Sunday October 4, 2020 at 11:59PM EST
Canada Modern is a physical and digital archive of Canadian graphic design (1960–85) with modernism central to its glowing heart. In bold forms and vibrant colours, it is a growing collection of works on paper, publications, and ephemera that reflect Canada’s development as a nation — a time both modern and human, combining optimism, honesty, warmth, and strong utilitarian sensibility in graphic communication.
Canada Modern (CM) is seeking artists, graphic designers, and illustrators to be presented alongside the CM Collection in an exhibition in early 2021, as part of DesignTO Festival. We are inviting artists/graphic designers based in Canada to apply for the opportunity to create a newly commissioned design inspired by the archive. We are looking to bring new perspectives to the CM Collection, presenting works that may reflect, contrast, subvert, or extend design values from an earlier period (1960–85) and enhance (or complicate) our understanding of the evolution of graphic design in Canada.
— Artist Statement (2 pages max): describe your artistic intent, design values, and any relevant experiences
— CV (1 page max)
— 3-5 images of works and/or links to works
— Image list
Please submit as a single PDF to firstname.lastname@example.org Use the subject line [DesignTO CM Artist — Your Last Name]. Contact us at email@example.com if you have any questions or require accommodations for your application.
Canada Modern is committed to equality, fairness, and diversity in the arts. People who identify as BIPOC, LGBTQ+, immigrant, newcomer, disabled, and people of varying social and economic backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply.
Artists will be remunerated in accordance with CARFAC fees 2020.
Applicants must be based in Canada.
Submission deadline: Sunday September 30, 2020 at 11:59PM EST
Selected artist(s) contacted: October 3, 2020
Project discussion and development: October 5 – December 11, 2020
Installation: Early-mid January 2021
Exhibition Dates: Mid-January – February 2021 (1 month duration; exact dates TBD)
About Canada Modern
Canada Modern exists to preserve, document, educate and inspire, to build a new and richer understanding of what can be seen as a seminal point in Canada’s development as a nation — one of optimism, growth and modernity. At the heart of this work lies identity design, typography and graphic communication. The archive’s purpose is to build a definitive and accessible record of this significant epoch, and a valuable reference for designers, students, teachers, historians and citizens alike.