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The Festival

Where is Oakville?
Oakville is situated 40 km west of Toronto on Lake Ontario in the Canadian province of Ontario. Oakville has a population of 170,000 and is well served by public transit to and from Toronto. It has a small but solid arts community. The World of Threads Festival is one of the most important events in the town.

Downtown Oakville on Google Street View
Oakville Harbour on Google Street View

Where is Toronto?
Toronto is located on Lake Ontario in the Canadian province of Ontario. It is the largest city in Canada with a population of 3 million. It is concidered the most ethnically diverse city in the world. It has a vibrant art world and a strong fibre arts community. There is excellent public transit connecting the various festival venues.

Queen Street in Downtown Toronto on Google Street View
OCAD University in Downtown Toronto on Google Street View

Who runs the festival?
The festival is run by dedicated volunteers Festival Chair & Curator Dawne Rudman and Festival Curator Gareth Bate with a group of  volunteers. We are a not-for-profit organization with a passion for fibre art. We have received Oakville's Community Spirit award and awards for volunteerism in the arts. 

Can I become a volunteer? 
Yes. We always welcome new volunteers to do tasks. See volunteer section. This is includes international volunteers to help us promote the festival and do research work.

How are you funded?
Our funding comes primarily from public grants, donations, sponsorships and artists submission fees.

Can I help support the festival?
Yes, you can donate any amount here…

 

Weekly Fibre Artist Interviews

How do you select artists for interviews?
We select artists in a variety of ways for our Weekly Fibre Artist Interviews series. A number of artists have exhibited with us in the past. On an ongoing basis we research and look for artists who are working in fibre mediums in interesting and contemporary ways. We also review the websites of people who have l subscribed to our interviews and indicated that they are willing to be interviewed. If you Join Our Contact List we will review your website. If we are interested in interviewing you we will contact you.

 

Submissions

How many submissions do you get?
For Festival 2012 we received 212 submission and 215 for Festival 2009.

If I exhibited last time can I get in again?
Absolutely.

If I didn't get in last time, do I have a chance next time?
Yes, in the past each festival had a different jury. We have now moved to curated exhibitions. You must submit new work.

Are installations possible?
Yes, our Call for Submissions is open to indoor gallery installations, as well as wall and sculptural work.

Are performances possible?
Yes, make a proposal and we can talk about the possibility of performances.

Can I sell my artwork?
Yes. The commission depends on the venue where your work is placed.

Do I need to send a detail photo?
Yes. It is highly advisable for fibre art to submit a detail image. Many of the submissions that did not get in previously did not submit a detail image.

What is an Artist Statement?
An Artist Statement is a description of your artwork and art practice.
Click these links for good examples of Artist Statements:
Gareth Bate | Carolyn Dinsmore

What is the difference between a Bio and a CV?
A CV is a chronological listing of your career achievements. A bio is a narrative outlining your career path, purpose for making art etc. Some of the information is the same, but it is presented as a narrative. It should be written in third person.
Examples: Carolyn Dinsmore | Gareth Bate | Sarah Hunter

How do I get updates?
Join Contact List or join our Facebook Page

How is the work chosen?
All exhibitions are now curated and work is selected by the curators who then decide what each exhibition will be from the "pool" of submissions. There is no predetermined theme.

Will you acknowledge my submission and payment?
Yes, all submission will be acknowledged. Give us a about a week to sort through the submissions and we will let you know that we received everything.

Will we get feedback?
No, since there are so many applicants we can't offer feedback.

 

Exhibitions

Why was my work placed in gallery A as opposed to gallery B?
Curatorial decisions are made by the curator based on where it is most appropriate to show.

Does my work have to be ready to be installed?
Yes, you should prepare your work for installation. For example quilts should come with a sleeve and a rod. If you are local, we may ask you to assist with installation if your piece is very complex.

Do you have opening receptions?
Yes! We have had hundreds of guests attend our openings. See pictures here...

Do you post pictures of the shows online?
Yes, check out the Artwork here...

 

 

Canadian Shipping

Do you pay for shipping? 
No. We are a not-for-profit organization. Shipping to and from is the responsibility of the artist.

How is work returned?
All return shipping must be prepaid by the artist.

Any advice on shipping?
Rolling up 2-D work in tubes is preferable and safer.

Containers 3 x 3 feet or tubes 3 feet long or less are preferable. Anything larger will receive additional charges. It is also more expensive to return it.

Do not wait until the last minute to ship your work!

NOTE: All additional charges we receive will be billed to the artist and artwork will not be returned until the fees are paid. Eg. sales taxes.

 

International Submissions and Shipping

How should I declare my international submission? 
Declare it as exactly "EDUCATIONAL DISPLAY MATERIAL FOR TEMPORARY DISPLAY ONLY".

NOTE: All additional charges we receive will be billed to the artist and artwork will not be returned until the fees are paid. Eg. sales taxes, (if your work is for example a 'book' and you declare it as a book, instead of "EDUCATIONAL DISPLAY MATERIAL FOR TEMPORARY DISPLAY ONLY", the authorities will apply sales tax).

How is work returned?
All return shipping must be arranged for and prepaid from your country.

What value do I put on my work when shipping?
Submissions valued at over $3000 Canadian dollars will be charged additional fees on arrival in Canada. In addition, sometimes brokerage fees are charged – these charges are the responsibility of the artist.

NOTE: Any additional fees charged will be billed to the artist and the work will not be returned until they are paid.

Any advice on shipping?
Rolling up 2-D work in tubes is preferable and safer.

Containers 3 x 3 feet or tubes 3 feet long or less are preferable. Anything larger will receive additional charges on arrival in Canada. It is also more expensive to return it.

Do not wait until the last minute to ship your work!

NOTE: All additional charges we receive will be billed to the artist and artwork will not be returned until the fees are paid. Eg. sales taxes, (if your work is for example a 'book' and you declare it as a book, instead of "Original Artwork for Temporary Exhibition" - the authorities will apply sales tax).

I'm from China, why aren't you getting my emails?
It is our experience that emails from China that mention monetary amounts are censored. Please don't mention money in the emails.

 

Insurance

Is the artwork insured while on display?
All work displayed at Queen Elisabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre and the Living Arts Centre Gallery is insured. If we do exhibit at Sheridan Gallery that work is not insured. Insurance during transportation to and from all venues is the artist's responsibility.

 

Promotion

What kind of promotion do you do?
We do Akimbo online email ads which go out to tens of thousands of people in Canada and around the world. We do some print advertising in select magazines. We print promotional brochures, posters, banners etc. We also promote extensively on social media like our facebook page and twitter.

Some artists will be selected for our Weekly Artists Interviews series.

Do you make email "postcards"?
Yes, we will send you an email announcement to send around to your contacts.

Can I print my own cards?
Yes, all personal promotions MUST include reference to the World of Threads Festival and festival logo and be approved by the Festival Chair.

 

Social Networking

Do you have a facebook group?
Facebook Page

Can I follow you on Twitter?
Twitter