John B. Aird Gallery Call for Entry: Drawing 2024 Online slideshow with a playlist and a downloadable publication...

John B. Aird Gallery
Call for Entry: Drawing 2024

Online slideshow with a playlist and a downloadable publication
Juror: Jamie Whitney
Deadline: Sunday, February 4, 2024, by midnight

About the Call:

The John B. Aird Gallery is celebrating its 25th edition of this annual juried exhibition showcasing contemporary artists’ drawings from immediate locations and beyond.

For this exhibition, a drawing is an art form used to create a finished work or draft ideas further developed in other media.

This broad definition is intended to open the exhibition to entries reflecting a wide variety of contemporary drawing materials, techniques, and practices from anywhere in the world that you draw.

All accepted artworks will be published as part of an online slide show with a playlist and downloadable PDF publication.

This online exhibition will act as a showcase for contemporary artists using drawing as art media.

Ellen Thesleff, Self-Portrait, 1894–95

About the Juror:

Jamie Whitney is Directing at Guru Studios. He recently worked as a creative lead of Development for Boat Rocker Studios and as an Executive Producer at Spin Master Entertainment.

In 1983, Whitney pursued animation studies at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario. By 1991, he worked at Nelvana, a Canadian animation company, developing and Directing several shows, including the prime-time series ‘Bob and Margaret’ for Comedy Central and ‘Maggie and Ferocious Beats’ for Nickelodeon. Whitney developed and directed the animated show Max & Ruby at Nelvana for Nickelodeon/ Nick Jr. In 1998, he joined 9story Entertainment, developing, designing, and acting as animation director on ‘Peep and The Big Wide World’ for PBS.

In 2011, Whitney joined Guru to develop and direct the first three seasons of PAW Patrol and is credited for his work on the first PAW Patrol movie, Pups to the Rescue. The accomplished creative is also known for bringing the animated series True and the Rainbow Kingdom to life for Netflix, as well as leading on the following projects: Beetlejuice, Eek! the Cat, Foolish Girl, The Dating Guy, and World of Quest.

Just recently, Whitney directed A Tale Dark & Grimm for Netflix, where the animated Hansel and Gretel step out of their story into a winding, wickedly witty tale of surprises.

Several times, he has been nominated for and won the Canadian Screen Award for Best Direction in an Animated Program or Series. Whitney has also been nominated twice for an Emmy award in Best Direction.

You can find him working or playing from his home/offices in Toronto and on Georgian Bay.

Louise Bourgeois, Bed, 1997

About the Gallery:

The John B. Aird Gallery (1985-present) is a self-funded, non-profit public art gallery with a director/curator, a managing board, and charitable tax status.

The Aird prides itself on being inclusive, hosting several (online or in-situ) solo and group shows, many accompanied by online publications. Year after year, up to four hundred artists, curators, writers, and publication designers have the opportunity to participate in these projects.

The Gallery’s mission is to provide a generous, safe contemporary art exhibition space where visual culture can be shared and explored by an audience as diverseas its makers. We believe visual culture inspires, engages, and amplifies Toronto’s communities.

In September 2019, the Aird Gallery moved from the provincial government buildings at Bay and Wellesley to a temporary location on West-Queen-West. We plan on returning to a 3,500-square-foot space on the second floor in the Macdonald Block before the end of the decade.

Gallery Rider:

All accepted artworks will be published as part of an online slideshow with a playlist and a downloadable publication.

We apologize in advance if we do not get back to you. The juror(s) review every submission received; however, due to the volume, the Gallery can only get back to artists whose work is accepted. Once jurors make their selections, artists are asked to review and send their edits and higher-resolution images if they wish.

Deadline: Sunday, February 4, 2024, by midnight

Submit Here:

John B. Aird Gallery
Artscape West Queen West
906 Queen Street West, B05, Toronto, M6J 1G6
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