CGAS RISER Found Festival

Festival Project Applications

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WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR:

Original creations for unconventional spaces by artists at any stage of their career, with formal training or none, and of diverse identities, cultural backgrounds, and abilities.

  • Found space, site specific, immersive, and/or installation based;
  • Any discipline! theatre, dance, film, poetry, music, sound art, installation art, endurance art, and/or interarts based;
  • One minute long or a weekend-long endurance art piece or somewhere in between; and
  • Informed by or built to suit found space.

Projects that consider community impact, integrate use of found space and/or are informed by their desired locations, and consider the performer relationship to audience are ideal fits for Found Festival. You don’t need to know an exact location, collaborators, or production logistics yet – we will help selected projects get connected to spaces and resources to pull their ideas off!

Selected projects will receive an artist fee, production support, mentorship, and Festival infrastructure support (marketing, box office, etc).

Want to take a deeper dive on your found space practice? Check out the call for our Fresh AiR Artist-in-Residence!


HOW TO APPLY:

There are a few ways to pitch your project for Found Festival. We’re not picky, we want you to pitch your project in any of the following ways that feels most comfortable for you!

Choose one of the following:

  • Application Form: Click here to submit an application form!
  • Email Pitch: Send an email to admin(at)commongroundarts.ca outlining:
    • A brief project description, including desired audience experience;
    • Your background as an artist/collective;
    • Desired venue(s)/location(s)* (specific locations or type of location, i.e. Wee Book inn or a used book store);
    • Potential community impact (how the project involves or effects the local community, any additional outreach activities you might want to engage with;
    • Potential technical/creative support you’d like to get it done;
    • and anything else we should know!
  • Video Pitch: Create a brief video (3-5 minutes) outlining the above points and send it to admin(at)commongroundarts.ca.
    • Don’t worry about any production – talk to your webcam for a couple of minutes and let us know what you’re thinking about.

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Questions? We love them. Get in touch at admin(at)commongroundarts.ca – we would love to assist you with your pitch.

We find ourselves in Amiskwaciwâskahikan (ᐊᒥᐢᑲᐧᒋᐋᐧᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ) on Treaty 6 territory, traditional lands of the Cree, Nakota, Blackfoot, Dene, Saulteaux, Metis, and other indigenous peoples who have made this place home long before we settled here. For thousands of years, people have gathered here to share in story, community, and creative exchange.

We find ourselves thankful: thankful to play a small part in that long-standing tradition, a tradition carried on the shoulders of so many creators, builders, dreamers, agitators, and makers who came before us, and who will come long after us.

We find ourselves inspired: inspired by an evolving community of artists who passionately spark the magic that manifests when we surrender ourselves to the long summer days of this northern place.

We find ourselves grateful: grateful to everyone who rallies around this tiny but mighty Festival — the artists, the volunteers, the staff, the audience, the board, the mentors, the partners and sponsors, the funders, the believers. Found Festival exists because of you.