The Khyber supports the exhibition of work in all media and encourages solo, duo and group submissions. We are devoted to research, risk and experimentation and provide a flexible, interdisciplinary space for the presentation of non-commercial contemporary art. We are committed to paying artist fees according to CARFAC standards in our core program. Projects can happen at the centre, online, or off-site and could take many forms. Artists are invited to apply to our general program of exhibitions and special projects, to KREAM, the CARE project or to our Window following the guidelines and application format below.
BIANNUAL DEADLINES –
April 15th and October 15th
HOW TO APPLY
Acknowledging that standard proposal writing can be intimidating, hyper academic and a barrier for many artists and organizers, the Khyber accepts submissions in a variety of formats. If communicating via text doesn’t feel accessible to you, you are so welcome to share your ideas through video, audio or IRL presentation, which we can record for you upon request and need.
All applications, unless arranged otherwise are to be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. All files must be contained within a single folder that is Mac compatible, then sent using Dropbox, WeTransfer or directly by email, if files aren’t exceedingly large. We do not accept CDs or DVDs. Artists, who wish to apply through recorded presentation or those who require assistance, have the opportunity to schedule appointments with Khyber staff using email above.
Please address the following in your submission.
- Program– Include name of the program you are applying to in the subject line of your email. This may be “General Submissions” for exhibitions and projects or a specific program such as “KREAM” “the CARE project” or “Khyber Window”.
- Artist bio– Tell us about yourself; include your name and pronouns, where you are situated in the world, your artistic practice, interests, previous projects and/or experiences. Specify if this application is solo or from a collective duo or group. If you use social media, include your handles and/or artist website. CVs, links to articles and/or professional references are optional, but can be included if you feel it is relevant to your proposal.
- Description– Share what you would like to do. Include if your work has a title, materials used or involved and if events will take place at the Khyber, offsite or online. Speak to any other details you feel are relevant. Images, audio, video or text as support material is welcomed.
- For general submissions propose anything. Be specific in describing what you are proposing, which can be but is not limited to an exhibition, performance, workshop, artist talk or panel, screening, reading, a single event and/or series of.
- For KREAM propose a residency. Speak to studio usage and public presentation components which could involve installation, performance, artist talks, studio visits, screenings and/or workshops.
- For the CARE project propose a workshop. Describe your facilitation style, the concepts and themes explored in your workshop. We welcome the sharing of workshop outlines, examples of exercises, previous workshop samples or quotes on experiences from past attendees.
- For the Window gallery propose an installation. Please refer to interior and exterior window dimensions. In addition to proposing an installation, we welcome proposals for events to occur while your work is exhibited.
- Intention– Tell us your aims or what you hope to accomplish with this work, yourself and engagement with others. Let us know if your programming is open to the public or designed as a closed space for specific communities. Share what your outreach strategy or approach to connecting and engaging with community looks like. Speak to ways communities can engage with your project or event if located remotely, offsite from the gallery.
- Timeline and schedule– Let us know when ideally you would like to see this happen, as well as duration of the project, exhibition, residency, workshop or event.
The Khyber will prioritize desires, requirements and proposals from those who have systemically faced oppression, exclusion and tokenism within the art world, including artists who are BIPOC, LGBTQ2+, Deaf and Hard of Hear and those working in Disability Arts. Artists who have already participated in solo exhibitions, residencies or projects spanning one month or longer at the Khyber in the past 3 years do not qualify for other opportunities of this equivalence.
Accessing the Khyber: www.khyber.ca/access
The Khyber recognizes that the space we currently operate out of has many potential barriers when it comes to access, for artists and visitors alike. We have amounts budgeted for care and accessibility staff to aid with these realities at events, as well as to contribute to the individual needs of each artist or organizer. All fees and programming will be confirmed with the artists upon invitation and notice of acceptance. Living accommodations, travel arrangements and shipment of artwork will be the responsibilities of the artists, however, staff can assist in this process upon request.
Programming is determined by a committee, which rotates per deadline and always includes the Khyber membership, previously exhibited artists, Primary Program Chair, Director and Program Coordinator.
The Khyber receives hundreds of submissions each year making the application process a competitive one. The programming committee is made up of a group of artists, curators and organizers that change bi-annually. Please do not be put off by a rejected proposal or if you receive no response. Apply again!