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Installation view of Brittany Shepherd, Façades, at Bunker 2. A 2018 Featured Exhibition in CONTACT. Installation photo by Grayson James.

Call for Submissions: CONTACT 2019

The Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival in Toronto invites participation from photographic artists for May 2019, either as a Featured Exhibition or an Open Exhibition.

The Featured Exhibitions program showcases exceptional photo-based projects. Featured Exhibitions are subject to a juried submission process, and are eligible for The Gattuso Prize, a $5,000 award that acknowledges an outstanding exhibition in this program.

The Open Exhibitions program provides a valuable opportunity to have photographic work exhibited in conjunction with other emerging and established artists. Open Exhibitions are non-juried and are therefore accessible to all interested participants and exhibition spaces.

All artists/organizers must have a confirmed exhibition space in order to participate in CONTACT. A participation fee applies:

Early bird fee (available until November 9, 2018)
$275 + HST

Regular registration fee
$350 + HST


Featured Exhibitions
Deadline for Submissions: November 19, 2018 by 5pm

CONTACT welcomes proposals from emerging, mid-career, or established Canadian and international artists and curators for the 2019 Featured Exhibitions program. The call is open for solo or group exhibitions on any subject matter, and to all photo-based practices.

Featured Exhibitions are highlighted prominently in the Festival's communications, including the CONTACT catalogue, website, and newsletter; they also benefit from promotion and coverage through CONTACT's extensive public relations initiatives, drawing significant attention to the artists and venues involved.

To be eligible, shows must take place for a minimum of two weeks during the month of May 2019, and must have a confirmed exhibition space. Preference is given to exhibitions held in professional gallery spaces. If your proposal is not selected, it will be included in the Festival as an Open Exhibition.

Please visit the CONTACT website for detailed information on how to submit your proposal.


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Opening ceremony of Indigenous Rising in Kensington Market. A 2018 Open Exhibition by Nadya Kwandibens in partnership with Photographers Without Borders. Photo by Ben Marans.

Open Exhibitions
Deadline for Registration: December 3, 2018 by 5pm

This non-juried category is open to all, encouraging a variety of photographic practices. Open Exhibitions can be held in any type of venue, from conventional gallery spaces to unconventional venues such as community centres, cafés, or retail shops. Your exhibition and artist information will reach CONTACT’s extensive audience through the Festival catalogue and website.

Visit register.scotiabankcontactphoto.com to register your Open Exhibition. Please read our FAQ carefully in advance.



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About the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
CONTACT is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to celebrating and fostering the art and profession of photography with an annual Festival in May and year-round programming in the CONTACT Gallery. CONTACT embraces an inclusive and accessible approach to the medium, and cultivates collaborations with and among artists, curators, institutions and organizations.

For more information:

Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
80 Spadina Avenue, Suite 205
Toronto, Ontario M5V 2J4
416 539 9595
info@scotiabankcontactphoto.com
scotiabankcontactphoto.com

On now at the CONTACT Gallery
Communities of Love
Anthony Gebrehiwot (with Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin De Burca)
September 20–October 20, 2018

CONTACT, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1997, is generously supported by Scotiabank, Nikon Canada, Pattison Outdoor Advertising, La Fondation Emmanuelle Gattuso, Vistek, Dentons Canada LLP, Toronto Image Works, The Gilder, Transcontinental PLM, 3M Canada, BIG Digital, Waddington's Auctioneers and Appraisers, Four By Eight Signs, Beyond Digital Imaging, Steam Whistle Brewing, Art Toronto, The Gladstone Hotel, First Gulf, Colliers International, The Globe and Mail, NOW Magazine, CBC Toronto, and Canadian Art.

CONTACT gratefully acknowledges the support of Celebrate Ontario, Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, Ontario Arts Council, The Government of Ontario, Partners in Art, Canada Council for the Arts, Consulate General of the United States, the Howard Webster Foundation, Mondriaan Fund, Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Goethe-Institut, the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council, and all of our funders, donors, and programming partners.

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