Call For Proposals

Call for Proposals:                                                

The Curatorial Committee of the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives (CLGA) accepts proposals on an ongoing basis for its upcoming exhibition seasons. The gallery hosts four exhibitions per year, with additional opportunities available for pop-up exhibits, off-site programming, institutional partnerships, performances and interventions, etc. The main gallery is located on the second floor, with a possibility for related work to be hung in various parts of the CLGA, including hallways, the reading room and the third floor [Please note: the third floor is not wheelchair accessible, and is also used for community workshops, openings, etc.] The Exhibitions program provides grant-writing support for local artists, an honorarium, and advertising and web-based promotion via the CLGA website, facebook, and social media.
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Exhibitions are open to individual artists, artist collectives, curators, organizations and other arts and cultural administrators. Shows of contemporary artworks and/or archival materials in any medium will be considered, provided they adhere to the CLGA’s mandate (see website). Preference will be given to proposals that have addressed curatorial concerns, showing evidence of ability to install, promote and devise an exhibition. Artists and curators are expected to attend the opening, and to install and deinstall their work.
Special Curatorial Proposals: The Exhibition program is also looking for specific project proposals for timely exhibitions, e.g. Pride, CONTACT, or Nuit Blanche. Please be sure to identify your projects as eligible for one of those events, if interested.
National Portrait Collection: Proposals to curate the next induction of the NPC are also welcome. This involves working on the jury to accept nominations, creating a jury to accept the artist, and curating the installation. For further information, see the NPC and send an initial letter of interest to CLGA,
Deadline for Proposals: Proposals may be submitted at any time, and will be reviewed and responded to in the order in which they are submitted. 
Application Materials:
Please submit the following items on a disk by mail or by email as a zipped folder (images as jpegs, video as .mov and documents as PDFs): 
            1. Up to 20 still or moving images representing the proposed exhibition.
            2. An image list indicating artist name, title, medium, dimensions and year, where applicable.
            3. A maximum one-page artist's statement, curatorial statement, or other written description, including budget and details of grants or other funding to cover the budgeted items.
            4. A maximum one-page physical description of the proposed exhibition, including the number of works, the space required, equipment needed and/or provided, and any unusual installation requirements.
            5. A CV, resume or biography of the artist(s) and/or curator. CV must include full contact information.  
The CLGA was established in 1973 to aid in the recovery and preservation of our histories. The CLGA’s mandate is to acquire, preserve, organize, and give public access to information and materials in any medium, by and about LGBTQ+ people, primarily produced in or concerning Canada. The CLGA preserves a wide range of material including personal papers, photographs, moving images, sound recordings, periodicals, and clipping files. Our house, which was built in 1858, also offers a large reading room, a meeting room, and an art gallery.
Please note:
Incomplete submissions will not be accepted. The CLGA will not return any part of the submission packages without a SASE.  

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