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Alberta Artist in Residence

Applications are now open for the Alberta Artist in Residence, an ambassador for arts and culture in the province.

The Artist in Residence program will coincide with Month of the Artist this September, to showcase Alberta-based talent while raising awareness of the value and contributions of artists in the province. The program has an emphasis on an arts ambassador role to strengthen promotion and support for artists in Alberta.

The residency will last for one year, and the successful artist will develop a project designed to promote the arts in Alberta and engage in community outreach. 

Deadline: August 24, 2020 at 11:59:59 p.m.

Deadline: 08/24/2020

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Alberta Culture Days in Wood Buffalo

Each year during the last weekend of September, Alberta Culture Days offers free, participatory events and programs that invite the public to discover, experience and celebrate the arts and culture in their communities. 

This year, Alberta Culture Days has been extended beyond the traditional weekend to a 4-week interactive, immersive arts and culture experience taking place from September 1 to 30. Events will be offered indoors, outdoors and online. Everyone can play a role in the Culture Days!

Do you have an idea for a free, participatory or interactive event?  Submit an Event/ Activity Proposal.

Are you a venue operator? Offer the use of your space! Submit a Venue Registration.

Are you an artist looking to participate in an event? Register here.


FUNDING AVAILABLE! There are two funding opportunities available this year for organizers of Alberta Culture Days in Wood Buffalo events:

1. To be included in the provincial Alberta Culture Days Grant application, you must submit a completed Event/Activity Proposal by Friday, July 10, 2020. – CLOSED

2. To be considered for funding provided by Arts Council Wood Buffalo (through the Community Investment Program), you must submit a completed Event/Activity Proposal by Friday, August 14, 2020. 

Funding will be distributed based on eligibility and in order of applications received. The maximum request is $500.

Deadline: August 14, 2020

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Art Tutorials

Nistawoyou Association Friendship Centre is looking for a artists to film short video tutorials of their arts, crafts, traditional sewing, cooking, Indigenous Languages, and Land Based teachings.

Email [email protected] for details.

Deadline: 08/13/2020

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Female Voices Rock Film Festival

Female Voices Rock Film Festival has extended their deadline to submit short films to their festival. FVR celebrate films that empower female producers, directors, writers and/or protagonists.

This call is open internationally.

Deadline: August 17, 2020

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Netflix Canadian Proposals

Netflix is accepting pitch proposals from Canadian creators for series or films across a variety of categories.

Netflix are continuing their search to discover amazing stories from both seasoned storytellers and undiscovered talent all over Canada. Diverse and underrepresented stories told authentically are important to them.

At the beginning of September, Netflix content leaders will connect with Canadian creators through a series of virtual meetings to learn more about their projects and reinforce relationships with the creative community. 

While this series of meetings will be focused on English-language content, Netflix will be holding a similar series of meetings for French-language content in the near future. Details will be shared as they are made available.

Deadline: Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at 8:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

Deadline: 08/05/2020

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Edmonton International Fringe Festival

Help support the Edmonton Fringe Festival as they had to cancel the 2020 event. Theatre artists are invited to submit a description for a made up show!

In August, they are launching a campaign to raise $1Million to ensure the return of the Fringe Festival, and theatre-goers will be encouraged to purchase “tickets” to these made-up shows in support of this campaign. Artists who submit a show are entered into a draw to win a free lottery spot in the 2021 Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival.

Deadline: July 26, 2020

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Call for Performing Artists — Buffys 2020

Arts Council Wood Buffalo (ACWB) is inviting artists to submit proposals for performances which will be shared at our fifth annual Wood Buffalo Excellence in Arts Awards (Buffys) showcase event on October 17, 2020.

Deadline for Proposal Submissions: June 30, 2020 @ 9 a.m.

This year’s celebrations will be released exclusively for online viewing. All commissioned performances will be pre-recorded for a premiere during this online broadcast.

Submit Your Proposal for this Opportunity

This opportunity has now closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted their proposals. Please bookmark https://artscouncilwb.ca/opportunities-calls/ for future opportunities and calls.

Experiment for Your Pre-Recorded Performance

Given that the performances will be pre-recorded this year, we are particularly interested in site-specific works that highlight underused and unique locations or venues within our region.

This night of celebration is a great opportunity to be experimental and try things out, so we encourage you to embrace your unique ideas and go for it in your submissions!

Example Ideas to Stimulate Your Creativity

Painted – Duncan McDowall
Jurassic Park Theme – The Piano Guys

Eligibility Criteria

  • Artists must be Wood Buffalo residents for the duration of the project
  • Performance must not exceed 5 minutes in length
  • Artists must be performance-ready for recording by mid-July
  • Performance must not have been, or have plans to be, presented again in close proximity of the Buffys (i.e. no repeat presentations of the Work between July – December 2020)

Work Media

The work must be visually appealing to present on film, and may include, but is not limited to:

  • Short-films
  • Music
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Comedy
  • Spoken word
  • Circus arts
  • 2D or 3D art forms

Recording the Performance

The performance needs to be submitted to ACWB by September 17th. For those needing support for the recording process, you may choose to access 1 – 2 hours of complimentary recording time with a professional videographer hired and compensated by ACWB.

Selections Process

  • Artists will be selected based on appropriateness for the program, cost, and quality.
  • Priority will be given to artists who communicate clear, detailed concepts, with reasoning and feasibility provided to support their selected performance location.

Artist Fee

ACWB requests that artists determine their fees as part of the proposal process.

Submit Your Proposal for this Opportunity

This opportunity has now closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted their proposals. Please bookmark https://artscouncilwb.ca/opportunities-calls/ for future opportunities and calls.

For More Information

Contact Luay Eljamal, Programs Manager: [email protected] or 587-674-1625 x.102.

Deadline: 06/30/2020

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Call for Artist: Illustrator / Designer for Instruction Manual

We’re looking for an artist to illustrate and design an instruction manual to accompany Getting to Sold workshops. This manual is intended for tactile or visual learners and for use in communities where training technology or traditional workshop delivery may not be available. 

Deadline for Submissions: Thursday, June 18 @ noon (MT) 

Download this Call for Artists 

Description of Program – Getting to Sold 

Getting to Sold is a workshop series for fine crafters, artisans, and new artists looking to get their products to market. A manual is needed to support workshops that will be delivered to an audience of a wide variety of ages and learning styles. 

About the Commission 

Artist needed to illustrate and design a manual that takes artisans through the workshop process in a fun and engaging format. 

The selected artist will be working closely with Sharon Heading, Arts Recovery Project Coordinator, to adapt the existing program content into the manual. 

Eligibilities 

Artist must be a Wood Buffalo resident for the duration of the project. 

Work Media 

Finished manual will be digital format, both print ready and shareable through online platforms. 

Artist Fee 

The successful artist will receive an all-inclusive fee of $4,000, covering all illustration, layout, and design of the Getting to Sold manual. 

How to Submit for this Opportunity 

Email your submissions to Sharon Heading, Arts Recovery Project Coordinator, at [email protected] with the following information: 

  • List of Accomplishments or CV
  • Three (maximum) digital images of previous artwork 
  • Proposal to include estimated completion timeline
  • Ability to incorporate neurodiversity accessibility into content is an asset 

Deadline for Submissions: Thursday, June 18 @ noon (MT) 

Selection Process 

The successful artist will be selected by Arts Council Wood Buffalo staff and notified by June 19, 2020. Please note, only the successful artist will be contacted. 

Download this Call for Artists 

Questions and More Information 

For questions or more information, please contact Sharon Heading, Arts Recovery Project Coordinator, at [email protected], or 780-381-6898.

Deadline: 06/18/2020

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2019 Wood Buffalo Excellence in Arts Awards – Artist Calls

Deadline for all Artist Calls listed below is July 30, 2019

1. Performing Artists

Arts Council Wood Buffalo (ACWB) is looking for artists to perform at the fourth annual Wood Buffalo Excellence in Arts Awards showcase event on October 19, 2019. This year’s theme is “Midnight Coffeehouse” and will be held at the Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts.

The theme is based on the Beat Generation culture of the 1950s, some of the defining features being performance art, major shifts in poetry and fiction writing, small ensemble experimental jazz, and abstract expressionism in visual art.

The Arts Awards is a great place to be experimental and try things out, so we encourage artists to embrace the Coffeehouse theme and go for it in their submissions!

  • Music, dance, theatre, comedy, spoken word, circus arts, etc. or any combination of these
  • 5-minute time slot on one of the main stages during the awards presentation on October 19
  • Performance agreement also includes:
    • Up to 1 hour of technical rehearsal on the evening of October 18
    • Dress rehearsal during the day on October 19
  • Submission must include: artist description, description of performance, and fee (inclusive of GST).
  • Artists will be selected based on appropriateness for the program, cost, and quality.

Contact Diana Moser, Programs Manager for more information: [email protected] or 587-674-1625 x.102.


2. Photography Services

Arts Council Wood Buffalo (ACWB) is looking for professional photography services to provide event photos of the fourth annual Wood Buffalo Excellence in Arts Awards showcase event on October 19, 2019. This year’s theme, “Midnight Coffeehouse”, is based on the Beat Generation culture of the 1950s, some of the defining features being performance art, major shifts in poetry and fiction writing, small ensemble experimental jazz, and abstract expressionism in visual art.

Location: Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts

Services Required

  • Close up and wide shots
  • Photographs taken during the pre-show activities and backstage
    • 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    • Attendees, performers, décor
  • Photographs taken during the awards showcase
    • 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
    • Attendees, performers, speakers, award presenter(s), sponsors, award recipients, décor
  • Photographs taken during the after-glow activities
    • 11:00 pm – 12:00 am
  • 10 hi resolution images required 2 days after the event for use on ACWB social media
  • All final images due 2 weeks after the event
    • Hi-resolution suitable for future use in printed publications and online

Contact Christina Rolufs, Communications Manager, for more information: [email protected] or 587-674-1625 x.101.


3. Videography Services

Arts Council Wood Buffalo (ACWB) is looking for professional video services to capture event footage to create up to five (5) highlight videos for the fourth annual Wood Buffalo Excellence in Arts Awards. The footage will be captured at the showcase event on October 19, 2019 and will be used to create highlight videos which will be used post-event as thank-yous, promo, etc.

Location: Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts

Time: 7:00 pm to 12:00 am

  • Pre-show: 7:00-9:00 pm
  • Awards show: 9:00-11:00 pm
  • After-glow: 11:00 pm – 12:00 am

Services Required:

Capture event footage on October 19, 2019 to create up to five (5) highlight videos of the Awards.

  • One video should be an overall compilation of the event and approximately 2-3 minutes.
  • Other videos should be 58 second shorts of each: artist showcase, sponsors, awards, event itself.
  • Videos will be mainly used on social media and may be embedded in the ACWB website.
  • Draw inspiration from the 2019 theme “Midnight Coffeehouse”, which is based on the Beat Generation culture of the 1950s, some of the defining features being performance art, major shifts in poetry and fiction writing, small ensemble experimental jazz, and abstract expressionism in visual art.

Contact Christina Rolufs, Communications Manager, for more information: [email protected] or 587-674-1625 x.101.

Deadline: 07/30/2019

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Call for Visual Artworks: We Heal, an Exhibition

YMCA Wood Buffalo and Arts Council Wood Buffalo Arts Recovery Project are looking for 2 dimensional,  3 dimensional and literary artists in Wood Buffalo to submit their work for consideration for the show “We Heal, an Exhibition” running May 2 to May 8, 2019 in the Keyano Art Gallery.

The theme for the exhibition and the submitted work should reflect artists post-wildfire journey to healing.

Submissions

  • Digital photographs of work must be received electronically by Sunday, April 14, 2019 6pm
  • All documentation and information must be in one email and sent to [email protected]
  • Must be a resident of Wood Buffalo
  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Maximum of 3 pieces per artist for consideration
  • All pieces must be created after May 3, 2016
  • Must be created independently
  • All work must be accompanied by a short paragraph stating how this speaks to your journey to healing
  • Originals only, no prints will be accepted
  • The artwork provided is original artwork and is the sole intellectual property of the artist with no copyright infringements. Please refer to the following link for clarification

2 Dimensional Artworks

  • No larger than 5’ x 5’
  • Pieces must be framed and ready to hang, with wire settings

3 Dimensional Artworks

  • No larger than 2’ W x 2’ L x 5’ H
  • Must hang or stand independently

Literary Artworks

  • Poems no longer than 400 words
  • Submitted as a word document

Submission Deadline

Digital photographs of artworks must be received electronically by Sunday, April 14, 2019 6pm

Selection Process

  • The selection committee will consist of non-exhibiting jury members from YMCA, Arts Recovery Working Group and a community member
  • Successful submissions will receive notification on April 23, 2019
  • Labeling information will be provided at that time.
  • Selected entries will receive a $50. honorarium
  • Selected entries will be dropped off at the Keyano Gallery between noon and 6pm on April 30, 2019
  • We Heal, an Exhibition will run from May 2 to May 8, 2019

Contact Information

Sharon Heading

Arts Recovery Project

587-674-1625 x. 105

[email protected]

Deadline: 04/14/2019

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ACWB 2018 Annual Report Cover Artwork

Project Description

Arts Council Wood Buffalo (ACWB) is looking for local visual artists, illustrators, photographers, graphic designers, printmakers and painters to submit artwork for their 2018 Annual Report cover. The image will reflect the theme of “Momentum”.

2018 was a year of great “Momentum” in the Wood Buffalo arts community and for ACWB.  The community has been a major driving force behind the arts in our community for many years and 2018 showcased that impact. With the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo marking arts as a major pillar in their strategic plan, naming ACWB as one of their strategic partners and striking a committee to undertake a 10 year culture master plan.

For ACWB, 2018 reflects a year of elevated growth in the arts with new arts initiatives, a relocation to the newly defined arts district, staff expansion and new possibilities for the arts in our region.  2018’s momentum sets a new bar for the arts, a pace ACWB plans to continue in 2019.

The Annual Report will have a print run of 50 copies and a digital copy that will be distributed during our AGM and will be available to all members, stakeholders and general community members. In addition, the Annual Report will be available online in a downloadable digital file. The image will also be used to promote the Annual Report on ACWB’s various online platforms.

Work Media

ACWB welcomes submissions from both established and emerging artists.

ACWB will not be purchasing the physical artwork, only the digital image.  The artwork will be used as a background image and, under the discretion of the designer creating the final Annual Report graphic design, may be cropped or have information and design elements placed on top. We will request non-exclusive rights to the work and will accept existing and new artwork, however it should not have appeared in any other way in the Wood Buffalo community in the six months prior to submission, or be used on a mass scale for up to six months after the annual report is released.

Submitted digital files of photography, digital artwork or representations of any 2D or 3D artwork must be in the form of digital files, prepared and ready for print with the following requirements:

  • Digital artwork files must be uploaded in a jpg file format.
  • File size is no smaller than 8.5″ x 11″ and should be minimum 300dpi. The image may be cropped to fit printable surface area. Please ensure the digital file is cropped to show only your submitted image and no background elements (frame, etc.).
  • All artworks and elements within the artwork must be the sole intellectual property of the artist. If the artwork is digital media medium, design elements must have been purchased with the proper license to be used for both print and digital purposes, listed in the project description.

Artists can choose to submit artwork that will fit the a) Front Cover or b) Front & Back Cover Wrap. Please refer to the below image template.

Entry Requirements

Maximum of 3 artwork submissions per artist. Please submit the following items in one email to [email protected] using the subject line: Annual Report Cover Submission. Some of the information provided below will be used to give credit to the successful artist in the Annual Report and in other promotion. Please make sure this information provided is correct, with proper grammar and punctuation.

Please refer to this checklist to ensure all submission elements are submitted for consideration:

  • Artist Statement explaining the relevance of the image to the theme.
  • Artist Bio (100 words maximum)
  • Image list from A – C, title of artwork, medium used. Example A)Title,Medium, B)Title,Medium, C)Title,Medium.
  • Print ready digital file, minimum 1MB and/or 300dpi resolution. Files should be named as follows: first name_last name.a.jpeg, first name_last name.b.jpeg, etc. ACWB will accept large files from a downloadable source such as dropbox.com and FTP service.

Submission Deadline

Submissions must be received by end of the business day, Monday March 4, 2019.

Selection Process

Artwork will be selected by Arts Council Wood Buffalo. The selection is final and the successful artist will be notified by Wednesday March 6, 2019.

Please note that only the successful artist will be notified. Artist submitting their artwork keep full copyright of their images. Submissions that are not chosen will not be used in any way by ACWB or third party organizations, unless requested by ACWB in advance and approved by artist.

Exhibition Fee

The successful artist will be paid a one time, all-inclusive fee of $200.00, inclusive of GST.

Contact Information

Christina Rolufs

Communications & Engagement Manager

587-674-1625 x.100

[email protected]

Deadline: 03/04/2019

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2020 Buffy Awards – Artist Call

Arts Council Wood Buffalo (ACWB) is looking to commission an artist to create the awards for the fourth annual Wood Buffalo Excellence in Arts Awards. The awards (the “Buffys”) will be distributed at a showcase event on October 17, 2020. The focus of the awards is to celebrate the achievements of the region’s top artists.

 

Arts Council Wood Buffalo is seeking to select one Wood Buffalo artist to create fourteen (14) awards, one for each of the following categories: Arts Administration, Arts Education, Creative Collaboration, Music, Dance, Theatre, Indigenous Arts, Visual Arts, Fine Craft, Literary Arts, Media Arts, Rising Star, Arts Champion, and Lifetime Achievement.

 

Artists may submit one design for all fourteen categories, or can propose slight alterations on the main design for each category.

 

Work Media

2D or 3D artwork / fine craft which reflect the themes of: the Wood Buffalo region; excellence in the arts; culture of creativity.

 

 

Entry Requirements

  • List of Accomplishments or CV
  • Drawings / renderings of the proposed award design
  • Three (maximum) digital images of previous artwork

 

Budget

 

$150 per award to a total of $2100, inclusive of GST.

 

 

Submission Deadline

 

Submissions must be received by March 30, 2020.

Send submissions to [email protected]

 

 

Selection Process

 

The successful artist will be selected by Arts Council Wood Buffalo staff and will be notified by April 3, 2020. All applicants will be notified regarding the status of their submission by April 9, 2020.

 

 

Finished Awards

 

The final finished awards must be delivered to the Arts Council Wood Buffalo office in Keyano Theatre & Arts Centre no later than 4:00 PM on October 9, 2020.

Deadline: 03/30/2020

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