Call for submissions – Elemental Festival

May 5, 2016

Date: Sep 30 – Oct 2
Location: 4elements Living Arts, Kagawong, Manitoulin Island | Mnidoo Mnising

Co-curated by Patricia Mader + sophie anne edwards

4elements Living Arts has two opportunities for you to participate in this year’s Elemental Festival – besides attending, that is. We’re accepting submissions to our Elemental Festival Writing Prize, and proposals from emerging artists working in all mediums to install work during the festival.

About Elemental Festival and 4e – Sep 30th to Oct 2nd 2016, the second annual Elemental Festival will take place in Kagawong, a village of less than 200 people on Mnidoo Mnising Manitoulin Island. Presented by 4elements Living Arts (4e), a local interdisciplinary non-profit arts organization, the festival is site-specific and includes multiple forms of contemporary art. At 4e we’re shaking loose outdated mind-sets about where contemporary art can happen.

This year’s curatorial theme is ‘Walking’. Despite its typically spontaneous, occasionally reflexive, and sometimes somnambulatory nature, walking is a complex action. It can be both physical and performative; a deeply personal and a political act that claims and carves out space emotionally, politically, socially and culturally. We follow routes, sometimes newly created recreational trails, sometimes traditional trading routes or harvesting paths whose origins have been erased through colonial territorialization. Paths aren’t always human-made.

For Elemental Festival, we have invited works that propose to examine a complex range of socio-cultural, and geo-political paths; that consider the legacy of walking with a particular focus on walking in the context of our specific rural and ecologically sensitive site. This year’s confirmed artists include:

Matt Coelin, Intallation artist, Sault Ste Marie

Judy Martin, Fibre artist, Little Current

Elisha Sidlar, Performance artist, M’Chigeeng First Nation

Judy Bowyer, Installation/sound artist, Kitchener

Chris Turnball, Installation artist/writer, Kemptville

Madhur Anand, Ecologist/writer, Guelph

The festival includes two full day writing workshops, artist talks, community art engagements, community walks, and panel discussions. Outdoor installation and performance works will animate the village as the Salmon make their annual run up the Kagawong River.

Call for Submissions – Emerging Artists working in any medium are invited to submit proposals for work to be installed, or performed during the festival. Projects should relate to our curatorial theme, and our organization’s mandate. Typically projects are installed outside, or have an outdoor component. We can provide assistance with the installation and an honorarium of $500, plus free entry to any festival workshops you wish to attend. If you have a great idea, please submit the following items attached as a single .pdf to
– Full name, address, and contact info; website if you have one
– A brief project proposal (1 or 2 paragraphs)
– A brief artist statement (1 paragraph)
– Artist CV (2 pages or less)
Please also submit
– 5 good quality images of your work with an corresponding image list (images should be no larger than 1MB and should be images that most relate to your proposed project)
– $10 application processing fee via e-transfer (think of it as a donation to a wee tiny arts organization doing great things – it will make you feel warm and fuzzy) or cheque to the 4e office.
Use ‘Artist proposal – Elemental Festival 2016’ as the subject line.

Deadline: June 15th

Elemental Festival Writing Prize – We invite writers to submit works of previously unpublished short prose (700 words or less) that engage creatively with our curatorial theme. All entries will be juried by a panel of local writers. Winning entries will be read at the festival opening.
1st prize is $150
2nd prize $75
3rd 4e swag
Start writing! Entries can be submitted to – please use ‘Elemental Festival Writing Prize 2016’ as the subject line.

Deadline: August 1st

Check us out online:
4e office | 91 Main Street, Kagawong ON | P0P 1J0

Supported by the Ontario Arts Council and the Ministry of Tourism Culture and Sport

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