Call for artists: Visualeyez 2017 – Awkwardness

The 17th annual Visualeyez festival of performance art happens from September 17 - October 1, 2017 in the downtown core of Edmonton, Alberta, exploring on the curatorial theme of awkwardness.

Visualeyez takes place over a period of six days and it is required that all invited artists are able to attend for the entire length of the festival. Artists experience the work of other artists; engage in discussion groups, meals and other activities that enhance the work of individual artists and the performance art community within Canada and beyond. Please visit for the past festival information.

Latitude 53 will invite artists to Edmonton to explore issues around the curatorial theme of awkwardness. Within this theme we are interested in proposals that address issues of social interaction, interpersonal phobias, clumsiness, mis-communication, and social isolation. Visualeyez is seeking submissions that will connect with Edmonton and Alberta residents and have resonance within an international dialogue. The festival pays a CARFAC artist fee, two-way travel and accommodations for all artists.

Proposals should include: a CV; artist statement; a detailed description of the work you wish to present, or explore; and support material all sent as individual pdfs. You can include images, video, print or digital documentation of your work or as links, pdf, or image files. Please also address how you develop, think, and explore your practice.

The deadline for submission is Friday, 19 May 2017, 2300h MST.

Artists shall be contacted by June regarding the status of their proposals.

Submit proposals by email to:, with “Visualeyez 2017 submission” in the subject line.

Please be courteous of image size and materials that you are sending. 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.

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Visualeyez is joyfully supported in part by Canada Council for the Arts, The City of Edmonton, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Edmonton Downtown Business Association, and Latitude 53’s members, volunteer and donors.

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