Halifax Pride: More Details on Featured Artist Competition

Posted by Wayves volunteer Hugo Dann 10/05-2013

By Adam Reid (Halifax Pride) with Wayves Staff

Adam Reid, Halifax Pride's media Communications Coordinator and the Director of the Queer Acts Theatre Festival, Adam Reid, responded to the questions Wayves had asked about Pride's decision to hold a competetion for an artist to feature during Halifax Pride Week. The questions with Mr. Reid's answers appear below.

1. How did the idea come about, and what does Pride want to see come out of this?

Every year the Queer Acts Theatre Festival features visual art in the lobby of the Bus Stop Theatre. Over the past 4 years, the art we've featured was that of friends or people who'd offered to let their work hang in the space. I'd been wondering how to organize a proper call for submissions when the NSCAD Queer Collective starting popping up on my radar.  I met with them to ask for their help organizing a call and quickly realized that Halifax Pride could offer the artists more than just an exhibit during Queer Acts.  Halifax Pride is very interested in encouraging and promoting the work of artists from the LGBTQ community and this is an opportunity to do that while adding an additional arts component to the festival.

2. Where will the exhibit take place?

The exhibit will be presented in the lobby of The Bus Stop Theatre from July 18-21 as part of the Queer Acts Theatre Festival.  Depending on the nature of the work, which of course has yet to be chosen, we will then seek to exhibit the work at another location for the remainder of the Halifax Pride Festival.

3. Will the work(s) be for sale?

Whether the work is for sale will be at the artist's discretion, but I imagine they would be interested in selling pieces if possible.  All proceeds from the sale would of course go to the artist.  Halifax Pride has no interest in splitting the funds.  We simply want to add to the cultural component of the festival, display great work, and shine aspotlight on the talent we have in this community.

Competition Details:

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.

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