’s Point investigating the compelling materiality of celluloid film. Explore various hand-processing techniques on Super 8mm and 16mm film including the creative and aesthetic potential of film in conjunction with notions of site specificity and psychogeography.

Embrace experimentation, chance, and accident in your process. Think of the filmmaking process as a cycle not separate from the natural, ecological cycles that encompass lives and practices. An alternative to traditional filmmaking instruction, forego the rules in favour of integrating cycles of experimentation, growth, and decay.

The Film for Artists residency will host free public screenings, talks, and tours in order to foster interest in the Toronto Islands as a creative site. Encourage participants and public audiences to consider Toronto’s unique history, landscape, and topography.

Artscape Gibraltar Point is excited to announce that 2017’s residency will explore the Toronto Islands through the lens of plant life, animated by the work of several local artists who use plants in their practices in innovative and dynamic ways. Explore organic film processing, using plants and household materials to develop film, alongside the traditional chemistry used in hand-processing.

Artscape Gibraltar Point will teach:

  • Basic camera theory and how to use the Super 8mm and Bolex 16mm cameras
  • How to hand process black and white 16mm and Super 8mm film
  • Decay techniques using bleach, soil, oil, and salt
  • Painting, drawing, and scratching on film

Film For Artists Residency will include:

  • A bedroom and shared studio spaces
  • Hands-on instruction supplemented by walking tours, talks, film screenings, and engagement with relevant literature
  • Black and white film, darkroom chemistry, and supplies
  • Super 8 and Bolex cameras. Supplies are limited and residents are encouraged to bring your own

Participants are encouraged to share their own films, or films that inspire them, in several informal screenings.

About Artscape Gibraltar Point

Artscape Gibraltar Point is a secluded community cultural hub nestled against the magnificent natural backdrop of Toronto Island. The island is a fifteen minute ferry ride from downtown Toronto, Canada’s largest city. They host artist residencies, provide studio rentals, and welcome individuals and groups year-round. Their lodge features bright studios, private accommodations, a vibrant communal kitchen, large yards, and a beach overlooking Lake Ontario.

Artscape Gibraltar Point opened in 1999. Over the years, they have hosted over 1,000 artists who have taken advantage of the facility’s quiet and natural setting to focus on their practices and projects. Artists participate in short-term residencies and long-term studio rentals.

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2017 Graffiti Abatement Mural Program – Call For Artists

2017 Graffiti Abatement Mural Program – Call For Artists

The 2017 Graffiti Abatement Mural Program at Fort McMurray is requesting proposals for this year’s mural at Timberlea Community Park.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 27 Apr 2017

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) intends to commission an artist/artist team to design and install murals on four storage sheds in Timberlea Community Park. The murals will cover the entire exterior of each shed.

The artwork must adhere to the following design parameters:

  • Installation process does not pose a risk of injury to the public
  • Finished with a graffiti resistant coating (provided by the artist/artist team)
  • Appeal to a wide, culturally diverse audience and be suitable for all ages
  • Located in the public realm, therefore subject matter must be considered

As part of an ongoing effort to promote and cultivate local art and artists, the artist/artist team commissioned to install the Timberlea Community Park murals will be expected to host two community workshops during the installation process. The parameters of the workshops include the following, but are not limited to:

  • Provide a hands-on, on-site workshop specifically for local teens
  • Host an on-site hands-on workshop for the general public
  • Cost to facilitate the the workshops (plus any promotion) will be covered by the RMWB

2017 Graffiti Abatement Mural Program artist benefits

The budget for the project is $30,000.00 CAD, all inclusive. The budget includes all costs associated with the project including, but not limited to, artist design fee, travel/accommodations, meals for the artist/artist team, materials, equipment costs, transportation, and installation.

2017 Graffiti Abatement Mural Program artists/artist teams will also have the opportunity to work with (and mentor) local youth while creating a significant contribution to the local art collection within the region. If so inclined, artists may establish relationships with other artists and arts organization in Fort McMurray. Fort McMurray is a close-knit community with a small-town feel.

About the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo

Wood Buffalo is a large, scenic region in Northeast Alberta. The region stretches from north central Alberta east to the borders of Saskatchewan and up north to the border of the Northwest Territories. It covers 10% of the province, spanning almost 70,000 square kilometers. It has extensive natural resources and is filled with natural beauty including beautiful clear waters and expansive forests.

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo is one of Canada’s youngest and most dynamic communities. It is one of the largest municipalities in North America. Fort McMurray is the urban service center for the area. Smaller communities within the region include Anzac, Conklin, Draper, Fort Chipewyan, Fort Fitzgerald, Fort Mackay, Gregoire Lake Estates, Janvier, and Saprae Creek.

Approximately 5,000 years ago, the region was inhabited by two distinct First Nation people including the Chipewyan and the Cree. In 1778, a fur trader named Peter Pond traveled to the region and it became known for its abundance of good quality furs. This led to other explorers visiting the region and to the discovery of bitumen, a natural resource that, when refined, can be converted into petrol. The discovery of these large deposits of bitumen, commonly known as the oil sands, led to rapid growth and development. In the last century, the population has grown from a sparsely populated area to over one hundred thousand people.

Wood Buffalo boasts a rich and diverse culture. It is home to a population with a variety of ethnic backgrounds and cultural beliefs. The arts and culture scene, including live theatre, historical centres, cultural societies, and visual arts, continues to grow within the region. Outdoor festivals and local art shows are commonplace year-round. In support of the increasing interest in Wood Buffalo’s arts scene, the Municipality recently approved a Public Art Policy.

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Fluevog Edmonton Artist Grant – Call For Artists

Fluevog Edmonton Artist Grant – Call For Artists

John Fluevog Shoes is putting out an open call for artists for the Fluevog Edmonton Artist Grant. Send in design ideas for a wall installation to be displayed in their new Edmonton store, opening on Whyte Avenue in late March.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 13 Mar 2017

Opening in a refreshed heritage building with brick walls from the 1920’s, Fluevog Edmonton will have a historic vibe to it with:

  • Reclaimed wood furnishings in various tones and textures
  • Grey floral and burgundy crocodile leather furnishings
  • Touches of brass
  • Wood floors
  • A large mirrored back wall

The available wall space for this art installation spans 68′ long and 6′ high with a backdrop of historic brick.

Fluevog Edmonton Artist Grant benefits

The chosen artist’s work will be a prominent fixture of our newest location in Edmonton, helping to shape the overall feel of the shop. The work will be shared through our social media channels. It will be seen by visitors to the store and Fluevogers worldwide. Our hope is for the artwork to be a long-term installation that ties the store to the local arts community in Edmonton. With $10,000 to cover the cost of installation and the artwork, this is a rare opportunity to design something original and creative that will reach a large and diverse audience of customers.

About John Fluevog Shoes

John Fluevog is an independent designer and retailer of forward-­thinking footwear and accessories. Since 1970, he has been steadfast in creating ‘unique soles for unique souls’ that have been seen everywhere from the feet of Madonna and Jack White to the runways of high fashion. John has used his belief in creative expression and ingenuity to turn his vision into a successful enterprise currently celebrating its 45th year in business. Traditionally made in old world factories; Fluevog shoes are produced in small runs; are fully repairable; and, with their look of quality and timeless luxury, always stand out in a crowd. John Fluevog Shoes uses eco­‐friendly, vegetable tanned leathers and water based glues wherever possible. In keeping with John’s motto: good soles leave small prints (no matter what your shoe size).

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CAFKA.18 – Call For Artists

CAFKA is seeking submissions for CAFKA.18, its biennial exhibition of contemporary art in the public spaces of the Region of Waterloo for June 2018.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 15 Mar 2017

The biennial exhibition is curated by CAFKA’s Program Committee which will consider submission proposals as part of its curatorial research.

The CAFKA biennial exhibition of art in public spaces initiates conversations around public space and the social and critical functions of art. It galvanizes the community of artists and art lovers in the region. Members of which dedicate countless volunteer hours as board members, members of the Program Committee and jury, event planners, educators, installers, and hosts.

Since its inception in 2001, CAFKA has produced and exhibited 206 projects by 192 artists over 11 exhibitions. From the beginning, the open calls have been an important way for the CAFKA Program Committee to connect with emerging and mid-career artists.

In 2007, CAFKA supplemented its open call with an invitational component. Additional artists, identified by the Program Committee and the invited jurors, are invited to submit proposals. The final exhibition is made of both invited artists and artists selected from the open call.

CAFKA.18 pays artist fees of $2,000 CAD for new work in addition to negotiable expenses. Video and one-time performance fees are paid in accordance with the CARFAC fee schedule.


CAFKA (Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener and Area) is a non-profit, artist-run organization. It is a producer, advocate, and educator for contemporary public, interactive, and interventionist art practices. CAFKA  produces an international biennial exhibition of art projects in the public spaces of the Region of Waterloo.  It offers an exhibition, lectures, and tours and related special events.

Activities are made possible with the active participation of its many volunteers and the support of its members, donors, funders, and sponsors. CAFKA is funded in part by agencies of the Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario, and regional and municipal governments. CAFKA also receives support from private charitable foundations.

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CAFKA.18 - Call For Artists


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