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2020 Calgary Clown Festival Submissions!

COMING OCTOBER 2020

Deadline to submit March 30, 2020

Calling all clowns, street performers, burlesque, contortionists, magicians and yes even jugglers!

We want YOU to join our clown car.

That’s right folks, The Pumphouse Theatre and the Calgary Clown Society are teaming up yet again to present the Calgary Clown Festival. The Festival will be held at the Pumphouse Theatres in October 2020. We will be accepting submissions from January 10 until March 30, 2020 from any a clown with a dream and a show.

What are we looking for?

  • A wide variety of acts that exhibit elements of clown, physical theatre and comedy. This could include, but is not

        limited to; circus, puppetry, improvisation , dance and even burlesque and drag acts.

  • A wide variety of acts ranging in length of performance (10 – 90 min). Shorter shows may be paired with another

        short show to create a single event.

  • The festival is also looking for shorter works for our Cabaret Nights (5 – 7 min)
  • We are looking for all kinds of experiences for all ages. We want some kid friendly fun, we want performances

        everyone can enjoy, we also want some entertainment for a more mature audience.

What we need from you to be considered for the festival:

  • A brief synopsis of your show or idea
  • Show length
  • Bio’s of the artists involved
  • Your media package (Photos and video if available)
  • And all other questions answered in our form

To apply for this festival, please complete our online registration form: https://calgaryclownfestival.wufoo.com/forms/calgary-clown-festival-2020/

Deadline to submit is March 30

A jury will review all submissions and selections will be made in early April 2020

Remuneration will be dependent upon granting; all artists will be paid a minimum fee and not subject to box office split.

International and non-local (Calgary) artists are welcome to apply. However, travel and accommodation reimbursement are subject to funding and not guaranteed.

The Calgary Clown Festival endeavors to be an inclusive and diverse festival. We encourage submissions from all ethnicities, gender orientations, cultural and societal backgrounds.

If you face any barriers in applying in this format, or have any questions and/or concerns regarding the application process or festival at large please contact clown@pumphousetheatre.ca or 403.263.0079 ext 100.

Thank you all in advance for your application. We look forward to a fantastic festival!


Emerging Artist Exhibit

Submissions are now open for
The Quenten Doolittle Memorial Gallery Exhibit:

Emerging Artist!

In association with IGNITE! Festival for Emerging Artists.

April 16th to June 20th, 2020

The Pumphouse Theatre is a vibrant facility with historical significance. It supports and presents all art forms and creates opportunities for engagement, enrichment, cultural experience, learning and inspiration, while serving all Calgarians. To enable this, the Quenten Doolittle Memorial Gallery provides accessible wall display space for 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. IGNITE! will take place June 10th – June 13th, 2020 at the Pumphouse Theatres. 

Artists will be given a choice to opt into allowing their work to be adjudicated to become the official art piece of IGNITE! 2020. All submissions will be displayed from April 16th, 2020 to June 20th, 2020. If selected to be the official art piece of IGNITE! 2020, artists will receive an artist festival pass and an honorarium for the use of their image in marketing material. Artists must submit their art before January 31st, 2020 to be considered for the official art piece of IGNITE! 2020. All pieces not selected will still be considered for The Quenten Doolittle Memorial Gallery Emerging Artist Exhibit.

Submissions must meet the following requirements: 

  • Artist resides in Alberta and must be available for installation. 
  • Artist must identify as Emerging (less than 5 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.

The Pumphouse Theatre will install the work on behalf of the artists. Artwork may be dropped off or picked up by ei- ther 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 online form or by contacting the Programming Director. 

Timeline: 

  • Final Submission Deadline: March 13th, 2020, 4pm
    • If you wish to be considered for IGNITE! 2020, you must submit before January 31st, 2020.
  • Installation: April 12th – April 14th, 2020
  • Gallery Close: June 20th, 2020
  • Gallery Take Down: June 21st – June 23rd, 2020

To apply, please send the following information via email or mail: 

  • Completed Gallery Submission Form 
  • 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: A minimum of 1 to a maximum of 5 pieces will be accepted 
    • Images of artwork only; do not send original works with application 

All completed applications, or questions regarding application may be sent to: 

Attn: Kelly Malcolm, Programming Director
2140 Pumphouse Ave SW, Calgary, AB T3C 3P5
Kelly@pumphousetheatre.ca  403-263-0079 ext. 100

Selection Process: Art pieces are selected by a committee of no less than 3 people and are a mix of artists and administrators. Selection criteria are based on suitability to the theme, technique, emotional response, creativity & innovation, and suitability to the Pumphouse Theatre gallery space and its patrons (ages 5 and up, 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 Kelly Malcolm, Programming Director, at any point.

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Board Positions Available

The Pumphouse Theatre is looking for some great community members to join our Board as all Board terms are currently up for renewal. The Pumphouse Theatre has undergone some changes in the last few years and is seeking to build a dynamic, active board to honour our history and assist with growing our future.

We are looking to fill the following positions:

Please review the descriptions within the link and let us know why you would like to help the Pumphouse Theatres Society continue to be an essential part of the Calgary Community. To apply please send your resume to board@pumphousetheatre.ca. Resumes will be accepted until November 4, 2019.


EveryBODY

Submissions are now open for
The Quenten Doolittle Memorial Gallery Exhibit:

EveryBODY

January 16th to March 21st, 2020

The Pumphouse Theatre is a vibrant facility with historical significance. It supports and presents all art forms and creates opportunities for engagement, enrichment, cultural experience, learning and inspiration, while serving all Calgarians. To enable this, the Quenten Doolittle Memorial Gallery provides accessible wall display space for Calgary and Alberta visual artists to display and sell their work, free from commission.

We believe that everybody – of all abilities – should have the opportunity to express and share their creativity with the broader Calgary community. We are looking for visual art pieces that are created by artists with disabilities. Submissions of any style, from realistic to abstract, and in any visual art medium will be considered, provided it meets all gallery requirements below.

Submissions must meet the following requirements:

  • Artist must reside in Alberta and must be available for installation dates provided.
  • Artwork must be produced by artists who identify as a person with a disability.
  • 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.  


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 online form or by contacting the Programming Director.


Timeline:

  • Submission Deadline: November 30th, 2019, 4pm
    • All artists who submit will be notified with a decision no later than 2 weeks after the deadline has passed.
  • Installation: January 12th – January 14th, 2020
  • Exhibition: January 16th – March 21st, 2020
  • Take Down: March 22nd – March 24th, 2020

To apply, please send the following information via email or mail:

  • Completed Gallery Submission Form
  • 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: A minimum of 1 to a maximum of 5 pieces will be accepted
    • Images of artwork only; do not send original works with application

All application may be directed to:

Attn: Kelly Malcolm, Programming Director
2140 Pumphouse Ave SW, Calgary, AB T3C 3P5
Kelly@pumphousetheatre.ca  403-263-0079 ext. 100

Selection Process: Art pieces are selected by a committee of no less than 3 people and are a mix of artists and administrators.  Selection criteria are based on suitability to the theme, technique, emotional response, creativity & innovation, and suitability to the Pumphouse Theatre gallery space and its patrons (ages 5 and up, 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 Kelly Malcolm, Programming Director, at any point.