Glow Winter Lights - Call for Submissions

Downtown Calgary

GLOW Winter Lights invites Calgarians to consider how light interrupts, enters and shapes our
understanding of urban contexts. It asks how we can reimagine spaces, our movement through them
and interactions within them by experiencing the edges of light. At GLOW, memories and expectations
of our downtown can be reformulated and made anew through artists’ ideas and provocations about

GLOW Winter Lights will take place November 16 – 24th 2018 in downtown Calgary. Hub spaces will
anchor the installations, and will have family programming, information stations, and other activities.
Additional programming will take place with community partners throughout the downtown over the
course of GLOW.

GLOW Winter Lights had its inaugural year in 2017. It brought over a dozen installations to the
downtown core for thousands of Calgarians to enjoy and explore their city at night. As one of the only
events of its kind in Calgary, GLOW brings new interactions and perspectives to the city’s downtown
public spaces by bringing art and design into our everyday experiences.
Click here to read about GLOW’s 2017 event:


Artwork Considerations

GLOW Winter Lights invites submissions for temporary artwork that uses light. All mediums are
welcome, including performance and durational works. At this stage, only concepts, and technical and
material considerations are required. Shortlisted artists will be required to submit detailed fabrication
(where applicable) and installation plans for final selection.
Proposals must consider the public context and the large audience that will be experiencing the work.
Public safety and the longevity of the work given GLOW’s ten day duration, are key considerations.
The majority of work will be displayed outdoors in unprotected areas that may encounter snow, rain,
chinooks, varaible and sub-zero temperatures. Limited indoor, public locations may also be available,
but planning for an outdoor location is advisable. Sites are not finalized at this time, but works will be
centred around Stephen Avenue and immediate surrounding areas.


Submission Requirements

Proposals will be peer-reviewed and selected for artistic excellence, feasibility, and appropriateness of
project concept. Artists will be required to sign a contract with Downtown Calgary.

Submissions should include the following:

  • A recent CV (max 2 pages)
  • Project examples and previous work: up to 10 images that include information about commissioner, location, materials, date, and any other relevant project information. Links to video/moving image artworks and sound files are accepted if they can be opened on both MAC and PC
  • Project concept and written description (max 1 page)
  • Written material, technical and installation outline (max 2 pages). Be as specific and considered as possible given GLOW’s particular location, context, audience and environmental conditions.

For the complete art call and how to apply, please download and carefully review GLOW_Winter_Lights_Call_to_Artists.pdf