What are the dates for the 2014 Festival?
May 1-31. CONTACT is an annual festival that occurs every year for the duration of the month of May.
How do I participate in the Festival?
The Featured Exhibition and Open Exhibition sections of the Festival are open to submissions and registration. For both types, artists or exhibition organizers must find venues in which to exhibit their work.
Registration will open on our website on September 30, and will close December 12, 2013. To register, you must create an account on our website using your email address. Please note that the email address you provide will be used to contact you with follow-up information about your participation in the Festival.
Does the artist or venue complete the online registration form and pay the fee?
Either artist or venue, not both, can register the exhibition. The artist and venue must decide this between them.
What is the theme for 2014? Does the work in my exhibition need to be thematic?
The theme for next year's Primary Exhibitions and Public Installations will be announced in early 2014. For the Featured and Open Exhibition sections of the festival, we accept exhibitions on any topic.
Does my exhibition need to run for the whole month of May?
No, your exhibition does not have to run for the entire month. We require that your exhibition runs through the majority of May. Exhibitions can begin before May 1 and end after May 31.
How does the registration process work for group exhibitions?
One person from the group should be the point of contact for the exhibition, and register using their own email address. Then the process is the same as for registering a solo exhibition. There is a section of the registration form that allows for multiple artist names to be entered. For magazine listings, if your exhibition has more than 10 artists, only last names will be listed. For exhibitions with 15 artists or more, “group exhibition” will be used instead of names. All artist names will appear in full in the magazine index and website profile.
I have a venue and would like to participate in the Festival. Will CONTACT assign me an artist?
It is the responsibility of the venue to find a photographer and then register as an exhibition with CONTACT. The festival cannot guarantee that we will pair up venues with artists. At times we receive messages from artists unable to find venues, please email info [at] scotiabankcontactphoto [dot] com to inquire.
I am an artist and would like to participate in the Festival. Will CONTACT assign me a venue?
It is the responsibility of the artist to secure a venue to exhibit their work in. There are opportunities for artists seeking venues to exhibit with one of the neighbourhood BIAs that partner with the festival each year. The BIAs send out calls for submissions in autumn, and match up artists with venues. Please sign up for our newsletter to ensure that you receive these calls.
The festival cannot guarantee that we will pair up artists with venues. At times we receive messages from venues looking for artists, please email info [at] scotiabankcontactphoto [dot] com to inquire.
Is the text I submit what will appear in the magazine?
Texts are carefully edited by CONTACT. We will contact you if a substantial change must be made. We reserve the right to edit your text as we aim to clearly convey information about each exhibition and establish a consistent editorial standard in our publication.
Please contact our office if you have any questions about this policy, or are looking for guidance with your text.
Can I pay by credit card over the phone or in person?
No, we do not have a terminal to process credit card payments. If you would like to pay by credit card you must do so online through PayPal.
What kind of documentation do I need to submit to be eligible for the non-profit fee?
You must submit your registered non-profit/charitable status number. If your exhibition is organized by a school (elementary, high school or university) you are automatically eligible for the reduced fee and do not need to provide documentation.
Who do I make the cheque out to?
CONTACT Photography Festival
How do I become a Featured Exhibition?
To be considered as a Featured Exhibition you must send a proposal to us by November 14, 2013. Submission requirements can be found here. Proposals are reviewed and juried by CONTACT and decision letters will be sent out in December. Please note that you must also register on our website by December 12, 2013.
What happens if my show is not selected as a Featured Exhibition?
Your exhibition is still an important part of the festival and will be placed under the Open Exhibition category.
Can I submit to the Primary Exhibition, Public Installation & Events sections of the festival?
No, submissions are not solicited for these sections of the festival.