Kingston Mayworks: Call For Submissions

MayWorks Kingston Calling on Local Artists

The Kingston MayWorks Festival of Labour and the Arts, is currently seeking submissions from Kingston and the surrounding area for two art exhibitions, in which works will be showcased over the course of the festival and through the month of May. Works will be displayed at Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre and The Sleepless Goat Cafe and Workers-Cooperative that fit within the stated goals and themes of the Mayworks Collective (see below) and the spirit of the Art Policy found on the Sleepless Goat's website ( We encourage submissions from artists of marginalized identities and work experiences.

Please submit works in jpeg, or by linking to them directly if they are hosted online, and include a brief artist's statement, description of your piece (including materials used, and dimensions) and bio. Submissions close Monday, April 12, at 4:00 pm and should be sent with "Art Showcase" in the subject line to

All submissions will be reviewed by the curatorial committee. Successful artists will be responsible for costs of transporting their artwork to the showcase venue. Selected artists will be provided a modest honorarium.

The MayWorks Festival of Labour and the Arts will take place May 1st - 8th, 2010. This week-long festival will offer a variety of speakers, workshops and art exhibitions. For more information please visit:

MayWorks Kingston is a community collective of workers, students and artists who believe that bridging art and labour can bring powerful social change. We seek to:

1. Use art as a medium to explore and understand one's identity as a worker and one's experience in the workplace.
2. Increase exposure to and appreciation of creative expressions of work and labour justice issues
3. Provide the space and opportunity for individuals and communities who commonly face marginalization and oppression in the workplace to explore and express their experiences in the workplace through creative means

The Mayworks Festival of Labour and the Arts is made possible through support from the City of Kingston, Kingston Arts Council, OPIRG Kingston, Modern Fuel Artist Run Centre, Society of Graduate and Professional Students of Queen's, Kingston and District Labour Council, Public Service Alliance of Canada, Dean of Student Affairs of Queen's University, The Artel, and The Kingston Community Credit Union.

Image: Karen Zalamea, Stereo Efficiency Cheer, single-channel video (still), 2008.