Callout for Regional Indigenous Artists

March 09, 2021
Callout for Regional Indigenous Artists:
Salt Spring Arts Council’s Artcraft 2021
March 8, 2021 – This call is open to artists and makers for whom the southern Gulf Islands are their ancestral territories.
Artcraft Shop + Gallery
Artcraft is BC’s longest running and largest juried exhibit of its kind, featuring works by local artists and makers. It is operated by the Salt Spring Art Council at the historic Mahon Hall, from mid-June until mid-September. During the summer months, Artcraft welcomes 14,000 visitors and generates approximately $130,000 in revenues for artists.
Up until now, Artcraft’s criteria has been limited to people who live on the Southern Gulf Islands. We recognize that this residential criteria excludes Indigenous peoples for whom the Gulf Islands are their traditional territories and who may live elsewhere. For Artcraft 2021 we welcome applications from Indigenous artists/craftspeople from the region of Southern Vancouver Island that would have previously not been eligible for Artcraft due to their address.
We welcome submissions from artists working in various media in either traditional or contemporary forms. We exhibit textiles, furniture, woodwork, ceramics, jewellery, cards, photography, prints and paintings, sculpture, apothecary products and more. Participation in Artcraft is subject to a jurying process to ensure quality, presentation and craftsmanship. All items on display are available for sale with a competitive commission, the artists receive 65%.
We undertake this initiative with the aim to connect with Indigenous artists, and also with the intent of establishing new opportunities for regional Indigenous artists to exhibit, promote and sell their work. We know that Salt Spring Island’s residents and visitors will greatly enjoy and appreciate contemporary and traditional works by Indigenous artists.
Artcraft Jury Deadline: April 23, 2021. Info & application:
Artcraft Showcases
Beyond Artcraft retail, we also have the Summer Showcases, which happen in parallel to Artcraft. This is an opportunity for artists, curators or groups wishing to exhibit a cohesive collection in a gallery-style setting. The shows are set on our stage and last for about 3 weeks. Showcases offer a format suited to larger themed or curated exhibits. We are currently seeking artists or curators for Showcases 2022 and are keen to include regional Indigenous artists.
Showcase Deadline: June 30, 2021. Information:
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