/NEXT SUBMISSION DEADLINE: FALL 2013, Date is TBA
Stride Gallery in Calgary, Alberta is a not-for-profit artist run centre offering three distinct exhibition spaces and support for artists at every stage in their professional practice. The Main Space, Project Room, and the +15 Window Space 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, and to save their submission documents as electronic files alongside their images on the submissions CD in either .pdf or .doc format, as well as providing hard copies. 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 or Project Room.
SUBMISSION CAN BE POSTMARKED OR DROPPED OFF AT THE GALLERY BY 5PM.
FAXED, E-MAILED, OR INCOMPLETE SUBMISSIONS WILL NOT BE REVIEWED.
Our Main Space is in the upper level at 1004 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. Occasionally the Main Space will host group exhibitions. There are 6 Main Space exhibitions per year, each with one to two weeks for installation, and a running time of 5 to 6 weeks. Main Space exhibitions are accompanied by a critical essay, which is published online and in our annual exhibition catalogue.
Our Project Room is in the lower level at 1004 MacLeod Trail SE. This space provides opportunities for professionally active artists to pursue process- or time-based projects. This may take the format of a short-term studio residency that culminates in an exhibition of the project within the Project Room space. With up to four weeks for installation before the exhibition opening, the Project Room offers both time and space to develop highly involved installation works, community interventions, or other site-specific projects. Some equipment and resources may be provided by the gallery in the Project Room. The exhibition phase after the opening reception is typically four weeks long and production/activity can continue through this time as well. Stride hosts up to six projects per year. Project Room exhibitions are accompanied by a critical essay, which is published online and in our annual exhibition catalogue.
Our +15 Window Space is located in the public +15 walkways in the EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts. 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.
In support of artists’ professional practice, Stride observes CARFAC recommendations regarding exhibition fees. Artists exhibiting in the Main Space or Project Room are eligible for our Assistance to Artists program, which provides modest financial support for travel and accommodations, and for artwork transportation. The Project Room opportunities are 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.
All submission packages should include the following in order to be considered by the Programming Committee:
- Completed Submission Information Form
- Detailed description of proposed project (maximum 1 page). This is an opportunity to elaborate and share details of the proposed exhibition.
- Artist statement relevant to the proposed project (maximum 1 page).
- Curriculum Vitae which includes your complete contact information and education and exhibition history.
- 10 images MAXIMUM. Include only recent work that is relevant to the proposed exhibition. Image files should be in .jpeg format (RGB, 8bits, medium to high resolution: 150-300 dpi, 1200 pixels on longest edge, max. 5MB per image).
- Video documentation, if applicable, should be in .mov or .avi file format (compatible with a Mac platform) or on a DVD. All video clips combined should not exceed a TOTAL RUNNING TIME of 5 minutes.
- A corresponding inventory of visual and video documentation (referencing file names) which includes detailed information about each image: title, size, media, and date of work shown. Anecdotal, narrative, or technical explanations may be of assistance to the committee and are especially encouraged for documentation of installation, performance or other projects that may not be easily read in a still image.
- (Optional) Up to 3 examples of relevant print materials (exhibition reviews, invitations, brochures, etc.). Include single copies only.
- - electronic copies of submission documents in .pdf or .doc format, in addition to hard copies
- In the event you wish your submission materials returned to you, be sure to include a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) with sufficient postage. Declined proposals received without a SASE will be discarded after review.
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 your submission materials are clearly labeled with your name, complete contact information (phone number, email address, and postal address), and the working title for your proposed exhibition.
-DO NOT send bound submissions or presentation folders.
-DO NOT send composite images or prepared slideshows, as these are incompatible with the technical specifications listed here and may not be reviewed by the committee.
-Test your video documentation on a Mac computer to be sure that it runs smoothly.
-A floorplan with the proposed installation layout is often very helpful to the review committee.
-Artists who are currently enrolled in a formal course of studies (BFA, MFA, or PhD) are not eligible for exhibitions in the Main Space or Project Room.
NONE. BLINDS ARE AVAILABLE TO PROTECT WORK FROM NATURAL SUNLIGHT.
DRYWALL AND PLYWOOD-BACKED DRYWALL.
MAIN SPACE – FINISHED FIR.
PROJECT ROOM – SEALED CONCRETE, FLAT GREY.
+15 WINDOW – PAINTED WHITE SURFACE.
ADJUSTABLE CLAMP-ON FLOOD AND SPOT REFLECTORS SUSPENDED FROM THE CEILING.
MAIN SPACE & PROJECT ROOM – STEAM
ALARM SYSTEM, SUSPENDED WINDOW BARS.
STRIDE CARRIES INSURANCE FOR WORKS EXHIBITED IN THE MAIN SPACE AND PROJECT ROOM
INSTALLATION SUPPORT & A/V EQUIPMENT:
A LIMITED SELECTION OF TOOLS AND A/V EQUIPMENT CAN BE PROVIDED BY THE GALLERY. OTHER REQUIREMENTS MAY BE NEGOTIATED OR MAY BE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE EXHIBITING ARTIST. CONTACT THE GALLERY STAFF FOR FURTHER DETAILS ABOUT TOOLS, HARDWARE, AND OTHER EQUIPMENT AVAILABLE.
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