Quenten Doolittle Memorial Gallery

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Quenten Doolittle Memorial Gallery

Submissions are now open for the Quenten Doolittle Memorial Gallery exhibit, Emerging Artists! in association with the IGNITE! Festival for Emerging Artists happening April 28 to June 18, 2022.

The Pumphouse Theatre is a vibrant facility with historical significance supporting and presenting all art forms; and creating opportunities for engagement, enrichment, cultural experience, learning and inspiration serving all Calgarians. The Quenten Doolittle Memorial Gallery provides accessible wall display space for Mohkinstsis (Calgary) and Alberta visual artists to display and sell their work, free from commission.

IGNITE! is a festival dedicated to supporting, mentoring, and presenting emerging artists of all disciplines. IGNITE! allows artists to embrace risks in a supportive environment while providing resources, a bridge to the professional arts community, and meaningful opportunities for collaboration and community building with their peers.

Artists will be given a choice to opt into allowing their work to be adjudicated to become the official art piece of IGNITE! 2022. All submissions will be displayed from April 28 to June 18, 2022.

If selected to be the official art piece of IGNITE! 2022, the artist will receive an artist festival pass and an honorarium for the use of their image in marketing material.

The Pumphouse Theatre supports an inclusive and diverse community. We encourage any submissions of eligible visual artists from all communities including but not limited to the LGBTQ2+, BIPOC, and those with disabilities.

Submissions must meet the following requirements:

  • Artist resides in Alberta and must be available for installation.
  • Artist must identify as emerging (less than five years of experience).
  • Artwork must be delivered ready to hang (wall-space only).

Installation Requirements

All art must be equipped with picture hanging wire and D rings (a piece of metal hardware shaped like the letter D used on the back of frame or canvas as hooking device). Hanging cleats or flat metal hardware unfortunately will not be accepted.

This gallery is intended to be available for in person and online viewing. Due to the uncertainty of COVID-19 pandemic, there is the possibility of this exhibit being online exclusively. All installation requirements are still necessary for this exhibit at this time. In the event of an in-person gallery, the Pumphouse Theatre will install the work on behalf of the artists. Artwork may be dropped off or picked up by either the artist or a representative during the hours of 12pm and 6pm on the installation and take down dates provided. Artist must reserve an installation and take down date via a provided form or by contacting the programming director.

Timeline & Requirements

Submission Deadline: March 25, 2022, 4:00pm
All artists who submit will be notified with a decision no later than two to two and a half weeks after the deadline.

Installation: April 24 – 26, 2022

Exhibition: April 28 – June 18, 2022
In the event of a virtual gallery only, this exhibition end date may be extended into the summer.

Take Down: June 19 – June 22, 2022

For more information and to apply, please send the following information via email, completed gallery submission form—this form can be found on our website at pumphousetheatre.ca.

Be sure to include the following in your application:

  • Artist Biography (250 words max)
    • A short description of who you are and your art background, training, passion, and/or any combination of the fore mentioned information.
  • Artwork: Photos, maximum of five, do not send original works.
    • Images of artwork only; do not send original works with application.

Applications or queries can be sent to Programming Director, 2140, Pumphouse Ave. SW Calgary, AB T3C 3P5 or email kelly@pumphousetheatre.ca. For calls, phone 403.263.0079 ext. 100.

Selection Process

Art pieces are selected by a committee of no less than three people and are a mix of artists and administrators. Selection criteria is based on: suitability to the theme, technique, emotional response, creativity and innovation, and suitability for the Pumphouse Theatre gallery space and its patrons (ages 8-80 representing various socio-economic and cultural backgrounds). Unfortunately, we are unable to accept works that feature nudity.

Any artists who need assistance with their application, or have inquires and questions, are welcome to contact The Pumphouse Theatre at any point.

Promo information for IGNITE! Emerging Artists Exhibit | April 28 – June 18, 2022

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