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Exhibitions | Beaux-Arts Application Deadline Extended

Updated: Apr 21

With only a few days away from our deadline, we have some news to share!

Updated Dec 2, 2020: The ICC and VMAA are very pleased to announce that we will be able to offer CARFAC artist fees to those accepted for exhibition.

Since we opened our call for entry to our 2021 exhibition – Beaux-Arts: a celebration of the sculptural form – organizers at VMAA and the Italian Cultural Centre have observed, engaged in and learned from conversations related to its themes. We believe art has the power to act as a point of departure for deeper conversations, and as a basis for growth and knowledge.

As a result, we are extending the deadline for the Beaux-Arts exhibition to January 15th, 2021 and making a point to clarify and expand the scope of the original call. We are doing this for several reasons:

  1. First and foremost, we want to centre inclusion and dialogue in art-making and art discourse. While the theme of Beaux-Arts goes hand-in-hand with one of its most celebrated exponents, Charles Marega, we also recognize that some of his works were raised as monuments on traditional, ancestral and unceded Indigenous land, and may serve as unwelcome symbols. We recognize this is a catalyst for timely dialogue, and would like to invite artists inspired by these themes, and who have explored it in their work, to submit for exhibition.

  2. We have also received some queries from artists asking for clarification on eligibility criteria. We look forward to applications by jewellers and metal artists who work in all types of media beyond metal, and from all social, political, cultural and artistic backgrounds for this exhibition. Some of the most recognized architectural sculptures of the Beaux-Arts movement reflect the impact of technology – of new machinery and new materials – on people’s daily lives. We look forward to celebrating innovation, diversity and risk-taking.

  3. The extended deadline recognizes that prospective entrants may require additional time to consider these expanded parameters. It also recognizes this additional time may be helpful to artists whose access to space or inspiration may be impacted by pandemic conditions.

  4. The application fee to submit to this exhibition covers the costs accrued through the submission process. We realize, especially during these challenging times, that this fee may be a barrier to some artists. If you would like to submit your work for consideration but find the application fee to be a restriction, please contact our chair of exhibitions directly.

We hope the extended deadline of January 15 gives artists some more time and space to explore our exhibition themes.

The foundation of the Beaux-Arts movement encompasses the combination of tradition and innovation, and in this spirit, we too find ourselves considering the past and how that changes in the future. How do we contextualize history in the light of the present? How will what we produce today age into the future? We open this conversation up to our artists to respond to and contemplate with us, and we look forward to your submissions whether they be traditional work, category bending or something in between.

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