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Performance Festival 2020 (Toronto, Canada) – Call For Artists

Performance Festival 2020 (Toronto, Canada) – Call For Artists

SummerWorks Performance Festival 2020 is widely recognized as one of the most vital platforms for launching new performance in Canada. They are seeking proposals for the 30th edition, taking place August 6th-16th in Toronto, Canada. Proposals are assessed and curated on artistic merit, clarity of vision, and feasibility as well as on how the project relates to other selected works. Why you care about this work? What excites you about your project? Why you think it’s important? Why is SummerWorks the right context for you and this project now?

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Deadline: 10 Jan 2020

SummerWorks Presentations: SummerWorks seeks proposals for new projects that will be ready for presentation in August 2020. They are interested in works and artists that tackle urgent and complex questions of our time; that celebrate curiosity, wonder and adventure; and that expand the possibilities of what performance can be. Works for theatre, gallery, outdoor, and non-traditional settings are welcome, as are proposals for site-specific and immersive contexts. Proposed works should have some previous development or presentation history.

SummerWorks Lab: The SummerWorks Lab is a place for exploration, experimentation, and process. SummerWorks invites proposals for projects to be shared with an audience at a crucial stage of development as well as experiments that use the Festival as a laboratory to test new ideas. Works for theatre, gallery, outdoor, and non-traditional settings are welcome, as are proposals for site-specific and immersive contexts. Of particular interest are projects that will benefit from audience engagement and feedback during the Festival, with the potential of this to inform the future of the work.

Public Works: The Public Works programming brings artists and audiences together in the public realm to experience Toronto in new ways. How does the city shape how we move? What else is possible? How can this be realized through performance? Of particular interest are projects that play with momentum and time. Proposals for outdoor, non-traditional,  site-specific and immersive contexts are expected; and works created for audiences to traverse a location or the landscape of Toronto are encouraged. 3-5 projects will be selected for this special call and provided a guaranteed fee of $1,500 CAD to $5,000 CAD (dependent on scale and budget of the project). These performances will be free to the public and should be designed with accessibility in mind.

Performance Festival 2020 Artist Benefits

  • The Performance Festival 2020 provides a framework, which includes publicity and marketing, technical and performance scheduling, box office, front of house management, and administrative support. If you’re not in an outdoors, non-traditional or site-specific venue we’ll also provide a venue, technical staff and lighting designer.
  • Presentations can expect 5 performances in the Festival.
  • Labs can expect 3 performances in the Festival.
  • Artists participating in Presentations or Labs will receive 70% of their box office revenue.
  • Artists participating in Public Works will be provided a guaranteed fee of $1,500 CAD to $5,000 CAD; dependent on scale and budget of the project.
  • Projects are typically provided 30 – 60 minute timeslots. If your project is longer, please explain in your proposal. If your project is 30 minutes or less you’ll be considered for curation as a double-bill with another performance work.
  • Access to free workshops from industry leaders in producing, marketing, production, audience engagement and accessibility.
  • An artist pass, providing you with highly discounted rates for all performances, events and free access to workshops during the 11-day Festival.
  • An engaged and collaborative team. We provide mentorship and advice for all productions in the Festival, so if you’re unsure if something is possible, get in touch! We want to hear about big ideas and help make them reality.

Social Equity

For the last two years SummerWorks venues have been physically accessible. SummerWorks provides ASL for all our events. They provide visual stories for patrons, and work with artists to create relaxed performances. Over the past two years they have engaged in consultancy with Tangled Arts+Disability and Deaf Spectrum.

In the coming years they hope to include live captioning and audio description at all SummerWorks produced events plus live streaming of workshops to make these available to those who aren’t able to travel to the venue, and extend accessibility training to all Front of House and volunteers.

Through the Pay What You Can model, they have opened up the Festival to a wider socio-economic bracket. Those that can afford to are able subsidize affordable tickets, allowing SummerWorks to offer cheaper tickets while not reducing the artist’s income. SummerWorks runs a Pay It Forward scheme, additional tickets can be purchased that are then offered to members of partner organisations free of charge.

About SummerWorks

SummerWorks is widely recognized as one of the most important platforms for launching new work in Canada. They are interested in continuously re-imagining and innovating the possibilities of performance- how it is created, presented and experienced. SummerWorks presents two Festivals annually, Progress International Festival of performance and ideas, and SummerWorks Performance Festival.

As an organization that brings together performance nationally and internationally, SummerWorks wishes to acknowledge that SummerWorks takes place on the traditional territory, Tkaronto, “Where the Trees Meet the Water,” “The Gathering Place” of the Mississauga, Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee, and Wendat Nations. As we come together we pay our respects to all our relations who have gathered and will continue to gather in this place.

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Seattle Erotic Art Festival 2017 – Call For Artists

Seattle Erotic Art Festival 2017 has issued a call for all artists who depict sexuality, gender, identity, and relationships for the 15th annual festival.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 15 Jan 2017

All artists 18 years old and over are encouraged to submit works of erotic art in any medium. Sculptors, multimedia artists, painters, and those creating interactive art are particularly encouraged to apply.

Call is open noon on December 1, 2016 through 11pm on January 15, 2017.

Regular submission fee is $35 for: 5 pieces of art submitted in in Visual and Literary categories; 3 proposals for Interactive Installations and Performances; 20 items for the Festival Store. In honor of our 15th anniversary, the Early Bird submission fee is $15 between December 1st and December 14th.

The Seattle Erotic Art Festival 2017  jury is comprised of five individuals: an artist, an art professional, an art collector, a sex-positive activist, and a Festival committee member. Jury members are selected by the Festival Director and the Steering Committee and change each year except under special circumstances or on the basis of expertise in the realm of erotic art. The jury will select pieces based on: quality of execution, depth of emotion, originality of subject, and thought-provoking elements that ignite conversations about sexuality, erotica, art, and/or societal mores.

There are many benefits to submitting your work to the Seattle Erotic Art Festival 2017. Everyone who pays a submission fee receives a discounted admission to the Festival.

Accepted visual, literary, and installation artists:

  • Receive a full pass to the three-day Festival for their personal use
  • Receive an invitation for self and a guest to our exclusive Artist Reception with our Art Activists, VIPs, and other artists
  • Featured in the Festival, for an audience of thousands
  • Part of an exhibition with high art sales (avg. 25%) and competitive commissions
  • Featured in a keepsake Festival program
  • Promoted on the Festival website
  • Offered printing and framing opportunities and artists’ workshops (for visual artists)
  • Included in a professionally produced Anthology, and have an opportunity to be a part of the popular Poets’ Tour (for Literary artists)

About the Seattle Erotic Art Festival

Seattle Erotic Art Festival encourages the creation, enjoyment, and purchase of erotic art – sparking conversations to ignite personal and cultural evolution. It began with a desire to showcase stunning erotic art – to create a place to celebrate, discuss, and support pieces that were rarely seen in mainstream galleries and museums. We dreamed of sexy people in a lush environment devouring amazing art and an event that joyfully encouraged people to be as open and expressive as they wanted to be.

The Seattle Erotic Art Festival is the flagship program of the Foundation for Sex Positive Culture, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization promoting healthy expression of sexuality and creating consent culture through education, the arts, and community outreach.

The Foundation for Sex Positive Culture offers the Foundation Award to one artist whose work will be purchased to be showcased in the Foundation’s collection and will be an invited artist at the next year’s Festival.

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Seattle Erotic Art Festival 2017


Shimmer: The Art of Light – Call For Artists

Second Annual Shimmer: The Art of Light, a free one-night event in North Carolina, is seeking proposals for art installations, video projection, and performance art using light as a medium.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 21 Nov 2016

Shimmer: The Art of Light features indoor and outdoor venues. Notification is December 1 and the event takes place Friday, February 10, 2017. Application is free.

Each artist chosen by our jury to participate will receive a $300 honorarium, be featured on the Shimmer website and smArts creative programs and events Facebook page, and have the potential for additional press attention via publicity efforts.

Shimmer: The Art of Light

Shimmer: The Art of Light is one of only two events of its kind in the entire Southeastern US. It focuses on creating an artistic bridge between two adjoining municipalities and fills a seven-block area on their borders with light, sound, and movement.

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Aurora 2015: All Together Now – Call for Artists

Aurora cordially invites all emerging and established artists working with light, video, sound, digital, internet-based work and/or performance to submit proposals for Aurora in 2015: All Together Now.

Call for artists application

Deadline: 15 Jun 2015

Proposals should explore innovative approaches to a free public art event that transforms the neighborhood of the Dallas Arts District (68 acres/19 city blocks of downtown Dallas, Texas). Buildings become projection screens and streets and parks into elaborate art installations. The proposed artworks should contribute to an immersive exhibition for visitors to experience art in unexpected places, while prompting an experience of awe through sensory disorientation.

The exhibition will feature a proportional representation of local and international artists.

The 2015 theme ‘All Together Now’ starts from the concept of synesthesia – a term for the joining of the senses. Artists are asked to propose works that provoke or bring into discussion a multi-sensory, synaesthetic experience using unexpected materials and technologies to create reactions that play on the imperceptible borders between the five basic senses: sight, sound, taste, smell, touch.

Requested media:

  • Film, video or image projections
  • Installations, sculptures, and interactive environments using light, video, and/or sound
  • Sound and audiovisual performances
  • Mobile applications

Aurora 2015 curators: Aja Martin, Tim Goossens, Carson Chan, Shane Pennington, Joshua King, and Julia Kaganskiy.

The immersive exhibition showcases work by a confluence of local and international artists, selected by a team of established curators. Visitors are offered the unparalleled opportunity to see their familiar urban environment converted into an interactive site for some of the world’s most innovative contemporary art. Aurora’s aim is to liberate art from space and disciplinary confines, involving the general public and the international arts community in an inclusive and larger cultural conversation about artistic experience.

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Creative Climate Awards 2015 – Call for Artists

The Human Impacts Institute’s Fifth Annual Creative Climate call for artists brings together the visual arts, performance art, and film to install climate-inspired public works throughout New York City.

Call for artists application

Deadline: 15 Jun 2015

Our Creative Climate Awards use the creative process as a tool to inspire audiences to explore the consequences of their actions, think critically about pressing issues, and to make the environment personal. These events are an opportunity to creatively engage tens-of-thousands of people in positive action around the challenges posed by climate change, while having your work seen by our judges—some of the top artists, curators, and international leaders in the world.

For 2015, we welcome artists and artists’ collectives working in the following disciplines: 2D work, performance, and short film (up to 15 minutes).

Cash Prizes: First place: $2,000 and more TBA! sponsored by TECO in NYC.

Events Dates:

  • Opening Party: Monday, September 21st
  • Exhibit and Performances: Sept 21st-Oct 22nd
  • Closing Awards Party: Monday, October 22nd

There is a $2000 prize for first place and the opening reception is a unique opportunity to have the work viewed by a diverse audience of policy makers, artists, collectors, scientists and climate educators.

The exhibition of 2-D and video works will be displayed at the Taiwanese Embassy (TECO) on 42nd St and 5th Avenue from September 21-October 21 2015. This is the month surrounding Climate Week therefore a multitude of people from all over the world will visit.

The mission of The Human Impacts Institute is to inspire you to transform environmental challenges into social action for a just and livable world.

Our Creative Climate Awards are an annual series of events that showcase artists creating climate-inspired, public works and actions. In an effort to inspire us to think more critically about our actions and their impacts, the Creative Climate Awards program uses the arts and creativity to share knowledge, broaden the climate conversation, educate, and incite action.

Our Human Impacts Salons are unparalleled events that bring together unlikely allies to communicate tough topics in creative and engaging ways. Working with local partners, our Salons bring together creative visionaries with community leaders, environmental experts, and activists to highlight pressing environmental and social issues. They invite you to investigate a local view on global issues, while participating in conversation, live performance, action, and multi-media entertainment.

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Black White Read Oceanside Art Walk – Call for Artists

Oceanside Art Walk is looking for book artists, illustrators, pen and ink artists, artists who use words in their art, and playwrights with short scenes we can produce and filmmakers with work on a DVD we can show.

Call for artists application

Deadline: 14 Apr 2015

There is no fee for this opportunity to showcase your art. Artists can promote their upcoming shows. Musicians can sell their CD’s and promote their upcoming gigs. You’ll have exposure on both the Oceanside Art Walk’s website as well as Theatre Arts West‘s website with links to your own website.

Since it’s launch in August 2014, Oceanside (California) Art Walk has grown in stature and attendance. We are committed to making Oceanside, CA a cultural tourism destination and there are opportunities for artists to be represented by the galleries that are growing in the down town area which has heavy tourist foot traffic.

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Share your Artistic Talents: Support Nature – Call for Artists

Taltree Arboretum & Gardens is hosting the third annual Glow: Art after Dark event! Come get your glow on and see what comes alive after dark! This event showcases nocturnal nature and glow-in-the-dark art exhibits and performances.

Call for artists application.

Deadline: 7 Aug 2015.

We invite artists to create their own works for this unique event. Artist criteria:

  • All work must be designed and executed by the exhibiting artist
  • All work must glow in the dark
  • All work must be family friendly and acceptable for viewing by children of all ages
  • All work must be capable of being displayed outdoors. Artists will be offered a 10×10 outdoor space. Arrangements can be made for a larger site if necessary.
  • Taltree will supply electricity. We prefer that all work use alternative energy, such as solar or LED lighting.
  • To support our efforts in conservation, we prefer that all work have an environmental/conservation theme.
  • Artist are allowed to sell and promote only work they have created
  • Artists must provide their own table, chairs, tent, etc
  • If artist is selling product, artist or representative must be present during event
  • If artist is installing a temporary piece only, artist does not have to be present however the piece must be “slip-a-switchable” in that Taltree staff can easily turn the exhibit on and off. While we will make every effort to protect your work, Taltree Arboretum & Gardens is not liable for any damage occurring while your piece is on our property.
  • Performing artists are also welcome.

This is an opportunity to display at an event that attracts thousands of people from Northwest Indiana and beyond. This is a free opportunity to the artisan and considered in-kind support.

Taltree Arboretum & Gardens is a dog-friendly, 330-acre, oak preserve of formal gardens, woodlands, wetlands and prairies that offers a variety of events, classes and exhibits year-round.

Located approximately 25 miles from the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and 60 miles southeast of Chicago in Valparaiso, Indiana, Taltree offers beautiful vistas, quiet corners and hiking trails to escape into its diverse landscape.

Taltree is home to 112 unique oak taxa–one of the most diverse oak collections in the nation. The centerpieces of the collection are the Bur Oaks. Other North American, Asian and European species can be seen in the Oak Islands exhibit.

Our most intricate formal garden is the Taltree Railway Garden. This garden features model steam trains in a miniature conifer and woody plant landscape. The garden tells the story of early 19th century U.S. railroad history featuring scenes of the Civil War, westward expansion and the American Industrial Revolution.

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53rd International Exhibition – Call for Artists

San Diego Art Institute – This exhibition is open to all artists without residency restriction. Any person in the world may submit images for consideration.

Call for artists application.

Deadline: 15 Mar 2015.

Art must be original, have been completed within the last 2 years and never been exhibited in any SDAI exhibition.

Since 1955, the San Diego Art Institute has produced an International Exhibition, drawing interest from artists all over the world. A different internationally known juror (this year it is David A. Ross, currently the Chair of the MFA in Art Practice at the School of Visual Art in New York City) is invited for each exhibition jurying the work electronically. Awards will be presented at SDAI’s International Gala Celebration on April 18, 2015

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Open Call for Deep Trash Italia #4 Carnivalism

CUNTemporary is now accepting proposals for the fourth episode of the unique exhibition and performance club night “Deep Trash Italia”, recently nominated Live Art Associate UK by the Live Art Development Agency.

Call for artists application.

Deadline: 24 Dec 2014.

Calling for performances, performative lectures, dance, videos and interactive artworks to be shown on Saturday 31 January 2015. “Deep Trash Italia #4 Carnivalism” will take place at the East London venue Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club in support of Archivio Queer Italia – the first Italian platform for queer art, theory and activism.

We accept proposals by artists of any artistic background and nationality. We are also keen to hear from writers responding to the call either in a written form (theory, auto/biography, poetry or fiction) or through a performative lecture. A collection of texts from this and all other Deep Trash Italia exhibition/club nights will be published in 2015.

Coinciding with the start of the Carnival in Venice, this event’s themes may include, respond to, be affected by, but not restricted to:

  • Feminist reflections on “womanliness as masquerade”
  • How masquerade generates non-binary ideas of gender and sexuality
  • Carnivalism and the disruption of power structures
  • Sonic anarchies: mash-ups and appropriations as critique of neo-liberal culture
  • Subversive drag and anti-drag queens
  • Dissident travesties: strategies for subverting normative discourses
  • Neopaganism and creative synthesis in artistic practices
  • Reconsidering the sacred and the profane in contemporary artwork
  • Carnivalistic misalliances: working through contradictions and paradoxes
  • Non-sense and chaos as carnivalesque strategy

We will aim to respond to all applications as soon as possible. Selected artists will be notified by Sunday, 28 December 2014.

The Archivio Queer Italia (AQI) project was founded by Giulia Casalini (co-director of CUNTemporary) with the support of CUNTemporary in London. AQI is the first Italian platform for queer art, theory and activism. The two strands of this project consist of:

  1. The incorporation of a database to create a virtual archive of artistic, theoretical and activist expressions related to Italy.
  2. Creating spaces and mobile events for the display of such activities (e.g. art fairs, museums, institutions, street interventions).
  3. Parallel to these activities AQI regularly publishes news on queer and feminist issues and lists events and activities taking place in Italy. AQI also organises “Teoremi”, a bi-annual itinerant performance festival against sexual and gender discriminations in Italy.

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