call for submissions: Centre Materia

Deadline: October 15, 2016

This call for proposals is open to professional artists/craftspersons
from the province of Quebec, from Canada and from abroad, whose
practice is tied to fine crafts through the techniques or material they
use. Their works must emerge from significant research and go beyond the
traditional functions of the objects. Materia also invites exhibition
curators and organisations to submit innovating projects devoted to the
advancement of fine crafts.

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Content of the proposal for Artists/Craftspersons

  • Project description (500 words max.)
  • Artistic approach (250 words max.)
  • Recent resume (3 pages max.)
  • A visual file including 5 to 10 good-quality recent images (2300-pixel wide min.)
  • A descriptive list of the images (title, date, material, dimensions, photo credit for each piece)
  • Any other relevant document (examples: sketch, technical specifications, press review)

Content of the proposal for Exhibition curators/Organisations

  • Project description (500 words max.)
  • Resume of the curator or the organisation (3 pages max.)
  • Resume of the artists/craftspersons (3 pages max.)
  • A visual file including about 3 images of recent works by each participating artist (2300-pixel wide min.)
  • A descriptive list of the images (title, date, material, dimensions, photo credit for each piece)
  • Any other relevant document (examples: sketch, technical specifications, press review)

General Information 
Clearly identify the category in which you belong: emerging artist,
mid-career artist, established artist, exhibition curator or

Send your proposal by email no later than October 15, 2016, 11:59 p.m., at
You will receive an email confirming that your proposal has been
successfully submitted. Incomplete proposals or submissions after the
deadline will be discarded.

Virtual tour of the exhibition space
Plan of the exhibition space

Selection criteria

  • Technical mastery
  • Innovation
  • Artistic approach
  • Project originality
  • Project relevance

Information: Ève Préfontaine, Coordinator, 418 524-0354 ext. 249

Common/Opposites and Trial by Fire Opens Tomorrow!

The Kootenay Gallery will be opening their new season with an exhibit
of work by the internationally renowned ceramic artist Les Manning. 
The pieces found in Common/Opposites are a bold departure from
his past collections which, while sculptural in spirit, were typically
traditional, utilitarian vessels: pots, plates and bowls. The 19
sculptures that make up this exhibition, have been described as playful,
using contrasting forms, textures and colours to reflect Manning’s
personal experiences and knowledge of Canada’s landscape. His knowledge
of his medium is obvious. He uses the qualities of ceramics to
“describe” this landscape combining the rough, dark stoneware with
smooth porcelain using intense glazes of pink, yellow, blue, green and
orange. The result is an unexpected, yet delightful surprise.

Les Manning’s artistic career spans over 40 years, from studio potter
to senior arts administrator. He is one of the founders of the Alberta
Craft Council; he ran the prestigious Banff Centre ceramics program and
was an active member of the International Academy of Ceramics. His work
has been shown around the world, and is held in private, corporate and
public collections, including the Canadian Museum of Civilization. Les
Manning received the Order of Canada in 2012.

The exhibition Common/Opposites was curated by Joanne Marion and its tour organized by the Esplanade Art Gallery, Medicine Hat, Alberta.

Also showing in the adjoining gallery space is the work of two West
Kootenay ceramic artists, Robin Dupont and Pamela Nagely Stevenson. The
title of their exhibition, Trial by Fire, reflects the specific
technique used by these artists, ancient in its origins yet complex in
its process. While time consuming, and labour intensive those who choose
this method do so for the effects achieved. Years of commitment and
dedication to perfecting their craft are reflected in the rich, colours
and textures found in their work. This exhibition is curated by Helen

The opening reception to be held on Friday, February 14th
at 7:00 will include a dialogue between the artists and the curator in
which they will discuss their choice of technique and how it informs
their work.  For more information call (250) 365-3337.

call for artists: Toronto Art Expo


NEW! Emerging Artists at the Toronto Art Expo April 10th to 14th 2014

Toronto Art Expo returns for its 12th year to the foremost venue for
art in Toronto, the Metro Toronto Convention Centre – style, elegance.
This is a show that art connoisseurs anticipate all year. It brings the
best in Canadian and international art from both juried and invited
artists and also from an increasing number of galleries presenting the
world’s leading-edge art forms. On top of the most intense promotional
campaign of any art exhibition we bring to the Expo the business of art
by sponsoring major international art galleries and houses to attend and
contribute to this fair’s reputation as one of the major art trade
destinations in North America.
this year are opportunities for emerging artists to participate in this
major event. Call for details or see under Participate….Independent
on website.

Link to 2013 ad campaign:

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