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RBC Emerging Visual Artists Program

The deadline for this opportunity has passed.

Application Deadline: March 11, 2019

Be seen, be heard—be experienced through the RBC Emerging Visual Artists Program at Arts Commons. This program is an exceptional opportunity for emerging visual artists in Calgary to develop their artistic practice and showcase their work to the public in exhibition spaces that are visited by more than 600,000 people annually.

Through one-on-one mentorship opportunities, exhibition opportunities, professional development sessions, and networking and social events, emerging visual artists who have been chosen to showcase in Ledge Gallery, Lightbox Studio, and Window Galleries will be provided with the resources to enter into the next phase of their career.

Becoming a successful artist is about more than innate ability; it is a purposeful combination of opportunity, meaningful hard work, and mentorship. The RBC Emerging Visual Artists Program at Arts Commons helps bridge the gap between emerging to established.

Emerging artists who have been selected for the Ledge Gallery, Lightbox Studio, and Window Galleries will be provided with: Four professional development sessions (such as financial planning, grant writing, how to improve artist statements and bios, networking, etc.).

One-on-one mentorship with Arts Commons’ Visual and Media Arts Associate.Group mentorship sessions with established artists and curators.

Two-panel discussion events that connect emerging artists with local galleries and arts professionals.

Access to a private Facebook group for sharing resources, discussion, and networking. CARFAC standard artist fee for your exhibition.

For all inquiries about the RBC Emerging Visual Artists Program or Ledge Gallery, Lightbox Studio, and Window Galleries, please contact Natasha Jensen, Visual & Media Arts Associate by email at or call 403.294.7455 ext. 1905.

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