Sunday, 23 February 2014

Call of the Wild, Fibre Style

This is an interior view of the Gros Morne venue.


Fibre Explorations of Gros Morne National Park

The unique natural and cultural wonders of Gros Morne range in scale from the epic to the microscopic to the sublime.  Wild, uninhabited mountains, towering cliffs of a freshwater fjord carved out by glaciers, wind-wizened tuckamore, technicolour lichens, textural fossils.  The history of those who lived in the region and who live there today bring a human response to the spirituality of the landscape.  You are invited to dig deep and create a proposal for an artwork that can be a conduit for yourself - and for visitors - to a deeper visual and emotional experience of Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site and the venue for the Fibre Arts NL 2015 Conference.  Let the wonders of Gros Morne inspire you to explore your own wilderness.

Exhibition Venues
Wild, Pure Aesthetic Wonder will open at the Craft Council Gallery in St. John’s during February / March of 2015.  It will then travel to Gros Morne National Park, where it will be displayed at the Discovery Centre Gallery in Woody Point from May through October, closing at the end of Fibre Arts NL 2015 on October 18, 2015.  Artist fees will be paid.  Shipping and insurance to and from the Craft Council Gallery will be the artist’s responsibility.  Shipping and insurance between St. John’s and Gros Morne will be the responsibility of the Craft Council.

This exhibition will be curated by Gloria Hickey and Philippa Jones.

Deadline for receipt of proposals: March 15, 2014 to or by mail to 59 Duckworth Street, St. John’s, NL  A1C 1E6.  Deadline for receipt of artwork from successful applicants will be January 2015.

What are we looking for in your finished work:
       Dynamic, immersive and exciting fibre art pieces that push the boundaries of your practice
       Technical and conceptual strength
      Contemporary fibre art that goes beyond its pure function to make a connection to Gros Morne
        An interpretation of the wonders of Gros Morne, reaching beyond literal illustrations of the landscape

Preference will be given to fibre techniques; weave, spin, knit, crochet, dye, rug hooking, basketry or work in other materials that utilize fibre processes.  Natural fibres are preferred.  Collaborations are welcome.  

Because this exhibition honours the spirit and environment of Gros Morne National Park and celebrates the culture of the handmade work of this province, preference will be given to craftspeople / artists who can show an affiliation to Newfoundland and Labrador.  Please submit a short written description of your connection / affiliation to the province.  Include reference to a personal experience of Gros Morne if one exists.

Your application must include
-       the attached form completed
-       a written description of the artwork, with drawings or sketches (maximum 3) and information about medium, technique and finished size
-       artist statement
-       CV or resume (maximum of three pages)
-       up to ten digital images of recent works (no earlier than 2005) and a list of images. All images should be in JPG form at a resolution of 72 dpi (no more than 1800 x 1800 dpi in size).
-       A short written description of your connection / affiliation to the province.

If works have been previously exhibited, please include details. Preference will be given to newer works and works that are created specifically for this call.
Work must be suitable to travel.
Scale of work is negotiable. 
If appropriate, include diagrams of how you plan your work to be displayed.
Outdoor/site specific work will be considered for the Gros Morne segment of this exhibition project. If this is your intention please make it clear in your proposal.

The Exhibition Committee has compiled resource materials and sources to inspire you.  Find these on the Craft Council website.

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