August 23 – September 10, 2023
Inflation, the housing crisis, and gentrification are calling into question the future of our global cities. Affordability, rising food costs, skyrocketing rents and real estate development are pushing people to the margins. Artists and creatives are quickly moving out of urban centres worldwide. Cultural workers are experiencing precarity on all levels, with studio spaces and creative workspaces vanishing at alarming numbers. This exhibition aims to think through how we can imagine an equitable future for citizens in which urban centres are healthy and livable places for us all. The exhibition will discuss this crisis point through art and creativity as a jumping-off point.
We are seeking visual artworks which explore this theme in all mediums, including painting, drawing, video, sculpture, digital art, animation, installation, and textiles.
We are committed to creating a discussion that is diverse and reflective of all our communities. We strongly encourage submissions from artists who experience multiple forms of oppression: Black, Indigenous, and people of colour artist communities and artists with disabilities, two-spirit folks, queer, trans and non-binary/gender-nonconforming people.
Guest Curator, Ilene Sova
Guest Curator, Ilene Sova is an artist and activist whose art practice focuses on equity and diversity with a feminist focus on creating a dialogue around anti-oppression. She is also heavily involved in arts advocacy, community activation, and curatorial projects that promote pluralism in the arts.
Sova is the founder of the Feminist Art Conference and Blank Canvases, an in-school creative arts programme for elementary school students. She holds an Honours BFA from the University of Ottawa in Painting and an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Windsor. Sova holds the position of Associate Professor in Drawing and Painting at OCADU.
With extensive solo and group exhibitions in Canada and abroad, Sova’s work has most notably been shown at the Museum of Canadian Contemporary Art, the Department of Canadian Heritage, and Mutuo Centro de Arte in Barcelona. Additionally. Sova’s work has been featured on television, the internet, and in print media with highlights in Canadian Art, the Toronto Star, CBC Radio, CBC TV, CTV Canada AM and the Globe and Mail.
By submitting, you agree to the following:
- Submission deadline: June 30th, 11:59 PM
- Notification Emails: All artists will receive an email of acceptance or rejection on July 15th, 2023. If you don’t receive an email please check your spam folder.
- Intake: Sunday, August 20, 5:30 – 7 pm / Monday, August 21, 10 – 12 noon * Unwrap and take home packaging.
- Exhibition Dates: August 23 – September 10, 2023. Accepted works must hang for the full duration of the exhibition.
- Opening Reception: Saturday, August 26, 2-5 pm
- Artist Talks: Sunday, September 10, 3-5 pm
- Gallery Pickup: Unsold work(s) must be picked up on Sunday, September 10 between 5:30 – 7 pm. We do not have room to store unsold artwork.
- Non-members: 30% commission will be collected on any work sold.
- Members of Propeller: 20% commission will be collected for any work sold.
Artwork may be purchased in the gallery or from our secure online store. Shipping fees are not included in the price of the artwork. Buyers can pick up artwork from the Gallery at the end of the exhibition or pay shipping fees.
Mailing of Works:
- Artists are responsible for mailing costs to and from Propeller Gallery.
- Mailed artwork must include a self-addressed label and pre-paid postage for the return of unsold work.
- Propeller reserves the right to charge a $20 handling fee.
Organized by Lisa Johnson & Tom Taylor
Terms and Conditions:
Non-refundable Entry Fee
- Non-members: $50 + HST to submit one or two works
- Propeller members: $40 + HST to submit one or two works
Propeller is a non-profit collective. Entry fees are necessary to pay the gallery’s rent. If the fee is prohibitive, please contact the Gallery Director to request financial assistance.
Exclusive until October 22nd, 2023
Artworks listed for sale must be exclusive to Propeller for 60 days—the duration of the exhibition and the extended online shop period. Artists can elect to have works marked Not for Sale (NFS) at the beginning of the exhibition. If any work listed for sale is sold during the 60-day period, whether through Propeller or independently by the artist, the commission must be paid to Propeller. If the work sells from the online shop after the physical show comes down, the artist will be contacted and will be responsible for shipping the work to the collector.
Propeller is free to use your submission material, without compensation, in any social media posting and catalogue publication of this exhibition.
Propeller Art Gallery shall not be liable for any loss, damage or deterioration of artworks at any time, while in our possession. We will notify the artist of any damage or deterioration to the work that we notice. Adequate insurance of the artworks while in the possession of Propeller Art Gallery is the responsibility of the Artist.
Submission Deadline: Friday, June 30th, 11:59 PM
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By submitting you agree to the terms and conditions detailed above.