Monday, November 21, 2011

World of Threads Festival:Fibre Inspired

Deadline: January 31, 2012 (RECEIVE) or (Hand Delivery) or (EMAIL)

Fibre Inspired
World of Threads Festival

Oakville, Ontario

The Common Thread International exhibitions are the flagship shows of the World of Threads Festival. The intention is to bring international contemporary fibre art to Oakville and the Toronto area and highlight the strength of our local artists.

Artists from around the world are invited to submit to this Call for Submission for a “Fibre Inspired” Exhibition.

Festival Curator, Gareth Bate, has observed a trend in international fibre art towards work that engages fibre techniques or the history of fibre arts, yet is made of non-fibre materials such as paint, plastics and found objects, etc.

He will be curating an exhibition that specifically features work that is NOT made of fibre materials but instead uses other media. Work can be made of anything (including performance and video) but is should be evident how it relates to the theme of “Fibre Inspired”. This could involve an engagement with sewing or tapestry techniques, or the overall effect could resemble fibre arts in some way. We are open-minded.

If you have any questions contact Curator: Gareth Bate at

•All Work submitted must be available to exhibit in Oakville during November 2012
•All Work should be made after Sept. 2009 (the date of our last festival)
•No entry can be withdrawn from the exhibition once it has been accepted.
•All work must be original - NO patterns or commercial kits are acceptable.

Two Options for Submitting
•Submit a Body of Work - Maximum 10 pieces.
•Submit Individual Pieces or Interior Installations - Maximum 10 pieces.
•Each piece must also be accompanied by a detail image.
•If you are interested, you may submit multiple submissions by paying an additional $30 fee for each.

Submission Fee: $30

Exhibition Fees: We are only charging artists more when their work is selected.

Small piece - $30 per piece

Large piece - $60 per piece

Small Installation - $100

Large Installation - $200

View complete submission details:

What Counts as Fibre Art?

Fibre art is incredibly diverse and our definition is continuously shifting. We are open-minded. Our website has hundreds of examples of fibre art work located under Artist Interviews and Artwork.

Generally fibre art is made from perishable materials that use traditional techniques that include, sewing, tapestry and papermaking. However, more and more artists are using synthetic materials.

Common Thread International
World of Threads Festival
c/o Oakville Museum
8 Navy Street
Oakville, Ontario
Canada, L6J 2Y5