Call for Entries: Heir/Looms

Nicole Dawkins was kind enough to send us information about a show she’s curating and we wanted to be sure to share it with all of you!

160 St-Viateur Est, Suite 508A
Montreal, QC
H2T 1A8
Curator: Nicole Dawkins
Date: August 26-31, 2011
Tentative Opening/Vernissage: August 26th, 2011

Exhibit Description:
For contemporary artists working with textiles and other “traditional” craft media, the material and creative legacies that haunt these works are often downplayed or positioned discursively as ruptures from or subversions of tradition (“This ain’t your granny’s…”). Drawing from the broader original meaning of the loom as any implement or tool, Heir/Looms will explore the more complex and often ambivalent relations we have with the (handmade) objects, material legacies, and artistic labours that we inherit.
Artists, crafters and designers are invited to submit works which revisit and reinterpret familial or cultural heirlooms (ie. homemade quilts/lacework/needlework as well as non-textile based objects, woodworking, ceramics) or works which address the themes of hand-me-downs, material remains, and artistic genealogies more broadly through medium, technique, or concept. Ideally, these works will be displayed in the Studio alongside the original “heirloom” object (or some visual representation thereof) – a kind of genealogical diptych. We welcome contemporary fibre art projects but will also be seeking out performance-based engagements as well as photographic, video and new media works.


Please include the following in your submission:

– Name and contact information (mailing address, phone, email, website)
– Images/video of representative work
o 3 — 5 images representative of your work. Image files should be no larger than 640 x 480 ppi (72 dpi)
o For submission of videos and other larger files, please upload them on a third party website (e.g., smumug, dropbox.) and provide us the respective link.
– Short artist bio (max 75 words)
– Description of the proposed work (new or existing), including size, material and process and how you wish to display it

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