Emmedia Call for Proposals: Spectral Illuminations II, apply by June 30

Jun 13 • Alberta, CALLS, Competitions, DISCIPLINES, Multidisciplinary, SCOPE • 255 Views • No Comments on Emmedia Call for Proposals: Spectral Illuminations II, apply by June 30

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)

A Projection Mapping Exhibition
Presented with Beakerhead and Calgary Public Library
When: September 13, 2017 @ 8-11PM
Where: Memorial Park Library – 1221 2 St. SW
Deadline to apply: June 30, 2017

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Spectral Illuminations II

We are seeking local artists who are interested in developing a projection mapping project that is inspired by the history of the Memorial Park Library. Artists will have access to the interior and exterior of the Memorial Park Library (pending approval) to project their work for one night on September 13 during Beakerhead.

The selected artists will be working with EMMEDIA and a Memorial Park Library representative to have access to the space during the summer as they develop their project. They also have open access to EMMEDIA’s resources including equipment and edit suites. Selected artists do not need previous experience with projection mapping and will also have free access to a series of projection mapping workshops to help develop their project during the summer.

EMMEDIA’s programming committee selects proposals through a peer review process and is based on the artistic merit of the project, relevance to the Memorial Park Library, feasibility of the proposed project, and the ability of EMMEDIA to provide appropriate space and/or support for the project.

EMMEDIA is committed to paying a professional fee for all works presented.

About EMMEDIA Gallery & Production Society:

Since its inception in 1979, EMMEDIA has maintained a two-part mandate: to support both the production and presentation of media arts. EMMEDIA responds to a broad community by offering affordable access to media art production tools and facilities, services, technical and educational support, an array of production programs and residencies, and a year round schedule of public exhibition programs including the PARTICLE + WAVE Media Arts Festival. Our programs strive to foster artistic dialogue and engagement through complementary activities such as artist talks and panel discussions, workshops and publications. For more information, go to

About Beakerhead:

Beakerhead is an annual program that brings together the arts, sciences, and engineering sectors to build, engage, compete, and exhibit interactive works of art, engineered creativity and entertainment. Year-round programming and community-connecting culminates in a five-day citywide spectacle consisting over over 60 events centred around delightfully bizarre engineered installations and artworks. For more information, go to:

Brief History of Memorial Park Library:

The Memorial Park Library opened on January 2, 1912. It is both Calgary and Alberta’s first public library, and the only remaining Carnegie library in the province.

The funding of the Memorial Park Library building and founding of the Calgary Public Library was made possible through the dedicated work of Annie Davidson, a widow with a passion for books, and a small group of fellow literary enthusiasts.  The Calgary Women’s Literary Club, founded in 1906, continues to meet monthly at the Memorial Park Library.

Right from its inception, the Memorial Park Library was viewed as a public library as well as a cultural and education centre. The original building plan accommodated both library and educational functions including library reading rooms and an extensive book collection area, lecture halls, children’s reading room, a natural history museum with a display of dinosaur bones, stuffed birds, buffalo heads and mineral specimens (on the second floor), and facilities to house a number of community and educational clubs and associations. Included among the associations was the Calgary College, which was the precursor to the University of Calgary. With its focus on culture and civic education the Memorial Park Library became known as the “centre of culture” in Calgary.

During the depression, over 40% of Calgarians were library members and the collections were so well used, that readers were restricted to 4 books at a time.  By 1963, the Library had outgrown the facility, and the collections and services were moved downtown to its current location in the Central Library. A small branch library remained open to serve the immediate community, and was closed in 1967. Subsequently, the building was leased to the Glenbow Foundation as an archives and research centre, until the Glenbow moved to its present location in 1976.

After considerable public debate it was decided to restore and reoccupy the building as it was seen as an important link with the cultural and intellectual development of the city, which needed to be preserved. Upon completion of the renovation, the Library officially reopened in October 1977, with the Muttart Public Art Gallery leasing the second floor.  In 1999, the Muttart Public Art Gallery gave notice it was terminating its lease at the end of that year, and in 2000, the second floor was leased to the Alliance Française. The lecture hall on the main level of Memorial Park was converted from a meeting/program room to public space for computers, studying and quiet reading as part of revitalization efforts, meeting rooms were refurbished, public hours were extended and signage was installed to enhance community awareness of the Library. The Library Foundation took over the second floor in 2012, and in 2017, this space was turned over to Wordfest and the Beltline Community Association. Plans are currently underway to develop a more animated and community focused Library space on the main floor.

For more information, check out the historical self-guided tour document here.


All submissions must include the following components:

1) Proposal: Clearly describe the proposed project.
a. How will the project respond to the history and/or services of the Memorial Park Library? See above for a brief history of the Memorial Park Library.
b. Please provide details about your spatial and material requirements, including equipment needs.
c. Describe the location that you potentially want to utilize. We encourage artists to visit the library during their regular business hours ( to get a feel for the space and where they want their project to occupy. See floor maps for inspiration and more information on certain areas of the library here.

2) Curriculum Vitae (maximum of 2 pages): This will help us understand your artistic background and determine your feasibility of completing this project.

3) Images/Support Material: Up to 10 images and/or up to 3 examples of video.
a. Digital images: Should be in JPEG format. File names should correspond to the image list.
b. Video: Submit only the material that demonstrates your artistic accomplishments related to the proposed project, and please limit each example to five minutes in length. Please submit video/audio files through file transfers via Dropbox, WeTransfer etc., or through file sharing sites like Youtube, Vimeo, etc. You may also send files on DVDs or USB key if the file is too large. Please note that these will not be returned.

4) Image List and/or Video list: All images and/or video files must be numbered and labeled to match the corresponding list with descriptions.


Please send all written support as PDF files and images in JPEG format. If you are sending by mail, please put all files onto one CD/DVD or USB key. Please do not send any paper or include a return envelope. Submissions will not be returned.

Deadline: June 30, 2017

Please send CD/DVDs and/or USB key to:

EMMEDIA Gallery & Production Society
2005 10 Ave SW
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
T3C 0K4

or email digital files to:
with subject line: Spectral Illuminations submission

For more information on applying, please contact Vicki Chau, Programming Director at: | 403-263-2833

Related Posts

Comments are closed.

« »