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The Orange Hub Rehabilitation Public Art Project: Edmonton Arts Council

The Orange Hub Rehabilitation Public Art Project: Edmonton Arts Council

Posted by: ArtsVictoria.ca
The Edmonton Arts Council is committed to equity in all aspects of its work, and invites proposals from all potentially interested individuals. We thank all applicants for contributing their time and professional work.

The Orange Hub Rehabilitation Public Art Project:

The Edmonton Arts Council, on behalf of the City of Edmonton, is seeking an artist or artist team to create an artwork to be installed on the west façade of the new parkade as part of The Orange Hub rehabilitation project.

The selected artist or artist team may conduct research and engage with The Orange Hub community when developing concepts for The Orange Hub Public Art Project. If it is relevant to your process, you may include your preliminary ideas for research and engagement in your submission.

Orange Hub Parkade Project Description
The artwork will face 156 St. at 100 Ave. The selected artist will utilize the parkade’s double layer chain link façade as a canvas, directly incorporating their work onto the façade. Artworks will be installed on the outermost layer of chain link. Attachment methods will be approved by the Edmonton Arts Council and the City of Edmonton prior to artwork installation. The selected artist is responsible for all aspects of designing and installing their artwork.

Submission deadline: Monday, June 12 at 11:59 pm MST
Budget: Artwork Commission $85,000
Eligibility: Open to local and national professional artists and artist teams/collectives who reside in Canada.
Artwork installation: Spring 2024

Submission Process
Submit through EAC’s online portal at eac.smartsimple.ca.

Complete (or update) an Individual profile in the online portal eac.smartsimple.ca. This is required by whomever is submitting the application (the primary applicant).
Once a profile has been made, The Orange Hub Public Art Project application form will be available in SmartSimple under the “Open Opportunities” icon. If the applicant already has a profile, The Orange Hub Public Art Project application will be visible.
If the application is for a team or collective, all named members of the team will need individual profiles in SmartSimple by the application deadline.
If you have any questions about the SmartSimple registration process, please contact [email protected].

More info and application here:
Gallery Ring ARTISTS OF THE MONTH Contest

Gallery Ring ARTISTS OF THE MONTH Contest

Posted by: Gallery Ring
Gallery Ring announces the ARTISTS OF THE MONTH contest.


The deadline to submit work is Wednesday May 31st, 2023. The fee is $20 US for 1-2 artworks.


The four winning artists will receive the "Artist of the Month" distinction and will have their artwork and statement featured prominently on the Home Page of the website. They will also receive a digital Award Certificate and Award Page and will be promoted on Gallery Ring's newsletter. Instagram and Art.Base.co. Additionally, the winners will be automatically entered into the annual Artist Of The Year Event.

There isn't any theme for this contest. The subject matter is the choice of the artist. 2D artwork including photography/digital is eligible. All artistic styles from realistic and traditional to abstract and experimental are welcome.
RECLAIM public art residency

RECLAIM public art residency

Are you interested in gaining experience, building networks and the professional skills needed to launch or expand a public art practice? The Victoria Arts Council is working with STEPS Public Art to offer the RECLAIM Public Art Residency – a program that supports early to mid-career artists in their pursuit of public art practices.

RECLAIM focuses on the use of upcycling art and/or construction materials in the creation of new work for exhibition in the public realm. During the course of the month-long program, Germaine Koh – an experienced public artist – will lead a small cohort of early to mid-career artists (with little to no public art experience) as they work together to create a work of public art to be exhibited locally.
STEPS Public Art is a charitable cultural organization that engages artists and communities to transform public spaces into vibrant places through our public art, cultural planning and artist capacity building services. Responsible for some of Canada’s largest and most community-engaged public art initiatives, STEPS transforms urban areas into vibrant public spaces, helping artists, community organizations, municipalities, and Business Improvement Areas (BIAs), push creative boundaries.

Where: Victoria Arts Council (1800 Store Street, Victoria BC)
When: 8-30 August 2023 (10-20 hours per week, flexible)
RECLAIM not only strengthens the skills of artists as they shift their practices into three-dimensional works in the public realm, but also minimizes the amount of discarded materials and waste being sent to landfill each year. While this residency also encourages conversations of design and placemaking – it also builds solidarity amongst artists and fosters connections between participating artists and their communities. Led by artist Germaine Koh and complemented by workshops and artist talks, RECLAIM includes skill-building and mentorship opportunities to develop and grow public art practices and discourse. The skills learned and experience gained throughout the residency will leave a lasting impact within the arts sector, enabling a new generation of creatives to share the value and power of public art with others, furthering collective knowledge and creativity, while integrating waste diversion and sustainability into their artistic practice.
Please note this professional development opportunity is open to artists based in and around Victoria (BC) only. Five (5) artists will be selected to participate in the residency, with each participant acquiring valuable skills in the field of public art. Each selected artist will be paid an honorarium of $1000 CAD (tax inclusive) for their full participation in the program. VAC + STEPS will also partner with SUPPLY Victoria Creative Reuse Centre to source materials.

It is anticipated that the participants will work with the lead artist on a collaborative work of art as well as produce a maquette for an artwork of their own design. Both the collaborative work and the maquettes will be displayed publicly during Culture Days BC (22 September – 16 October 2023). The Fall issue of VAC’s online magazine, UNTIL, will be dedicated to exploring Public Art from various perspectives, and will highlight RECLAIM and its participants.

How to apply:

To apply, please send the following as a single PDF to Collin Zipp at [email protected] by Monday 19 June at 11:59 PST:
Name, address and contact information (email address and phone) Brief letter of intent about why you are interested in this opportunity (max 1 page 12 point font)Up to 10 samples of past work

We encourage applications from all qualified candidates that represent the full diversity of communities in Canada, including complexities of intersecting identities such as ability, class, gender, race and sexual orientation. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from equity-deserving communities, such as those who identify as two-spirit, trans, Indigiqueer, Afro-Indigenous, as well as individuals living with disabilities.

Applicants who are Deaf, have a disability, or who need support applying for this opportunity are encouraged to contact Collin Zipp at [email protected] at least two weeks before the application deadline (by Monday, 5 June 2023) to allow STEPS to appropriately accommodate your needs and to discuss alternate formats for submitting your application.
Local Sightings Film Festival

Local Sightings Film Festival

Posted by: ArtsVictoria.ca
Open to residents of British Columbia!

Northwest Film Forum’s annual Local Sightings Film Festival showcases the growing complexity of creative communities in the Pacific Northwest. Featuring a competitive selection of curated shorts and feature film programs, Local Sightings 2023 invites regional artists to experiment, break, and remake popular conceptions around filmmaking and film exhibition.

The 2022 edition of the festival featured 81 shorts, features, web series, and music videos, incorporating a wide range of stories, perspectives, and approaches to filmmaking. Past festival successes have included animated GIF storytelling, interactive site-specific video installations, virtual reality dance films, and educational offerings, including the region’s first-ever Sundance Institute Artist Services Workshop.

Working in conjunction with Pacific Northwest film centers and community partners, Local Sightings will use screenings, panels, workshops, performances and more to encourage critical discourse around the medium, with an eye towards a regional elevation of the industry. The 2023 edition will again invite additional expertise from local collaborators.

NOTE: A limited number of waiver codes are available to those from communities that have historically lacked access or equitable representation in media. Please contact [email protected] for details.

Image: "Face to Face" (Christian Krantz, Portland, OR)

Founded in Seattle in 1995 as an independent film and arts nonprofit, Northwest Film Forum incites public dialogue and creative action through collective cinematic experiences. Each year the Forum presents hundreds of films, festivals, community events, multidisciplinary performances, and public discussions. As a comprehensive visual media organization, the Forum offers educational workshops and artist services for film and media makers at all stages of their development. More information is available at nwfilmforum.org.

Awards & Prizes
Local Sightings invites local and national judges to choose award-winning shorts and feature programs via a competitive selection process. Prizes awarded to filmmakers include cash grants, screening opportunities, production and post-production services, gear access, and other industry perks. Not all films are eligible for competition; initial pool of eligible submissions is selected by NWFF programming team.

Rules & Terms
All types of moving image media are eligible; projects must be finished within 18 months from start date of the festival, and the filmmaker(s) must live in the Pacific Northwest (Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho, Montana, British Columbia, or the Yukon Territories) or have had the majority of their production (over 50%) based in these states. Local Sightings does not require festival premiere status, though it is welcome.

NOTE: Please complete all required questions, as your form will not submit if any fields are left blank. If something does not apply, write N/A.

Please be aware that submission fees help NWFF cover fees associated with screening, programming, and exhibiting Local Sightings. Your nominal submission fee helps us support our continued work in presenting the best regional films to our community.

A limited number of waiver codes are available to those from communities that have historically lacked access or equitable representation in media. Please contact [email protected] for details.

Local Sightings will inform all entrants no later than August 15 whether their film has been selected for the Festival.

Short films in all categories fall under 30 minutes; anything above that length would qualify as a feature film.

Films must be sent to us as H.264 files for online screening. Additional format options available for in-person screenings of feature films.

If your film has English subtitles, they must be burned into the film file. If your film has captions, please provide these as a .srt or .vtt file (if you prefer them burned in, that is fine!). If your film does not have captions, we will offer you resources to create an accessible experience for virtual audiences.

Please direct all submissions inquiries to [email protected].

Gallery Ring PASTEL & COLOURED PENCIL Online Juried Art Exhibition

Gallery Ring PASTEL & COLOURED PENCIL Online Juried Art Exhibition

Posted by: Gallery Ring
Gallery Ring is excited to announce the 2nd PASTEL & COLOURED PENCIL contest! All artworks entered must be created with coloured pencil or pastel of any kind. The subject matter and style is the choice of the artist.

The fee is $20 US for 1-3 pieces. The deadline to submit work is Wednesday May 31st, 2023.


The Best In Show winner will receive an interview with Gallery Ring, which will be posted at the front of the show. Many awards are available including the Diamond Award of Excellence, the Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald Awards, Crystal Awards and others. All winning artists receive a digital Award Certificate. Top winners also receive a special, digital Award Page ideal for use in their portfolios and for sharing the news on social media and websites. All winners will receive exposure and promotion on Gallery Ring's newsletter, Instagram and Art.Base.co.
Call to Artists - 2023 Sooke Fine Arts Show

Call to Artists - 2023 Sooke Fine Arts Show

Artists are invited to submit work for consideration to the 2023 Sooke Fine Arts Show at the SEAPARC Leisure Complex in Sooke. The 2023 Show will continue its 37-year legacy of showcasing exceptional original artworks from Vancouver Island and BC’s Coastal Island artists from July 29th through August 7th.

More than 9,000 visitors from Canada, the US and abroad flock to the 17,000-square-foot gallery to view and buy the inspiring art on display, enjoy live music, engage with artists as they demonstrate their techniques and take in the many special events during the 10-day art show.

Artists living on BC’s coastal islands, from Vancouver Island, to the Gulf Islands and up to Haida Gwaii can submit images of their work online to be adjudicated.

Want to know more? View our website https://sookefinearts.com/artist-information/ for information on eligibility, submission requirements, important dates and more.

The website also has a list of FAQ for artists for further information. The Call is open now (as of March 15, 2023) and closes midnight on June 1, 2023.
Locals Only seeking photographs of Oaklands

Locals Only seeking photographs of Oaklands

Posted by: Process Club
Locals Only is a series of photography zines that articulate the experience of a place as explored over time, observing preoccupations and noticing patterns that define an area in order to express and question what it means to be a local.

Issue #3 of Locals Only will feature the neighborhood of Oaklands as seen through the lenses of those who live, work, and visit the area. This issue will be dedicated to collaborative placemaking and exploring the shared identity of a neighborhood.

We are seeking photographs of any type that speak to the identity of Oaklands. Help us define the neighborhood by using your camera to recognize and capture the unique aspects, trends, and patterns visible in the day-to-day community.

Selected photos will be printed in Locals Only Issue #3, to be distributed online and in print through businesses and little free libraries in the Oaklands neighborhood. Photographers included will be provided a personal copy of the printed zine by mail.

- Submit up to five photographs
- Only one submission per person will be accepted
- JPG or TIFF file types are preferred
- File name for each photograph should include your full name
- Photographs containing nudity will not be accepted

Visit localsonlyzine.ca for more information, and to submit your photographs.

Join a Guided Photo Walk
To support and connect community members, we will be hosting free one-hour photo walks in March, April, and May. Join Locals Only creators Lee Cookson and Laurel Green for a walk through Oaklands and learn how to recognize unique aspects of the community.

Age 10+. All cameras and experience levels welcome.

Dates: Saturday March 4, April 1, May 6
Time: 1:00 - 2:00pm
Location: Meet at Koffi (1441 Haultain St.)
SSNAP: Call for artists

SSNAP: Call for artists

Call for Submissions

Salt Spring National Art Prize 2023/24

Since 2015, the Salt Spring National Art Prize has recognized and elevated contemporary Canadian visual artists. The 5th biennial prize offers $50,000 in total awards, including a separate $6,000 residency on Salt Spring Island, BC.

The Salt Spring National Art Prize is proud to be one of the most accessible art prizes in Canada: 

• Open to all Canadian citizens or permanent residents over the age of 18  

• Nominations not required 

• More affordable entry fee than most Canadian art prizes  

• Finalists receive financial support for shipping their artwork

Showcasing and promoting originality, quality, integrity, and creativity in contemporary Canadian visual art—we’re elevating art and artists across Canada. 

Submit to this vibrant Canadian visual arts competition today!

Learn more: https://saltspringartprize.ca/artists/submission-info/

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