Making Treaty 7 Call for Artists

Date: Jul 2, 2019

Deadline: Aug 25, 2019 - 11:45 pm

Making Treaty 7 (MT7) Cultural Society is looking for Indigenous visual artists for its 2nd annual exhibition at cSpace, Calgary in September 2019. Artists must be First Nations, Inuit or Métis and are either from the Treaty 7 region or call Alberta home. This call is open to all levels of artists (senior, midcareer and emerging) and of any age.

This is a touring exhibition, which will then go to Arts Commons, Calgary and the Calgary Central Library. Here are the dates:

  • cSpace: September 18-29, 2019
  • Art Commons: October 1-November 29, 2019
  • New Central Library: December 2, 2019-January 18, 2020

Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society Is a non-profit organization and a registered charity that explores the historical significance of the events at Blackfoot Crossing in 1877, while investigating the consequences and implications of Treaty 7 to date.

Artistic Director Justin Many Finger’s mission is to work together with existing arts organizations in Mohhkintstis (Calgary) to bring this city to the national playground for Indigenous arts on Turtle Island and to support the creation of original works and pathways for theatre, dance, visual art and music production by Indigenous creators.

Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society would like to acknowledge the late ELK SHADOW/PONA KO’TAKSI, also known as Michael Green, and MIDDLE BULL/TATSIKIISTAMIK, also known as Narcisse Blood. Elk Shadow was the founder and visionary behind the Making Treaty 7 project. We celebrate his commitment to a shared belief that “WE ARE ALL TREATY PEOPLE”. We are committed to ensuring that his spirit will live on. 

Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society recently took up residency in The Grand Theatre and has just announced its first inhouse season.

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(Deadline for Submissions: Sunday, August 25, 2019)

The following materials should be included in your application:

  1. Artist Statement: describing your current artistic practice and the broader context of your work, research, and interests (approximately, but not limited to 50 – 250 words).
  2. Support Material:
  • Up to 10 pieces of additional support material, including digital images, videos  or audio clips (no longer than 3 minutes in duration). Subject matter reflected in works submitted for consideration is not limited to Indigenous issues or traditional subject matter, though it is strongly appreciated and supported.
  • A corresponding numbered image list detailing the artwork’s title, medium, physical size, date of completion, exhibition requirements and any other necessary descriptors.
  • Support material should be of the actual artworks you are submitting for exhibition consideration and be exhibition ready.

Submission Format:

  • MT7 only accepts digital submissions via e-mail.
  • Please format all written materials as a single PDF document. Images must be numbered RGB .jpeg files with a maximum resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels at 72 DPI and no larger than 1 MB in size.
  • Emailed applications must be submitted in a single .zip folder containing both documents and images.

If you have any questions, or required assistance in submitting your application, please email Miriam Fabijan, Artist and Outreach Coordintaor at or call 587-899-1877. 

Please note that accepted artist will be responsible for shipping their works to:

The Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society

608 1 St SW

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

T2P 1M7

All liability regarding the works shipping and exhibiting insurance costs is the responsibility of the artist.

In the case a number of artists are shipping from the same region, art pick up by MT7 will be considered.

If you would like a studio visit by an MT7 representative, please email to arrange one (limited to those in the Calgary area).