Call for Submissions

Students & Professional Artists


NSCAD University is located on the traditional, unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq Nation.

This territory is covered by the “Treaties of Peace and Friendship” which Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) peoples first signed with the British Crown in 1725. The treaties did not deal with surrender of lands and resources but in fact recognized Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) title and established the rules for what was to be an ongoing relationship between nations. We are all treaty people.

NSCAD University’s Treaty Space Gallery, located at the Port Loggia (1107 Marginal Road) will continue NSCAD’s commitment towards Indigenous knowledge mobilization and ongoing support of Indigenous contemporary art. This new dedicated permanent space aims to foster treaty education and understanding of the treaties signed on this land. NSCAD’s Treaty Space Gallery is calling on professional artists and students to submit proposals that respond to the notion of treaty, in historical and contemporary as well as literal and conceptual forms. This space will explore concepts of Indigenous and non-Indigenous ‘co-existence’ stipulated in the recent Calls to Action by the Truth and Reconciliation Committee (June 2015) as a key framework towards decolonizing together.

Artists who work in a diverse range of mediums as well as contemporary and traditional disciplines are welcome to apply. We welcome the personal and unique perspectives of all Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists to take part and engage in the notion of treaties and to become familiar and respond to the ‘Peace and Friendship’ Treaties specific to this territory.

Send submissions to annaleonowens@nscad.ca ATTN: TREATY SPACE GALLERY COMMITTEE please include:

  • 1 page proposal for exhibition, performance or happening
  • 500 word max artist statement and artist biography
  • if the proposed project needs financial support please indicate in your proposal and include a budget (although the committee will not be able to provide 100% funding there may be an opportunity for financial contribution).
  • up to 5 images of current or past work to support your proposal
  • 3 page maximum CV

DEADLINE: ONGOING – first selections will be made in January 2018