W(here) Festival Call for Submissions

Walking in Place: Field Trips in Pictou County
W(here) Festival* June 26-30 2012

Deadline February 21

As part of the W(here) Festival, community members and local artists are encouraged to submit an idea for a field trip or performative walk in Pictou County, NS.

Field trips may take place anywhere and be between 1 and 2 hours. Through walking and talking, this project seeks to discover new stories about “place” in Pictou County and share local knowledge in an artistic way.

Lead us to a special place, start a conversation or tell us a site-specific story. Is there something to do when we arrive? What makes this place special? Delve into history or make your own.

Field trips can be informal or staged. All forms of presentation are encouraged from historical research and tour, to on-location performance and site-specific sculpture. Artists, poets, storytellers, historians, filmmakers, environmentalists and star-gazers are all welcome to submit their idea for consideration by February 21st. Three walks will be selected and an honorarium of $250 paid to field trip hosts.

Through visiting local sites and listening to local stories, the goal of Walking in Place is to encourage new ways of thinking about “here”.

Your proposal should include:

– 1 page description (where you will take us? what will we talk about? what will we see?)

– 100 word biography (who are you, what do you do or make?, CV encouraged but not necessary)

– images, video, audio (Images and other media can add rich content to your proposal)

Some ideas:

– lead us through the night and tell us about the night sky

– read a poem you have written in the place it was inspired

– play us a piece of music on location

– take us on a boat tour, a picnic, a hike and tell us a tale

– lead us in a drawing class or another workshop in an interesting place

How to Submit:

Email your submission to wherefestival@gmail.com by Feb 21 2012 with the subject “Submission”. Documents may be Microsoft Word (.doc) or Adobe PDFs (.pdf). Pictures .jpg only please.

If you would like to discuss your idea before you submit, please contact Mary directly at wherefestival@gmail.com, 647 389 6393, or arrange a Skype chat. She is happy to discuss any questions you may have about this project and the festival more broadly.


W(here) Festival – June 26th to June 30th 2012

Where? Here.
Placing rural art practices on the map in Pictou County
In June 2012 the W(here) Festival* begins and ends on its feet, exploring ideas of place, art, and community. Taking place in Pictou County, Nova Scotia, local and visiting artists will lead audiences in a series of “field trips” engaging participants in an interactive way. In addition, the festival will feature an exciting evening of local artist talks, a special roundtable discussion about place-based art, and a public video drive-in downtown.

Discover new terrain, new histories, and new possibilities for artistic thinking at the W(here) Festival this spring in Pictou County. All events are free and family friendly.

Visiting Artists

Marlene Creates is an acclaimed environmental artist and poet who lives and works in Portugal Cove, Newfoundland. Born in Montreal, Creates studied visual arts at Queen’s University (ON). For over thirty years her work has been an exploration of the relationship between human experience, memory, language and the land, and the impact they have on each other. http://www.marlenecreates.ca

Sheilah Wilson was born in Caribou River (NS) and studied photography at the Instituto Allende (Mexico) and visual art at NSCAD University before receiving her Masters of Fine Arts from Goldsmiths College (UK). Wilson’s work is an investigation of the seam that binds experience to language, story to teller and fantasy to history through photography, site-specific public art and performance. http://sheilahwilson.com


Mary MacDonald is an artist, arts administrator and curator hailing from Pictou. Mary graduated from Mount Allison University (BFA 2006) and is presently studying towards a Masters of Fine Arts in Criticism & Curatorial Practice at OCAD University (Toronto). Most recently as Assistant Director of Eastern Edge Gallery (St. John’s), Mary organized the presentation of exhibitions and events, facilitated community programming, and produced the graphic design for the gallery. http://mfmacdonald.wordpress.com

The W(here) Festival is a part of Mary MacDonald’s graduate thesis work and ongoing research and is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

* Pronounced Where Here Festival