Call for Proposals

The Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery is seeking project proposals from Canadian artists on the theme of craftivism for a potential major solo or group exhibition.

We are looking for large scale projects in the craft of ceramics, glass or copper enameling that push the boundaries of contemporary craft and installation art. We want your wild ideas and collaborations. Surprise us with something powerful that will make a statement and command attention when installed in one of our Galleries. Proposals should engage with current Canadian social issues to start conversations, education, and sharing towards the greater good. These proposals will be considered for potential exhibitions in future programming seasons at the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery (Waterloo, Ontario), with the possibility to circulate across the country.

Projects can include community involvement, workshops, or other initiatives. The resulting exhibition can extend beyond the walls of the gallery into the community, public spaces, and more. We’re looking for truly innovative approaches to contemporary exhibitions. Show us your creativity and vision for an exhibition that brings the community together both physically and visually.

As Ele Carpenter writes in Activist Tendencies in Craft: “In these practices the social, performative and critical discourse around the work is central to its production and dissemination. Here craft is not simply a luddite desire for the localized handmade, but a social process of collective empowerment, action, expression and negotiation.” (Arnolfini Journal, April 2010)

Proposals must be submitted through our online submission system. Click here to submit your proposal.

Proposals should include:

  • CV or resume of creator (PDF format)
  • A single PDF document including:
    1.  Proposal title
    2.  List of participants (if known)
    3.  Rationale for the project
    4.  Social issue addressed
    5.  Description of the planned artworks, processes, and installation including any unique installation requirements
    6.  Description of possible educational or public engagement activities
    7.  Materials needed
    8.  Project timeline
    9.  Draft budget items and costs (including CARFAC fees for artists – Category II Institution)
  • Up to 5 supporting images (past work or concepts for the proposal)

For information call Denis at 519-746-1882 x: 231 or by email at [email protected]

We welcome submissions that are representative of the diversity of our community and encourage proposals from artists of colour, Indigenous artists, Deaf artists, artists with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ2S+ community. If you require accommodations or assistance with your proposal, contact Denis Longchamps.

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