call for entries: Current @ Clay Festival


The CLAY Festival 2019 Exhibition, Current, will be juried by internationally known artist, Sunshine Cobb.

Current intends to reflect the current culture of contemporary ceramics. The longevity of clay lends itself to modern artwork that may reflect this long history, buck against tradition, embrace ritual, or employ new technologies. Current welcomes all entries that speak to the present state of ceramics. Utilitarian ware and sculptural works are welcome.

Visit their website HERE for more info.

The submission entry deadline is May 1st, 2019 at 11:59 PM MDT.

residency opportunity @ Nanaimo Ceramic Arts Studio

Summer Applications are open until April 30th

      The Nanaimo Ceramic Arts Studio and Gallery is located in the heart of Nanaimo on Vancouver Island.  We offer a variety of classes, workshops and membership programs, plus we host an Artist-in-Residence three times a year.  The dates of the Residency terms are: June 1st to August 30th, September 1st to December 23rd and January 10th to May 30th 2020. 

During their Residency, Artists will have the opportunity to complete a body of work, show and sell in our gallery and receive guidance in developing a business plan. The unique set-up of Nanaimo Ceramic Arts allows emerging artists to participate and learn within the structure of a small business. Artists are provided with 180 square feet of private space and 24-hour access to electric kilns and pottery equipment. If they wish, artists may apply to host workshops which can bring in a small income. For artists interested in wood fire NCA has strong links to the Tozan Cultural Society, a train kiln and large Noboragama kiln in Cedar (please note that the wood kilns are only fired in the wet seasons and require full participation in prep and firing.) 

Nanaimo Ceramic Arts offers two different residency formats.

 Product Creation

To be considered for this residency, applicants are expected to have a firm understanding of their material and be ready to begin producing work for sale with the objective of continued production.  During their residency, artists will have an opportunity to:

  • Develop a concise body of work

  • Develop a brand image.

  • Develop a catalogue/portfolio.

  • Time management 

  • Operation plan

     Assistance with this project will be provided through directed assignments,
and regular meetings with the owner-manager of Nanaimo Ceramic Arts, Bronwyn Arundel.

Business Development (not available for June-August 2019)

To be considered for this residency, applicants are expected to have already developed a consistent product line and have some experience selling their work. The objective will be to develop a practical business plan that can be executed after the residency.  During their time, artists will have an opportunity to complete a business plan with the following:

  • Business objectives

  • Market research

  • Financial start-up costs

  • Financial 3 year forecast

  • Loan information

  • Marketing plan

  • Operation plan

       Residencies are based upon a work exchange agreement between the Artist-In-Residence and Nanaimo Ceramic Arts. In exchange for space to work, access to materials and assistance with their project, Artists-in-Residence are required to be present in their space for a regularly-scheduled minimum of 15 hours a week during Gallery open hours.  The agreement will require the resident to assist with customer walk-ins, and gallery sales as well as contribute to studio tasks which help maintain the function and cleanliness of the studio.  Details of these commitments will be included in your contract.  Artists are required to pay for their own materials.  Clay can be purchased through Nanaimo Ceramic Arts and includes the unlimited use of studio glazes and firing.

      Nanaimo Ceramic Arts maintains a clean and health-and-safety-conscious space. Surfaces are kept free of clay dust and precautions are made to limit dust in the air. We do not use toxic chemicals or materials. This includes gold luster, or other known toxins, in our glazes.

Priority is given to clay artists but the Residency is not limited to ceramics. Note: no toxic or noxious chemicals will be allowed, including oil paints or dust-creating processes.

About NCA

     Nanaimo Ceramic Arts Studio and Gallery is located in the old quarter of downtown Nanaimo, on traditional Snuneymuxw land. NCA is 1700 sq./feet and consists of a gallery, 2 private studios, a kitchenette, kiln room with two kilns, a glaze kitchen and 800 sq./foot classroom studio with wheels, a slab roller and extruder. The classroom hosts 3-5 ceramic classes a week, a membership drop-in 5 days a week and advanced weekend workshops. NCA uses white clay and fires to cone 6, alternative clay bodies and firings will be considered for resident artists.

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Visit their website for more information HERE

Time to apply for one of 80 new artist live/work units at Artscape Bayside Lofts!

Artscape is thrilled to announce that we are now accepting applications for tenancy for 80 live/work studios at Artscape Bayside Lofts, developed in partnership of the City of Toronto, developer Hines-Tridel, Artscape and Waterfront Toronto.

These stunning, brand new studios are located within the larger condominium development project led by Hines-Tridel, located at 30 Merchants’ Wharf between Lower Sherbourne and Parliament Streets.

All 80 affordable residential studios at Artscape Bayside Lofts are offered as Affordable Housing exclusively for artists and artist-led families, and will be operated by Artscape through a long-term agreement with thanks to an agreement with the City of Toronto.

These units are a unique opportunity for artists to make their home near Toronto’s waterfront and be part of shaping the future of this growing and emerging community. This development will be part of an emerging neighbourhood that includes: George Brown College; OCADU, Remix; HXOUSE; Toronto’s new hub for creative entrepreneurs, Artscape Daniels Launchpad; and others–all housed within the Daniels Waterfront-City of the Arts building at 130 Queens Quay East. This community will provide artists with support and opportunities to collaborate, learn and network with other creatives.

The call for Artscape Bayside Lofts tenant applications closes on April 17, 2019 at 11:59 p.m.

To be considered for tenancy, applicants must register for and attend one of the following Information Sessions offered at Artscape Daniels Launchpad, Sugar Hall A:

Wednesday, March 27, 2019: 10:00am-12:00pm

Sunday, March 31, 2019: 1:00pm-3:00pm

Saturday April 06, 2019: 1:00pm-3:00pm

Tuesday April 09, 2019: 7:00pm-9:00pm

For complete information on eligibility and application guidelines, click HERE!