Radiant Rural Halls: Call for Submissions

this town is small presents Radiant Rural Halls: Call for Submissions for 2022Deadline Sunday, December 5, 2021, at Midnight AST

About Radiant Rural Halls

this town is small (TTIS) artist-run centre is seeking proposals for a new project entitled Radiant Rural Halls. This project will consist of a series of contemporary art projects and events presented at rural community halls in PEI. The presentations will take place between February and March 2022, with exact dates and venues to be confirmed. Radiance refers to emanating light, warmth, and joy. We see community halls themselves as having a radiant quality and we are seeking works that engage with this idea, as well as with the liveliness and histories of the halls and their surrounding communities.

We encourage proposals in artistic mediums such as installation, media arts, and performance. Proposals for participatory projects and events such as workshops, demonstrations, presentations, and storytelling are also highly encouraged. All selected artists will have an opportunity to speak about their work and/or artistic practice in a public setting such as a meet and greet, artist talk, or round-table discussion. A printed publication featuring original writing and documentation will be created as an extension of the project.

About Community Halls

Selected works will be paired with the most appropriate community hall. For example, if a hall has a theatre space with a projector and sound system, a project that includes a performance with projections/sound would be prioritized. Community halls typically have limited wall space and capacity for exhibiting two-dimensional works. However, they are excellent gathering spaces and often have large meeting rooms, work tables and seating, theatres and/or stages, audio-visual equipment, and kitchens. Artists are encouraged to propose projects that make use of these unique facilities. To learn more about PEI’s network of community halls, visit the Association of Rural Community Halls (ARCH PEI) at https://www.archpei.com/.


Professional artists residing in Atlantic Canada are eligible to apply and artists with connections to rural communities will be prioritized. We consider a professional artist to meet a combination of the following criteria (as defined by the Canada Council of the Arts): have specialized training in their artistic field (not necessarily in academic institutions); be recognized as a professional by their peers (artists working in the same artistic tradition); be committed to devoting more time to artistic activity, if possible financially; and have a history of public presentation or publication.

Submissions will be reviewed by a jury of professional artists and community representatives and scored based on the following criteria: artistic and thematic merit, achievability/feasibility, and impact.

TTIS is committed to equal opportunities and we encourage applicants who identify as women, Indigenous, members of visible minorities, LGBTQ2SIA+, and persons with disabilities to apply.

How to Apply

Call for Submissions Deadline: Sunday, December 5, 2021, at Midnight AST

Artist fees that follow CARFAC standard guidelines will be paid for this exhibition and associated public presentations. TTIS will provide production support for technical equipment and other material needs. Support for ground travel and/or shipping will also be available.

Submissions must be sent via email to: small.town.exhibitions@gmail.com with “RRH Submission” in the subject line. Submissions accepted via email ONLY.

Submissions must include: 

  1. Current artist CV (maximum 3 pages; please include your pronouns and contact information)
  2. Artist statement (maximum 200 words; tell us about yourself and your artistic practice)
  3. Project description (maximum 500 words; describe your proposed project, including some discussion of the significance of presenting the project at a community hall in rural PEI, how the project will be shared with the public, and what your material and/or technical needs will include)
  4. Maximum of 10 images (.JPEGs) or audio/visual samples related to the proposal (e.g. works being submitted, works-in-progress being submitted, mock-up drawings, similar past works/presentations, etc.)
  5. Image list (a detailed list of the images or other support materials, including title, year, medium, size/duration, and a concise description)

**Text files are to be sent as a single PDF                                                   

**Large images must be shared via Dropbox or Google Drive

For more information, please email Jordan Beaulieu at small.town.exhibitions@gmail.com or click here to view a presentation shared during our Radiant Rural Halls Info Session held on Nov. 17, 2021, which includes a participant FAQ.

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