Call for Submissions - Celebrating the Indigenous Spirit 2018






In the spirit of collaboration, reciprocity, and exchange, Humber Galleries and the Aboriginal Resource Centre continue our partnership to bring forward the next iteration of this inter-generational group exhibition taking place at Humber Galleries from November 22 2018 – January 18 2019.

Throughout history, Indigenous peoples have found the strength to creatively connect with worlds that exist beyond what is. In many cases, this has meant struggling to reclaim and regenerate relational, place-based existences amongst ongoing forces of destruction. Whether through art, dance, performance, or culturally embedded practice, the roots of Indigenous artistry run deep, reaching up and across generations to feed the spirit.

The exhibition incorporates and encourages inter-generational approaches to honour the rich diversity, imaginative beauty, and resilient vitality of Indigenous artistry. While artists are encouraged to consider the resurgence of Indigenous power through creative expression and practice, broad interpretations exploring the following areas are also welcome: intersectionality; urbanity, intergenerational trauma and resilience; cultural reclamation and restoration, regeneration; revitalization and renewal; health and wellness; self-determinism, decolonization and reconciliation.



Aboriginal Resource Centre |

The Aboriginal Resource Centre works in partnership with Indigenous peoples, communities and organizations to ensure Aboriginal students are supported and connected to their learning environment - academically, culturally and socially. We assist Aboriginal students in making the transition and adjustment to the challenges of college life, while creating an awareness and appreciation of Aboriginal culture and history in the greater campus community.

Humber Galleries |

Foregrounding reciprocity and exchange, Humber Galleries is engaging in a phase of play, experimentation, and renewal. As we explore fresh possibilities with our exhibitions and public programs, Humber Galleries brings together students, faculty, and the communities that surround Humber, as well as the local, national, and international art field.



Submissions of existing works are welcome from both emerging and established artists who identify as Indigenous (First Nation, Inuit, and Métis). The committee is interested in creating inter-generational dialogue, utilizing a wide range of media including, but not limited to: dance, film/media, installation, sound art, performance, and visual art.

Final selections of works will depend on the availability of equipment and space. However, please note that every effort will be made to create an inclusive environment for exhibition of all types of art.



Applicants should describe the artwork including title, medium, dimensions/duration, context for the creation of the work, spatial and technological requirements, in addition to including:

  • 2 - 3 images of the work
  • Artist’s current CV
  • Artist’s biography (100 words or less)
  • Artist’s website and social media handles (if applicable)
  • Applications are to be submitted in a single PDF document with the subject line “Celebrating the Indigenous Spirit” to galleries [at]

Established CARFAC fees will be paid to exhibition artists. Artists are responsible for providing their own supplies, materials, and technical devices, as well as crating, shipping, and/or transportation of the art works to Humber Galleries. Please find the selection and exhibition schedule below; artists must be available to deliver and pick up the artwork during the installation and strike.



Open for Submissions August 29 - October 8, 2018
Selection Committee Meets TBD
Notification of Results TBD
Install November 19 - 21
Exhibition November 22, 2018 - January 18, 2019*
Reception November 22
Strike January 21

*Exhibition will be closed December 15, 2018 - January 7, 2018 for college Holiday closure