Call for Artists

The New Westminster Overdose Community Action Team – Peer Network is assembling a memorial to commemorate the many lives that have been lost to the overdose crisis. We hope to capture the collective impact of the overdose crisis, which includes at least 95 lives cut short due to the contaminated drug supply in New Westminster since 2016.

We are inviting New Westminster community members to submit art, writing, or photos that will be framed and mounted on the New Westminster Overdose Memorial. Every submission represents the story of someone who will be remembered in our hearts. We want to provide our community an opportunity to reflect on what we hope to accomplish together in creating a safe and inclusive community for everyone.

We recognize that each person who has passed away has a story and a lesson for us. Each person has left loved ones behind. Acknowledging our community members is critical, as with the onset of the COVID19 pandemic, we are again seeing increasing rates of overdose deaths; the highest since March of last year.

Please submit your art, writing, or photos to the Lower Mainland Purpose Society
Email: courtney.pankratz@purposesociety.org
Fax: 604-526-6546
In person: 40 Begbie Street

Please include a paragraph with your submission, and, if possible, your contact information (name and phone number). Submissions that do not include this information will still be accepted.

The memorial will be on display for International Overdose Awareness Day (August 31) and Recovery Month (September).
Details of the location will be confirmed closer to the date.

If you are looking to be connected to supports, contact project ALLIES: 604-690-7337

To download a copy of this Call for Submissions as a PDF, click here

ArtsNW is a podcast that is homegrown and distinctly New West. Amidst the pandemic, the podcast seeks to remove the distance between us by sharing casual conversations between artists, and finding ways to continue support and present their work to the public through a virtual platform. Brought to you by the Arts Council of New Westminster with the support of 100 Braid St Studios, the City of New Westminster and the BC Arts Council; the podcast gives insight into the way art influences our lives here in the Lower Mainland and the impact of local art on the national and international stage. The podcast is recorded on the unceded, traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples of the QayQayt (qiqéyt) Nation as well as all Coast Salish Nations.

For the summer edition, we are interested in connecting with emerging artists from across lower mainland. The recording will take place in the Arts Council of New Westminster gallery space in New Westminster in late June – early July, with all social distancing protocols in place. Small honourarium will be provided!

For any question, please email: howard@artscouncilnewwest.org

Submit through this Google Form!

The Vancouver Visual Art Foundation is announcing an open call for the 6th edition of Art Vancouver, an international art fair held annually at The Vancouver Convention Centre, a stunning waterfront venue. Art Vancouver is the perfect west coast setting for those looking to showcase their artwork on an international stage, with galleries, dealers, collectors, art aficionados, and art lovers from all over the world in attendance. For four days, September 24-27, 2020, Art Vancouver provides an exceptional opportunity for sale of unique, creative and high-end work from artists and galleries across Canada and the world.

Different booth sizes are available. Please submit your applications before the deadline of September 1st, 2020, as booths are subject to availability.

Please visit our website for more information, or email exhibitors@artvancouver.net to request an Information Package.

We acknowledge that we live and work on the unceded, traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples of the QayQayt (qiqéyt) Nation as well as all Coast Salish Nations.

The Arts Council of New Westminster and the New West Hospice Society present:

‘The Compassionate I : Personal Images of Loss & Healing’ pop-up exhibition

Fall 2020

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

We invite all visual artists from Metro Vancouver to submit photographic images for a group pop-up exhibition during and event to be rescheduled for the Fall of 2020 in New Westminster, B.C. (subject to relaxing of COVID-19 related social distancing practices).

The theme of the exhibition is “The Compassionate I : Personal Images of Loss & Healing”.

In recognizing how diverse our community is, and in order to break down any exclusionary barriers and create a platform for marginalized voices, we specifically encourage artists with lived experience of homelessness, poverty, and substance use to submit. Artists on the LGBTQ spectrum, non-binary artists, artists of colour, Indigenous artists, and disabled artists, are strongly encouraged to submit.

PLEASE NOTE: EXTENDED TIMELINE
Submissions will be received up to 4:00pm on

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Overview:

This Call for Submissions is for photographs engaging the broad themes of loss and healing.  These images will become an important part of an event to be rescheduled for the Fall of 2020 in New Westminster (subject to relaxing of COVID-19 related social distancing practices). A whole range of loss affects the human condition. Loss of loved ones, loss of home, ability, identity, and so on. With loss comes different modes of healing. There is no correct response to loss, nor right way to go about healing – it is very individual and personal.

We are seeking all types of photographic images for this contest. Images can be black & white or colour; captured by digital camera, film camera, or a phone. They can be of people, places, things — realistic or abstract. Anything goes. Images should be an interpretation of loss and healing and captured by a compassionate eye / I.

Although not mandatory, you are welcome to submit a short synopsis to enhance the story of your image.

One image per entry will be allowed. All varieties of photographic methods will be considered including Phone Camera, Digital Camera, and Film/Polaroid. Up to nine images will be selected by the jury to be included in the pop-up exhibition.

Please note: The New West Hospice Society will reserve the right to retain the reproductions of the selection images and may auction off the reproductions in support of the New West Hospice Society. For Clarity: you will retain your copyright to your submitted image. Your copyright won’t be transferred to either the ACNW or the New West Hospice Society. This Call is for the non-exclusive license for use of images in the exhibition. The New West Hospice Society will pay for the reproduction of the selection images to be displayed during the exhibition. The New West Hospice Society will also display the selected images on their website.  There will be no use in perpetuity, and no reproductions beyond the ones used in the exhibition. Any submitted images that are not selected by the jury will not be used by the ACNW nor the NW Hospice Society for any purpose.

Eligibility:

This call is open to applications from both established and emerging photographers. To apply to this Call, you are not required to be a member of the Arts Council of New Westminster.

Budget:

This Call for Submissions will not charge for submissions or exhibiting, and artists will not be paid a fee for participating in this exhibition. The New West Hospice Society will pay for reproduction costs of the images to be exhibited.

How to Apply for an Exhibition:

The Selection Committee will meet in late May 2020 to consider applications for the exhibition. A well-prepared proposal helps in the selection.

To be considered, please submit the following:

  • One digital image of proposed work you wish to exhibit. Digital images should be in JPG format at 150 dpi; each image should be a maximum of 5MB. Image files should be clearly labelled with your Name, the Title of Work, Size in inches and Medium.
    Example: Artist-Title-Size-Medium.jpg
  • Contact information (mailing address, phone number, email, website, or shelter address).
  • An Artist Statement giving your aims and objectives as an artist in relation to your submitted work (optional).

If possible, please include all written material as PDF files and submit via email to info@acnw.ca with “Exhibition Submission – New West Hospice Pop Up Exhibition” in the subject line. Please ensure that attachments total less than 5MB. For handwritten submission options, please contact the gallery at 604-525-3244.

Deadlines for submission is 4:00pm on Thursday April 30, 2020.

The Selection Process:

The Selection Committee will meet in late May 2020 to consider all applications received. All applications will receive a reply by email, stating whether the work has been accepted.  If your application has been successful, you will be contacted by telephone, exhibition details will be confirmed, and a contract will be sent to you. This contract will outline your responsibilities and provide other details and dates.  A signed contract is required before the exhibition can proceed.

Application Tips:

  • Be sure that all documents include your name, name of your artwork, and complete contact information.
  • Email submissions are preferred. For physical submissions, please phone the gallery at 604-525-3244 for equitable access procedures.
  • DO NOT send composite images or prepared slideshows
  • Please test all digital documents on a PC computer to ensure compatibility

Estimated Timeline:

February 15, 2020
March 31, 2020
April 30, 2020
Late May 2020
June 2020
Fall 2020
Fall 2020
Call for Submissions Launched
Original deadline to submit
Extended deadline to submit
Selection Committee meets
Artists contacted, contracts signed and returned
Installation dates
Rescheduled New West Hospice Event


Contact:
All inquiries should be directed to:
Stephen O’Shea, Executive Director
Phone: 604 525 3244
info@acnw.ca

CALL FOR ARTIST 2020

Organizers:
The Shops at Morgan Crossing is located in the heart of South Surrey. The shops at Morgan Crossing is a vibrant outdoor shopping centre offering a unique collection of independent retailers, fashion outlets, restaurants, and cafés.
Website: www.theshopsatmorgancrossing.com

Overview:
An opportunity exists to create a public art piece in the exterior public realm of the shopping centre for
intervention with visitors. The intervention should activate the public realm with an innovative and
potentially interactive public artwork. The objectives of the project are:

  1. To be a defining feature of the shopping centre
  2. To develop a sense of place, community pride and identity
  3. To reflect artistic diversity and creativity
  4. To serve as a visionary piece for the citizens of South Surrey and surrounding communities
  5. To inspire visitors
  6. To enhance the appearance and experience of the shopping centre

The artist will be responsible for design of the artwork; fabrication and installation of the artwork may be by the artist or by others, depending on the nature of the artwork, but the fabrication and installation is to be included in the overall project budget.

The Shops at Morgan Crossing will commission one or more professional artist(s) and/or artist team(s) to create a concept that will be meaningful for The Shops at Morgan Crossing. The winning design element could be located at various locations within the shopping centre. The intent is for the artworks to be a permanent display and legacy of the 10th anniversary celebration and revitalization plan of The Shops at Morgan Crossing.

Artwork must be for installation on the ground and suitable for outdoor weather.

Location:
The Shops at Morgan Crossing is located at 15765 Croydon Drive (at 24th Avenue), Surrey, BC.

See PDF for detailed locations on the site

Potential areas for artwork marked in red circles. Artists are welcome to make suggestions for other areas. Pictures of some of the marked areas follows.

Artist Criteria for Submissions:
Submit proposals of artwork along with a budget that includes the cost of creating the design, fabrication, installation and insurance to jng@strathallen.com. Please be sure to include digital images.

Contact information (Name, address, email, phone number, website)

Please provide a clear and concise statement explaining which areas you are proposing your art to be exhibited with a budget for creating, fabricating and installing the artwork.

An artist Statement giving your aims and objective as an artist in relation to your work.

The intent is to award the fabrication and installation of the artwork to the artist of the selected submission.

Deadlines for submission is 4:00pm on Friday, March 20, 2020

Selection Process:
The Selection Committee will meet to consider all submissions received. All applicants will receive a
reply by email, stating whether the work has been accepted. If your application has been successful, you will be contacted by telephone, exhibition details will be confirmed, and a contract will be sent to you.
This contract will outline your responsibilities and providing other details and dates.

Budget
The total budget available to artist(s) team is $50,000. The artwork budget must be inclusive of all costs including (but not limited to) artist fees, studio overhead, consultant fees (structural, electrical, etc.), artwork fabrication, site preparation, travel, transportation, traffic control, installation, all taxes and general liability insurance.

Estimated Timeline:

March 1, 2020
March 20, 2020
March 27, 2020
April 6, 2020
April 30, 2020
April 30, 2020
July 15-30, 2020
Call to Artist Launched
Deadline to submit
Selection Committee meets
Artist contacted
Permanent display dates confirmed
Contract to be signed
Installation dates

Contact:
All inquires should be directed to:
John Ng, Senior Property Manager
Phone: 604-639-0126
Email: jng@strathallen.com

To download a copy of this Call as a PDF, click here

We acknowledge that we live and work on the unceded, traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples of the QayQayt (qiqéyt) Nation as well as all Coast Salish Nations.

The Arts Council of New Westminster and the New West Hospice Society present:

‘The Compassionate I : Personal Images of Loss & Healing’ pop-up exhibition

Festival of Loss and Healing | May 2, 2020

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

We invite all visual artists from Metro Vancouver to submit photographic images for a group exhibition during the Festival of Loss and Healing in New Westminster, British Columbia. Reproductions of submitted images will be featured in a pop-up exhibition at the New Westminster Festival of Loss and Healing on May 2, 2020.

The theme of the exhibition is “The Compassionate I : Personal Images of Loss & Healing”.

In recognizing how diverse our community is, and in order to break down any exclusionary barriers and create a platform for marginalized voices, we specifically encourage artists with lived experience of homelessness, poverty, and substance use to submit. Artists on the LGBTQ spectrum, non-binary artists, artists of colour, Indigenous artists, and disabled artists, are strongly encouraged to submit.

Submissions will be received up to 4:00pm on Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Overview:

This Call for Submissions is for photographs engaging the broad themes of loss and healing.  These images will become an important part of the May 2020 New West Hospice Society’s Festival of Loss & Healing in New Westminster. A whole range of loss affects the human condition. Loss of loved ones including pets, loss of home, ability, identity, and so on. With loss comes different modes of healing. There is no correct response to loss, nor right way to go about healing – it is very individual and personal.

We are seeking all types of photographic images for this contest. Images can be black & white or colour; captured by digital camera, film camera, or a phone. They can be of people, places, things — realistic or abstract. Anything goes. Images should be an interpretation of loss and healing and captured by a compassionate eye / I.

Although not mandatory, you are welcome to submit a short synopsis to enhance the story of your image.

One image per entry will be allowed. All varieties of photographic methods will be considered including Phone Camera, Digital Camera, and Film/Polaroid. Up to nine images will be selected by the jury to be included in the pop-up exhibition.

Please note: The New West Hospice Society will reserve the right to retain the reproductions of the selected images and may be auctioned off in support of the New West Hospice Society. Digital images will may also display on the New West Hospice website and promotional materials

Eligibility:

This call is open to applications from both established and emerging photographers. To apply to this Call, you are not required to be a member of the Arts Council of New Westminster.

Budget:

The Festival of Loss and Healing will not charge for submissions for exhibiting, nor will the Festival pay a photographer to participate in this exhibition. The Festival will pay for reproduction costs of the images to be exhibited.

How to Apply for an Exhibition:

The Selection Committee will meet in early April 2020 to consider applications for the exhibition. A well-prepared proposal helps in the selection.

To be considered, please submit the following:

  • One digital image of proposed work you wish to exhibit. Digital images should be in JPG format at 150 dpi; each image should be a maximum of 5MB. Image files should be clearly labelled with your Name, the Title of Work, Size in inches and Medium.
    Example: Artist-Title-Size-Medium.jpg
  • Contact information (mailing address, phone number, email, website, or shelter address).
  • An Artist Statement giving your aims and objectives as an artist in relation to your submitted work (optional).

If possible, please include all written material as PDF files and submit via email to info@acnw.ca with “Exhibition Submission – Festival of Loss and Healing” in the subject line. Please ensure that attachments total less than 5MB. For handwritten submission options, please contact the gallery at 604-525-3244.

Deadlines for submission is 4:00pm on Tuesday March 31, 2020.

The Selection Process:

The Selection Committee will meet in early April 2020 to consider all applications received. All applications will receive a reply by email, stating whether the work has been accepted.  If your application has been successful, you will be contacted by telephone, exhibition details will be confirmed, and a contract will be sent to you. This contract will outline your responsibilities and provide other details and dates.  A signed contract is required before the exhibition can proceed.

Application Tips:

  • Be sure that all documents include your name, name of your artwork, and complete contact information.
  • Email submissions are preferred. For physical submissions, please phone the gallery at 604-525-3244 for equitable access procedures.
  • DO NOT send composite images or prepared slideshows
  • Please test all digital documents on a PC computer to ensure compatibility

Estimated Timeline:

February 15, 2020
March 31, 2020
Early April 2020
Mid-April 2020
May 2, 2020
May 2, 2020
Call for Submissions Launched
Deadline to submit
Selection Committee meets
Artists contacted, contracts signed and returned
Installation dates
Festival of Loss and Healing


Contact:
All inquiries should be directed to:
Stephen O’Shea, Executive Director
Phone: 604 525 3244
info@acnw.ca

Call for Artists
Artists by the River is a one day Fine Art event hosted by the Arts Council of New Westminster. On Saturday, June 13 the boardwalk at Westminster Quay will be lined with an assortment of painters, sculptors, mixed media artists, pottery artists and more. Are you a fine artist? Interested in joining this community event? Click here to apply.

Email programs@acnw.ca to learn more.

Call for Artists - The Art of Pride - Art for, by, about and in allyship with LGBTQ2SIA+

Youth for a Change, in partnership with the Arts Council of New Westminster, invite artists to submit for consideration for inclusion in our 5th annual art show. All mediums will be considered.

The Art of Pride
Art exhibit by, for, in allyship with LGBTQ2SIA+.
With spoken word performance.
Exhibition date: August 10, 2020
Location: Centennial Lodge, New Westminster

To participate contact: surreyjen@yahoo.ca

Submit your application for the 2020 ACNW Summer Music Program, including live concerts a part of Uptown Unplugged, Music by the River, and many more.

CALL FOR EXHIBITION PROPOSALS: ANVIL CENTRE COMMUNITY ART GALLERY

DEADLINE: January 23, 2020

The Community Art Gallery, located on the 3rd floor of Anvil Centre, supports local artists through exhibition opportunities in order to stimulate creative dialogue, connect artists with the community and showcase the diverse range of creative expression that exists in New Westminster. 

The Gallery is currently accepting proposals from artist teams or arts collectives for the 2020 exhibition schedule.  This opportunity is open to groups of 3 or more New Westminster artists who reside or have a studio practice in the City and work in two-dimensional media.  Indigenous artists, emerging artists and other artists who have not participated in the past are encouraged to submit proposals.

Exhibitions are two (2) months in duration.  There are opportunities for outreach programs such as artist talks or workshops during the exhibition period.  Anvil Centre will also host an opening/artist reception for each exhibition.  

Please send submissions via email by January 23, 2020, 4pm.

  1. Names and contact information for all artists (please identify a main contact)
  2. 3-5 JPEG or PDF images of proposed artworks by each artist
  3. List of artworks identifying artist names, work titles and dimensions
  4. Exhibition statement
  5. Current CV for each artist

Please note that the proposed work submission must not have been exhibited in New Westminster in the preceding 12 months, nor (upon acceptance) be displayed in any other New Westminster gallery during the exhibition year.  Proposals will be adjudicated by a peer jury.  All artworks need to be ready for exhibition (framed and/or ready to display with appropriate wiring).   There is no exhibition fee paid to selected artist(s).

Any questions?  Considering submitting a proposal?  Please contact Todd Ayotte, Manager of Community Art & Theatres, at tayotte@newwestcity.ca.

Submission deadline is January 23, 2020

At the Arts Council of New Westminster, we live and work on the unceded, traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples of the QayQayt (qiqéyt) Nation as well as all Coast Salish Nations.

THE GALLERY AT QUEENS PARK
ARTISTS-IN-RESIDENCE

CALL FOR PROPOSALS 2020

The Arts Council of New Westminster aims to have an Artist-in-Residence program that feature a variety of disciplines by a wide range of artists from New Westminster. The Artist-In-Residence program aims to reflect both the cultural and artistic diversity of contemporary art and to serve as an educational forum for the citizens of New Westminster and surrounding communities. This program is open to applications from both established and emerging artists living and/or working in New Westminster. For clarity: this is an artist development program, you do not need to be an established artist. This is a opportunity to develop as an artist, and no previous experience is expected.

The Arts Council wishes to highlight how diverse our community is, and in order to break down any exclusionary barriers and create a platform for marginalized voices, artists on the LGBTQ spectrum, non-binary artists, artists of colour, Indigenous artists, and disabled artists, are strongly encouraged to submit.

Submissions will be received up to 4:00pm on Friday January 31, 2020

Overview:

The ACNW operates a picturesque gallery in the Centennial Lodge, Queen’s Park known as The Gallery at Queen’s Park, which features a wide range of visual arts by local and emerging artists in exhibitions which change monthly.

The ACNW is seeking to provide New Westminster artists and local not-for-profit arts organizations the opportunity to use the Lower Studio space in The Gallery at Queen’s Park free of charge in exchange for a weekly public programming event (2 hours) that engages the community. Collaborations between artists and community groups are welcome.

Selected eligible artists and organizations will have 24-hour non-exclusive access to the Lower Studio space. All successful applicants will be required to be members of the Arts Council of New Westminster.

As a community gallery, the gallery’s opening hours are maintained by volunteer staff, therefore the Artist-in-Residence will be expected to work collaboratively within the operations of the Gallery for the duration of their residency.

Eligibility:

  • To apply to this Call, you are not required to be a member of the Arts Council of New Westminster.
  • To be considered for this program, you must live and/or work in New Westminster.
  • To be in-residence, you must be a current member of the Arts Council of New Westminster at the time of your residency.
  • Artists whose work has already been exhibited in the gallery are invited to apply, allowing a 3-year interim between applications.

Budget:

  • The Council does not charge for artist-in-residence program, nor does it pay an artist to participate.
  • The Gallery at Queen’s Park will pay an honorarium of $75 for public programming during the residency.

How to Apply:

The Gallery Exhibition Selection Committee (GESC) will meet in February to consider applications for the following year. A well-prepared proposal helps in the selection.

To be considered at the next GESC meeting, please submit a completed Application Form (found in the PDF package below):

  • Applicant’s Background:
    For Individual Artists: Artistic practice and objectives with short biography and/or professional artist CV
    For Arts Organizations: Organization history including mission statement, years of operation and a brief description of the organization’s current programs and services
  • Public Programming description:
    What the project is about, your plan for public programming in the space (readings, publications, book or zine launches, performances, film screenings, pop-up events, artist talks, performance art, theoretical or technical seminar, live drawing/painting, social practice, workshops, classes, community meetings etc.), and how it will engage/benefit the community
  • Your requested start date and occupancy period/time frame of use of the Lower Studio
  • Any proposed collaboration with other artists or groups, if applicable
  • Contact information (name, mailing address, phone number, email, website)
  • Please indicate If you are currently an ACNW member

Please include all written material as PDF files and submit via email to info@acnw.ca with The Gallery at Queen’s Park – Artists in Residence in the subject line. Please ensure that attachments total less than 5MB.

Deadlines for submission is 4:00pm on January 31, 2020. Proposals received by January 31, 2020 will be reviewed with preliminary decisions announced by February 28, 2020. Following that time, proposals will be accepted and reviewed on a first come, first serve basis. All submissions will be juried by a panel of professional artists, educators, and administrators. Please note: All successful applicants will be required to be members of the Arts Council of New Westminster.

The Selection Process:

The GESC will meet in February 2020 to consider all applications received. All applications will receive a reply by email, stating whether the work has been accepted.  If your application has been successful, you will be contacted by telephone, a term length for residency will be confirmed, and a contract will be sent to you. This contract will outline your responsibilities and providing other details and dates.  A signed contract is required before the residency can proceed.

Application Tips:

  • Be sure that all documents include your name, complete contact information; phone number, email address, website and postal code.
  • Email submissions are preferred. For physical submissions, please phone the gallery at 604-525-3244 for equitable access procedures.
  • DO NOT send composite images or prepared slideshows
  • Please test all documents on a PC computer to ensure compatibility

Submit your application via email to: info@acnw.ca

Estimated Timeline:

December 1, 2019
January 31, 2020 
Early February
Late February
Early March
March 15th, 2020 & onward

Call to Proposals Launched
Deadline to submit
Gallery Exhibition Selection Committee meets
Artists contacted
Residency dates confirmed, contracts signed and returned
Residency/Public Programming begins

Contact:
All enquiries should be directed to:
Stephen O’Shea, Executive Director
Phone: 604 525 3244
info@acnw.ca

For more information about The Gallery at Queen’s Park, visit www.acnw.ca/gallery

To download a copy of this Call and Application Form in PDF format, click here

We acknowledge that we live and work on the unceded, traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples of the QayQayt (qiqéyt) Nation as well as all Coast Salish Nations.

Changing the Conversation: Reflective Empathy and Public Discourse on Social Housing

CALL FOR ARTISTS 2019

We invite all visual and literary artists from Metro Vancouver to submit applications for a group exhibition during the Change the Conversation Series. Literary works will be featured at a public event on March 27th, 2020 at the Laura Muir Theatre on the New Westminster campus of Douglas College and photographic works will be displayed in the Amelia Douglas Gallery from March 27th – April 20th, 2020.

The theme of the exhibition is “Poverty, Housing, and Empathy”.

In recognizing how diverse our community is, and in order to break down any exclusionary barriers and create a platform for marginalized voices, we specifically encourage artists with lived experience of homelessness, poverty, and substance use to submit. Artists on the LGBTQ spectrum, non-binary artists, artists of colour, Indigenous artists, and disabled artists, are strongly encouraged to submit.

Submissions will be received up to 4:00pm on Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Overview:

Public opposition to social housing is often accompanied by stigmatizing stories about those impacted by poverty and homelessness. The goal of this project is to use the arts to have a better public conversation about these issues by seeing more deeply into the world of those without secure housing in New Westminster and the broader Metro Vancouver area. This call for artists seeks poetry, creative non-fiction, and photography that invites us to think more deeply and to develop more empathy for those with lived experience of poverty, homelessness, and substance use.

Eligibility:

This call is open to applications from both established and emerging artists in the following categories:

  1. Poetry
  2. Creative non-fiction writing (maximum 1500 words)
  3. Photography

Budget:

Each category will have three prizes with monetary awards:

1st Prize: $750
2nd Prize: $500
3rd Prize: $250

In addition to these prizes, there will be seven bursaries of $200 each for seven additional photographs.

How to Apply for an Exhibition:

The Selection Committee will meet in late January 2020 to consider applications for the exhibition. A well-prepared proposal helps in the selection.

To be considered, please submit the following:

Category: Poetry

  • Must be an original work of poetry, not previously published in print or online
  • Word count: 5 – Max. 500

Category: Creative Non-Fiction Writing

  • Must be an original work of non-fiction, not previously published in print or online
  • Word count: 1,200 – Max. 1,500

Category: Photography

  • A selection of 3 digital images of proposed work you wish to exhibit. Digital images should be jpg format at 150 dpi; each image should be a maximum of 800 x 600 pixels. Image files should be clearly labelled with your Name, the Title of Work, Size in inches and Medium. Example: Artist-Title-Size-Medium.jpg

For all categories, please submit the following:

  • Contact information (mailing address, phone number, email, website, or shelter address).
  • An Artist Statement giving your aims and objectives as an artist in relation to your work.
  • A short paragraph about your background and lived experience.

If possible, please include all written material as PDF files and submit via email to info@acnw.ca with “Exhibition Submission – Changing the Conversation” in the subject line. Please ensure that attachments total less than 5MB. For handwritten submission options, please contact the gallery at 604-525-3244.

Deadlines for submission is 4:00pm on Wednesday January 15, 2020.

The Selection Process:

The Selection Committee will meet in late January 2020 to consider all applications received. All applications will receive a reply by email, stating whether the work has been accepted.  If your application has been successful, you will be contacted by telephone, exhibition details will be confirmed, and a contract will be sent to you. This contract will outline your responsibilities and providing other details and dates.  A signed contract is required before the exhibition can proceed.

Application Tips:

  • Be sure that all documents include your name, name of your artwork, and complete contact information.
  • Email submissions are preferred. For physical submissions, please phone the gallery at 604-525-3244 for equitable access procedures.
  • DO NOT send composite images or prepared slideshows
  • Please test all digital documents on a PC computer to ensure compatibility

Submit your application via email to: info@acnw.ca

Estimated Timeline:

November 1, 2019   
January 15, 2020
Late January 2020
February 2020
February 2020
March 20-25, 2020
March 27 – April 20, 2020

Call to Artists Launched
Deadline to submit
Selection Committee meets
Artists contacted
Exhibition dates confirmed, contracts signed and returned
Installation dates
Exhibition at the Laura Muir Theatre Lobby

Contact:

All enquiries should be directed to:
Stephen O’Shea, Executive Director
Phone: 604 525 3244
info@acnw.ca

Click here to download a PDF of this Call for Artists

Savage Society is looking for contemporary dancers for an upcoming two week workshop of Tai Grauman’s new play in development You used to call me Marie…

In this 2 week workshop, we will be exploring how we can create horses by using an ensemble of 6 contemporary dancers.

Synopsis: ” You Used to Call me Marie…” follows two souls in eight different Metis love stories at eight distinct points in time. Beginning in creation and ending in the present, we watch Iskwewo and Napew before and after the creation of Treaty 6. We watch the emergence of the Metis communities across the plains and the robust colonization that arises from the fur trade alongside the loss of knowledge that happens over time. ” You used to call me Marie …” shares the love, the loss and the fight of Treaty 6’s Metis women. Through alternate forms of theatrical structure, five different languages, puppetry, jigging and contemporary dance, this piece shares timeless stories of the survival of Metis peoples across Treaty 6.

Contact : tai@savagesociety.ca
Workshop dates: October 15 th – 26 th , with a public presentation on the 25 th and 26 th .
Location: The Massey Theatre
Remuneration: $1,400
Please submit a headshot and resume to tai@savagesociety.ca to be considered.

We encourage submissions from all ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Preference will be given to self-identifying Indigenous applicants.
Artistic Director: Kevin Loring
Savage Society tells stories based on myth, tradition and the contemporary Indigenous experience.
www.savagesociety.ca

OPPORTUNITY

The City of New Westminster is seeking to commission one or more professional artist(s) and/or artist team(s) to create a single or multiple permanent site-specific artwork(s) that will be meaningful for Indigenous and other cultures. The intent is for the artworks to be integrated with the public realm design of the building and/or landscape of the New Westminster Aquatics and Community Centre (NWACC).

TOTAL BUDGET FOR ALL ARTWORKS: $500,000 (+GST) CAD (maximum, all-inclusive)

ELIGIBILITY

Professional artists or artist teams are encouraged to submit their qualifications and letters of interest in being considered for the commission. Having experience working with project teams or in creating public art will be considered an asset.

*A professional artist is defined by the Canada Council as someone who:

  • has specialized training in the artistic field (not necessarily in academic institutions) 
  • is recognized as a professional by his or her peers (artists working in the same artistic tradition) 
  • is committed to devoting more time to artistic activity, if possible financially 
  • has a history of public presentation or publication.

https://canadacouncil.ca/glossary/professional-artist

City of New Westminster Council, staff, the City’s Public Art Advisory Committee members, selection panel members, project personnel and immediate family members are not eligible to apply.

SELECTION PROCESS

Artist(s)/artist team(s) will be chosen using a two-stage selection process: an open call for expressions of interest; and, an invitation to short-listed artists to submit a public artwork(s) proposal.

HONORARIUM

An honorarium of $3500 will ONLY be paid to each invited artist/artist team who submits a complete proposal and presents their proposal to the Selection Panel.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF EXPRESSION OF INTEREST (PHASE I): 3:00 pm PST on Thursday, September 12, 2019

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF CONCEPT PROPOSAL (PHASE II): 3:00 pm PST on Thursday, January 23, 2020

INSTALLATION: The delivery of the public art project will be integrated with the design and construction of the New Westminster Aquatics and Community Centre. The new aquatic centre is scheduled to be operational early 2022.

MORE INFORMATION

To download the full document and supporting material, please go to https://www.newwestcity.ca/business-and-economy/doing-business-with-the-city/request-for-bids-and-proposals-open.php

Submission Deadline
September 12, 2019

You are invited to submit your interest in participating in the show by filling out the form by September 7, 2019.

We will preview your website and social media channels for examples of your work (you do not need to submit the final work or photos of your work).

If you are accepted into the show you will receive an email along with an invoice for the $25 entrance fee. You may pay by credit card or e-transfer. You should receive confirmation of acceptance within 7-14 business days.

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Once you have been accepted into the show you may submit one to three, 12”x 12”x1 ½ deep” gallery wrapped canvases or wooden cradles. If you are a textile artist or mixed media artist we are happy to discuss other options but all art must be 12″ x 12″ and must pre-approved by organizers; subject matter is artists’ choice, ready to hang, and signed on the back only. If you are a returning artist we ask that you submit all new work to the current show.

Please visit the Submission Page for hanging requirements.

You will also receive guidelines for social media, a press release and other and instructions/postings for use on social media channels.

Each piece of anonymous show art will be priced at $150.00 regardless of the artist and $100.00 per painting will be paid back to the artist when sold. The rest of the monies will go to the New Westminster Arts Council and to cover the basic costs of the show.

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IMPORTANT DATES

Art may be brought to 100 Braid St Studios on:

September 19: Art Work Drop Off (at 100 Braid St Studios) 1:00pm-9:00pm
September 20: Art Work Drop Off (at 100 Braid St Studios) 1:00pm-9:00pm
September 21: Art Work Drop Off (at 100 Braid St Studios) 1:00pm-9:00pm

September 23: Jurying Process
Once the final pieces are submitted, the show will be juried by a committee of artists and art professionals. There is no guarantee that any piece submitted will be chosen for the show. The iAD selection committee at 100 Braid St reserves the right to refuse any work that we consider offensive to the public

September 27: Artists Notified – Accepted or Declined :: Pick Up of Declined Pieces 1:00pm-9:00pm
October 4-13: Pick up of declined pieces 1:00pm-9:00pm

September 27 – October 25: Promotion of artists with work accepted into show

October 23: Show Curation & Hanging
October 24: Private Pre-Show for Sponsors & Friends of the Studio
October 25: Public Opening Gala
October 26: Artist Reception
October 26: Public Viewing Hours Noon-5pm
October 27: Public Viewing Hours Noon-5pm

Oct 31 – Nov 1: Unsold Art Pick Up 1:00pm-9:00pm

Oct 30-Nov 15 Payments Made to Artists

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iAD Selection Jurors:
Susan L. Greig, Owner/Founder 100 Braid St Studios
Michael King, President Plein Air BC
Stephen O’Shea, Executive Director, New Westminster Arts Council
Trudy Van Dop, Owner VanDop Galleries

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at: iad.100braidststudios@gmail.com

At the Arts Council of New Westminster, we live and work on the unceded, traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples of the QayQayt (qiqéyt) Nation as well as all Coast Salish Nations.

THE GALLERY AT QUEENS PARK
EXHIBITION APPLICATION PACKAGE

CALL FOR ARTISTS 2020

The Arts Council of New Westminster aims to have exhibitions that feature a variety of visual arts by a wide range of artists from the Metro Vancouver region. The exhibition program aims to reflect both the cultural and artistic diversity of contemporary art and to serve as an educational forum for the citizens of New Westminster and surrounding communities. This program is open to applications from both established and emerging artists.

The Arts Council wishes to highlight the diversity of our community, and in order to break down any exclusionary barriers and create a platform for marginalized voices, artists on the LGBTQ spectrum, non-binary artists, artists of colour, Indigenous artists, and disabled artists, are strongly encouraged to submit.

Submissions will be received up to 4:00pm on
Friday August 30, 2019

Overview:

The ACNW operates a picturesque gallery in the Centennial Lodge, Queen’s Park known as The Gallery at Queens Park, which features a wide range of visual arts by local and emerging artists in exhibitions which change monthly.

This Call is for monthly exhibitions between February 2020 and November 2020 inclusive. Exhibitions typically open on the first Wednesday of each month and generally close on the last Sunday of the month.

The Gallery at Queen’s Park has one exhibition space, known as the Eileen Montague Room (labelled as the Main Gallery Space, see page 5), with a total linear hanging space of approximately 15 m (49.5 ft). In certain instances, the Gallery Exhibition Selection Committee may pair two selected artists during the exhibition period.

Artwork must be suitably framed, ready for hanging, or, if three-dimensional, appropriately mounted or otherwise ready for presentation.

As a community gallery, the gallery’s operating hours are maintained by volunteer staff; therefore, the artists selected for exhibitions will be expected to provide assistance in sitting as a Gallery Attendant on all Saturdays and Sundays from 1-5pm for the duration of their exhibition.

Eligibility:

  • To apply to this Call, you are not required to be a member of the Arts Council of New Westminster.
  • To exhibit, you must be a current member of the Arts Council of New Westminster at the time of your exhibition.
  • Artists whose work has already been exhibited in the gallery are invited to apply, allowing a 3-year interim between applications.

PLEASE NOTE:  The proposed exhibition submission must not have been showcased in New Westminster in the preceding 12 months, nor (upon acceptance) be displayed in any other New Westminster gallery during the exhibiting year.

Budget:

  • The Council does not charge for exhibiting, nor does it pay an artist to exhibit. The Council receives a 25% donation on sales of work in the Gallery.
  • The Gallery at Queen’s Park will pay an honorarium of $75 for public programming during the exhibition, a part of the Inter/action Artist Learning Series.

How to Apply for an Exhibition:

The Gallery Exhibitions Selection Committee (GESC) meets once a year, in September, to consider applications for the following year. A well-prepared proposal helps in the selection.

To be considered at the next GESC meeting, please submit the following:

  • A selection of 8-10 digital images of proposed work you wish to exhibit. Digital images should be jpg format at 150 dpi; each image should be a maximum of 800 x 600 pixels. Image files should be clearly labelled with your Name, the Title of Work, Size in inches and Medium. Example: Artist-Title-Size-Medium.jpg
  • Contact information (mailing address, phone number, email, website).
  • An Artist Statement giving your aims and objectives as an artist in relation to your work.
  • An Artist Biography to establish a better understanding of your background and experience.
  • A Curriculum Vitae (3 pages max.) including a list of your previous exhibition and education experience.
  • A written proposal for public programming to be produced and hosted by the artist at the Gallery. The public programming event must take place during regular posted open hours, on a Sunday, during the exhibit. Proposed public programming may be events such as an artist talk, performance art, theoretical or technical seminar, live drawing/painting, social practice, etc.

Please include all written material as PDF files and submit via email to gallery@acnw.ca with Exhibition Submission The Gallery at Queens Park in the subject line. Please ensure that attachments total less than 5MB.

Deadline for submission is 4:00pm on Friday August 30, 2019. Applications will not be rolled over. To be considered for an application for the following year, please re-apply.

The Selection/Exhibition Process:

The GESC will meet in September 2019 to consider all applications received. All applications will receive a reply by email, stating whether the work has been accepted.  If your application has been successful, you will be contacted by telephone, an exhibition date will be confirmed, and a contract will be sent to you. This contract will outline your responsibilities and provide other details and dates.  A signed contract is required before the exhibition can proceed.

Application Tips:

  • Be sure that all documents include your name, a working title of the proposed exhibition and complete contact information; phone number, email address, website and mailing address, including postal code.
  • Email submissions are preferred. For hard copy submissions, please phone the gallery at 604-525-3244 for equitable access procedures.
  • DO NOT send composite images or prepared slideshows.
  • Please test all documents on a PC computer to ensure compatibility.

Submit your application via email to: gallery@acnw.ca

Estimated Timeline:

July 1
August 30
Mid-September
Early October
Late October
February – Nov 2020
Call for Artists launched
Deadline to submit Exhibition Schedule
Gallery Exhibition Selection Committee meets
Artists contacted
Exhibition dates confirmed, contracts signed and returned
Exhibition schedule

Contact:

All inquiries should be directed to:
Karen Justice, Gallery Coordinator
Phone: 604-525-3244
gallery@acnw.ca

For complete information on how to apply for an exhibition, please refer to the Exhibition Application package.
For more information about The Gallery at Queen’s Park, visit www.acnw.ca/gallery

Anonymous Show & Gala

You are invited to submit your interest in participating in the show by filling out this form.
Submission deadline: September 7, 2019.

We will preview your website and social media channels for examples of your work (you do not need to submit the final work or photos of your work).

If you are accepted into the show you will receive an email along with an invoice for the $25 entrance fee. You may pay by credit card or e-transfer. You should receive confirmation of acceptance within 7-14 business days.

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Once you have been accepted into the show you may submit one to three, 12”x 12”x1 ½ deep” gallery wrapped canvases or wooden cradles. If you are a textile artist or mixed media artist we are happy to discuss other options but all art must be 12″ x 12″ and must pre-approved by organizers; subject matter is artists’ choice, ready to hang, and signed on the back only. If you are a returning artist we ask that you submit all new work to the current show.

Please visit the Submission Page for hanging requirements.

You will also receive guidelines for social media, a press release and other and instructions/postings for use on social media channels.

Each piece of anonymous show art will be priced at $150.00 regardless of the artist and $100.00 per painting will be paid back to the artist when sold. The rest of the monies will go to the New Westminster Arts Council and to cover the basic costs of the show.

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IMPORTANT DATES

Art may be brought to 100 Braid St Studios on:

September 19: Art Work Drop Off (at 100 Braid St Studios) 1:00pm-9:00pm
September 20: Art Work Drop Off (at 100 Braid St Studios) 1:00pm-9:00pm
September 21: Art Work Drop Off (at 100 Braid St Studios) 1:00pm-9:00pm

September 23: Jurying Process
Once the final pieces are submitted, the show will be juried by a committee of artists and art professionals. There is no guarantee that any piece submitted will be chosen for the show. The iAD selection committee at 100 Braid St reserves the right to refuse any work that we consider offensive to the public

September 27: Artists Notified – Accepted or Declined :: Pick Up of Declined Pieces 1:00pm-9:00pm

October 4-13: Pick up of declined pieces 1:00pm-9:00pm

September 27 – October 25: Promotion of artists with work accepted into show

October 23: Show Curation & Hanging
October 24: Private Pre-Show for Sponsors & Friends of the Studio
October 25: Public Opening Gala
October 26: Artist Reception
October 26: Public Viewing Hours Noon-5pm
October 27: Public Viewing Hours Noon-5pm

Oct 31 – Nov 1: Unsold Art Pick Up 1:00pm-9:00pm

Oct 30-Nov 15 Payments Made to Artists

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iAD Selection Jurors:
Susan L. Greig, Owner/Founder 100 Braid St Studios
Michael King, President Plein Air BC
Stephen O’Shea, Executive Director, New Westminster Arts Council
Trudy VanDop, Owner VanDop Galleries

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at: iad.100braidststudios@gmail.com
To submit, please fill out this form here

New Westminster Environmental Partners
Call for Artists (including Photographic Artists)

Focus on
Capture the natural wonders of the
Brunette River
and its tributaries

All mediums welcome
Acrylics
Collage
Gouache
Literati
Oils
Pastels
Pencil
Watercolour
Photography

New Westminster Environmental Partners is calling for artists to paint or photograph some aspects of the Brunette River or its tributaries. This river and its tributaries connects many communities and municipalities and continues to struggle in bringing us nature so close to our homes. It is a gem that many of us have overlooked. The Plaskett Gallery at the Massey Theatre has offered to have a showing in March 2020 of up to 25 medium sized paintings/photos.

Few people are aware that one of the tributaries extends from Central Park in Burnaby and flows through to 29th & Slocan in Vancouver then swings North and then South before heading East by the Grandview Hwy before crossing under the #1 hwy. into Burnaby. There are a number of creeks that flow into Deer Lake from North of Kingsway which then runs into Burnaby Lake. Other creeks flow from as far North as Port Moody and Burnaby Mountain and then into the Brunette River while a few streams from Coquitlam flow also flow into the Brunette. This river was once considered “dead” from the 1950’s to the early 1980’s. It took members of the Sapperton Fish & Game Club 14 years (from 1969) before they saw the first salmon spawning in 1983. All nature around this river (and others like it) wrestles daily to stay alive with construction, polluters, various people in many levels of government and others who do not know that it is there or think of its precarious position.

We hope that artists will take the opportunity to shine some light on the Brunette, an urban jewel.

Contact: Vic Leach, NWEP Brunette River Projects Coordinator
778 – 237-0052 | thenwep@gmail.com

The Arts Council of New Westminster in partnership with the Fraser River Discover Centre is now inviting all visual artists from Metro Vancouver to submit applications for a group exhibition during the opening night of the 2019 edition of RiverFest. The exhibition is to take place on September 18 & 19, 2019 in the rotunda and lobby at the Fraser River Discover Centre in New Westminster, BC. The theme of the exhibition is the working river and its natural environment. This call is open to applications from both established and emerging artists.

The Arts Council wishes to highlight how diverse our community is, and in order to break down any exclusionary barriers and create a platform for marginalized voices, artists on the LGBTQ spectrum, non-binary artists, artists of colour, Indigenous artists, and disabled artists, are strongly encouraged to submit.

Submissions will be received up to 4:00pm on Friday June 28, 2019

Overview:

RiverFest is a FREE family-friendly festival, and a great way to enjoy a beautiful fall day along the mighty Fraser River. The 2019 festival will take place from September 23-28, 2019.

The week-long event starts on Wednesday, September 23th with a special RiverFest edition of FRDC’s curriculum-based RiverSchool for three lucky elementary school classes. That is followed the next day by our *click* photos of the fraser exhibit unveiling, whose photograph theme this year is Movement. The climax of the week is Saturday, which will include the Family Fun Zone (inside the FRDC), Artisans on the River (with New West Craft), the Samson V Maritime Museum, the Lucille Johnstone Workboat Parade.

The Arts Council of New Westminster aims to have exhibitions that feature a variety of visual arts by a wide range of artists from the Metro Vancouver region. The exhibition program aims to reflect both the cultural and artistic diversity of contemporary art and to serve as an educational forum for the citizens of New Westminster and surrounding communities.

The exhibition will feature a private reception with exhibiting artists and private guests on Wednesday September 18at the Fraser River Discovery Centre. The exhibition will be open to the public from 10am -4pm on Thursday September 18th.

Artwork must be suitably framed, ready for hanging, or, if three-dimensional, appropriately mounted or otherwise ready for presentation.

Eligibility:

  • To apply to this Call, you are not required to be a member of the Arts Council of New Westminster.
  • To exhibit, you must be a current member of the Arts Council of New Westminster at the time of the exhibition.

Budget:

  • The Council does not charge for exhibiting, nor does it pay an artist to exhibit. The Council will don’t receive any commission on sales of work during the exhibition.

How to Apply for an Exhibition:

The Arts Council’s Gallery Exhibitions Selection Committee (GESC) will meet in July 2019 to consider applications for the exhibition. A well-prepared proposal helps in the selection.

To be considered at the next GESC meeting, please submit the following:

  • A selection of 3 digital images of proposed work you wish to exhibit. Digital images should be jpg format at 150 dpi; each image should be a maximum of 800 x 600 pixels. Image files should be clearly labelled with your Name, the Title of Work, Size in inches and Medium. Example: Artist-Title-Size-Medium.jpg
  • Contact information (mailing address, phone number, email, website). In this document, please provide a clear and concise statement explaining which space you are applying for (Main, Lower, Both)
  • An Artist Statement giving your aims and objectives as an artist in relation to your work.
  • A Curriculum Vitae (3 pages max.) to establish a better understanding of your background and experience.

Please include all written material as PDF files and submit via email to info@acnw.ca with Exhibition Submission RiverFest in the subject line. Please ensure that attachments total less than 5MB.

Deadlines for submission is 4:00pm on Friday June 28, 2019. Applications will not be rolled over for future exhibitions.

The Selection/Exhibition Process:

The GESC will meet in July 2019 to consider all applications received. All applications will receive a reply by email, stating whether the work has been accepted.  If your application has been successful, you will be contacted by telephone, exhibition details will be confirmed, and a contract will be sent to you. This contract will outline your responsibilities and providing other details and dates.  A signed contract is required before the exhibition can proceed.

Application Tips:

•    Be sure that all documents include your name, a working title of the proposed exhibition and complete contact information; phone number, email address, website and postal code.
•    Email submissions are preferred. For physical submissions, please phone the gallery at 604-525-3244 for equitable access procedures.
•    DO NOT send composite images or prepared slideshows
•    Please test all documents on a PC computer to ensure compatibility

Submit your application via email to: info@acnw.ca

Estimated Timeline:

May 1                          Call to Artists Launched
June 28, 2019             Deadline to submit
July                              Gallery Exhibition Selection Committee meets
July                              Artists contacted
August                         Exhibition dates confirmed, contracts signed and returned
September 2019         Exhibition at the Fraser River Discover Centre

Contact:

All enquiries should be directed to:
Stephen O’Shea, Executive Director
Phone: 604 525 3244
info@acnw.ca

For more information about the Arts Council of New Westminster, visit www.acnw.ca/gallery
For more information about RiverFest, visit www.fraserriverdiscovery.org/RiverFest
To download a PDF of this Call for Artists, please click here

The Arts Council of New Westminster and Hyack Festival Association want to make a Better Community through hands-on, artist-led neighbourhood workshops where neighbours come together to create, design and build community floats (moving stage with “actors”) to showcase in the yearly Hyack International Parade in New Westminster. The workshops, suitable for all ages and skill levels, will stimulate individual and collective creativity, and provide a much-needed creative outlet for our community. Offering an intergenerational and inclusive exchange while fostering social connections, these workshops will give the opportunity to make new friends from all walks of life, learn new skills, and keep active and engaged. Floats will be publicly presented, and participants will feel proud of the final group accomplishment. Free public workshops will be held at resident associations and community centres.

Artist Submission requirements:
Name:
Phone Number & Email:
Preferred Neighbourhood: 3 images of your work (jpg format, max 2mbs total)
Artist biography:
Attached your C/V highlighting previous community experience
Send to info@acnw.ca Deadline: February 15, 2019

A jury of your peers will select artists to participate and assign you to a Neighbourhood. You will be notified by February 22, 2019.

Selected artists will be paid an honorarium of $150 for participating as the Neighbourhood Artist-in-Residence.

Schedule (subject to change):
Feb 15 2019 Artist Submissions Due
Feb 22 2019 Artists notified of selection
February 22-28 2019 (approx.) Artist-led Neighbourhood Float workshop 1
March 2019 Neighbourhood Float workshop 2
April 2019 Artist-led Neighbourhood Float workshop 3
May 25 2019 Hyack International Parade

The Arts Council of New Westminster has immediate need for volunteers to assist with ACNW programming. 

Exhibition Installation Crew
Last Sunday of each month
4:00pm to 7:00pm

ArtsToGo Workshop Assistant
First Sunday of the Month at Royal City Centre  
12:00pm to 3:00pm

For more information and to apply, please send a simplified resume to info@acnw.ca

The Arts Council of New Westminster is seeking submissions from performing artists and cultural groups for an inaugural Anvil Centre Winter Arts Program, taking place December 18-29, 2018.

The program is a multicultural celebration of the winter season and the approaching new year.

We are looking for locally-based community arts and cultural groups to present performances and demonstrations of all kinds, such as: music, poetry, fashion, storytelling, dance, etc. It is a sharing of community arts to accompany a larger arts program.

Proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Applicability of the presentation for a community event
  • Viability of proposal
  • Diversity of tradition or form shared

Applicants should provide the following information as part of their proposal for consideration:

  • Description of experience in sharing similar presentations in the community
  • List of how many performers are involved
  • Detailed description of the presentation proposed
  • Estimated length of presentation
  • Equipment needed for presentation

Deadline: Please submit your proposal by October 31, 2018 at 5:00 pm.

Following that time, proposals will be reviewed and selected participants will be contacted to schedule their participation.

Send ONE electronic copy with supporting documentation to info@acnw.ca

Contact:

Stephen O’Shea, Executive Director
Arts Council of New Westminster
info@acnw.ca | 604 525 3244 | www.acnw.ca

To download a copy of this Call for Submissions, click here

At the Arts Council of New Westminster, we live and work on the unceded, traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples of the QayQayt (qiqéyt) Nation as well as all Coast Salish Nations.

THE GALLERY AT QUEENS PARK
EXHIBITION APPLICATION PACKAGE

CALL FOR ARTISTS 2019

The Arts Council of New Westminster aims to have exhibitions that feature a variety of visual arts by a wide range of artists from the Metro Vancouver region. The exhibition program aims to reflect both the cultural and artistic diversity of contemporary art and to serve as an educational forum for the citizens of New Westminster and surrounding communities. This program is open to applications from both established and emerging artists.

Arts Council wishes to highlight how diverse our community is, and in order to break down any exclusionary barriers and create a platform for marginalized voices, artists on the LGBTQ spectrum, non-binary artists, artists of colour, Indigenous artists, and disabled artists, are strongly encouraged to submit.

Submissions will be received up to 4:00pm on
Friday August 31, 2018

Overview:

The ACNW operates a picturesque gallery in the Centennial Lodge, Queen’s Park known as The Gallery at Queens Park, which features a wide range of visual arts by local and emerging artists in exhibitions which change monthly.

This Call is for monthly exhibitions between February 2019 and November 2019. Exhibitions typically open on the first Wednesday of each month and generally close on the last Sunday of the month.

The Gallery at Queen’s Park has two exhibition rooms:  The Eileen Montague Room (Main Gallery Space) and the Lower Studio (Lower Gallery Space) with a total linear hanging space of about 28 m (90 ft).  Please indicate in your application if you are applying for an exhibition in the Main Gallery Space, the Lower Gallery Space, or both. Those applying for only one space may be paired with another artist during the exhibition period.

Artwork must be suitably framed, ready for hanging, or, if three-dimensional, appropriately mounted or otherwise ready for presentation.

As a community gallery, the gallery’s opening hours are maintained by volunteer staff, therefore the Artists selected for exhibitions will be expected to provide assistance in sitting the Gallery on all Saturday and Sundays from 1-5pm for the duration of their exhibition.

Eligibility:

  • To apply to this Call, you are not required to be a member of the Arts Council of New Westminster.
  • To exhibit, you must be a current member of the Arts Council of New Westminster at the time of your exhibition.
  • Artists whose work has already been exhibited in the gallery are invited to apply, allowing a 3-year interim between applications.

PLEASE NOTE:  The proposed exhibition submission must not have been showcased in New Westminster in the preceding 12 months, nor (upon acceptance) be displayed in any other New Westminster gallery during the exhibiting year.

Budget:

  • The Council does not charge for exhibiting, nor does it pay an artist to exhibit. The Council receives a 25% donation on sales of work in the Gallery.
  • The Gallery at Queen’s Park will pay an honorarium of $75 for public programming during the exhibition, a part of the Inter/action Artist Learning Series.

How to Apply for an Exhibition:

The Gallery Exhibitions Selection Committee (GESC) meets once a year, in September, to consider applications for the following years. A well-prepared proposal helps in the selection.

To be considered at the next GESC meeting, please submit the following:

  • A selection of 8-10 digital images of proposed work you wish to exhibit. Digital images should be jpg format at 150 dpi; each image should be a maximum of 800 x 600 pixels. Image files should be clearly labelled with your Name, the Title of Work, Size in inches and Medium. Example: Artist-Title-Size-Medium.jpg
  • Contact information (mailing address, phone number, email, website). In this document, please provide a clear and concise statement explaining which space you are applying for (Main, Lower, Both)
  • An Artist Statement giving your aims and objectives as an artist in relation to your work.
  • A Curriculum Vitae (3 pages max.) to establish a better understanding of your background and experience.
  • A written proposal for public programming to be produced and hosted by the artist at the Gallery. The public programming event must take place during regular posted open hours, on a Sunday, during the exhibit. Proposed public programming may be events such as an artist talk, performance art, theoretical or technical seminar, live drawing/painting, social practice etc.

Please include all written material as PDF files and submit via email to gallery@acnw.ca with Exhibition Submission The Gallery at Queens Park in the subject line. Please ensure that attachments total less than 5MB.

Deadlines for submission is 4:00pm on Friday August 31, 2018. Applications will not be rolled over. To be considered for an application for the following year, please re-apply.

The Selection/Exhibition Process:

The GESC will meet in September 2018 to consider all applications received. All applications will receive a reply by email, stating whether the work has been accepted.  If your application has been successful, you will be contacted by telephone, an exhibition date will be confirmed, and a contract will be sent to you. This contract will outline your responsibilities and providing other details and dates.  A signed contract is required before the exhibition can proceed.

Application Tips:

  • Be sure that all documents include your name, a working title of the proposed exhibition and complete contact information; phone number, email address, website and postal code.
  • Email submissions are preferred. For physical submissions, please phone the gallery at 604-525-3244 for equitable access procedures.
  • DO NOT send composite images or prepared slideshows
  • Please test all documents on a PC computer to ensure compatibility

Submit your application via email to: gallery@acnw.ca

Estimated Timeline:

July 1                              Call to Artists Launched
August 31                       Deadline to submit
Mid-September            Gallery Exhibition Selection Committee meets
Early October               Artists contacted
Late October                 Exhibition dates confirmed, contracts signed and returned
February – Nov 2019  Exhibition Schedule

Contact:

All enquiries should be directed to:
Samantha Newton, Gallery Coordinator
Phone: 604 525 3244
gallery@acnw.ca

For complete information on how to apply for an exhibition, please refer to the Exhibition Application package.
For more information about The Gallery at Queen’s Park, visit www.acnw.ca/gallery

Thank you for your interest in our 2018 Summer Music Program. Our Call for Musicians is now closed

Interested in making a difference to the New Westminster arts community? Consider volunteering on the Visual Arts Committee or one of its sub-committees.

These committees plan, develop, and facilitate arts activities that engage the public, spark dialogue, and encourage collaboration. Committee members create connections and community through The Gallery at Queen’s Park program. The Visual Arts Committee and its sub-committees also work to improve artists’ networks and build continuity and presence through ongoing involvement in community events.

The Visual Arts Committee are chaired by members of the ACNW board; members are volunteers with professional experience in their fields and are selected through application and interview by a Board appointed committee.  Recommended allocations are approved by ACNW’s Board of Directors. 

Committee Members must enjoy working and interacting with people and have a positive attitude. Committee members receive no remuneration for their work but may be reimbursed for authorized expenditures made on behalf of ACNW. The ACNW’s committees and juries reflect the diversity of our city and its evolving arts practices. Maximum term:  3 years.

Committees

We are seeking members on the following committees:

1) Visual Arts Committee

2) Installation Sub-Committee

3) Exhibition Selection Sub-Committee

4) Maintenance Sub-Committee

5) Volunteer Sub-Committee

6) Permanent Collection Sub-Committee

Roles and Responsibilities of ANCW Committee Members

Committees support the operations of The Gallery at Queen’s Park program. The committees also broaden and strengthen the Arts Council’s community base. Committee members review program delivery, advise the Board of Directors on the needs of the arts community and general policy matters. 

Committee members:

  • Attend monthly committee meetings at least six times per year and email the committee chair or event coordinator as needed
  • Attend and support community events at The Gallery at Queens Park. Responsibilities for each event vary depending on the needs of the organizer/artist.
  • Recommend changes in programming/governance to the ACNW Board of Directors
  • Maintain an awareness of the arts community and the changing artistic practices, trends and issues within the discipline
  • Advise on related matters, including the development of new opportunities/needs in the community
  • Promote arts events online (Facebook, Twitter, etc.)

Committee members are viewed as representatives of the Arts Council of New Westminster and should therefore conduct themselves in an appropriately professional manner, respecting their ACNW responsibilities and obligations and following the Ground Rules for Group Deliberations and Consensus Building as approved by the Board January 2016. Time required is approximately 4-6 hours per month.

Criteria for Committee Membership

Committee members must:

  • Be a member of the Arts Council.
  • Be knowledgeable and experienced in their respective discipline, either as a professional or volunteer.
  • Have no real or perceived bias respecting any special interest group while serving as Committee members.
  • Consider the best interests of the entire community.
  • Be willing and able to make a significant contribution of time during their tenure. 

While the number of formal meetings may not be more than six each year, committee members will need to dedicate of considerable periods of time to review programming, attend events and consult with ACNW staff and other committee members.  Time required is approximately 4-6 hours per month.

Benefits

Learn about the various communities in New Westminster; community art practices; local events and artists; and environmental art. Meet and work with lots of great people and for great organization!

How to Apply

To apply for a volunteer role, please send your information to info@acnw.ca Please include your resume and a statement as to why you are interested in the arts and which committee you are interested in.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS “Emergence” – An Exhibition celebrating the best youth and emerging artists out of New West

Momentum Youth Arts/Massey Theatre Youth now accepting submissions from selfidentified youth and emerging artists in any media for exhibition in November 2018 at the Plaskett Gallery @ Massey Theatre

Eligibility: If you… live or have lived in New Westminster  attend or have attended school in New Westminster work in New Westminster have another connection to New Westminster

Submit up to three works for consideration. Please include in your submission: 

  • Name         
  • Age     
  • For each work: photo of work, title, framed size, and media               
  • CV/resume        
  •  A brief description of how your meet the Exhibition’s eligibility requirements

Send submission via post, or hand deliver to: “Emergence” Exhibition Committee Massey Theatre, 735 Eighth Avenue, New Westminster, BC V3M 2R2 Or via email to:  youthprograms@masseytheatre.com

Deadline for submissions is June 24th 2018. Works will be selected and all artists will be notified by July 24th

For more information please contact Julian Legere, Youth Arts Programmer

604-517-5900 ext 6127, youthprograms@masseytheatre.com 

 

 

 

The Arts Council of New Westminster (ACNW) Performing Arts Committee has identified the need for a one-day summer performing arts festival to take place in Queens Park Concert Bowl on August 11, 2018.  This dynamic, entertaining, new summer event will feature a variety of local performing arts groups and performers, engaging the community with vibrant arts programming and appealing to the different demographics within the community.

This one-day event will feature eight separate performance acts, performing for no-more than 40 minutes.  Event organization, marketing, and a stage crew will be provided by the New Westminster Arts Council and the Performing Arts Committee. 

We are looking for applications to perform at this exciting new event, by locally-based individuals, groups, or organizations.  As the focus of this event is on the performing arts, the Council and Committee are seeking applications from any interested performers in such applicable performance avenues as drama, comedy, song, dance, circus, etc

Proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Overall proposal suitability: How potentially engaging is this performance 
  • Diversity of the performance
  • Applicability of the performance for a community event
  • Viability of proposal
  • Technical expertise and experience of applicant

Applicants should provide the following information as part of their proposal for consideration:

  • Description of experience in planning, rehearsing, and performing in the community.
  • List of how many performers are involved
  • Detailed description of the performance proposed
  • Estimated length of performance
  • Equipment needed for performance (Please see list of venue provided equipment. We will provide additional equipment where possible, but please note we cannot accommodate all additional equipment requirements)

The proposal should be no longer than two pages. Keep information as brief as possible.

The New Westminster Arts Council and Performing Arts Council have established a modest budget for this event.  Each performance group will be given a modest honorarium.

Questions about RFP process and eligibility may be directed to Stefanie Swinnard, ACNW Performing Arts Committee Chair at info@acnw.ca

All successful applicants will be required to be members of the Arts Council of New Westminster

Deadline: Please submit your proposal by March 31, 2018 at 5:00 pm. Following that time, proposals may be accepted and reviewed but no guarantees are provided.

Send ONE electronic copy with supporting documentation to info@acnw.ca

All submissions will be juried by a panel of professional artists, educators, and administrators between April 1st and 30th 2018.

Shortlisted applicants will be notified by April 30th , 2018

To download the entire RFP document as a PDF, click here

For more info, email info@acnw.ca
www.acnw.ca

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

“Emergence” – An Exhibition celebrating the best youth and emerging artists out of New West
Momentum Youth Arts/Massey Theatre Youth now accepting submissions from self-identified youth and emerging artists in any media for exhibition in November 2018 at the Plaskett Gallery @ Massey Theatre

Eligibility: If you…

  • live or have lived in New Westminster
  • attend or have attended school in New Westminster
  • work in New Westminster
  • have another connection to New Westminster

Submit up to three works of art for consideration. Please include in your submission:

  • Name
  • Age
  • For each work: image, title, framed size, and media
  • CV/resume
  •  A brief description of how your meet the Exhibition’s eligibility requirements

The gallery is not able at this time to accommodate sculptures, unless they can be mounted on the wall.
The proposed work of art must not have been showcased in New Westminster in the preceding 12 months, nor (upon acceptance) be displayed in any other New Westminster gallery during the exhibiting year.

Deadline for submissions is June 24th 2018.
Send submission via post, or hand deliver to:
“Emergence” Exhibition Committee
Massey Theatre, 735 Eighth Avenue, New Westminster, BC V3M 2R2
Or via email to youthprograms@masseytheatre.com

For more information please contact Julian Legere, Youth Arts Programmer
604-517-5900 ext 6127, youthprograms@masseytheatre.com

Works will be selected and all artists will be notified by July 24th

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

“From Life to Death” Group Exhibition
Presented by the Arts Council of New Westminster
and New West Hospice Society
at
Anvil Centre Community Art Space

The Arts Council of New Westminster and the New West Hospice Society have partnered to present an exhibition that aims to normalize conversations and messages about dying, death and grief. For the most part, our community is death-denying and we seek to create a dialogue that encourages individuals to share their stories and journeys on these issues. Our intention is to galvanize the arts community to produce pieces that investigate the personal journey we all make through life, until our deaths.

The theme is open to the artist’s interpretation, but in considering a piece for the show, exhibited works will consider the journey we are making to live until death, the way the artist would like to see their lives at death, how living is taking place until the last breath, and what they have learned from those who died before them. We are seeking personal interpretations of the theme and welcome short write-ups that enhance the artwork through story.

This Call for Submissions is open to emerging and established artists who reside or have a studio practice in New Westminster. A jury of professional artists and representatives of the ACNW and NW Hospice Society will adjudicate the exhibition submissions. The ACNW will coordinate the delivery of all artwork to the Anvil Centre in advance of the exhibition start date.

Theme: “From Life to Death”
Deadline for submissions: January 31, 2018
Jury response: February 9, 2018

Delivery of work(s) at the Arts Council Office: February 16, 2018
Exhibition opening: April 5, 2018 – 5 to 7pm
Exhibition period: March 31 to June 1, 2018

Please note:

  • Work must be completed at time of exhibition submission.
  • All exhibited works must be two-dimensional media, as per the guidelines of the Community Art Space (link).
  • Work must be suitably framed, ready for hanging
  • To exhibit, you must be a current member of the Arts Council of New Westminster at the time of the exhibition. The Council does not charge for exhibiting, nor does it pay an artist to exhibit. Click here to become a member of the ACNW.

To be considered for this group exhibition, please submit the following via email:

  • Artist name, contact information, website and social media links
  • 100-word Artist biography
  • Application of the theme; how does your work relate to the theme, 250 words
  • 1-3 images of proposed artworks you wish to exhibit. Digital images should be jpg format at 150 dpi; each image should be a maximum of 800 x 600 pixels. Image files should be clearly labelled with your Name, the Title of Work, Size in inches and Medium. Example: Artist-Title-Size-Medium.jpg
  • List of artwork information identifying artist name, title, medium, size, and date
  • Current CV
  • Short statement identifying where you heard about the Group Exhibition

 Please include all written material as PDF files and submit via email to info@acnw.ca with “Exhibition Submission – From Life To Death” in the subject line. Please ensure that attachments total less than 3MB.

About the Arts Council of New Westminster
Founded in 1967, The Arts Council of New Westminster is a community arts organization built by individuals and member groups who share an interest in visual, performing and literary arts. The Arts Council’s role in the community is to advocate for the arts and foster support for those engaging in artistic and cultural endeavors.
More info: http://www.acnw.ca

About the New West Hospice Society
New West Hospice Society was incorporated in August 2016 with the goal of working to make New Westminster a Compassionate City where neighbour helps neighbour at end of life and where talking about dying, death and grief are not taboo subjects.
More info: https://newwesthospice.ca/

About the Anvil Centre Community Art Space
The space forges creative dialogue, brings attention to local art as well as creates new opportunities for artists in our city.  It is an accessible space, where New Westminster based art groups can organize members’ exhibitions.  It is open to New Westminster emerging and established artists working in two-dimensional media.
More info: https://anvilcentre.com/discover/community-art-space/

Contact
Stephen O’Shea, Executive Director
Arts Council of New Westminster
info@acnw.ca | 604 525 3244 | www.acnw.ca

Click here to download this Call for Submission

The Arts Council of New Westminster (ACNW) is now inviting artists to submit applications for solo or duo exhibitions during the 2018 calendar year.

The ACNW operates a picturesque gallery in Queen’s Park known as The Gallery at Queen’s Park, which features a wide range of visual arts by local and emerging artists in exhibitions which change monthly. If you are an artist and are interested in being considered for the period from January 2018 to December 2018, your submission must reach the Gallery Exhibition Selection Committee (GESC) before August 31st 2017.

To be considered at the next GESC meeting, please submit the following:

  • A selection of 8-10 digital images of proposed work you wish to exhibit. Digital images should be jpg format at 150 dpi; each image should be a maximum of 800 x 600 pixels. Image files should be clearly labelled with your Name, the Title of Work, Size in inches and Medium. Example: Artist-Title-Size-Medium.jpg
  • Contact information (mailing address, phone number, email, website).
  • An Artist Statement giving your aims and objectives as an artist in relation to your work.
  • A Curriculum Vitae (3 pages max.) to establish a better understanding of your background and experience.
  • A written proposal for public programming to be produced and hosted by the artist at the Gallery. The public programming event must take place during regular posted open hours, on either a Saturday or Sunday, during the exhibit. Proposed public programming may be events such as an artist talk, performance art, theoretical or technical seminar, live drawing/painting, social practice etc.

Please include all written material as PDF files and submit via email to gallery@acnw.ca with “Exhibition Submission – The Gallery at Queen’s Park” in the subject line. Please ensure that attachments total less than 5MB.

Deadlines for submission is August 31, 2017. Applications will not be rolled over. To be considered for an application for the following year, please re-apply.

PLEASE NOTE:  The proposed exhibition submission must not have been showcased in New Westminster in the preceding 12 months, nor (upon acceptance) be displayed in any other New Westminster gallery during the exhibiting year.

For more information on how to apply for an exhibition, please refer to the Exhibition Application package.
Any other inquires can be made by phone 604-525-3244 or by email: gallery [at] acnw [dot] ca

Plaskett Gallery

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

The Plaskett Gallery, part of the Massey Theatre complex, in New Westminster is now accepting submissions from visual artists in any media for exhibitions from January 2018 to December 2018, with the option of doing a one month to a two month exhibition.

Please submit samples of your work in photographic format, a minimum of six photographs, the framed size of each work, an artist’s statement about the proposed exhibition, a curriculum vitae, and a self-addressed stamp with sufficient postage for us to send your material back if now submitted via email. Please, if applicable, include your website address.

The gallery is not able at this time to accommodate sculptures or 3D.

We request that the proposed exhibition submission have not have been displayed in the New Westminster area in the preceding year.

Deadline for submissions is October 15th 2017

Send submission via email, post or hand deliver at:
Massey Theatre/Plaskett Gallery Exhibition Committee
735 Eighth Avenue, New Westminster, BC V3M 2R2
Email: andree@masseytheatre.com

For more information please contact the Massey Theatre by phone, 604-517-5900 or by email, visit our website: masseytheatre.com.

We will contact those who were selected will by mid-November 2mailto:info@masseytheatre.com017

 

Artists living in New Westminster are invited to submit proposals for a twodimensional piece of artwork to be painted by the community on a selected site in New Westminster.

The project “Paint New West Beautiful” includes painting a 5 foot high by 30 foot long stretch of a wall on the fire station in the West End of New Westminster. Interested community members can participate in painting the wall, including children. The project goals are to beautify an area of the City and to engage citizens in community and collaborative art. Previous mural projects have taken place at sites in downtown New Westminster and Moody Park.

The Call seeks proposals for a scaled, twodimensional work that depicts a garden scene and is reflective of the local ecology and community. An aspect representing the fire station, specially the historic Hyack Fire Truck, would be appreciated. The work should be simple enough for the community to replicate on a larger-scale, vertical structure. This Call is open to emerging and established artists living in New Westminster.

Paint New West Beautiful will take place September 16 and 17 from 11:00 am – 2 pm. While it is not a requirement for the artist to participate during the event, it is strongly encouraged and much appreciated.

Please submit by email:

  • Current CV or a short biography
  • 1-3 jpgs of proposed mural design
  • A short statement, maximum 250 words, of how the work reflects the local cultural community

Deadline for submissions: August 15, 2017 at 5pm

The Arts Council of New Westminster will provide an honorarium of $300 for the selected work. The artist must agree to be recognized on publicity and materials for the event.

Please send all submissions to:
Nadine Nakagawa
778-839-8160
nadine_nakagawa@hotmail.com

 
 
 

The City of New Westminster, in partnership with the Arts Council of New Westminster, and with funding provided by the Canada 150 Fund and a Shaw Canada 150 Initiative grant, has a fantastic opportunity for Aboriginal and Newcomer youth, aged 13 to 21, to participate in a free 2-day workshop!

Share stories, explore issues that matter to you and find your voice at Speak-In Speak-Out! This free 2-day workshop offers Aboriginal and Newcomer youth a platform to discover transformational writing-based practices. Literary forms such as poetry and spoken word are brought into the contemporary realm, as tools of empowerment to fearlessly explore personal and creative expression. Develop skills in both spoken and written language, learn tools beneficial for public speaking, test your freedoms of expression and boost self-confidence! The workshop culminates in an installation and exhibition at Anvil Centre in New Westminster.

Applicants will participate in a free 2-day workshop with special guests Ahmed “Knowmadic” Ali and Kia Kadiri, Saturday June 17 (10:00-1:00) and Sunday June 18 (2:00-5:00). Workshops will take place at Anvil Centre and the New Westminster Public Library, and will culminate in an installation and exhibition at Anvil Centre in 2017 (optional, dates TBA).

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must identify as First Nations, Newcomer or immigrant youth, aged 13 to 21.
Spaces are limited: Maximum 24 participants. Please encourage your students, participants, and youth to apply today!
Find more Opportunities for Artists on the Arts Services webpage

About the Workshop Leaders:

Ahmed “Knowmadic” Ali
Award winning poet Ahmed Ali also knows as ‘Knowmadic’, is a full-time poet, writer, actor, comedian, speaker and youth worker living in British Columbia. Ahmed was born in Mogadisho in 1984 and immigrated to Italy in 1989, evading the civil war. In 2001 Ahmed became the first Somali to enroll into Comedy Writing and performance at Humber College in Toronto, Ontario. Ahmed attended the Edmonton Poetry Festival (2009), is a founding member of The Breath in Poetry Collective (2009). In 2011, Ahmed became the first Somali spoken word champion at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word. He is the recipient of the RISE award (2012), held tenure as Artist in Residence at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute in Seattle, Washington (2013), named a “Difference Maker” by the Edmonton Journal (2013) and recognized as Alberta’s Top 30 under 30 for his work with IFSSA, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Mennonite Center for New Comers, and Ghandi Peace Conference and Edmonton Public Schools to name a few. His passion and commitment to poetry earned him an opportunity to represent Canada at the International Literature showcase in Norwich, UK, which is recognized by UNESCO as a city of literature. http://www.ahmedknowmadic.com/about/

Kia Kadiri
Kia is a passionate Hip- Hop artist. This passion for music, rap, and poetry makes her extremely productive as a workshop leader, and engages even those participants who are shy to perform. Kia loves sharing the gift of words! The goals of her workshops are always to help youth build self-confidence, and connect to their cultural identities, using music, rap and poetry. She enjoys helping them express their ideas, communicating struggles that they face, addressing issues in their communities, and most of all having fun while they learn new skills. Kia is warm, welcoming and energetic, which makes her a magnet for adults and children. She demonstrates a good sense of the energy of the participants, and has the ability to shift gears quickly in response to their engagement.

The Arts Council of New Westminster coordinates busking style performances throughout New Westminster through various programs and events. 2017 will see the return of this program! We are seeking submissions of small musical acts including solos, duos, and full band performances. All genres of music will be considered. Performances will take place Thursdays through Sundays, and will be coordinated by Arts Council staff. A PA system will NOT be provided but electricity is available (Please indicate if you plan to bring your own).

There is no fee to apply for the music program. However, Artists chosen to participate in the music program are required to be members of The Arts Council of New Westminster. Membership fees can be paid in person at The Gallery at Queen’s Park, via the mail, or via Paypal on our website. Individual memberships are $20. Student/Senior memberships are $15.

Participants of the music program will be paid an honorarium for their performance.

To register, please fill out this following form at: http://artscouncilnewwest.org/buskers/
All inquires, email music@acnw.ca

River as Home
City of New Westminster
Submission Deadline: May 15, 2017 at 4pm PST
Budget: $4000.00

Background
2017 marks the 150th anniversary of Confederation in Canada. This offers a chance to reflect on Canada’s history, look to the future, and embark on an exciting new chapter for the country. Many activities are being planned for the New Westminster community to commemorate and participate in this milestone.

As part of the Canada 150 anniversary, the City of New Westminster will be bringing together a collection of cultural projects centered on the concept of “Home”.

The intent behind this program is to engage artists, residents and visitors in conversations surrounding the theme of “Home”. Home exudes more than a place where we sleep, eat and keep our belongings. Home can be a place of belonging, where safety, security and identity are upheld. At a time of increased immigration and displacement, home might be a new and challenging place. Home may also be on unceded territories. Houses, community spaces, neighborhoods, rivers, mountains, cities and countries are all a part of home.

Opportunity
The City of New Westminster, in partnership with the Arts Council of New Westminster and the Fraser River Discovery Centre, is soliciting proposals for video-based works in response to the theme “River as Home”. The call for proposals invites proposals for new work that reflects on, and creates a dialogue about, the Fraser River as manifest in this notion of home.

The successful artist or artist team will be responsible for the research, creation, and production of the video work. The selected artist or artist team is encouraged to work with the local community to inform their process. The selected artist or artist team will have access to the Fraser River Discover Centre’s research collection, access to the City of New Westminster Archives, as well as the opportunity to work out of the nearby Anvil Centre for facilitation and creation of the work. Artists must have their own video and editing equipment. The final work will be presented as part of Riverfest, September 19-23, 2017 at the Fraser River Discover Centre’s Theatre and as part of the Canada 150 exhibition at the New Westminster Museum in November, 2017.

Budget
The total budget available to artist(s) team is $4000.00 Artwork budget must be inclusive of all costs, including (but not limited to) artist fees, studio overhead, equipment, production, travel, transportation, all taxes and general liability insurance.

Eligibility Criteria
This call is open to all professional Artists or Artist Teams, who have demonstrated creative expertise and technical skills to manage all phases of the process, from research through to production, in coordination with the community partners and municipal staff.
City of New Westminster staff, members of the City of New Westminster Public Art Advisory Committee, and jury panel members are not eligible to apply.

Please email your submission by May 15, 4:00pm PST to bvelkova@newwestcity.ca

Please keep your submission under 8MB in file size. The City of New Westminster will not consider late submissions.

Submission Requirements:

Proposal
Please provide a project proposal with a proposed timeframe. The “River as Home” project must be completed by September 1, 2017.
Artist CV
Provide your name, address, phone number, email address and details of all experience related to past artwork and other relevant information.
Previous Work Examples
Up to 10 digital images or video links (Vimeo, YouTube or other) showing previous examples of artwork created by the artist(s). Provide the following information to support the previous work examples: title, date completed, medium.
For further requests for information:
Biliana Velkova, Arts Coordinator
Email: bvelkova@newwestcity.ca Phone: 604 515 3822