Call for Artists
Borealis Gallery – Legislative Assembly of Alberta
Application deadline: January 31, 2016, 11:59 pm MST
In 1916, the three Prairie Provinces were the first in Canada to grant women the right to vote in provincial elections. On January 28th, Manitoba women became the first in Canada, but they were followed closely by Saskatchewan on March 14th and Alberta on April 19th. In the East – Quebec and the Maritimes – the struggle continued for well over 20 years. What was unique about 1916 in the Prairies?
An exhibition commemorating the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in Alberta is being planned by the Borealis Gallery at the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. This exhibition, opening June 12th 2016, will explore how specific places, people, and culture of the Prairies, and Alberta specifically, combined to create an environment where women’s suffrage campaigns could be successful.
The exhibition will focus on “mapping” the issue, using symbols and imagery to locate historical events, people, and locations physically within the province. In addition to creating literal maps, we are also interested in “mapping” the body by investigating shared traits and experiences of the suffragettes.
We are looking to display within this exhibition artworks that explore suffrage movements, place, cultural geography, feminism, and the intersection of social identities based on class, race, gender, socioeconomic status, etc. Interested artists are asked to propose works for exhibition which address the cultural, social, political, and/or natural landscapes of the province and how they relate to Albertan women’s struggle for agency (past and present). Artwork that addresses issues of gender equality more broadly will also be considered. Chosen artists will have their work featured as part of the exhibition at the Borealis Gallery from June 6 to August 6, 2016.
Interested artists are asked to send submissions in writing which include:
digital images (no more than five and no larger than 1 MB each);
title, dimensions, and medium of each work;
an artist’s statement which puts the work in the context of the exhibition as described;
the name and contact information of the artist, including a brief CV (no longer than two pages).
We are interested in past work, current work, and in artwork created specifically for this exhibition.
Application deadline: January 31, 2016
Proposal selection: March 27, 2016
Exhibition installation: June 6 – 12, 2016
Exhibition: June 12 – Aug 6, 2016
For more information on the Legislative Assembly Office of Alberta and the Borealis Gallery, visit assembly.ab.ca/visitorcentre
Submissions should be sent by January 31, 2016 by email to:
Barbara Hilden, Exhibits Coordinator
Visitor Services, Legislative Assembly of Alberta
3rd Floor, 9820 107 St, Edmonton, AB T5K 1E7