What is the difference between an Open Exhibition and a Featured Exhibition? Why would I choose one over the other?
Open Exhibitions are non-juried and therefore open to all interested participants. More details are available here.
Featured Exhibitions are subject to a more detailed submission process, which is outlined here. Featured Exhibitions are highlighted more prominently in the magazine and website, and are eligible for The Gattuso Prize, a $5,000 award that acknowledges an outstanding exhibition in the Festival.
How do I become a Featured Exhibition?
To be considered as a Featured Exhibition, you must send a proposal to us by November 16, 2015. Proposals are reviewed and juried by CONTACT and decision letters will be sent out in December.
Please note that you must also follow the same registration process as an Open Exhibition.
What happens if my show is not selected as a Featured Exhibition?
Provided that you have registered the exhibition on the CONTACT website, your exhibition is still an important part of the festival and will be included in the Open Exhibition category.
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.
Does my exhibition have 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 or after May 1, and end before or after May 31. Note that the CONTACT magazine is published in late April; please consider this if planning an event that takes place prior to May 1.
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. The process is then 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.
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 Business Improvement Area (BIA) groups 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 e-newsletter to ensure that you receive this information.
Is the text I submit what will appear in the magazine?
All texts are edited by CONTACT to establish a consistent editorial standard in the magazine; you will be contacted if substantial changes are proposed. Please write in the 3rd person (do not use “I”), and in the present tense. 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. If you would like to pay by credit card, you must do so online through PayPal. An invoice with a PayPal link will be generated for you during the online registration process.
Who do I make the cheque out to?
CONTACT Photography Festival
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.