CAF Collective



Cambridge Arts Festival wants to bring together Galt, Hespeler and Preston visual artists in a collective leading up to an installation and group exhibition at Cambridge Arts Festival on Saturday, July 22, 2017. We are inviting all Cambridge-based visual artists working in all genres to apply to participate in the collective.  The deadline for applications is February 28, 2017.  Apply using the form at the bottom of this page. (Alternative formats are available upon request)


CAF Collective

Cambridge has a diverse array of emerging and established visual artists across our city.  It is important for artists to have support and encouragement in the place that they live and create their work. Connected artists can share skills and resources and collaborate on projects that can bring cultural and economic benefit to the community.  Our goal is to raise the profile of the adult visual arts area of the festival and encourage Cambridge-based artists to connect and participate.

The collective will accept up to 15 artists (5 from each area) who will work together from March to July to create an exhibition of their work to show at the festival as well as a live installation of a collaborative work on the day of the festival. The collective will be led by Cambridge Arts Festival Co-Chair Wendy Campbell who will guide meetings and allocate budgeted funds. Artists will be chosen by a jury consisting of CAF committee members and established artist advisors.

Meetings will be held bi-monthly (or more) at a location to be determined. Collective members will determine a theme for the exhibition and installation as well as work on mock-ups for the installation and determine the layout for the exhibition.

The Exhibition will be held within the festival area (location TBD) and will consist of works based on an agreed upon theme from the participating artists. Artists will be on-site on the day of the festival to discuss their works with festival attendees and to talk about their experience in the collective and in creating works for the exhibition. CAF Collective members may also choose to have an exhibitor booth at the festival. (artists exhibit free of charge)

The Installation: Weather permitting, a live installation will take place outdoors on Dickson Street where the Art Market is held. The theme and idea for the installation will be determined by the collective and may include anything from a large-scale mural, sculpture, mixed media or other work.  There will be an interactive component of the installation where festival attendees can participate in the creation of the work. Modifications of the installation will be determined by the collective in the event of heavy rain. CAF and the Collective will explore opportunities to have the finished work placed at a permanent location or rotating locations in the City of Cambridge.

To date, the CAF Collective is funded by the Cambridge Arts Festival and Arts Connect Cambridge. Further funding requests are underway.
All materials for the live installation and exhibition display will be covered. Depending on funding, a small honorarium may be awarded to participating artists. (but not guaranteed)



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