The Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener and Area

The Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener and Area (CAFKA) is an artist-run organization that produces an international biennial exhibition of contemporary art projects in the public spaces of the Waterloo Region. Through the exhibition, lectures, tours and related special events, CAFKA develops opportunities to learn about contemporary art and participate in its making – creating memorable experiences and contributing to the creation of an engaging, animated and stimulating urban environment.

CAFKA wants to hear what artists are thinking about and what drives their practice. The theme of the Spring 2013 biennial exhibition will therefore be determined by the topics and content identified within the proposals. Further, CAFKA seeks artists who are able to respond to the specific features of the local urban landscape and culture as sites of critique and reflection from a global perspective.

CAFKA is inviting proposals for new or existing works that engage the public and a diverse audience. Works in all media will be considered including sculpture, performance, video, audio, installation, photography, painting, drawing, and digital media.

Artist Fees paid for Visual and Media Art Projects: $2,000 CAD, plus travel expenses. Wherever possible CAFKA will work with artists to source the donation of materials to help offset production costs. Video and one-time performance fees are paid in accordance with CARFAC (Canadian Artists Representation/le Front des Artistes Canadiens).

Your application must include:

  • Cover page including: Name, Address, City, Postal/Zip Code, Country, Telephone, Email, Website, Project Title, and 25-word synopsis of project**
  • 10 images and/or video of your previous work following these guidelines:
    • Digital images:
      • JPEG format
      • Maximum of 1MB file size
      • Maximum resolution of 1024 × 768 pixels
      • RGB or greyscale colour mode only
    • Video:
    • Viewable with Quicktime or Windows Media Player
      • Maximum 1GB file size
      • Maximum resolution of 1024 × 768 pixels
  • File names must be in the following format: 01FirstnameLastname.jpg (Slide number, Artists First and Last name). The image numbers must correspond to the ones in your slide list.
  • Curriculum vitae & artist statement of no more than 4 standard (8.5” × 11”) pages
  • A proposal of no more than 750 words describing what you intend to do (please indicate desired locations if applicable) **
  • Detailed technical requirements for your project (i.e. services, equipment necessary for your project including maintenance, electrical specifications, installation) **
  • A budget describing all production and installation costs of your project including materials and transportation.

All submitted content must be compressed into one folder titled (First name, Last name) and emailed to the e-mail address below. Alternatively, the folder can be saved to a public file share service (i.e. Dropbox, MediaFire) with the invitation sent to the same address.
Selected artists will be notified within three months of the application deadline.

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