Women Artist Call for Submissions


Vancouver Rape Relief and Women's Shelter


Nov. 22, 2017

Call for Artists Description:

Calling all female artists and photographers! In honour of the Montréal Massacre Memorial — Canada’s National Day of Action and Education on Violence Against Women, Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter is mounting an art exhibition. Work will be displayed in the Moat Gallery at the Vancouver Public Library Downtown for the month of December 2017. Your work will be featured at the events marking the Montréal Massacre by Vancouver Rape Relief where over 200 feminists and their allies are expected to come. Other events held at the Library throughout the month of December will bring a wide audience to your work. 

We are looking for depictions of resistance to male violence against women. It could be an individual or group act(s) of resistance. It can be personal and/or political (after all the personal is political). It does not have to be related to a specific incident or even something that happened to you — you are free to create your own imagining of what women’s resistance against male violence looks like. You can submit work as an individual or as a group. Artists are encouraged to work on white paper that is 22” X 30”. The space is only suitable for mounted and framed art that will hang on the walls (both glass and painted walls).

Your images will be exhibited on the Lower Level of Library Square for the month of December along with other local feminist artists. The Moat is accessible to the public from 6am to 10pm Monday to Saturday, and 10am to 6pm Sunday. The library is open to the public and will be viewed by all ages. Your work will be show cased throughout the public education activities hosted by Vancouver Rape Relief on Saturday Dec 2nd to mark the Montréal Massacre Memorial. There will be an opportunity to meet the other artists

How to Apply:

We want to work with you! Please submit a photo of your work (doesn’t have to be professional, a simple snap with your phone is fine) to info@rapereliefshelter.bc.ca by November 22, 2017 with a short description (no more than 200 words). Your work will be curated by a team of front line feminist workers. Please include your contact information so artists that are selected can be easily reached.

Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter is committed to women’s equality. Each year we respond to 1,200 new calls for help from women and their children fleeing male violence. We offer safety, support, and advocacy through our rape crisis centre and transition house. Beyond our frontline work, we invest in public education and social change initiatives to bring forth a world that is safe and just for all. For more information about us and the Montreal Massacre event please visit us at www.rapereliefshelter.bc.ca

Montréal Massacre: 1989 – A lone gunman walked into an engineering class at L’École Polytechnique, University of Montréal. He told the men to leave and they all complied. The man declared his hatred of feminists and shot the women. 14 women were killed.



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