Call for Submissions - Celebrating the Indigenous Spirit



In the spirit of collaboration, reciprocity and exchange, Humber Galleries and the Aboriginal Resource Centre have partnered with The Public Studio to bring forward Celebrating the Indigenous Spirit, an inter-generational group show taking place at North Space from November 20 – December 8, 2017.

Throughout history, Indigenous peoples have found the strength to creatively connect with worlds that exist beyond what is. In many cases, this has meant struggling to reclaim and regenerate relational, place-based existences amongst ongoing forces of destruction. Whether though art, dance, performance, or culturally embedded practice, the roots of Indigenous artistry run deep, reaching up and across generations to feed the spirit.

Celebrating the Indigenous Spirit incorporates and encourages inter-generational approaches to honour the rich diversity, imaginative beauty, and resilient vitality of Indigenous artistry. While artists are encouraged to consider the resurgence of Indigenous power through creative expression and practice, broad interpretations exploring the following areas are also welcome: intersectionality; urbanity, intergenerational trauma and resilience; cultural reclamation and restoration, regeneration; revitalization and renewal; health and wellness; self-determinism, decolonization and reconciliation.


Aboriginal Resource Centre |
The Aboriginal Resource Centre works in partnership with Indigenous peoples, communities and organizations to ensure Aboriginal students are supported and connected to their learning environment - academically, culturally and socially. We assist Aboriginal students in making the transition and adjustment to the challenges of college life, while creating an awareness and appreciation of Aboriginal culture and history in the greater campus community.

Humber Galleries |
Foregrounding reciprocity and exchange, 2017/2018 marks a phase of play, experimentation, and renewal for Humber Galleries. As we explore fresh possibilities with our exhibitions and public programs, Humber Galleries brings together students, faculty, and the communities that surround Humber, as well as the local, national, and international art field.

The Public |
The Public is an activist design studio rooted in principles of social justice and anti-oppression. We work from participatory and community-centred frameworks to build capacity and inspire transformative change through art and design.


Submissions of existing works are welcome from both emerging and established artists who identify as Indigenous (First Nation, Inuit, and Métis). The committee is interested in creating inter-generational dialogue, utilizing a wide range of media including, but not limited to: dance, film/media, installation, sound art, performance, and visual art.

Final selections of works will depend on the availability of equipment and space. However, please note that every effort will be made to create an inclusive environment for exhibition of all types of art.


Applicants should describe the art work including title, medium, dimensions/duration, context for the creation of the work, spatial and technological requirements, in addition to including

• 2 - 3 images of the work
• Artist’s current CV
• Artist’s biography (100 words or less)
• Applications are to be submitted in a single PDF document with the subject line “Celebrating the Indigenous Spirit” to Regina Hartwick, Manager of the Aboriginal Resource Centre at //regina.hartwick [at]">regina.hartwick [at]

Established CARFAC fees will be paid to exhibition artists. Artists are responsible for providing their own supplies, materials, and technical devices, as well as crating, shipping, and/or transportation of the art works to Humber Galleries. Please find the selection and exhibition schedule below; artists must be available to deliver and pick up the artwork during the installation and strike.


Open for Submissions                        September 22 – October 22
Selection Committee Meets               October 27
Notification of Results                        October 30
Install                                                 November 9 - 19
Exhibition                                           November 20 - December 8
Reception                                          November 28
Strike                                                 December 11 - 14