/CALL FOR submissions




Stride will begin accepting submissions for the MAIN SPACE and +15 WINDOW SPACE on DECEMBER 1, 2016. Proposals received by 5pm (MST) on Saturday, January 15 will be considered for 2017-18 programming.

Stride supports artistic pursuits that combine innovative creative expression with informed critical discourse and promotes recognition of emerging, mid-career and established artists by providing opportunities for community engagement with contemporary art practices.

Artists are encouraged to follow the online submission guidelines and to e-mail their submission package in .zip format to info@ stride.ab.ca with the subject line



Stride Gallery in Calgary, Alberta is a not-for-profit artist-run centre offering four distinct project/exhibition spaces and support for artists at every stage in their professional practice. All the exhibition spaces at the main location and +15 Window Space at Arts Commons each have their own mandates to accommodate diverse artistic practices. Stride also welcomes proposals for offsite and community-based projects.

Artists are encouraged to follow the guidelines carefully. Submissions received after the deadline will be held until the following Programming Review. Stride welcomes artists from all cultural, sociopolitical, and educational backgrounds or perspectives to submit proposals, however artists who are currently enrolled and attending a formal course of studies (BFA or MFA program) are not eligible to exhibit in the Main Space.

Submissions can be emailed to info@stride.ab.ca with the subject line ATTN: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS JANUARY 2017. Please identify in your email which exhibition space you are applying for. Submissions that do not meet the guidelines may not be reviewed.

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/Exhibition Spaces

Stride has the opportunity to host contemporary works in four unique exhibition spaces. Stride welcomes proposals poised to utilize the unique aspects of each exhibition space.

Stride's Main Space is on the main level at 1006 MacLeod Trail SE. This space hosts cohesive and well-considered exhibitions of new projects or under-represented bodies of work by artists who are active and dedicated in their professional practice. The main floor is comprised of two connected spaces that allow for distinct exhibitions in each room or unified exhibitions spanning the entire level.

Stride's +15 Window Space is located in the public +15 walkways in the Arts Commons. This deep vitrine space provides a unique exhibition venue well suited to presentations of three-dimensional works and carefully considered installations of two-dimensional works. The +15 walkways are accessible to the public at all times, and welcome a diverse audience. Stride prioritizes projects from Alberta-based emerging artists for the +15 Window Space programming, though all interested artists are encouraged to submit proposals. These exhibitions are two months in duration, totaling six per year. 

Stride also supports offsite and community-based projects that involve the production and dissemination of contemporary art outside the context of a formal gallery space. These projects are assessed and programmed on a case-by-case basis, dependent upon available resources.

Please refer to the Information page to learn about Stride’s mandate and history.

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In support of artists’ professional practice, Stride observes CARFAC recommendations regarding exhibition fees. Artists exhibiting in the Main Space are eligible for our Assistance to Artists program, which provides modest financial support for travel and accommodations, and for artwork transportation. Some projects can be supported by a modest Materials Assistance stipend. For more information about artist fees and financial support, please contact the Gallery Director. Stride encourages all professional practicing artists to seek independent project support where applicable and/or available.

Stride encourages exhibiting artists to present their practice to the community by any means they feel are appropriate. This may include artist talks, performative presentations, or technical workshops or demonstrations. Gallery staff will work with exhibiting artists to arrange and accommodate these events.

Consistent with our policy of supporting artists’ independent growth, the Stride board and staff's role is to assist artists in realizing their intentions with the means and resources available. Our goal is to provide artists with positive professional development opportunities in support of the ongoing advancement of their practices.

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/Submission Requirements & Tips

Submission package, must include all the following items in a single .zip file labelled with the artists last and then first name (lastname_firstname.zip). Submission packages that DO NOT follow these guidelines will NOT be considered by the Programming Committee:

Artists interested in producing a publication in conjunction with their exhibition at Stride should mention this within their project proposal and submission documents.  With sufficient notice, the gallery may be able to access special project funding to support the development of publications. Artists are encouraged to seek funding or other support independently and not rely entirely on Stride for this aspect of their project.


-Be sure that all documents include your name, a working title for the proposed exhibition, and complete contact information; phone number, email address, website, and postal address

-DO NOT mail submisions

-DO NOT send composite images or prepared slideshows

-Please test all documents on a Mac computer to be ensure compatability

-Including a floor plan is optional

-Artists who are currently enrolled in a formal course of studies (BFA, MFA, or PhD) are not eligible for exhibitions in the Main Space.

-Please note hotmail is not compatiable for sending .zip to our email.

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/Facilities & Floor Plans


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