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SPARK Call for Expressions of Interest

Are you a Calgary artist with a disability? Be a part of this year's SPARK Summer Festival.

SPARK Disability Art Festival is currently accepting applications from artists who self-identity as disabled* and emerging** to take part in an upcoming Solo Artist Series.

This series is part of a larger, multi-artist collaboration with the RBC Emerging Visual Artists program at Arts Commons. The exhibition pays Artists Fees and will run from June through August 2020. Artists accepted into the program will also receive free (mandatory) professional development training September 2020 through August 2021. Applications (in the form of an Expression of Interest) will be accepted by SPARK between March 23 and April 10, 2020.

Download the Call for Expressions of Interest here, or continue reading for details on eligibility and how to submit.


*Disabled or Disability-identified: The SPARK Disability Art Festival is committed to equity and inclusion and welcomes all artists who self-identity as Deaf, having a disability or living with mental health barriers. This includes: artists with developmental, physical, or sensory disabilities, mental health barriers, brain injury, and/or chronic illness.

*Emerging: SPARK recognizes an emerging [ee-mer-jing] artist as someone who is just starting their career (in their art form). They may also have been marking art for a long time, but are just starting to share their art, or are considering how to grow their art practice as a career path. Age and education are not considered relevant.

Not sure if you are an emerging artist? Contact sparkfestival@icloud.com with questions.

ELIGIBILITY: SPARK’s visual art exhibitions are open to all emerging artists pan-disability. Artists must reside in the greater Calgary area.

Note: For this call there are no restrictions on theme, subject matter or eligible media. Installation-based art is encouraged. Visual artists are therefore encouraged to consider SPARK as an opportunity to take risks, push boundaries and celebrate a lived experience of disability.

GUIDELINES: To be considered, please email an Expression of Interest to sparkfestival@icloud.com including the following:

  1. Contact Information (Name, Email, Phone, Preferred Pronouns - she/he/they)

  2. Do you have an online platform that you share your work on? Please specify. (e.g. website, Facebook, Instagram)

  3. Artist Statement and/or Biography (150 words max)

  4. Why you would like to participate in the RBC Program* (50 words max)

  5. Please also include 3 to 5 jpeg images of past work.

Expressions of Interest will be accepted until 11:59pm on April 10, 2020. For help with your submission, contact Roxanne Taylor at: sparkfestival@icloud.com.

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