2017 Call for Visual Artist Submissions

PLEASE NOTE: The Call for Visual Artists for Supercrawl 2017 has now closed. Thank you to all who have submitted project proposals.  


Showcasing an entire street of cultural experiences — a free, diverse and dynamic lineup of music, art, fashion, performance, talks, crafts, food and fun in downtown Hamilton — Supercrawl has captured the imagination of culture lovers far beyond the city.

Supercrawl’s curated selection of art installations are a part of that, and the goal of the Supercrawl Art Committee is to select contemporary visual art pieces that will enhance the overall Supercrawl experience. Projects by local, regional, national and international artists are selected based on artistic merit, originality, and ability to integrate within the festival's scale and energy.

Areas of Interest

The Art Committee invites artists working in a wide range of creative disciplines to propose works for installation as part of this year's event, taking place September 8-10, 2017. The Committee is interested in seeking proposals in the following areas:

  •     Identification of distinct Art Zone (i.e.: entryways, banners, etc.)
  •     Installation art
  •     Sculpture

Art Zone Area

Works will be installed in the Art Zone located along James Street North between Cannon Street and Robert Street.

In addition, the Committee is actively seeking works that can be installed within the following context:

  •     Mural frame on south façade of 118 James Street North


Proposals must consider public safety and visibility, and the piece must be able to be safely performed or executed outdoors with large crowds present at all hours and weather conditions, and will remain impactful during both the daytime and nighttime hours of the festival.

  • Artists’ working collaboratively is permitted. Collaborative implies that more than one artist has worked on the piece being submitted. Please choose ONE artist's contact information for communication purposes.
  • Work must be original, current and completed within the past ten (10) years
  • Artists are responsible for ensuring that there are no copyright issues or other legal issues attached to images used or the subjects of their commission.

Each project selected will be allocated an artist’s fee and production budget. Costs such as travel and accommodation, where necessary, may be covered and will be addressed on an individual basis. Production assistance may also be available.

Submission Requirements

1. Artist's statement – conceptual statement on the work (150 words maximum);

2.  Practical explanation of the work (i.e.: scale, materials, methods, etc). Provide an installation plan including time required and technical/logistical requirements, as well as cost considerations;

3.  Three images/stills/sketches of the proposed work, supported by 3-5 images of previous work relevant to the proposed project (jpeg, max. 72dpi, no larger than 768 x 1024 pixels). An accompanying image list should include title, year, medium, and dimensions for all images;

4.  A clip, link or digital copy of any video (10 minutes maximum), if applicable;

5.   A statement as to whether the proposed work has been exhibited before. If it has, please include details as to where and when; and

6.  CV including mailing address, phone number and email contact information.

The Supercrawl Art Committee is open to creatively diverse work that has large-scale visual impact and responds to the streetscape of the event. Artists and their work will be identified and publicized as official Supercrawl curatorial selections during the event, on the Supercrawl website and in select media releases. Artists will be required to sign a contract with Supercrawl Productions Inc.

Send submissions to: supercrawlart@gmail.com

Subject Line: Your_Name_SC_Art_2017_Image#

Deadline for submissions: Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Successful artists will be contacted in March 2017

Pictured at top: José Luis Torres, Overflows, detail ​(Supercrawl 2016)

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