Call for Submissions

General Call for Submissions

Artspace is dedicated to presenting work from contemporary artists working in a variety of disciplines. The centre strives to present art that reflects and promotes the diversity of cultural and political perspectives that shape contemporary art practices. Submissions from emerging, mid-career and senior artists whose works is an alternative, experimental and/or critically engaged are welcome. The centre welcomes submissions from individual artists, curators, and collectives to apply with new or existing exhibition proposals. Artspace is seeking proposals for Gallery 1 and 2, as well as offsite projects relevant to the centre’s mandate.

The Artspace submission deadline is November 29, 2019


All submissions must be made using Artspace’s online submission system here: https://artspace-arc.submittable.com/submit/142888/2019-call-for-submissions

In preparing your submission please consult Artspace’s archive of previous exhibitions as well as the Artspace_floorplan. An extensive archive of past exhibitions can be found here.

Artspace provides curatorial support, installation assistance, insurance, promotion, and documentation of exhibitions, and when budgets allow, commission critical essays to accompany selected projects. Artspace is committed to paying artist and copyright fees according to the guidelines established by CAR/FAC (Canadian Artists’ Representation/Les Fronts des Artistes Canadiens).

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

All submissions should be made online through: https://artspace-arc.submittable.com/submit/142888/2019-call-for-submissions

Artspace does not accept mailed submissions. Applicants who do not adhere to the following criteria will be disregarded.

You will be asked to include the following:

  1. Proposal/Project Description (1 page max)
  2. Technical Requirements
  3. Artist Statement (250 words max)
  4. Artist Bio (250 words max)
  5. Current CV (3 pages max)
  6. Visual Support Material with Support Material List (15 images max)

Please select visual support material mindfully, as committee members have limited time to consider each proposal. Images should be labeled numerically with the artist’s name (01_name.jpg, 02_name.jpg, etc.). Your Support Material List should include title of work, date created, medium, and dimensions.

Video documentation should be uploaded to a site such as Youtube or Vimeo and linked in the application. Regardless of duration, please include full videos. Due to time constraints, the selections committee may only view up to 5 minutes of each video. Please note the clip you would prefer the jury view by including time marks in the documentation list.

Programming Policy
Proposals are judged in relation to Artspace’s mandate and programming focus. Submissions that arrive after each deadline will be held over until the next deadline. In order to present a cohesive yearly program, our committees review materials from both deadlines, and decisions are often not made for many months. While we appreciate all those who apply only successful applicants will be contacted.

If you have any questions regarding submissions, please contact:

Jon Lockyer
Director + Curator
Artspace
378 Aylmer Street North
Peterborough
jon@artspace-arc.org
705-748-3883


5th Annual Artspace Book + Zine Fest – Call for Applications

Artspace is now accepting applications for the 5th Annual Artspace Book + Zine Fest. This event will take place on Saturday, February 292020 from10am – 5pm. The event will feature artist-made zines, comics and graphic novels, letterpress prints and cards, the work of small presses, woodcuts, screen prints, handmade books and other types of book and paper arts. 

Vendors interested in a table at the 2020 Book + Zine Fest are asked to submit their application through Submittable:  
https://artspace-arc.submittable.com/submit/152531/artspace-book-zine-fest-2020

Full Table Vendor Fee: $50
Half Table Vendor Fee: $35

Deadline to Apply: December 6, 2019 at midnight 


CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: ERRING AT KING GEORGE

Submission Deadline: January 19, 2019, 11:59 PM

Artspace invites professional artists working in any medium to apply with proposals for a multi-arts festival to take place in May 2021 at King George Public School, 220 Hunter St E, Peterborough, Ontario.

CALL TO ARTISTS

Artspace is looking for experimental and socially engaged proposals from individual artists, curators, and collectives to create site-specific work for a space, or multiple spaces, inside King George Public School located in Peterborough, Ontario. Proposals for work utilizing the exterior of the building and the grounds are also welcome.

Artspace is dedicated to presenting work from contemporary artists working in a variety of disciplines and strives to present art that reflects and promotes diverse cultural and political perspectives. Submissions from emerging, mid-career, and senior artists are welcome. We encourage applicants to confront some of the issues raised by the site, which include accessibility, colonialism, and public education. This is an opportunity to open relevant, necessary dialogues and point to ways forward together through engagement with histories of exclusion and oppression. Submissions of new and existing work are welcome, but successful proposals will be site responsive.

Eligibility

Proposals are being accepted from professional artists, curators, and collectives.

Proposals must be for new or existing work that responds to the site in some way. Please describe how your proposed project is particularly relevant to the site, how it is suited to the space(s) the site offers, or how it connects to the site and its surroundings.

Evaluation Criteria

Submissions will be assessed according to the following criteria: artistic merit and innovation; ability to see the project to completion; application clarity and completeness; and responsiveness to site.

Submission Criteria

  • A detailed Project Description (max. 500 words) that describes the proposed work and outlines how the work will engage audiences and/or encourage public interaction. Describe how the proposed work either contributes to your artistic practice or relates to other work you, or your team of collaborators, are currently engaged in. If possible, include an indication of the room or space(s) you prefer to use. Floor plans of the school are attached.
  • Technical Requirements: Please outline any lighting, sound, projection, or installation requirements.
  • Artist Bio (max. 250 words/artist): Describe your artistic practice and history of presenting artistic work. If there is more than one principal collaborator, please provide bios for each.
  • Artist(s) CV (max. 2 pages/artist).
  • Support Material: up to ten images of recent work and maximum 3 audio/video files. Video documentation should be uploaded to a site such as Youtube or Vimeo and linked in the application. Regardless of duration, please include full videos. Due to time constraints, the selections committee may only view up to 5 minutes of each video. Please note the clip you would prefer the jury view by including time marks in the documentation list.

Please note that proposals cannot include damage or any permanent changes to the site. All spaces must be returned to their original state at the event’s close. Also note that the gymnasium and grounds are the only area currently not accessed by stairs.

Submission Guidelines

All submissions should be made online through:
https://artspace-arc.submittable.com/submit

Artspace does not accept mailed submissions. Applicants who do not adhere to the submission criteria will be disregarded.

Deadline for Submissions: January 19, 2020, 11:59pm.

If you have any questions regarding submissions, please contact:

Hannah Keating
Assistant Curator
Artspace
378 Aylmer Street North
Peterborough
hannah@artspace-arc.org
705-748-3883

Successful applicants will be invited to participate in a site visit.

Additional Information

King George Public School was built in 1913 on Armour Hill in Peterborough’s Ashburnham (East City) neighborhood, and served grades JK – 6 up to the end of the 2018-2019 school year. A brand new school is being built on the site, due to open in fall 2020. Artspace and its collaborators (Public Energy Performing Arts and The Art Gallery of Peterborough) have received permission from the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board to use the school as the site for a multidisciplinary art event planned for May 2021.

The 3-storey school has more than 50 rooms spread out over three floors, including classrooms, corridors, coat rooms, offices, library, and a gymnasium. There are no elevators in the building, so the gymnasium at ground level and the school’s exterior grounds are currently the only accessible spaces.

View the floor plans here.

Historical information about the school and its site can be found:

  • In this 2018 Heritage Designation Brief;
  • Through the Peterborough Museum & Archives (Archival Collections);
  • And through the Trent Valley Archives website.

Artists are welcome to respond to the history of the school or the surrounding area; the use of the area by Anishinaabe people; or any other relevant themes.

Please see http://publicenergy.ca/erring-at-king-george/ for additional photos of the building’s interior.