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Frequently Asked Questions
Next In Fibre: 20th Anniversary of Fibreworks 

  • Emerging artist is defined as artists with between three (3) to seven (7) years of professional exhibition experience (does not need to be consecutive years). 
  • Completed submissions are to be emailed as one (1) PDF.
  • To reduce large files, open the document in Adobe Acrobat, choose File, Save As Other, and then Reduce Size PDF.
  • A maximum of five (5) artists will be selected from the call for submission to participate in Next In Fibre: 20th Anniversary of Fibreworks
  • The Queen’s Square Gallery is 1850 square feet with 13’ high walls
  • Cambridge Art Galleries will coordinate and cover the cost of shipping of artworks selected for exhibition.
  • Artists will be paid in accordance with current CARFAC rates.
  • There is no fee to apply. 
  • One (1) artist from Next in Fibre: 20th Anniversary of Fibreworks will be selected to enter into an acquisition discussion. We do not guarantee any purchase of artwork from any submissions or exhibiting artists. 
     

Call for Submissions

Cambridge Art Galleries is currently accepting submissions for Next In Fibre: 20th Anniversary of Fibreworks.

Deadline to apply is extended to Friday, March 8, 2024 by 11:59 pm. 

Email submissions to gallery@ideaexchange.org in 1 PDF no larger than 15 MB. 

About

Fibreworks was established in 1982 to recognize the textile industry that once flourished along the Grand River. The exhibition has also played a critical role in the development of Cambridge Art Galleries’ permanent collection of contemporary fibre art.

This latest iteration of our fibre-based group exhibition Next In Fibre: 20th Anniversary of Fibreworks combines the strengths of Cambridge Art Galleries’ two biannual exhibitions: Fibreworks and SHOW (the emerging Ontario-based artist exhibition) to present works by emerging artists working with fibre as a medium. To celebrate a rich history of spotlighting fibre artists, we seek to inspire the next generation of artists to challenge and innovate the future of fibre art. We encourage artists to push what is known as textile art by introducing viewers to a thought-provoking contemporary experience.

This group exhibition will be presented at our Queen’s Square location and run concurrently alongside a selection of works from Cambridge Art Galleries’ permanent fibre art collection presented at our Preston location.

Cambridge Art Galleries’ public art collection strives to support and preserve local and national fibre art. A selection jury, comprised of the Gallery Director, the Curator, a guest juror, and the Gallery Advisory Committee will choose one (1) artist from Next in Fibre: 20th Anniversary of Fibreworks to enter into an acquisition discussion. We do not guarantee any purchase of artwork from any submissions or exhibiting artists.

Next In Fibre: 20th Anniversary of Fibreworks will be exhibited at Cambridge Art Galleries, Idea Exchange, Queen’s Square, from August 25 to November 10, 2024. Exhibiting artists will receive exhibition fees in accordance with CARFAC Guidelines. 

Eligibility

Cambridge Art Galleries invites submissions of artwork for Next in Fibre: 20th Anniversary of Fibreworks from artists based in Ontario who are in the early years of their professional careers with between three (3) to seven (7) years of exhibition experience and who are committed to the ongoing development of their artistic practice. Artworks should be completed at the time of submission, have not been previously exhibited, and available for the period of July 19, 2024 to December 1, 2024.  

Selection Process

Artist submissions will be reviewed by the Cambridge Art Galleries curatorial team. All artists will receive notification of results by April 8, 2024. Due to the volume of submissions, we are unable to provide individual feedback.

Submission Checklist

Email your complete submission to: gallery@ideaexchange.org

  • Submit via email as One (1) PDF under 15 MB
  • Email subject line: Last Name _Next in Fibre  For example: Smith_Next In Fibre
  • Images/media files of up to 3 artworks (maximum 10 images/media files total)
  • Title, date, medium, and dimensions of work(s)
  • Installation requirements
  • Biography
  • Curriculum Vitae

Cambridge Art Galleries welcomes submissions from members of equity-seeking communities including women, Indigenous and racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities/expressions.

For additional questions contact Assistant Curator, Karly Boileau 

Deadline to apply is extended to Friday, March 8, 2024 by 11:59 pm. 

 
Fibreworks 2022, installation view at Cambridge Art Galleries, Queen's Square. Photo by Toni Hafkenscheid
Fibreworks 2022, installation view at Cambridge Art Galleries, Queen's Square. 
Photo by Toni Hafkenscheid

 

Artist Advocacy

Art$Pay

Art$Pay connects visual art practitioners with opportunities, community, and advocates for fair pay. Visit their website to learn about opportunities and artist resources in Waterloo Region

CARFAC

CARFAC is the national voice of Canada’s professional visual artists. Check out Tools for Artists.

MANO/RAMO

MANO/RAMO | Media Arts Network of Ontario is Ontario's only arts service organization dedicated to furthering the work of media arts organizations, collectives and independent artists. Learn more about MANO/RAMO by visiting their website.


Helpful Resources

Artist Statement Basics

Writing about yourself can be tricky! Here are 3 basic principles to help get you started:

1. The What: What is your work? In simple terms discuss concepts, themes, and the medium you are working in.

2. The Why: Explain why you have created your work. This can include your inspirations and motivations.

3. The How: How does your current work fit into your overall artistic practice? Or, how does your work relate to the call for submissions?

Grant Writing Basics

Here are some writing tips we have gathered from our previous Grant Writing Workshops led by Isabella Stefanescu from Inter Arts Matrix

Tips

1. Read the guidelines!!! Are you eligible for the grant? Is your work eligible? Don't waste time applying for something you have no chance of receiving.

2. Does your project start after the results of the funding competition are announced?

3. Does your budget tally correctly? Ensure the expenses are equal to the income.

4. Can you meet the submission deadline?

5. Fill out the form - Do not leave blank fields. If a question does not apply to you, write "n/a" in the answer field.

6. Stick to the space/pages/word count allowed.

7. Number the pages of attachments.

8. Edit, revise, and edit again. Then have someone else read it over for you. Try to use plain language.

9. Do you have the correct number of application copies to submit (for paper submissions)?

10. If you include links to supporting materials, test them and make sure they work.

11. Keep copies of everything submitted.

Funders and Councils

Canada Council For The Arts

Canadian Media Fund

Craft Ontario

Guelph Arts Council

Hamilton Arts Council

KW Awesome Foundation

London Arts Council

Ottawa Arts Council 

Ontario Arts Council

Ontario Trillium Foundation

Region of Waterloo Arts Council

Toronto Arts Council

 

 

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