Call for Submissions / NEXT2016: Considering the Next Studio

NEXT Calgary logoHow are studio practices evolving for artists in the 21st century?

Contemporary Calgary invites Calgary-based artists and artist collectives working in all disciplines to examine this question while preparing submissions to present dynamic exhibitions as part of NEXT2016. This ongoing series offers early career artists the opportunity and resources to create and present new work with the guidance and support of Contemporary Calgary’s curatorial team and members of the community-at-large.

The deadline for submissions is September 12, 2016, at midnight.


Hill Strategies Arts Research Monitor August 2016

Arts Research Monitor  Recherches sur les arts

Vol. 15 No 4  August 2016 © Hill Strategies Research Inc., 2016 ISSN 1708-170X

Social and economic benefits of the arts and culture

In this issue: A focus on the socio-economic benefits of the arts and culture, including a Canadian survey regarding culture and talent attraction, an Australian report on arts participation and mental health, a major synthesis of reports from the United Kingdom on the value of culture, and reports that attempt to measure the social return on investments in the arts and culture.

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The Arts Research Monitor is funded by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council.

In-Definite Arts Call For Guest Artists (Artists in Residence) 2016: Calgary, AB

Indefinite Arts Society LogoCall for Expressions of Interest: In-Definite Arts is looking to expand its studio curricula, and invites applications from all creative and skilled individuals interested in working with persons with disabilities.

Term: Residencies will run for an estimated period of two weeks depending on the needs and practice of each applicant. Ideally IDAS would be looking to program our next studio residency in October 2016.

Responsibilities: Applicants must complete an application form detailing all relevant experience as well as a brief outline of their proposed workshop, specifying their area of expertise. A cover letter should also be submitted outlining why the applicant wishes to work with In-Definite Arts, and what they feel they can contribute to IDAS’ studio programming.

Qualifications: Guest artists should be able to demonstrate specialized training in their field, at least 3 years commitment to studio work and a history of public presentation or publication. Download the 2016 Residency Package

Application Deadline for submissions: September 1, 2016. Applications are welcome by email or in person:

In-Definite Arts Society
8038 Fairmount Drive SE
Calgary AB T2H 0Y1

Tel: (403) 253-3174
Fax: (403) 255-2234


Call to Artists – Art from the Unknown, 2016: Edmonton, Alberta

It’s that time of year again!  MLA Rachel Notley is seeking artists for Art from the Unknown, 2016.

This free event provides a no-cost gallery space to new and emerging artists in our community. A new and emerging artist is defined as any artist, regardless of skill level, whose primary income does not come from selling their work. Low-income artists are especially encouraged to apply.

Art from the Unknown caters to both visual and performing artists. The show provides either hanging space or sculpture plinths for visual artists and free stage time for musical artists. Visual artists are encouraged to sell their work directly to patrons. Musical artists are welcome to solicit financial contributions from guests during performances.

Deadline for Applications: Wednesday August 31, 2016.


Works on Paper: Edmonton and Calgary, AB

Works on Paper posterTen Alberta artists in a juried exhibition, showing a great diversity of styles, approach, and media—with the exception of one unifying element: paper. These are Works on Paper.

In Edmonton, it runs August 29–October 24, with reception Friday September 30 from 7 – 9pm. The Northern Alberta
Jubilee Auditorium 11455 87 Avenue NW.

In Calgary the show runs October 28–December 15, with reception Saturday November 12 from 2 – 4pm. The Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium 1415 14 Ave NW.

Navigating Today’s Art World: online / all-Alberta

Navigating Today’s Art World posterAs part of our commitment to serve the entire province of Alberta, our next professional development offering is another online / all-Alberta session.

Navigating Today’s Art World is presented by Rachel Bouchard, owner of The Front Gallery, Edmonton. The session will deal with the impact that our increasingly technological culture has on the art world.

Monday August 29 from 7 – 8:30pm. Free for all members, $45.00 for non-members. Please RSVP by Wednesday August 24th at 4pm. To participate you only need a computer with internet and a telephone, or join us at the Visual Arts Alberta ~ CARFAC Project Space (rd Floor, 10215-112 St. Edmonton, AB)

Location is no limitation!

Call for Mentorship Program (New Canadian and Indigenous Visual Artists): Edmonton, AB

Visual Arts Alberta –CARFAC is looking for Visual Artists either New Canadian or Indigenous that want to learn more in a one-on-one learning environment. This opportunity will not cost any money – just your time.

This is an opportunity for those who want to become more professional in their art practice, and who want to learn how artists succeed in Canada. Artists will meet with their teacher (mentor) 2 times per month over a period of 6 -7 months, starting in mid-November for a total of 18 – 20 hours. There will also be once a month meetings (sharing sessions) where the group of 6 New Canadian / Indigenous Visual Artists will meet together with a coordinator and special guests that will give professional development workshops based on the needs and interests of the group of new artists. A professional group art exhibition will be organized from the artists successfully completing this mentorship program.

To be considered for one of these positions, please email your resume and a letter by September 22nd, 2016 at 4pm to


AFA grants survey for Albertan artists

AFA 25th Anniversary SplashIn an effort to improve our outreach and application policies, staff from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA) are seeking input from Albertan artists that have never applied for an AFA grant. We have created a (very) short survey to learn more about what may be hindering or preventing artists from applying to the AFA.

Please help us receive the widest possible responses from across the province by taking this survey (if you qualify), and by sharing this link with other qualified artists. We appreciate your support.

Take the Alberta Foundation for the Arts Grants Survey

If you have any questions about the survey, please contact Barb Mah, Arts Development Consultant via this email link or by phone at 780-415-0306 (toll-free within Alberta by first dialling 310-0000).

Visual Arts Mentors Wanted: Edmonton, AB

Visual Arts Alberta – CARFAC is looking for Edmonton Area Mentors (Visual Artists) for a new program. Funded by the Edmonton Arts Council, “Mentoring New Visual Arts Voices in Edmonton” will provide one-on-one mentorship (18 -20 hours of professional art career guidance over a 6 -7 month period of time starting mid-November 2016) to New Canadian and Indigenous Artists. The full salary for this part time contractual position is $1000.00.

To be considered for one of these positions, please provide us with a c.v. and covering letter by September 22nd, 2016 at 4pm to

Candidates will be judged based on their present and past experiences with:

  • teaching/mentoring other artists – particularly artists from diverse backgrounds
  • their connections with the Edmonton Arts Community (list all current memberships with Alberta based Visual Arts Organizations)
  • their professional art practice
  • their ability and willingness to share knowledge with others.

This mentorship program is about socio-economics rather than aesthetics.

Interviews for these positions will take place during the last week of September and first week of October 2016.