Dialogue is essential to understanding. Not all dialogue is expressed in words. Interaction changes the course of a project, and often more questions remain than answers. Dialogue is about opening the evolution of an artwork to outside and potentially differing influences before the process is declared complete. 

Proposals may consider: socially engaged practices, collaborative artworks, artworks involving research, works that include multiple voices or represent a conversation, as well as work that seeks to understand through genuine outreach. 

Artists are invited to propose projects in the following categories:

  • Environmental Site Specific Artwork
  • Curator of a Group Exhibit
  • Community Programs and Special Events
  • Individual and Small Group Exhibits

2017 Festival Application

Application Deadline: Monday, October 31st, 5 PM MST, 2016


To mark the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation, The Works International Visual Arts Society is calling for three participatory art projects that actively build community and tell the complex story of Canada's people and places. Artworks will be presented during The Works Art & Design Festival 2017 (June 22-July 4) and may include community outreach and engagement during, or in the months leading up to the festival. The call is open to all Canadians - we encourage indigenous, recent immigrant, francophone and female Canadians to apply. Selected projects will involve active and authentic public engagement, be accessible to diverse participants, and include storytelling that inspires reflection on present day Canada.

This initiative is made possible by the Community Fund for Canada's 150th, a collaboration between the Edmonton Community Foundation, the Government of Canada, and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast.

For more information and to apply, please see the full Call to Enter - Canada 150 Projects.

Application Deadline: Monday, October 31st, 5 PM MST, 2016


The Works completes various special projects throughout the year, including The Works Gallery at Jackson Power. Watch here for applications as they become available.


To apply to perform on The Works Street Stage please email stage@theworks.ab.ca, or see the Street Stage Page for more information.