Monday, December 17

Call for Entries: 2008 Ice & Fire Carnival Snow Sculpture Projects

This Year’s Carnival Theme: The Crystal Habitat

The Dunlop Art Gallery is inviting artist entries for the upcoming curated Exhibition of Snow Sculptures that will be created and exhibited as a part of Downtown Regina’s Ice & Fire Carnival. Artists are encouraged to interpret the exhibition’s theme - Habitat.

The Downtown Ice & Fire Carnival is the not-to-miss winter event in Regina. This free family event aims at merging multiple communities in a celebration of winter sport, art and culture in Regina. Thousands of Carnival visitors are entertained each year with giant snow sculptures, carved by professional artists, located in beautiful Victoria Park. Other activities include public ice-skating; a carnival bonfire; ice sculpting; fire spinning and an evening lantern-lit procession.

This call for proposals is open to emerging and established artists. Each artist (or group of artists) will be provided with an 8’ x 8’ x 8’ cube of packed snow through which they are invited to respond to this year’s theme. Habitat is intended to evoke ideas about ecology, interdependence, community, and shelter. People around the world are searching for a balance between growth and environmental sustainability. Ecologically speaking, we are attempting this balancing act while skating on thin ice. It comes down to how we regard our various habitats - homes, communities, locations, environments, and certainly our planet.

Submissions accepted until January 8th, 2008. All artists will be contacted by January 11th, 2008 with regard to acceptance and/or return of documentation based on the curator’s decision.

The Ice & Fire Carnival will pay artist’s fees of $750 for each selected project. The Ice & Fire Carnival welcomes proposals from producers from all cultural backgrounds and sociopolitical associations.

Important Dates:
  • The postmark deadline for hard copy materials is January 4th, 2008.
  • Digital submissions must be received by 17:00 Central Standard Time, January 8th, 2008.
  • Exhibition: February 15th – 17th, 2008
  • Opening Events: February 16th, 2008
Please Submit:
  • A detailed project proposal, including title, concept, working methods, sketches, duration, and materials. People not familiar with Regina or the Ice & Fire Carnival are encouraged to contact Jeff Nye in advance to discuss ideas.
  • High resolution, large format digital images and samples of relevant work with a corresponding media list. No slides or originals, please.
  • A brief biography
  • A current CV (max. 3 pages)
  • A SASE if hard copies of support material are to be returned
Submit materials digitally, to jnye@reginalibrary.ca or via post to:

Jeff Nye
Assistant Curator
Dunlop Art Gallery
P.O. Box 2311
2311 12th Avenue
Regina, Saskatchewan
Canada S4P 3Z5

Produced in partnership by Regina Downtown BID, New Dance Horizons, Great Excursions and the Dunlop Art Gallery.