Halifax Pride Featured Visual Artist Call for Submissions

Posted by Wayves volunteer Hugo Dann, 06/05/2013

Halifax, NS - Halifax Pride and the NSCAD Queer Collective are pleased to announce that they are partnering on a new initiative to highlight the work of LGBTQ emerging artists. Following a call for submissions, one artist will be selected as the 2013 Halifax Pride Featured Visual Artist. As the Featured Artist they will have their works exhibited during Halifax Pride’s QUEER ACTS Theatre Festival, will receive prominent exposure in the 2013 Halifax Pride Festival Guide, and a tickets to a variety of Halifax Pride events. Other exhibition venues may also be available to the artist during the festival, depending on availability of space and the nature of the selected artist’s work.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Artists must be residents of Nova Scotia.
  • Emerging artists will be given priority.
  • Visual artists of any media will be considered.
  • Artists must self-identify as members of the LGBTQ community,
  • OR explore themes in their work which clearly impact the LGBTQ community.

Email submissions must be received by May 15, 2013. Submissions accepted by email at nscadqueercollective@gmail.com

Interested parties are asked to submit the following:

  • CV
  • Artist bio (300 words or less).
  • Paragraph describing the manner in which the work speaks to or addresses themes of relevance to the LGBTQ community (300 words or less).
  • Approximately 10 images or video clips (not to exceed 3 minutes). Dimensions of any sculptural work.

Artists will be selected by a curatorial committee made up of members of the Halifax Pride Board and the NSCAD Queer Collective.

The Halifax Pride Festival runs from July 18-28, 2013, with a variety of other Pride events held throughout the year.

Halifax Pride is a non-profit organization of volunteers dedicated to producing a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Festival.

Editor's Note: On May 1, Wayves received the above media release from Halifax (it had been sent the night before). We responded immediately with a series of questions: about guidelines, the composition of the jury, and timing of the release, why only two weeks for artists to get their applications in? Where would the works be exhibited? Would the selected artist(s) be allowed to offer their work for sale? etc.

Update, May10! We have since heard back form Halifax Pride's Communications Coordinator Adam Reid. You can find Pride's responses published here.

Wayves will always try to publish in a timely fashion PSAs from Atlantic Canada's LGBTQ service organizations. However, we encourage these organizations to utilize Wayves new online format to go a little deeper than just asking us to publish dates and facts. We hope organizations will see Wayves.ca as a platform to reach out to the community and to share with us the thoughts and aspirations that lie behind the dry prose of a public service announcement.

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