Call for Featured Artists: HOLD FAST Festival 2024

HOLD FAST Festival 2024: Call for Featured Artists

Festival Dates: August 20 – 24, 2024
Location: St. John’s, NL (Ktaqmkuk)
Deadline: April 30, 2024, 11:59pm NDT

About the Festival

HOLD FAST Festival is a celebration of contemporary performance, interdisciplinary art, and community engagement in St. John’s, NL. Eastern Edge is seeking four Featured Artists to present accessible, meaningful, and critically-relevant work as part of HOLD FAST 2024. Featured Artists are paid in accordance with CARFAC rates.

Our core values are:

  • Facilitating community engagement and meaningful exchange
  • Increasing public arts literacy
  • Creating opportunities for artists
  • Critiquing and subverting structural oppressions & systems of power, with emphasis on:
    ◦ queer, feminist, and anti-racist perspectives;
    ◦ Newfoundland and Labrador regional identity;
    ◦ Indigenous resistance to colonialism

Mikiki presents The Losing Art of Plating at HOLD FAST 2023. Photo: Ethel Brown

HOLD FAST culminates in a Saturday afternoon Art Crawl, a series of performances, installations, and interactive pop-ups staged outdoors and in non-gallery venues across downtown St. John’s. Past programming has included performances, interactive installations, workshops, dance, drag, burlesque, and free community events for people of all ages.

About Featured Artists

During HOLD FAST, every Featured Artist presents all three of the following:

Art Crawl Project: A performance or interactive installation to be presented on the last Saturday of the festival. These projects are presented outdoors, in daylight, on pedestrian thoroughfares and/or non-gallery venues in downtown St. John’s. Successful Art Crawl projects are impactful, dynamic, engaging, and flexible. We encourage artists to propose:

  • Performance art (site-specific or staged in public parks, storefronts, local galleries, etc.)
  • Local community collaboration (participatory artworks or interventions with public space)
  • Interactive installations and sculpture (with the artist acting as host or otherwise present and engaged)

The Art Crawl project is the most important part of the application. Please see “Selection Process” for more details on what we look for in a project proposal.

Workshop: Share a skill or make art with members of the public. This can be related to your Art Crawl project, or something completely different. Typically a workshop lasts 2-3 hours, and should be accessible to someone with no prior experience. Staff can help you refine workshop proposals, or decide between ideas.

Artist Talk: A prepared presentation about you and your work, shared on the Friday evening before Art Crawl. Our staff is happy to help with this, especially if you’ve never given an artist talk before!

Ale Monreal presents Entre Líneas at HOLD FAST 2023. Photo: Ethel Brown

Selection Process

Our Selection Committee consists of arts workers, community partners, and artists at different stages of their careers. We understand that everyone has different levels of experience in writing proposals and documenting their artwork.

Featured Artists are selected based on the following criteria:

  • Strength and clarity of concept
  • Artistic merit
  • Public engagement
  • Feasibility of proposal
  • Alignment with HOLD FAST’s core values

HOLD FAST welcomes applications from:

  • emerging and self-taught artists, performers, and creatives
  • individual artists, groups, curators, and collectives
  • members of equity-seeking communities

Preference will be given to projects which are complete or near completion at the time you apply, or which are similar to examples of successful past work. We have limited ability to support projects that require extensive or unusual technology.

Snapshot of Art Crawl at HOLD FAST 2023. Photo: Ethel Brown

Submission Details

We prefer to receive applications via google form. To make alternate arrangements (e.g. audio or video submission, or a zoom interview which will be recorded for the jury), please email no later than April 15, 2024.

Submissions should include:

  • Short artist bio (50-150 words for promotional use)
  • Art Crawl Project title
  • Art Crawl Project summary (1-3 sentences for promotional use)
  • Art Crawl Project description (200-500 words)
  • Technical equipment needed for Art Crawl
  • Workshop title
  • Workshop proposal (100-300 words)
  • Workshop equipment, materials, and space requirements
  • Optional: Alternative workshop ideas
  • Image list and/or link to video/audio clips with accompanying descriptions
  • Work examples (10 max)
  • Optional: CV/Resume or other document that tells us more about your past experience and who you are (PDF files are preferred!)
  • Optional: Self-identification and/or connection to place

Click here to start an application!

Learn More

Details on the accessibility of Eastern Edge Artist-Run Centre are available here:

For HOLD FAST 2024 updates, check out our website and follow us at the social media linked below:
@holdfastfestival | @easternedge.arc