26 March 2014

Call for Submissions - Textile Artist

Are you an artist who works with textiles? If so, this call for submissions may be for you!

Small Pond Arts is an art farm in Ontario’s beautiful Prince Edward County. To celebrate the beginning of each summer season, we hang a giant handmade banner on our silo. Usually we make the banner ourselves, but as we are celebrating our 5th season this year, we would like to offer the opportunity of creating the banner to another artist.

In exchange for creating the banner, the selected artist will be given a 2-week residency at Small Pond Arts, including accommodation, studio space and all meals (value: $780). In addition, the successful candidate will be given a $300 honorarium to put towards either materials or transportation costs. We can provide a sewing machine, although you are welcome to bring your own.

In the past our banners have measured 10’ x 20’ in a vertical orientation – this size fits the space well, but is not written in stone. The images for the last four years have been: a heart, a leaf, an arrow and a key. The banner is displayed from the end of May until the fall; it must be well-sewn and reinforced to stand up to the wind, and colour-fastness must also be considered.

Our previous designs have been bold and simple, and have each taken a couple of days apiece to sew. If you are proposing a similarly simple design, you will have ample time at Small Pond to focus on your own artistic projects. Of course if you want to undertake a more ambitious design, that is welcome, too!

Dates of residency: May 11-25, 2014. These dates are slightly flexible, but the banner will be publicly raised on the silo on May 24, officially launching our 5th season.

How to apply: Check out our website to find out more about us: www.smallpondarts.ca

Email the following to info@smallpondarts.ca:

- Photos of your work, including textile work 

- CV, including complete contact information

- Letter of introduction, telling us why you want to undertake this residency, and describing what other activities you hope to undertake while not working on the banner

- Your proposed idea for the banner design, including a sketch or mock-up

- Anything else you think we should know about you!

Deadline to apply: April 13. 

Winner will be announced April 14.

Thanks for your interest!