The deadline for proposals is October 1st of each year for the following season (exhibitions are scheduled in between September and the end of May in any given season). If this date falls on a weekend or statutory holiday, the deadline moves to the next business day.
The MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels) invites artists in the fields of visual and media arts to submit their projects before October 1. Artists, collectives, independent curators, as well as organizations may submit a project for an individual or a group exhibition. Selected artists may benefit from extended setup periods in the gallery and technical residencies. Artists are offered the opportunity to participate in auxiliary activities such as workshops, conferences and artist talks. The MAI accepts projects from local, national or international artists. We offer technical, promotional and administrative support and a guaranteed fee as per CARFAC guidelines.
Projects must be intercultural in nature*.
Preference is given to original creations that are conceived for MAI’s space and have not been presented in Montreal before. Please note that the size of the gallery is 39’ x 65′ or 13.87m x 23.13m, therefore projects making ample use of the gallery, such as installations, video screenings, etc. are our first choice although the disciplines of painting, sculpture, photography, etc. are not excluded.
- Artistic description of the project.
Please also include intended dates for the exhibition, list of technical requirements
- Description of the project’s intercultural approach.
- Detailed artist statement (intent and creative process). For group exhibitions, please submit each artist’s statement.
- Detailed curatorial statement, if applicable.
- Curriculum vitae for each artist and the curator if applicable.
- A minimum of 12 (maximum of 20) clearly identified images on CD, specifying which digital images are related to the project and which are of recent work. Originals will not be accepted. Please include a detailed image list (title, dates, size and media).
- A press kit, publication or other relevant documents.
- Names and contact information of the project coordinator and / or collaborators.
- A preliminary budget indicating sources of revenue (confirmed or not) and those costs to be assumed by the MAI.
Please note: The MAI generally contributes to the cost of travel, accommodation, per diem, shipping and a minimum amount to the installation of the exhibition (construction, paint. etc.). The MAI does not assume productions costs.
- Self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) should you like your support material returned.
Please send proposals C/O:
Erika Kierulf, Production Coordinator
3680, Jeanne-Mance Street, Suite 103
Montreal (Quebec), H2X 2K5
Tel.: (514) 982-1812, ext. 230,
Please note that all artists will be notified in writing, between eight to twelve weeks after the deadline.
*The MAI’s Intercultural mandate
The MAI offers a space for exploring intercultural art practices and articulations of ‘intercultural’ as a form. These practices are based on exchanges between artists of differing cultures and, to a great degree, on the notion of identity. This approach requires a commitment to dialogue as the very core of the process, with an emphasis on the development of hybrid forms.
Cross-cultural creation not only provides a dynamic field for questioning intercultural exchange, but also allows for a reflection on the very essence of art and on the necessary conditions for its renewal. Intercultural art practices that incorporate mixed approaches and that create original artistic languages can also lead to fundamental changes in traditional art forms.