Deadline Extended! Call for Submissions - Next In Fibre: 20th Anniversary of Fibreworks

Fibreworks 2022 installation view. Photography by Toni Hafkenscheid

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. 

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 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. 


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:

  • Submit via email as One (1) PDF under 15 mbs
  • Email subject line: Last Name _Next in Fibre  For example: Smith_Next In Fibre
  • Images/media files of up to three (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. 

To help you in your process we have put together a list of Frequently Asked Questions. If you have additional questions, please contact Assistant Curator, Karly Boileau 

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

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