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Bridges - Request for Artist Proposals

Posted 2013-10-24
Written by Katie Obeirne


The Bridge Series:

Yellowknife Artist Run Community Centre (YK ARCC) is organizing a multimedia exhibition series exploring the theme of ‘bridge’. 

In essence, a bridge is something that spans obstacles, and creates a link that allows people, ideas, resources, and creativity to travel between sources. With this essential concept in mind, it becomes easy to imagine how all methods of connection, innovation and integration are bridging gaps.

Given how the recent completion of the Deh Cho bridge has, to varying degrees, altered the identity of the Northwest Territories as a place of isolation – cut off from the rest of the country during seasonal break up and freeze up – it is timely to explore the theme of ‘bridge’ through an exhibition series.

As the central transportation hub of the NWT, Yellowknife provides a ‘bridge’ between northern communities. Yet, to many, the capital city is a distant, hard to reach ‘commercial centre’ that is not necessarily in touch with the contemporary realities of small or remote communities in the territory. With those elements in mind, YK ARCC is asking artists what it means to ‘bridge’ gaps and create connections. The theme is intentionally broad so that artists have wide latitude for interpretation.

Adrienne Cartwright will be curating a group exhibition based on this theme for YK ARCC.



Applicants must be an artist practicing in the discipline of art, craft, design, media arts or related media in the NWT. Applicants may choose to propose independent or collaborative pieces outside of their existing body of work to submit to the exhibition.

Proposal Criteria:

YK ARCC is requesting proposals for artwork to be created specifically for the exhibition, rather than previously completed pieces. If you have any questions about proposals, please contactYK ARCC at for more information.

Proposals will be selected according to the following criteria. Proposals must include these components, titled accordingly, in the order listed:

  • Artist’s CV: including relevant artistic experience and a short biography of no more than 200 words.
  • Artist’s Statement: (no more than 500 words) this will discuss the concepts, influence, and motivation for the proposed work and how those factors fit within the theme of the exhibition.
  • Description of proposed work: (no more than 500 words) this will describe the physical appearance, size, construction, materials, and intended display for the proposed work and how the final project fits within the theme of the exhibition.
  • Special Requirements: list any special requirements for display, such as plinths, plug-ins, projectors, screens, etc.
  • Portfolio: provide three (3) examples of previous work in the same media as the proposed work – for example, if you are proposing a sculpture, please provide examples of sculpture. Portfolios must include:

o   One to three (1-3) high quality images of each example

o   A short (100 words) statement for each work that includes the concepts and motivation behind the work.

o   A short (100 words) description of each work that includes the materials used to create the work and how it was displayed.


Proposals will be accepted until Friday November 15th, 2013 at 5pm.

Please send proposals in the following format(s):

Electronic (PDF only) – email to

Hard Copy – P.O. BOX 11023, YELLOWKNIFE, NT X1A 3X7. Please provide a S.A.S.E if you would like your material mailed back to you.

Applicants will be notified about the decision on their proposal by November 30, 2013.

The exhibition is scheduled for January 2014.



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