Call for Submissions: Northeast Mini Galleries Public Art Program, Calgary

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Call for Northeast Mini Galleries Artwork – Calgary

Deadline: May 8, 2024

Calgary City Council noted a lack of public art in northeast Calgary compared to other quadrants, passing a motion on October 13, 2020 to specifically identify and support public art projects in the northeast. The Northeast Public Art Initiative brings several public art projects to Calgary’s northeast communities, supports local artists, enhances northeast neighbourhoods and reflects the people who live in the communities where the art will be located.

This initiative aims to build amazing spaces for people to come together and provides opportunities for local artists to showcase their talent while celebrating the diversity of artforms, people and cultures represented in northeast Calgary.

For more information, visit Calgary Arts Development.

As a part of this initiative, the Northeast Mini Galleries began in 2023 and showcased 36 local artists, selected by three local art curators. Calgary Arts Development is working with The City of Calgary to transition this successful public art program into our work.

We welcome artists who live or work and have a strong connection to northeast Calgary/Mohkinsstsis to submit digital images of existing, original two-dimensional or three-dimensional artwork that demonstrates how being part of a community impacts your everyday life through shared values, trust and care.

The Northeast Mini Galleries Public Art Program is comprised of 10 mini galleries, each located at a different community association.

Three additional mini galleries are located in downtown Calgary, in the Municipal Building’s atrium. Artwork from this call may also be selected by a curator for this central space.

Submitted artworks must fit within the dimensions of a mini gallery.

  • The window is 9.25” Height x 14” Width (23.5 cm Height x 35.5 cm Width).
  • Artwork should be a maximum size of 11” Height x 16” Width x 6” Depth (28 cm Height x 40.5 cm Width x 15 cm Depth).

The mini galleries exhibitions will run for four-month periods. This call for artwork pertains to the following periods of exhibitions:

  • July 2024 – October 2024
  • November 2024 – February 2025
  • March 2025 – June 2025

Selected artists will be notified of the period their artwork will be exhibited. Artists will also work with the curator to set the date and time of their installation and deinstallation. Installation will occur at the end of the month before your exhibition is set to begin. Artists must be available to install and deinstall their artwork from the Northeast Mini Gallery in which their artwork is exhibited.

Artists will be paid $973.75 (not including GST) for participation in the Northeast Mini Gallery exhibition. This follows current CARFAC rates for solo single work/small site exhibitions.

If you have any questions or need any help completing an application, please contact the public art team at:
1410, 150 9th Ave. SW
Calgary, Alberta T2P 3H9

For more information, visit Calgary Arts Development.

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