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Gender & the Lens III

Deadline:  Closed

Image: Installing Gender & the Lens II at Artspace, 2018

Feminist Photography Network (FPN) is a shifting collective led by two co-directors. We use grassroots strategies to further dialogue about the relationship between gender and photography, and to expand resources and representation for lens-based artists. Our projects include a recurring international online residency, and exhibitions and events with partners such as WOPHA, Capital One and the Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival. Our upcoming digital exhibition of work from our residencies is funded by the Canada Council for the Arts and will launch on International Women’s Day 2023.

Gender & the Lens III will bring together artworks exploring themes of gender through or inspired by lens-based mediums. We are looking for still and moving image works that relate directly or indirectly to the concept and experience of gender from multiple perspectives. Relevant work from creators of all genders is welcome and projects relating to the various intersections with the categories of gender (race, class, ability etc.), and from BIPOC artists are particularly encouraged.

The exhibition will run November 7 - 18, 2022


 Robyn Cumming, Assistant Professor, Visual Art & Art History, York University

 Liz Ikiriko, Curator of Collections and Contemporary Engagement, Art Gallery of York University

Clare Samuel, Feminist Photography Network Co-Director


1. Any student (full-time/part-time) currently enrolled in a Greater Toronto Area undergraduate, graduate or doctorate program or alumniwho has graduated from such a program between 2020-2022.

2. Artworks must be completed and ready for installation by November 1st, 2022. All applicants will be notified of the results by August 8th. Cost of creation is the responsibility of the artist. (Note: framing is not mandatory - a representative from the gallery will contact selected artists regarding installation decisions within their budget)

3. All submissions must be lens-based / lens-related and explore themes of gender. Work from any gender-identifying artist is welcome if it addresses gender with criticality and complexity.

Submission Guidelines: 

●      Create a NEW FOLDER on GOOGLE DRIVE. This folder should be labeled with your FULL NAME.

●      Inside this folder you will create ONE GOOGLE DOC (or drop in a PDF). On this document you will provide CONTACT INFO + IMAGE LIST + STATEMENT (details below).

●      In this folder you will also include the following: 

Still Images: Up to 8 images representing one or two bodies of work. Image files should be 1500 pixels on the shortest side (width or height). Caption your images as follows: File number, Artist Name, jpg – example: 01JennLong.jpg.

Moving Image: Up to 2 video links (no longer than 5 min/video). If password protected, please include details. Include installation requirements for works, noting minimum and maximum screen size and audio presentation (if necessary).

●      Your GOOGLE DOC/PDF SHOULD include:

CONTACT INFO: Your name, email address, school, year of graduation, level of study and program area 

IMAGE LIST: File number, title of each work, dimensions in inches/running time, medium & year. If necessary, include any special installation requirements or equipment needed. 

STATEMENT: A brief (1 to 2 paragraph) artist’s statement or written description that tells us about your work and its connection to the exhibition theme. 

●      Once you have everything required in your folder you will submit to THIS FORM. Fill out the form and PASTE in the link to your MAIN GOOGLE FOLDER. Ensure your Google SHARE SETTINGS are set to “anyone with the link can view” (right click on the main folder and go to SHARE).

Gallery details:

The exhibition will take place in Gales Gallery on the York University campus from November 7 - 18, 2022. View a floor plan and images of the space HERE. Participating artists are expected to attend and assist installation of the exhibition November 5th or 6th and deinstallation November 19th.

Direct any questions to: 

Jenn Long & Clare Samuel: 

We are always seeking submissions for FPN's instagram account from all Feminist-Minded artists. FPN is interested in reviewing lens-based work of all thematics and styles.  We encourage submissions from members of equity-seeking communities including women, racialized and Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities/expressions.

Theme: Open
Deadline: ongoing

Share with us your work (completed or in-progress) to be considered. 

Submission Requirements
- your name and instagram handle
- your website
- 1 to 10 jpgs for consideration (10" on the longest side at 100 dpi)
- if applicable title(s) & date(s) of the work or book
- any organizations or individuals you want tagged 
- hashtags 
- optional: a brief bio and/or artist statement
-optional: any upcoming events or publications

Email your submission to feministphotographynetwork  @ Please note, we are a small team and it may require some time before we are able to get back to you.

Left: Naoise Dunne, from the 'Staycation' series

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