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ATTENTION: ILLUSTRATORS, ANIMATORS, VISUAL EFFECTS ARTISTS, PAINTERS, PRINT MAKERS, GRAPHIC DESIGNERS, PAPER SCULPTORS, COMIC ARTISTS, TEXTILE ARTISTS, GRAFFITI WRITERS, STREET ARTISTS, MURALISTS, MIXED MEDIA ARTISTS, NEW MEDIA ARTISTS, TYPOGRAPHERS, CRAFTSPEOPLE and RELATED VISUAL ARTISTS

Exhibition Dates: March 5-29, 2015

ENTRY DEADLINE: FRIDAY JULY 11, 2014 by 11:00pm

Curator Leila Courey and The Gladstone Hotel, seek expressions of interest for contemporary, experiential projects for its annual illustration event, If Walls Could Talk. This group exhibition will take place next March 5 – 29, 2015 at the historic Gladstone Hotel in downtown Toronto.

If Walls Could Talk challenges artists and designers to create immersive, site-specific work that will occupy and/or alter spaces in conceptual, interactive or experimental ways.Multi-disciplinary collaborations are highly encouraged, however artists may work independently, or with a partner. Ideal candidates for juried consideration are practitioners who approach their disciplines with radical personal vision, pushing the boundaries of their traditional art form(s).Successful projects will create an engaging, participatory experience by experimenting with viewers’ perception of space, or will present ideas and/or insights that can be observed and considered through the use of technology, interaction and a feeling of discovery.

All participants are required to showcase work that has not previously been exhibited.

Submission Fee $30 selected artists will be provided the exhibition space free of charge. In addition, we provide promotional material, a catalog of the exhibit, press and media support.

JURY

Brian Morgan – art director, The Walrus Magazine

Britt Welter-Nolan – managing director of artistic projects, The Gladstone Hotel

Courtney Wotherspoon – artist, designer and owner, Courtney Wotherspoon Creative Studio

Graham Roumieu – artist, illustrator and creator of faux Bigfoot autobiography

Leila Courey – curator

Shea Chang – fine artist, illustrator, & instructor, OCADU

Steve Di Lorenzo – creative director, Blast Radius, founder & curator, Pixel Gallery

EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

There are three ways to participate:

  1. Main Floor: Spaces to consider: exterior façade, vestibule, front desk, food and beverage areas including café and melody bar (some limitations due to service)
  2. Second floor Immersive Room Installation: Create work that is site-specific and installation-based. Key words for room installations are immersive, spatial, experiential, and interactive
  3. Site-Specific Public Space Project: Main spaces and hallways adjacent to the second floor gallery and (NEW THIS YEAR!) 3rd and 4th floor hallways as well. Please consider all public areas throughout the hotel, including the stairwell, elevator shaft (windows), balcony alcove archway, exterior balcony & green roof.

Please submit electronically no later then 11 p.m. (EST) on Friday July 11th, 2014.

HOW TO APPLY

  1. Complete this submissions form
  2. Email your proposal (PDF only) to ifwallscouldtalktoronto@gmail.com
  3. Send your $30 submission fee via Paypal here

Packages must include:

  1. Link(s) to artist website(s), if applicable. Otherwise, please provide 5-7 images (from each artist) of past works or projects, with notations indicating medium and dimensions of depicted pieces.
  2. Your CV
  3. A one-page expression of interest specific to IWCT 2015

Please describe the project you plan to create, detailing the medium(s) and materials you will use and approximate dimensions of the work you intend to create. As the Gladstone is a heritage building, this is of particular importance to public space installation proposals.

Once selected, each participant will be contacted by the curator to discuss their project further and will attend two mandatory participants meetings — September 16th, 2014 & January 20th, 2015 — to plan their installations and review hotel guidelines. The curator may also request a studio visit as work is being developed and will be readily available to all participants from acceptance into the show through to week of install. For more information, contact curator Leila Courey at:  ifwallscouldtalktoronto@gmail.com

NOTE: Several past participants of Gladstone Hotel art events have successfully obtained exhibition assistance grants from OAC and TAC, participants are responsible for applying to these organizations individually.