Ends on May 10, 2017

Call for Submissions 

New Visions/Old Land

It is the 150th anniversary of Canadian confederation in 2017, but the land and the people are much older.  This project asks artists to reimagine what “Canada” means, to put forth new visions of what the idea of Canada could or should be.  Who are we?  What does it mean to be Canadian?  What is the role of the land and the landscape in shaping this definition?  How can we trace an outline of the future in the fragments of the past?  What is the relationship between the material world that surrounds us and the ideology we use to interpret its meaning?  How can we represent this fixed geographical place and our collective cultural and social space?  What histories have remained hidden, and how can we bring them to light?  And, what should we be highlighting, remembering, moving towards?

The goal of this project is to create a media landscape of moving and projected images, music and sound, on Hunter St. West that allows us to reimagine and re-present the idea of Canada at 150.  

We are looking for four (4) media artists to make new works that bring their unique voice and vision to the discourse on Canada, to show us with their eyes, minds and bodies, new histories that we can carry forward. 

The works must be silent and no more than 5 minutes long; experimentation with moving image structures and norms is encouraged. There must be a live music or sound component as part of the June 30th event.

The application deadline is Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 5pm


The works must be silent and no more than 5 minutes long.

Applications in any genre are welcome and experimentation with moving image structures and norms is encouraged.  There must be a live music or sound component as part of the June 30th event.  In your application, please include information on how the silent media work will relate to the live sound/music performance.  Artists are encouraged to survey Hunter St. West from the corner of George St. North to Sam’s Deli, and suggest possible locations and ways of presenting their work.  Artists will work with the project Curator Kelly Egan to determine final sites and exhibition formats.


·       Artists will receive a fee of $1,750 for their work and that of the musicians/sound artists.

·       Artists will receive free access to Artspace’s production and post-production equipment and facilities.  Please see http://artspace-arc.org/media-lab/booking/ for inventory list.

·       Artists will work with project Curator, Kelly Egan (filmmaker and Trent University Cultural Studies Professor) to develop and site their project on Hunter St. West.

·       There will be technical assistance and equipment available for exhibition/presentation design and delivery.

·       There will be a small online publication to accompany the project.


Who Can Apply

·       Artists of any age or experience living in Peterborough or the surrounding region.

 ·      New Visions/Old Land particularly encourages new work from emerging artists and from marginalized communities (Indigenous, racialized, gendered, economically challenged and New Canadians). 


All submissions should be made online through:

Mailed or hardcopy submissions will not be accepted.  Applicants who do not adhere to the following criteria will not be eligible.

Applicants are asked to include the following:

Project Proposal/Description: (500 words max)

Technical Requirements: (500 words max)

Artist Statement: (250 words max)

Bio: (250 words max)

CV: (3 pages max)

Visual Support Material with Support Material List: (15 images, 5 videos max)

Please select visual support material mindfully, as selection committee members have limited time to consider each proposal. Images should be labeled numerically with the artist’s name (01_name.jpg, 02_name.jpg, etc.). Your Support Material List should include title of work, date created, medium, and dimensions.

Video documentation should be uploaded to a site such as YouTube or Vimeo and linked in the application.  Regardless of duration, please include full videos.  Due to time constraints, the selection committee may only view up to 5 minutes of each video. Please note the clip you would prefer the committee view by including time marks in the documentation list.


May 10, 2017 at 5pm


May 15, 2017



Rough cut due June 2, 2017; Finished project due June 16, 2017.



Applications will be reviewed and recommended by a selection committee including the curator, EC3 and Artspace staff members.


·       Artistic merit of the proposal

·       Quality of the proposal in relationship to the project’s goals and objectives (purpose of the project)

·       Merit of the artist’s previous work (support material)

·       Demonstrated ability of the artist to deliver the project on time and on budget



Jon Lockyer

Director + Curator







Su Ditta

Executive Director

Electric City Culture Council

(705) 749-9101 

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