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Art in Motion: Call to Artists

Summer Exhibition:

A Celebration of Indigenous Artwork

This theme is a celebration of indigenous art that includes many divergent artistic practices that operate outside of established western canons of art and art history.

Many contemporary indigenous artists draw on their ancestral connections, combining these with their knowledge and engagement with contemporary international art practices. Indigenous artwork can come in many forms ranging from sculptures, paintings, beadwork, woodwork and carving.The resulting art is often a critique of current social conditions that are the consequence of colonial histories. The experience of forced assimilation, cultural repression and displacement, common to many indigenous peoples, are defining characteristics of these art forms.

This theme is as it states – “a celebration” of perseverance and generational transmission of culture and language.

Join the celebration of indigenous artwork in McMurray Experience! This exhibit will be displayed from August 10 to October 28, 2016.

The exhibit space allows for both 2D and 3D art and has space for 12 pieces.

Deadline for submissions is July 29, 2016.

Artist Opportunity

A new group exhibit space has been created within the McMurray Experience called Art in Motion. This is a unique opportunity for local artists to display and showcase their work. The gallery space is kinetic: it is a dynamic and moving space that is automated and will rotate the artworks around in a Ferris wheel-style apparatus. Artists will have their work exhibited within the rotating display case and their information (didactic panel) shown on an electronic screen as their work rotates through the feature spot.

Community members will have an opportunity to:

  • Exhibit their artwork in a dedicated space for a three month period
  • Establish a profile within the community
  • Gain valuable exposure to tourists, visitors and local residents

This opportunity is open but not limited to both emerging and established artists, community groups and schools.

Enhancement to the Community

This new exhibit space will create an added element within the McMurray Experience for citizens and visitors alike to interact socially around a work that sparks conversation. It allows for people to share work and be inspired by our thriving Arts and Culture community.


Exhibits will rotate seasonally and themes will be announced at the beginning of the year.

Selected participants/groups will produce or submit work that expresses their interpretation of the theme. This provides applicants the ability to create a new piece and apply at any time for their chosen theme.

Criteria to Submit

Each submission (2D and 3D) must follow these guidelines:

  • Applicant must be a resident of Wood Buffalo
  • Must be the original work of the applicant, or they have all rights to the work
  • Complete the artist application form
  • Weigh a maximum of 32 kilograms (70 pounds)
  • Dimensions maximum: 3D 16” x 16” x 16”; 2D 16” x 16”
  • Does not include any substances listed on the art exclusions list below
  • Each work must be labeled on the back with title, medium and artist’s name.

Art Exclusions List

We cannot accept works that require or contain:

  • Liquids (example: water)
  • Living items (example: plants)
  • Electricity or batteries
  • Combustible material

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