Wednesday, November 12, 2008

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS (EXTENDED DEADLINE): DIwhy? (deadline: December 1, exhibition January 20 - March 1)


Great news! We've extended the deadline for this upcoming exhibition we're co-presenting with the Ontario Crafts Council so that more of you have time to get your entries in. If you missed it the first time, TCA & OCC are teaming up to present
DIwhy? - a fine craft & indie craft mashup exploring aesthetic and political themes in do-it-yourself craft culture.

Here are all the details you need to get involved & get you excited:


A Juried exhibition presented by the OCC and Toronto Craft Alert
Show dates extended to January 20 – March 1, 2009

Deadline for Entry: 5 p.m. on Monday, December 1, 2008

One of the fastest growing and contested sites of contemporary culture is the DIY movement. Broadly speaking, DIY is a socio-political stance enacted through the processes of creating. In reaction to multi-national corporations and modern industrial society’s basis in mass-production, DIY stresses the importance of thinking globally and making locally. At the same time, each community practicing DIY has its own approach, and consuming less as a political statement is often found in tandem with aesthetic concerns.

There is no common definition for DIY, and as it becomes more mainstream, the act of distinguishing a particular mode of making according to “do it yourself”, is an issue that continues to be raised. Hosting a DIY exhibition in partnership between the OCC and Toronto Craft Alert is an attempt to bring so-called ‘fine craft’ into dialogue with DIY, and explore the ways in which they intersect and diverge.


  • 1 -2 press-quality digital images (see below requirements), with image information (title, medium, year, dimensions).
  • 1 copy of a current cv, artist statement and/or biography.
  • 1 minimum 300 word response to “What does DIY mean to you?”.
  • A $10 fee, payable by cash, cheque or credit card. Fees are non-refundable.

See the Call for entry for more details

1) Jen Anisef
2) Michelle Rothstein
3) Allyson Mitchell

Supported by:


Blogger sweetie pie press said...

this is amazing! i have to consider my application.

i do, of course, have one annoying suggestion: i recommend using a serif font in any promotional materials because capital i's and lower case l's are the same in sans-serif fonts and morons like me will think you show is called something impossible.

3:25 p.m.  

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