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Call for Exhibition and Residency Submissions Deadline
Apr 30 @ 4:00 pm – May 1 @ 12:00 am

Oxygen Art Centre is currently accepting submissions for its Exhibition and Residency program.  Regional, national and international professional artists from any discipline are welcome to submit proposals for a solo or group exhibition and/or residency.  Oxygen Art Centre is particularly interested in work with regional relevance, cross-disciplinary work and work that engages audiences in participatory processes.  Professional (CARFAC) exhibition and artist presentation fees are paid for selected programming.  Residencies and exhibitions are typically planned two to three years in advance. Please submit all of the following documents as specified in the Submission Guidelines.

Oxygen Art Centre is an artist-run multidisciplinary centre in Nelson, British Columbia that provides space and programming for artists and the public to engage in the creation, study, exhibition and performance of contemporary art. The goals of Oxygen Art Centre are to stimulate the creation, exhibition and discussion of contemporary art in all disciplines, to stimulate rural cultural development and professional practices in rural artists, to engage in community development through art-based projects and to achieve diversity in all programming.

East and West Kootenay Juried Youth Art Exhibition Call Deadline!
Apr 30 @ 4:00 pm – May 1 @ 12:00 am

East and West Kootenay youth* ages 18-29 are invited to submit visual or media art work to be considered for a professional juried exhibition at Oxygen Art Centre opening in June 2018.  We invite young artists to select finished work or produce new work that addresses the theme Wayfinding: Identity and the Kootenays. The deadline is April 30, 2018 – please circulate this call throughout the region!


Wayfinding can be defined as the ways in which people (and animals) orient themselves in physical space and navigate from place to place. Questions to consider might include: How do you locate yourself as a young Kootenay artist, geographically, politically, historically or otherwise?  How does living in or originating from the Kootenay region influence your art practice? If you were to build or draw a map of your personal relationship to this region, how would that look, feel, and be read?


This exhibition will pay professional artist fees and is open to young artists submitting in all mediums: painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, installation, video, sound, crafts and performance art. We encourage artists to respond to this call in an innovative manor, from the context of their own practice and interests. Jurors include Maggie Shirley, curator at the Kootenay Art Gallery; Brian Kalbfeisch, local artist and director of Blue Night; Genevieve Robertson, Executive Director of Oxygen Art Centre; and Stephanie Kellet, local artist and recent solo exhibitor at Oxygen.  Oxygen Art Centre has been integral to the regional arts community as a steppingstone for professional artists; many Kootenay artists have had their first professional exhibitions here at Oxygen Art Centre. Canada council requires artists to have had a minimum of 3 professional exhibitions in order to receive funding, so this exhibition call is a wonderful opportunity to build professional experience!

* To be eligible to apply, you must have graduated from a Kootenay high school and/or have lived in the Kootenays 3 of the last 5 years

Submissions will be accepted by mail, email or hand delivery and should be addressed to the Oxygen Art Centre

By email: Attention: Juried Youth Art Show Submission
By mail or drop off:  Oxygen Art Centre, #3A – 320 Vernon Street Nelson B.C.  V1L 4E4

Deadline: received by 5pm, April 30, 2018

“34 Years Later” Book Launch, Readings and Music @ Oxygen Art Centre
May 2 @ 2:30 am – 4:00 am

Tuesday, May 1st at 7:30 pm, Oxygen Art Centre

Join Tom Wayman and John Lent for “34 Years Later” an evening of readings and live music to mark the launch of a collection of Wayman’s essays and interviews,  “If You’re Not Free at Work, Where are You Free: Literature and Social Change”, published by Toronto’s Guernica Editions. This evening also marks the 34th anniversary of the BC government’s shutdown of Nelson’s David Thompson University Centre.

Joining Wayman for “34 Years Later” will be John Lent on guitar accompanied by Vernon musician-educator Mark Nishihara on bass. Lent, whose musical career began as a folksinger in Nelson, is a long-time member of the Lent/Fraser/Wall blues and roots trio. He said his work with Nishihara returns him to the folk and folk-rock repertoire of his earliest days, and highlights as well more recent tunes.

The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. at Nelson’s Oxygen Art Centre. Admission is free ($5 donation appreciated) and the event is open to the public. Oxygen is located at 320 Vernon St. (alley entrance).

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