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?
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.
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.
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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Apply for the Yamana Gold Passion to Perform 2018 artist prize. Artists are welcome to submit paintings, drawings, sculptures, and photography as entries.
Deadline: 31 Dec 2018
Passion to Perform 2018 celebrates the interconnection between performance and passion. It aims to award winning entrants with meaningful compensation that can positively impact each artist’s practice and encourage them to pursue their passion.
Entry is free. The competition is open to any person practicing art. Each artist can submit up to two entries. The panel of judges will initially review entries made through the online system. Following this, approximately 35 artists will be short listed. Only works that are short listed from the initial digital submission will be reviewed for final judging. Notifications and instructions on the regional collection process will be sent to the short listed artists only via email. January 15, 2019 : Results of initial entry, including short listed notices and instructions on mailing of works are emailed to artists by this date. February 1, 2019: Results of final round of judging and award notice.
Passion To Perform 2018 Artist Benefits
- 1st place winner – US$6,000
- 2nd place winner – US$2,500
- 3rd place winner- $1,500
- In addition, a fund has been established to acquire additional artworks from the shortlist of finalists which will then become part of the permanent collection
Pieces of art that become part of the permanent Passion To Perform collection may be displayed in Yamana Gold’s offices. The chosen pieces of art work thereby visually communicate a sense of performance and excellence to employees and visitors alike.
About Yamana Gold
Passion to Perform is an initiative of Yamana Gold, a leading gold producer with operations and properties throughout the Americas that integrates a commitment to sustainability and stakeholder engagement best practices in all its business activities. This commitment complements a performance based culture driven by an entrepreneurial passion that is mirrored in the passion and commitment demonstrated by many emerging artists.
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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.
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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Yamana Gold announces a call for artists to submit paintings, drawings, sculptures and photography as entries to Passion to Perform.
Deadline: 15 Jan 2017
Passion to Perform celebrates the interconnection between performance and passion, and aims to award winning entrants with meaningful compensation that can positively impact each artist’s practice and encourage them to pursue their passion.
Entry is free. We will only be admitting two entries per person. The panel of judges will initially review entries made through the online system. Following this, approximately thirty-five artists will be short listed. Only works that are short listed from the initial digital submission will be reviewed for final judging. Notifications and instructions on the regional collection process will be sent to the short listed artists only via email.
The following prizes will be awarded in $USD based on a jury selection: $6,000 for first prize, $2,500 for second prize and $1,500 for third prize. In addition, a fund has been established to acquire additional artworks from the shortlist of finalists, which will then become part of the permanent collection.
Passion to Perform is an initiative of Yamana Gold, a leading gold producer with operations and properties throughout the Americas that integrates a commitment to sustainability and stakeholder engagement best practices in all its business activities. This commitment complements a performance based culture driven by an entrepreneurial passion that is mirrored in the passion and commitment demonstrated by many emerging artists. Passion to Perform celebrates the interconnection between performance and passion and aims to award winning entrants with meaningful compensation that can positively impact each artist’s practice and encourage them to pursue their passion.
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Emerging Young Artists (EYA) proposes the concept of 2116: Art of Leverage to provide a space for emerging artists to express their perspectives on society that is vital to our evolution as a global community.
Deadline: 15 Nov 2015
Our creative philosophies are united by eternal values and revival of spirituality, and serve as an impetus to reconnect with a mode of life most of us have only ever heard about. The exhibition explores the driving power that motivates artists today.
What defines their styles in the 21st century? Work will be chosen for quality, originality, and consistency of form and style and must be suitable for a public space serving people of all age.
Successful candidates will exhibit for three weeks during January 2016.
EYA will mainly consider, but not limit, submissions to the following types of artwork:
- 2D, 3D artwork: such as digital prints, painting, installation, and sculpture.
- Time-based works: film, video, animation, and mixed media performance.
- Interactive, electronically-mediated artworks using music, sound, digital audio, interactive instruments.
- Collaborative projects between different fields of art, science, and technology.
All selected participants will be paid a project fee for the exhibition.
Emerging Young Artists, in partnership with Gallery 1313 in Toronto, will present artworks that reflect your vision of the contemporary society. We invite emerging artists in Ontario to submit proposals. The Gallery is located on Toronto’s Queen Street West, a great space for contemporary artists, with large wall spaces for variously-sized work and a smaller room for smaller-scale work or video and sound installation.
Emerging Young Artists would like to acknowledge support from the Ontario Art Council.
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Scarborough Arts is looking for visual arts and literary submissions for its 30th Annual Juried Exhibition + Big Art Book. Works must explore the theme, En Route.
Deadline: 30 Oct 2015
Accepted works will be published online and in print as part of the Big Art Book. Juror’s Choice winners will be exhibited at the Papermill Gallery. Cash prizes of up to $200. Scarborough Arts only takes 30% commission on works sold.
Scarborough Arts is the only arts organization of its kind specifically serving the Scarborough community through innovative arts and culture programs for citizens of all ages. We bring artists to the community and community to artists.
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The 2015 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition has been invited back to Nathan Phillips Square by the City of Toronto, September 18-20, to accommodate changes in road closure policies that prevent the use of Queen’s Park Crescent, and to accommodate the logistics of the Pan Am / Parapan Am games over the summer months.
Deadline: 18 May 2015
The 2015 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition will take place September 18-20 at Nathan Phillips Square, 10:30am – 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, 10:30am – 6:30pm Sunday.
The Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition is grateful for the support of the Mayor, City Councillors, and City staff in bringing the exhibition back to Nathan Philips Square for 2015.
The Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition is Toronto’s first, largest, and longest running outdoor art fair – providing fresh art, fresh faces, in the fresh air since 1961. Attracting an audience of over 100,000 people annually, and showcasing the work of over 350 artists, the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition prides itself on creating an environment which gives artists the chance to interact directly with the public in an informal setting – removing the barriers to access, and dispelling the formality of a traditional gallery or art fair experience.
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Artist exhibitor applications for the 2015 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition open on November 15. Moving into its 54th year, the exhibition is excited to announce new dates and a new location. The Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition is Canada’s largest showcase of contemporary fine art and craft, attracting over 100,000 visitors annually.
Deadline: 1 Mar 2015.
- Artists can apply in up to 3 categories (fees apply): Ceramics, Digital Media, Drawing, Fibre, Glass, Illustration, Jewellery, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Print Making, Sculpture, Watercolor, Wood
- Artists have a choice between two booth sizes – 10×10 or 10×20
- Artists’ retain 100% of all sales;
- Accepted artists’ are automatically entered into the Best of Exhibition Awards, with over $25,000 in prizes;
- Apply early – booth space selections are based on first-in-first-choice – the earlier you apply, the better chance you have to get your first space choice.
About the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition:
As the largest outdoor art exhibition in Canada, the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition offers a fresh-air alternative to conventional art shows and galleries. Over 350 artists participate, interact, and sell to an audience of over 100,000 visitors. Side by side, established artists, undiscovered talents, and innovative students sell their work directly to the public and make lasting connections with art dealers and collectors.
The Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition is a non-profit charitable organization supported by a group of volunteers active in the art and corporate communities. The exhibition is financed through registration fees, corporate sponsors, and individual donors. No percentage of artists’ sales are retained by the organizers.
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Autumn Toronto is now accepting submissions for a two week show during January 7th-20th, 2015, and looking for artists for a full month term contract in the following months. We are accepting solo or group shows and all formats/mediums of art.
Deadline: 15 Jun 2015.
We are excited to offer a special price of $1000 for the two week term which includes full promotional work done by us including a launch party on Saturday January 10th! For the regular months fees vary between $2000-2500. The space is 800 sq. ft. and located at Roncesvalles and Dundas.
Autumn is a new multifaceted gallery space located in the Roncesvalles Village. Our aim is to promote artists from Toronto and the surrounding regions with an emphasis on contemporary works of illustration, photography and design. We offer full promotional services prior to, and during our artists’ exhibits and we enjoy strong ties to Toronto’s budding music and literary cultures for broader recognition and appeal. We are part of the creative community in Toronto and we are hoping to expand.
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