CALL FOR ARTISTS: Online Exhibition and Publication

the cut, the tear & the remix


November 4 - December 7, 2020

Submission Deadline: December 7

The McMaster Museum of Art in partnership with Nia Centre for the Arts is seeking forms of expression from Black Canadian creatives for a collaborative online exhibition about contemporary collage: the cut, the tear & the remix: contemporary collage and black futures. The group exhibition, for presentation beginning in the Spring of 2021, will be accompanied by a printed feature in PITCH magazine, a Hamilton-based independently run Black arts publication.

We are asking artists to submit proposals or original works in diverse mediums that speak to the curatorial theme – focusing on cut and paste methods, mashups, remix culture and its relationship to the Black diaspora. Some examples include: poetry and experimental prose, moving images, gifs or looped animations, videos, live/online performances, sound files, audio tracks, as well as documentation of 2-D and 3-D pieces, including assemblage and photomontage.

Artwork can be individually or collaboratively produced, and completed in the last five years. Entries must be original in concept, composition, and execution. All mediums are accepted but must be able to be digitally represented. This is an opportunity to get creative in representing your artwork (physical or not) in the digital space.

The exhibition will be curated by Hamilton designer and visual artist Stylo Starr, whose collage works reformulate notions of beauty using images of Black women found primarily in vintage magazines.

Submission Guidelines:

Please apply by emailing your submissions to museum@mcmaster.ca with the subject heading “Remix Submission” and include the following:

  • Project Statement (250 words max)
  • Website (if you have one), social media account handles, and contact information
  • Artist bio (150 words max)
  • Up to 5 digital images of proposed or representative artworks (JPG or PNG) with image list indicating artist name, title, medium, date, and brief description. Maximum 5 MG per image for the online presentation
  • Video (.MOV or .MP4), GIF or audio files (.WAV or .MP3) – 15 mins max each
  • Word document or pdf with proposed text pieces (2000 words max)

The deadline for submissions is December 7, 2020 11:59 pm EST. Selected artists will be notified by: Monday, January 4, 2021

Artist fees will be paid according to CARFAC standards. Applicants who do not adhere to the preceding criteria will not be accepted. Please note: due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the McMaster Museum of Art and Nia Centre are currently closed to the public until further notice.

This exhibition is presented as part of the Curator in Residence program. Presented in partnership with the McMaster Museum of Art, this residency is a pilot learning opportunity for an emerging Black curator to work with and within both an institutional and community setting. Working and learning alongside MMA Senior Curator Pamela Edmonds, as well as other curators and advisors, the emerging curator will gain skills, insight, and resources to further her independent curatorial practice, while producing a public exhibition with support from Nia Centre.


Stylo Starr is a visual alchemist based in Hamilton, Ontario. She has a BFA from Brock University and studied design at Mohawk College. A founding member and outreach organizer for COBRA (the Coalition of Black and Racialized Artists), she has worked with varied organizations including Centre[3] for Artistic and Social Practice, Hamilton Arts Council, and McMaster University (curating the 2020 BFA graduation exhibition). Starr’s work has been featured on public installations, publications and apparel and exhibited at the Art Gallery of Hamilton and Art Gallery of Burlington. Website | @mouthfullofstars


The McMaster Museum of Art is a meeting space for both the University campus and the community situated within the traditional territories of the Mississauga and the Haudenosaunne nations. The MMA engages and inspires through arts presentation and promotion, also by: growing an awareness of the interconnectivity of the past, present and future; advancing de-colonization; engaging in innovative and imaginative research; dismantling institutional and ideological boundaries; partnering and collaborating with intentionality; diversifying the collection; and building capacity. Website | @MacMuseum


Nia Centre for the Arts is a Toronto-based not-for-profit organization that supports, promotes, and showcases an appreciation for the arts from across the African Diaspora. Nia Centre is currently building Canada’s first multidisciplinary Black arts centre – a consistent space to support Black artists and youth, nurturing their talents and sharing their work with new audiences.


PITCH magazine was launched in 2019 as a platform for celebrating Black expression. Featuring local Hamilton artists, those from McMaster University and beyond, the annual print issue has a double cover and over 100 pages of fashion, writing, visual arts and culture. More @pitchmag.

For more information contact: Stylo Starr at museum@mcmaster.ca

The McMaster Museum of Art and Nia Centre gratefully acknowledge the support of The Canada Council for the Arts.

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