Call for Submissions: Next In Fibre

20th Anniversary of Fibreworks at Cambridge Art Galleries

Image credit: Fibreworks 2022, installation view at Cambridge Art Galleries, Queen’s Square. Photo by Toni Hafkenscheid.

Call for Submissions:

Next In Fibre: 20th Anniversary of Fibreworks

Submission Deadline: February 25, 2024 at 11:59pm

Fibreworks was established in 1982 to recognize the textile industry that once flourished along the Grand River. The exhibition has also played a critical role in the development of Cambridge Art Galleries’ permanent collection of contemporary fibre art.

This latest iteration of our fibre-based group exhibition Next In Fibre: 20th Anniversary of Fibreworks combines the strengths of Cambridge Art Galleries’ two biannual exhibitions: Fibreworks and SHOW (the emerging Ontario-based artist exhibition) to present works by emerging artists working with fibre as a medium. To celebrate a rich history of spotlighting fibre artists, we seek to inspire the next generation of artists to challenge and innovate the future of fibre art. We encourage artists to push what is known as textile art by introducing viewers to a thought-provoking contemporary experience. This group exhibition will be presented at our Queen’s Square location and run concurrently alongside a selection of works from Cambridge Art Galleries’ permanent fibre art collection presented at our Preston location.

Cambridge Art Galleries’ public art collection strives to support and preserve local and national fibre art. A selection jury, comprised of the Gallery Director, the Curator, a guest juror, and the Gallery Advisory Committee will choose one artist from Next in Fibre: 20th Anniversary of Fibreworks to enter into an acquisition discussion. We do not guarantee any purchase of artwork from any submissions or exhibiting artists.

Next In Fibre will be exhibited at Cambridge Art Galleries, Idea Exchange, Queen’s Square, from August 25 to November 10, 2024.

Cambridge Art Galleries invites submissions of artwork for Next in Fibre from artists based in Ontario who are in the early years of their professional careers with between 3 to 7 years of exhibition experience and who are committed to the ongoing development of their artistic practice. Artworks should be completed at the time of submission, have not been previously exhibited, and available for the period of July 19, 2024 to December 1, 2024.

Artists exhibiting in Next in Fibre will receive exhibition fees in accordance with CARFAC Guidelines.

Selection Process
Artist submissions will be reviewed by the Cambridge Art Galleries curatorial team. All artists will receive notification of results by April 8, 2024. Due to the number of applications received, we are unable to provide individual feedback.

Submission Requirements

  • Submit via email as one PDF under 15 MB
  • Email subject line: Last Name _Next in Fibre (For Example: Smith_Next In Fibre)
  • Images/media files of up to 3 artworks (maximum 10 images/media files total)
  • Title, date, medium, and dimensions of work(s)
  • Installation requirements
  • Biography
  • CV

How To Submit
Send your completed submission as 1 PDF package under 15 MB to:

Cambridge Art Galleries welcomes submissions from members of equity-seeking communities including women, Indigenous and racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities/expressions.

Further details about the call can be found here.

Submission Deadline: February 25, 2024 at 11:59pm

For Additional Information or questions, please contact
Karly Boileau, Assistant Curator

Cambridge Art Galleries, Idea Exchange
1 North Square
Cambridge ON N1S 2K6
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