Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society Call for Artists | 3rd Annual Indigenous Art Exhibition/Festival 2020

Date: Jan 29, 2020

Deadline: May 1, 2020 - 11:45 pm


Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society (MT7) is seeking Indigenous Artists to participate in our 3rd Annual Indigenous Art Exhibition, now Festival.

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 here in in Mohhkintstis (Calgary) and to bring this city to the national playground for Indigenous arts on Turtle Island; 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 at The GRAND Theatre, Calgary.

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  • First Nations, Inuit or Métis
  • From a Treaty 7 nation, Métis Nation of Alberta Region III, or calls Alberta home.

This call is open to artists of all levels (senior, mid-career and emerging). No age restrictions apply.


The theme for Making Treaty 7’s 3rd Annual Indigenous Art Exhibition/Festival is “Mentoring”. This theme is not intended to exclude any artist from submitting their work for consideration. MT7 is not asking that the artwork be based on the theme of “Mentoring” (unless the artist so chooses to). Rather, MT7 is asking that you include in your Artist Statement the role that “Mentoring” has played in your creative journey.


  • Who, or what influenced, or inspired your creative work?
  • Do you have Elder guidance?
  • Where do your permissions to share Indigenous stories come from?
  • From whom did you learn your creative skills? o Are you being mentored?
  • Are you mentoring/teaching/passing on your creative skills and stories on to the next generation?
  • What is the importance of mentoring to you and within your culture?

You are not limited to these suggestions and you are encouraged to address the theme of “Mentoring” in terms that are significant to you.


  • Painting in any media (oil, acrylic, watercolour, including mixed media)
  • Drawings and prints in any media (including photographic & mixed media)
  • Sculpture in any media (including pottery) o Installations (include plans and images for proposed work)
  • Poetry & Spoken Word o Traditionally-based works (carving, bead, quill and leather work)

Jewelry and clothing in any media o Short-length films and videos o Sound installation (see for details)

This is a multiple venue exhibition/festival which will be housed at Studio C and cSpace King Edward Arts, Arts Commons and Calgary’s new Central Library, in partnership with Arts Commons, Studio C and the Calgary Central Library. The main portion of this exhibition/festival will be held during the month of September 2020, with an extended exhibition at Arts Common’s until the end of December.


The following materials must be included in your application:

  1. Artist Statement: describing your current artistic practice and the broader context of your work, research, and interests, while addressing the theme of “Mentoring” (not to exceed 300 words).
    • As an aside in your Artist Statement please state which nation, region or indigenous community(s) you belong to/come from.
  2. Support Material (artwork):
    • Up to 15 pieces of additional support material, limited to 10 artworks, including digital images, videos/film clips, or audio clips (no longer than 3 minutes in duration). Subject matter reflected in works submitted for consideration are not limited to Indigenous issues or traditional subject matter, though it is very much appreciated and supported.
    • A corresponding numbered image list detailing the artwork’s title, medium, physical size or duration, date of completion (sale price if applicable), exhibition requirements and any other necessary descriptors.
    • All support material should be labeled with the artist’s name and corresponding image list number. (ex: AutumnWhiteway_1)
    • Up to 10 artworks will be considered for exhibition.
  3. Required:
    • The subject line of your email should include your full name followed by MT7 2020 Arts Festival Submission (ex: Autumn Whiteway: MT7 2020 Arts Festival Submission).
    • Include in the body of your email:
      • Whether or not you would like to be considered for the RBC Emerging Artist Program (deadline March 8, 2020).
      • Whether or not you would like to be considered for Studio C’s Artist in Residence (deadline May 1, 2020)
  4. Optional: Resume/Curriculum Vitae (C.V.), not to exceed 2 pages.
  5. Optional: Social Media Links and Websites.

IMPORTANT: Support material must be of the actual art works you are submitting for exhibition consideration, and if accepted, they must be exhibition ready. Works received that are not exhibition ready will not be considered. Further information on exhibition specifications will be sent to each artist upon acceptance. Submissions will be accepted from both individual artists and artist collaborators.




  • MT7 only accepts digital submissions via e-mail.
  • Please format all written materials as a single PDF document (to include: Artist Statement; Image List; Viewing Links, and optional Resume/C.V., Social Media Links and Websites).
  • Images must be .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 all documents, images and support material. And labeled with the artist’s full name followed by MT7 2020 Arts Festival Submission (ex: Autumn Whiteway MT7 2020 Arts Festival Submission).


MARCH 8, 2020 (11:59 pm): For those interested in being considered for the multiple exhibition spaces at ARTS COMMONS (11 gallery spaces that feature Visual and Media Arts). Artist who submit for this deadline will also be considered for the RBC Emerging Visual Arts Program, which provides professional development and skills to build a solid foundation for a career in the arts.

  • Artists who submit for this deadline will also be considered for all other exhibition possibilities.
  • Arts Commons: Install and takedown TBD

May 1, 2020 (11:59 pm): For those only interested in exhibiting for the Festival month of September 2020 at Studio C and cSpace King Edward Arts and the Calgary Central Library, (including: film, video, large scale sculptures and art installations applicants).

  • Studio C (King Edward): Wednesday, September 3 – Tuesday, September 22; Artist Reception Wednesday, September 10, 5:00 -7:00 pm (install Wednesday, September 2 - Thursday, September 3; takedown Wednesday, September 23).
  • cSpace (King Edward): September 7 – October 4, 2020; Artist Reception Wednesday September 10, 5:00 -7:00 pm (install Friday September 4 – Saturday, September 5).
  • Calgary Central Library: Wednesday, September 2 – Tuesday, September 29, 2020 (install Tuesday, September 1; takedown Wednesday, September 30).
  • Film Screening, Calgary Central Library: tentative dates: Saturday, September 13 and Tuesday, September 22 (times TBC).
  • PLUS: Studio C (cSpace King Edward): A month long Artist Residency at Studio C for the month of August, 2020 totalling 24 hours of studio time: Tuesday’s 9:00 am-12:00 pm; and Friday’s 1:00 – 4:00 pm. PLEASE NOTE IN YOUR SUBMISSION THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS RESIDENCY AND WHY. This will be a juried selection in The GRAND Theatre 608 – 1st Street SW Calgary, Alberta T2P 1M6 cooperation with Studio C, MT7’s Guest Indigenous Curator and the Festival Coordinator.


  • MT7 will endeavour to do its best to pay CARFAC Group Exhibition fees to all participating artists (amount to be confirmed by July 2020).


  • All submitting artists will be contacted as to the success of their submission, along with a list of accepted works, no later than July 1, 2020.


This is a curated festival with Autumn Whiteway as MT7’s first Guest Indigenous Curator. She will be receiving administrative support from Miriam Fabijan, Curator and Festival Coordinator, Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society and Sanja Lukac, Visual and Media Arts Associate, Arts Commons.