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Call for proposals

MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels) is a multi-disciplinary venue with an intercultural mandate that presents professional contemporary artists. The only space in Montreal with such a mandate, MAI showcases works reflecting current cultural practices which draw from cultural diversity and are inviting to the audience.

An incubator for the arts favourable to reflection and research, a space for dialogue and exchange between cultures that allows many different partners to collaborate, MAI has the mandate of supporting creation, presentation and outreach for intercultural arts.

MAI presents original creations in dance, music, theater (in both French and English), multidisciplinary arts, visual and media arts. Within projects of local, national and international significance, MAI presents emerging, mid-career and established artists while focussing particularly on artists from cultural communities.
MAI therefore welcomes artists and organizations to submit their projects and residency proposals. Projects must be intercultural in nature.

Please note that all artists will be notified in writing, between eight to twelve weeks after the submission date.



Submissions are accepted on an ongoing basis. Please note that your dossier must be received by November 30th in order to be considered for the following season. Exhibitions are scheduled between September and the end of May in any given season.

Print version: Call for proposals, visual and media arts (format PDF) [248Ko]

The MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels) invites artists in the fields of visual and media arts to submit their projects on an ongoing basis. Artists, collectives, independent curators, as well as organizations may submit a project for an individual or a group exhibition. Selected artists may benefit from extended setup periods in the gallery and technical residencies. Artists are offered the opportunity to participate in auxiliary activities such as workshops, conferences and artist talks. The MAI accepts projects from local, national or international artists. We offer technical, promotional and administrative support and a guaranteed fee as per CARFAC guidelines.

Projects must be intercultural in nature*.

Preference is given to original creations that are designed for MAI’s space and have not been presented in Montreal before. Please note that the size of the gallery is 39’ x 65’ or 13.87m x 23.13m, therefore projects making ample use of the gallery, such as installations, video screenings, etc. are our first choice although the disciplines of painting, sculpture, photography, etc. are not excluded.

Required documents:

1) Artistic description of the project.
This descriptive text, along with floor plan if applicable, details the project and lists the materials used and technical requirements for the piece(s). Please mention intended exhibition dates.

2) Description of the project’s intercultural approach.

3) Detailed artist statement (intent and creative process). For group exhibitions, please submit each artist’s statement.

4) Detailed curator statement, if applicable.

5) Curriculum vitae for each artist and the curator if applicable.

6) Twenty (20) clearly identified digital images (jpeg- 1024 × 768 @ 72 dpi), specifying which digital images are related to the project and which are of recent work. Please include a detailed image list for the visual material (title, date, dimensions, and medium).

7) A press kit, publication or other relevant documents.

8) Names and contact information of the project coordinator and / or collaborators.

9) A preliminary budget indicating how the artist anticipates covering costs exceeding the artist fee and technical help provided by the MAI. This forecast should include anticipated or confirmed sources of revenue, and those costs to be assumed by the MAI. Please note: The MAI generally contributes to the cost of travel, accommodation and a minimum amount to the installation of the exhibition (construction, paint. etc.). The MAI does not assume productions costs.

Important:

Please comply with the following guidelines when sending your documents:

  • your documents should be compatible with Mac, Window and Linux.
  • jpeg format suggested, images should not exceed 500 KB or 1024 × 768 pixels.
  • identify each image with a number and a title corresponding to the descriptive list
  • please do not send originals.
  • for video documentation, please send vimeo or youtube links.<
  • We encourage submissions via wetransfer, but you can send your proposal by mail if you prefer to do so. A self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) must be included should you wish for your support material to be returned.

Proposals can be sent C/O:
MAI (Montréal,arts interculturels)
Visual arts programming committee
3680, Jeanne-Mance Street, Suite 103
Montreal (Quebec), H2X 2K5

514 982-1812, ext. 230
production@m-a-i.qc.ca

Please note that all artists will be notified in writing, but due to the high volume of proposals received by the MAI, response time may vary.

*The MAI’s Intercultural Vision
The MAI offers a space for exploring intercultural art practices and articulations of ‘intercultural’ as a form. These practices are based on exchanges between artists of differing cultures and, to a great degree, on the notion of identity. This approach requires a commitment to dialogue as the very core of the process, with an emphasis on the development of hybrid forms.

Cross-cultural creation not only provides a dynamic field for questioning intercultural exchange, but also allows for a reflection on the very essence of art and on the necessary conditions for its renewal. Intercultural art practices that incorporate mixed approaches and that create original artistic languages can also lead to fundamental changes in traditional art forms.



Submissions are accepted on an ongoing basis. Please note that your dossier must be received by November 30th in order to be considered for the following season. Performances are scheduled between September and the end of May in any given season.

Print version: Call for proposals in performing arts (format PDF) [248Ko]

The MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels) invites multidisciplinary and performing arts professionals to submit their creation projects on an ongoing basis. Artists and organizations may submit projects in dance, theatre (French or English), music, multidisciplinary arts, and performance art. Programmed artists may benefit from extended set-up periods in the theatre, creation and technical residencies. The MAI offers technical, promotional and administrative support as well as a guaranteed fee for the producer. The MAI accepts projects from local, national or international artists.

MAI presents artists of different origins and milieus, who question or challenge their cultural backgrounds while also reflecting them, and whose works may be iconoclastic or that engage in open dialogue with tradition. Among professional artists presented by MAI are Teesri Duniya Theatre, Jerusalem in my Heart, Roger Sinha, Zab Maboungou, Elfin Saddle, Dana Michel, Black Theatre Workshop, Arkadi Zaides, Sasha Kleinplatz, Alvin Erasga Tolentino, Lara Kramer, Rachid Ouramdane, Ismael Mouaraki, Kaha:wi Dance Theatre, Mohsen El Gharbi, Su-Feh Lee & Benoit Lachambre, Geeta, Alexandra “Spicey” Landé, La Bronze, Aharona Israel, and many more!

Projects must be of an intercultural nature. Preference is given to original creations that are designed for MAI’s space and have not been presented in Montreal before..

Requested documents:

1. Project description, detailing the artist’s intent and approach.
Please also include:
• Intended dates for presenting the show, number of performances
• Preliminary setup schedule.
• List of technical requirements (refer to Theatre technical rider), including a preliminary budget.
• Synopsis or texts, when applicable.

2. Description of the project’s intercultural approach.

3. Artist or company’s vision statement, detailing the creative process and listing past projects.

4. List of artists, participants and partners involved. Curriculum vitae or bio of the main artists.

5. Video documentation. Please send Vimeo or YouTube links. If you are unable to provide links, please submit a USB key or DVD. Indicate if the videos are specific to the proposed project, related or from previous or recent works.

6. Copies of the press kit, program or other related documents.

7. Contact information of the person in charge of the project.

We are also interested in attending your shows, public performances or other artistic activities.

Your submission must be sent via wetransfer the following address and should be contained in one email of a maximum size of 10MB. Should you prefer to send your proposal by mail, a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) must be included if you wish for your support material to be returned.

Paper-version proposals can be sent C/O:
MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels)
Performing arts committee
3680, Jeanne-Mance Street, Office 103
Montréal (Quebec) H2X 2K5

For all inquiries contact
Erika Kierulf 514 982-1812, ext. 230
Michael Toppings 514 982-1812, ext 224

Please note that all artists will be notified in writing, between eight to twelve weeks after the submission date.

The MAI’s Intercultural Vision

MAI offers a space for exploring new artistic intercultural practices. These practices are based on intercultural relations: exchanges between individuals or groups of defined identities.
This approach requires a commitment to the notion of dialogue as the very core of the process, and an emphasis on developing the forms of this hybridization. In this perspective, MAI contributes to the development of intercultural artistic practices by offering residencies to professional artists and collectives, providing an opportunity to develop fully-realized, mature works, in addition to encounters with the public and collaborations.

Cross-cultural creation not only provides a dynamic field for questioning intercultural relations, but also allows for a reflection on the very essence of art and on the necessary conditions for its renewal. Intercultural artistic practices also lead to fundamental changes in traditional artistic disciplines. Interdisciplinary productions that incorporate mixed artistic approaches and create new and original artistic languages are therefore included in MAI’s regular season, as well as through special activities and its Series Public Plus.

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