How to Participate

We invite photographic artists to be a part of CONTACT 2018, either as an Open Exhibition or a Featured Exhibition. Open Exhibitions are non-juried, while Featured Exhibitions are subject to a submission process. Full details on the submission process will be available in September 2017.

Important Deadlines:
November 13, 2017 – Featured Exhibition submissions due
December 4, 2017 - Open Exhibition registration closes

A registration fee applies:
Early Registration - available until November 6, 2017
$275 + HST

Regular Registration - takes effect November 7, 2017
$350 + HST

Submissions are not sought for CONTACT's curated programming, including Primary Exhibitions, Public Installations and Special Events.

Venues

Before registering, all artists/exhibition organizers must find a venue in which to hold the exhibition.

Open Exhibitions can be held in any type of venue, from conventional gallery spaces to unconventional venues such as community centres, cafés, or retail shops. For Featured Exhibitions, preference is given to exhibitions held in professional gallery spaces.

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.

Although CONTACT cannot make any guarantees, we are occasionally able to connect artists and venues wishing to participate, depending on availability and best fit. If you are an artist seeking exhibition space, or if you have a venue and would like to participate in the Festival, please email info [at] scotiabankcontactphoto [dot] com.

 

FAQ

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.

Featured Exhibitions are subject to a more detailed submission process. 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.

What happens if my Featured Exhibition proposal is not selected for the Festival?
If your proposal is not selected as a Feature, it will still be included in the Festival as an Open Exhibition.

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 Catalogue 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.

How does the registration process work for not-for-profit organizations?
Not-for-profit organizations follow the same process as other registrants, but simply indicate that they are an NFP when creating a user profile when registering. Not-for-profit organizations are able to take advantage of our Early Registration Rate for the entire registration period, and are not subject to the Regular Registration Rate that takes effect.

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.

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, we are not able to process credit card payments. If you would like to pay by credit card, you must do so online through Paypal.

Who do I make the cheque out to?
CONTACT Photography Festival