An artist-run centre, Latitude 53 Contemporary Visual Culture thrives at the intersection of art and ideas, promoting innovation, experimentation, and dialogue, while fostering active, creative, and collaborative communities. Enabled by a wide base of members, volunteers, donors, and sponsors, we offer a plenitude of portals to local, national, and international contemporary art.
Through engagement and risk, Latitude 53 creates programming that explores the boundaries of contemporary art. Our programming works to build a lively and engaged artistic community through an ongoing responsiveness to artists, ideas, and questions that are relevant to our community.
Latitude 53 programs two gallery spaces year-round, for exhibitions proposed by artists and curators from across Canada and elsewhere, including emerging to established artists from the Edmonton and Alberta regions. We seek exhibitions for these two gallery spaces (labelled the Main Space and ProjEX Room on the floor plan) that range from solo shows, to curated group projects, to works-in-progress and new developments that would benefit from constructive critical feedback.
We are also interested in proposals for larger-scale projects that would spill from one gallery into another, incorporate our community gallery space, or otherwise challenge the borders and shapes of our exhibition programming.
Our three main exhibition spaces are all located within our 10242 106 St. location in downtown Edmonton. For detailed dimensions of each space, please see our floor plan.
Call for submissions
Artists and curators are invited to submit individual or group proposals in any media. Proposals should specifically address the space both in the format of the exhibition and as an exhibition site in the city of Edmonton and in the context of Canadian communities. Edmonton is the northernmost city of its size in Canada, and Latitude 53 specifically seeks work that will resonate with the city, push local dialogues further, and approach local, regional, and national identities and social politics. Proposals should also consider the idea of what is Contemporary Visual Culture.
Latitude 53 has a non-discriminatory exhibition policy. We provide for travel and pay artists fees in agreement with the CARFAC Schedule.
We are not at present taking separate applictions for our two spaces, but Latitude 53 is committed to exhibiting artists at all stages of their careers, whether emerging or established, and to judging each project by its own merits. With this in mind, please take the time to consider and communicate what exhibiting here could mean to you at the current point in your practice and career.
Currently, our programming advisory committees meets twice a year to review submissions after deadlines April 30 and September 30.
- Project description
- Artist’s or Curatorial statement
- Curriculum Vitae (4 pages maximum)
- 15 digital images of proposed or recent work
- Video or Audio work in Mac-compatibile formats
- Image list (including title, medium, date, and size)
- Contact information
Please include all written material as PDF files, and send submissions by email only to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Programming Submission” in the subject line. Please ensure that attachments total to less than 10MB; if more space is required for time-based or intermedia work please provide a link via DropBox or Vimeo.
You will receive an acknowledgement of your submission.
We do not accept submissions by mail.
Latitude 53 makes the Community Gallery space available for most of the year to other collectives and community groups. The space offers approximately 40 linear feet of wall space, and opens out onto our street-front patio with a garage door.
Latitude 53 is interested in partnering with Edmonton organizations that wish to use the gallery. The space is offered on a cost-recovery basis of $250 per week to support community arts projects with the expectation that most shows will fill the space for a two-week or longer period. Latitude 53 may be able to offer additional sponsorship for use of the gallery for a number of projects each year in order to overcome cost as an obstacle to nonprofit initiatives. Latitude 53 is interested in collaborations that bridge diverse groups within the Edmonton region, introducing members of the city’s visual arts communities to other groups and vice versa.
Groups interested in the use of the space are encouraged to contact the gallery with a short proposal and appropriate support material for the project. Groups should include specifics on the benefits that their community would see from an exhibition and what the project might bring to Latitude 53 as a site for intersection of art and ideas.
For more information please contact:
780 423 5353