Call for Artists

While No One Was Looking Exhibition

The McGill University Art History and Communication Studies Graduate Student Association (AHCS GSA) invites applications for their upcoming exhibition. The aim of the exhibition is to share critical inquiry on a wide range of topics relating to the theme: While No One Was Looking.

Chosen works will explore the act of bearing witness in the context of Montreal’s 375th anniversary — with preference given to artworks/performances focusing on written and unwritten stories of the land on which the city was colonised, the unceded territory of the Kanien’kehá:ka nation of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. Works in all mediums will be considered.

Artists are invited to explore the following questions (but are not limited to):

  • What does it mean to “see” or “be seen”?
  • How can we retell/destabilize dominant historical narratives in Montreal?
  • How does anonymity manifest locally? What are its impacts?
  • What are the pressures of cultural assimilation in Montreal?
  • How do changing press/new media landscapes impact the visibility of certain issues?
  • How do you navigate subculture versus mainstream culture in Montreal?

Please include the following requirements in your submission:

  1. Photographs of existing works for submission (maximum of five) OR explanatory materials (maximum of five drawings, videos, etc.) for proposed works
  2. Title, date, medium, and dimensions/duration of each submission
  3. Artist biography (200 words maximum)
  4. Statement of intent: this should include a description of how your submission(s) and overall practice relate to the exhibition’s theme (300 words maximum)
  5. Artist CV
  6. Written materials must be sent as a single Word Document
  7. Photographs and/or image stills must be attached in .jpg format (400 dpi). Videos may be submitted as a URL; please include any necessary passwords.

Please direct questions and submissions to with subject title, “Exhibition 2017.”


The exhibition will take place at MainLine Gallery from April 28, 2017 to May 6, 2017. Works must be ready by April 8, 2017.

Selection will be limited to Montreal-based artists. There will be opportunities to present in a graduate seminar at McGill University, and participate in a public artist panel. Artists will be paid in accordance with the CARFAC exhibition fee schedule.

Artists will be notified in mid-February of their application status. We thank all applicants for their interest.

Curatorial Committee:

Victoria Lessard

Sandra Evoughlian

Lindsay Corbett

Sofia Misenheimer