Mina's Picks: April Artist Opportunities

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In this monthly series Partial’s Community Engagement Lead, Mina shares her top picks for artist opportunities across Canada. Check out February’s featured open calls.

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Neurodivergent Artist Collective: Call for Artists

Deadline: April 15, 2023, 11:59 PM PST

This project will encourage neurodivergent artists to take space in a neurotypical world and work collaboratively to dismantle invisible inequities in contemporary art spaces. In 2023, the collective will work together to present a minimum of one visual arts exhibition in November in downtown Vancouver.

The target group for this project are artists who are 19 years or older and self-identify as neurodivergent and who have felt alienated from engaging in the arts due to a lack of access and other barriers. Artists without a portfolio of work who can bring other valuable skills and experiences to the collective are encouraged to apply!

All collective members will receive a $200 artist fee after participating in the final exhibition. Financial support for travel, art supplies, framing, and more will also be available.

More information can be found here.

Nocturne 2023: Call for Submissions

Deadline: April 17, 2023, midnight ADT

Founded in 2008, Nocturne: Art at Night Festival (Nocturne) is a free, independent, contemporary art festival in Kjipuktuk (Halifax). Annually, Nocturne brings 60,000+ people to the streets of Halifax and Dartmouth to experience art and celebrate the visual arts scene in Mi’kma’ki (Nova Scotia). This year Nocturne will take place from October 12-15, 2023.

Nocturne is currently seeking artists to participate in our 2023 programming through the development of a temporary public artwork that will be exhibited during our signature night-time art experience taking place on Saturday, October 14.

For successful applicants, Nocturne pays equitable CARFAC 2023 Fees, material/production expenses, including accessibility costs, artist care, and travel.

More information can be found here.

Own Your Litter Public Art Project: Call for Artists

Deadline: April 30, 2023

The City of Mississauga Public Art Program, in partnership with the Parks, Forestry, and Environment section, invites artists and/or artist teams to submit proposals for a temporary public art project that explores our relationship with garbage.

Artists are asked to propose artwork that uses locally collected trash as a major part of its creation and explores the connection among the environment, waste reduction, and the circular economy.

The commissioned artist(s) will be responsible for all fabrication and installation. The artwork will be completed and installed in J.C. Saddington Park (53 Lake Street, Mississauga, ON) for at least a one-year period starting in September 2023.

The total budget for this project is $15,000 + HST.

More information can be found here.

Neutral Ground Main Gallery & Window Gallery 2024-25: Call for Proposals

Deadline: May 1, 2023

Located on Treaty 4 Territory, Neutral Ground is a not-for-profit, artist-run-centre that presents contemporary visual and media art. From the gallery in downtown Regina, Saskatchewan/Treaty 4 Territory they connect audiences to the presentation of interdisciplinary art from emerging and mid-career artists, and from established artists experimenting with or working outside of their normal practices.

Proposals received prior to 11:59 pm on May 1st  will be assessed by a jury in consideration for the 2024-25  programming season. Proposals will be accepted for both the Main Gallery and the Window Gallery.

In the interest of creating diverse programming, work that has been exhibited in Regina within the last four years is ineligible for programming. Artists are limited to one solo exhibition in any four-year period (i.e. Canada Council grant cycle).

Neutral Ground encourages submissions that are experimental, take risks, and that push the boundaries of artistic practices. 

More information can be found here.

401 Richmond Career Launcher Prize: Call for Submissions

Deadline: May 15, 2023, 5PM EST

Each year, 401 Richmond welcomes an emerging artist into its community through the 401 Career Launcher Prize. The 401 Career Launcher Prize provides an exceptional opportunity to occupy a coveted 500 sq/ft studio for one year at 401 Richmond, one of Canada’s most dynamic arts facilities. The award recipient will become part of a unique community of artists, cultural producers, creative pioneers, passionate activists and social entrepreneurs. Presented annually since 2000 the 401 Career Launcher Prize, chosen by a panel of visual arts professionals has been as a way of providing space and support for research and experimentation at a critical time in an emerging artist’s career.

More information can be found here.