Looking upward at a terracotta-coloured curtain made from thousands of handmade beads hangs from scaffolding with a clear blue sky in the background.

Call for Submissions | CAFKA.25 Biennial

Submission deadline: August 31st, 2023 


Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener + Area (CAFKA) is seeking submissions for its next biennial exhibition of contemporary art in public spaces, set to launch in June 2025. CAFKA is a non-profit artist-run centre and Ontario’s longest-running public art forum, presenting a biennial exhibition of contemporary art in public spaces across Waterloo Region. CAFKA takes contemporary art out of the gallery, making it a critical and integral part of community life, accessible and free to everyone.

CAFKA invites proposals from artists working across disciplines from local, national and international communities. The Programming Committee will assess proposals and portfolios, considering artists' experience and potential to develop work in public spaces. Please refer to our current biennial programming for examples of installations, performance art, video and exhibition locations. Selected artists will be paid CARFAC solo exhibition fees, and will receive curatorial, logistic and administrative support for their project, working closely with CAFKA's programming committee and staff, to develop and realize their work. 

We welcome submissions from artists of all backgrounds, including but not limited to: Indigenous artists, Black artists, artists of colour, LGBTQIA2S+ artists, artists with disabilities, and artists who belong to other equity seeking communities. Should you require accommodation at any time throughout the submissions process, please contact [email protected]

Submissions can be project-based or practice-based in scope. For project-based submissions, please submit a short bio, artist statement, CV, and project proposal, along with images that support your project proposal (max. 10 images). For practice-based submissions, please submit a short bio, artist statement, CV, along with a portfolio of recent work (max. 10 images) that best exemplifies the type of work you would contribute to the biennial. 



– a short bio (150 words) 

– an artist statement (250 words) 

– a letter of interest/intent or a project proposal** (500 words) 

– your CV, including your name, contact information (address, email, phone), and links (website, social media)

– up to 10 images, or links to video/audio work (1 minute of video/audio = 1 image) 

** Project proposals should include any technical requirements, a proposed budget, and possible sites if identified and/or applicable.


Please email your submission as a single PDF to [email protected] with the subject line “[Your Name] CAFKA.25 Submission” no later than August 31st, 2023. Video/audio documentation should be linked to an appropriate platform such as Youtube, Vimeo, Bandcamp or SoundCloud.

We thank all applicants, but only those selected by the committee will be contacted. 

Successful applicants will be notified by late September. 


Please note: CAFKA’s biennial takes place in the public realm in primarily outdoor spaces. Proposals that rely on the physical characteristics of gallery spaces are not recommended as indoor spaces are limited. Proposed projects should take into consideration public intervention (i.e. unsupervised “touch”) and outdoor environmental conditions such as wind and rain, as well as the potential for vandalism. The CAFKA.25 program will include artists selected from this open call as well as invited artists.


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IMAGE: Abedar Kamgari's Facing the Fortress for CAFKA.23, installed at 506 Dotzert Ct. in Waterloo. PHOTO: Meg Ross