Outdoor Exhibition Opportunity

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Outdoor Exhibition Opportunity

For Canadian Photo Based Artists

SPAO is thrilled to share an exciting new public art initiative which is the first of its kind in Canada!

This Spring 2023, the SPAO Photographic Arts Centre in partnership with Ottawa’s Preston Street BIA, will debut the SPAO Photo Walk, an outdoor public art initiative like no other in Canada.

The SPAO Photo Walk will be an ongoing and evolving outdoor installation featuring large-scale photographic artworks designed to enhance Ottawa’s Little Italy, draw attention to local businesses and engage with residents and tourists alike. Participants can access information and the map for a self-guided tour via QR codes located next to each artwork, providing opportunities to learn more about the artists, the neighbourhood and participating businesses. The photographs will be selected from a nationwide open call and by an assessor jury made up of nationally recognized industry leaders.

A Renowned Jury of Arts Professionals The SPAO Photo Walk Jurors include: Ann Thomas (former Chief Curator
of the National Gallery of Canada), Robert Steven (Director of the Portrait Gallery of Canada), Frédéric Loury (Founder of Art Souterrain in Montreal), Sylvia Dreaver (Emerging Curator of Indigenous Art at the Canadian Museum of History), and renowned photo based artist Sandra Brewster.

Submissions are now open for inclusion in the SPAO Photo Walk!

Photo-based artists from anywhere in Canada at any level are encouraged to apply!

For more information and to apply visit spao.ca/photo-walk.

The submission deadline is April 6, 2023 by 11:59pm ET.

About SPAO

SPAO is one of Canada’s foremost Photographic Arts Centre, housing the only two-year photographic arts college in Canada, numerous recreational part-time classes, a unique international artist residency and the only critical and independent gallery in the region dedicated to lens-based art.

SPAO Photographic Arts Centre open call | Image by multimedia artist Dion Prints

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