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Aug 19 2016 // Contemporary Calgary

Call For Submissions / NEXT2016: Considering the Next Studio

How are studio practices evolving for artists in the 21st century?
Contemporary Calgary invites Calgary-based artists and artist collectives working in all disciplines to examine this question while preparing submissions to present dynamic exhibitions as part of NEXT2016. This ongoing series offers early career artists the opportunity and resources to create and present new work with the guidance and support of Contemporary Calgary’s curatorial team and members of the community-at-large.
While NEXT2015 offered artists a studio space in which to create new works, NEXT2016 encourages artists to investigate the potential of post-studio practices, exploring notions of digital environments, mobility, ideas as artwork, alternative modes of production, and how these practices may manifest themselves within an exhibition space. Artists are asked to consider the exhibition space as a site for research, engagement, and activity throughout the exhibition, demonstrating ways in which the space itself may become an active participant in the work. As part of each exhibition, participating artists will be invited to host a public program in order to reveal the research undertaken throughout the project, and as such, should detail in their submission how a specific format may respond to the unique needs of their practice and proposal, whether it be an artist talk, discussion, performance, film screening, workshop, etc.
Contemporary Calgary will work with each selected artist to ensure they receive the guidance and support needed to develop their projects in the months leading up to the exhibition through ongoing discussion with our curatorial team and members of the local community. We also wish to provide the opportunity to develop national and international networks by coordinating consultation with visiting artists and a visiting writer who will be commissioned to write an essay on the project.
The deadline for submissions is September 12, 2016, at midnight.
Submissions will be reviewed by Contemporary Calgary’s Senior Curator and Associate Curator, who will select two independent artists or artist collectives to present concurrent solo exhibitions in Contemporary Calgary’s Top Gallery - North, and Top Gallery - South. Selected artists will be announced to the public on September 19, and the two exhibitions will open concurrently on November 24, 2016 and continue to February 12, 2017.
Artist fees will be paid to independent artists as per CARFAC’s recommended rates for a solo exhibition, and to members of a collective as per CARFAC’s recommended rates for a group exhibition. In addition, artists will be paid a presentation fee for their public program, and each exhibition (whether presented by an independent artist or a collective) will be supported by a $1000 material stipend paid upon announcement of the artists.
To be eligible for NEXT2016, applicants must be professional artists in the early stages of their careers, and must currently reside in Calgary, Canada. Individual artists or collectives may apply.
A professional artist, as defined by the Canada Council for the Arts:
  • 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 produced an independent body of work.
  • has maintained an independent professional practice for at least three years following the completion of specialized training in the field.
Artists within the early stages of their career are defined as:
  • those who are within the first five years of meeting the Canada Council for the Arts’ above definition of a professional artist.
Submission Requirements
  • Brief proposal (maximum 500 words)
  • Current CV (maximum 2 pages)
  • Up to ten images of recent work with details (title, year, medium, dimensions)
  • Up to five minutes of video/audio-based work (online link preferred)
  • Please submit all material in a single PDF file titled “NEXT2016_ArtistName.pdf” and send to with the subject line “NEXT2016 Submission”.

September 12:         Deadline for submissions
September 19:         Announce selected artists
November 24:          Opening reception
Nov. 24 – Feb. 12:   Exhibition continues at Contemporary Calgary