Indigenous Textile Artists Wanted

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Indigenous Textile Artists Wanted

Calling all female or two-spirit Indigenous artists with experience in traditional methods such as beading, quillwork, weaving, felting or appliqué.

We are commissioning four large textile artworks to represent the people, culture and history of Blackfoot Confederacy, Stoney Nakoda, Tsuut’ina Nation and Métis Nation Region 3. If selected, your piece will be exhibited in Calgary’s City Council Chambers for a period of 10 years.

You will be given an all-inclusive budget of $20,000 to create a new textile artwork for this initiative.

Submission deadlines:

  • Stoney Nakoda — March 31, 2023
  • Blackfoot Confederacy — March 31, 2023
  • Tsuut’ina Nation — May 31, 2023
  • Metis Nation Region 3 — May 31, 2023

Artists will be chosen by selection panels made up Elders, Indigenous artists and community members from each Treaty 7 Nation and Métis Nation Region 3 to ensure the art created accurately represents their history and community.

How to Apply

Send examples of your past work to indigenouspublicart@calgary.ca with the following:

  • Images of your textile artworks (1 – 20 images)
  • A short description of your artworks (required)
  • Letter of interest or artist statement (optional)
  • Your contact information (phone number, alternate phone number and email address)

Visit calgary.ca/artistopportunities to download the full calls to artists.

Questions? Email indigenouspublicart@calgary.ca with questions about the application process or to attend a free artist information session.

About the Project

The first project of its kind in Calgary, the Council Chambers Indigenous art initiative aims to celebrate Indigenous women and Two-Spirit people of any gender and centres those who should be most protected and honoured in our communities.

Art by the first peoples of this area hung prominently in the place where City Council meets to make decisions will serve as a reminder that Indigenous people lived on this land long before Scottish settlers named it Calgary, and that every Calgarian has a role to play in acknowledging the past and working toward a brighter future.

Visit calgary.ca/indigenouspublicart for more information on Calgary’s Indigenous public art program.

Textile beadwork by Cindy Daniels

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