Mar 2021

Nextfest 2021: Call for Visual Artists

A man with a beard points at the Varscona Mural.

Nextfest is now accepting Visual Art submissions for the 2021 Festival. This year the festival runs over 11 days from June 3 -June 13 in Edmonton, Alberta. Nextfest is an opportunity for emerging visual artists to create and show new work.

For the purpose of this festival, “emerging” refers to artists in the first 10 years of their practice and who are not professionally represented. This year’s visual arts gallery will take place both online and in selected spaces throughout Edmonton.


The Nextfest Galleries host visual artwork that is on display for the duration of the festival. The galleries can accommodate a variety of different works including sculpture and pieces that need to be suspended.

Feel free to get creative with proposals for these spaces. The curator would like to see images of either finished work or a coherent proposal for new work. Contact the curator for more information on the gallery venues.

All gallery artists will be paid an artist exhibition fee.

How To Apply

After reading the submission guidelines below, please submit your entries to our Visual Arts Curator at rebeccapickard21@gmail.com.

Submission guidelines (please include all):

  • 5-10 JPG images of work.
  • With each image list: title, dimensions, and medium
  • Artist statement
  • Bio and/or CV
  • Please make the subject of you email: Nextfest 2021: Visual Art Submission – [YOUR NAME]

Have questions? Email Rebecca Pickard/Nextfest Visual Arts Curator: rebeccapickard21@gmail.com



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