Thanks to all who came out to enjoy Small Space Fest. Our collective is working on bringing other events to Las Vegas. Stay tuned.
Introduction to the Fest: The Weft in the Weave Collective is gathering together visual and performing artists from diverse creative backgrounds for one night of expansive works in unique, small spaces. These works and performances will be installed in the Emergency Arts Building, a creative collective, housed in a former medical complex in downtown Las Vegas. Using the event as a conduit, we seek to spark generative conversations and ongoing exchanges between local and visiting artists. We also seek to deepen the relationships between the artists and the local community.
The potential. The possibility. The challenge. What can happen? How can we transform the space and unleash its potential? What new artistic discoveries can be found in the architecture of the space?
One of the most wonderful things about this building is its history as an all-access public institution, and we are excited by this non-traditional, public nature of the space. Presenting work in an informal venue allows people who might normally be too intimidated to enter a gallery the freedom to interact with and enjoy art in a way that they may not have experienced before.
The theme of the project is the space itself. Artists will install performances and artworks into every possible space including overlooked, architectural spaces including the ceiling, broom closets, inside cabinets, drawers, the floor, elevators, stairwells, cracks and corners. Imagine an opera production going on in the hallway, a diorama installed in the broom closet, a burlesque show in the freight elevator, paintings, sculptures, installations on the ceiling or steps. The possibilities are endless.
We have 80 visual and performing artists that will make these possibilities a reality. Click here to see who they are.
Together, these artists will create an unforgettable collaborative experience that includes music, painting, photography, dance, opera, theatre, new media, in other words: an all-inclusive event that weaves together art forms, unifying them as a cohesive, explosive, provocative whole. The visual art will be on view from June 20th to July 21st. Theatre, dance, opera and music performances will take place periodically throughout the building on June 20th only. The audience will self-direct themselves around the building. See Performance Line Up HERE
Invited artists will be teaching workshops for the community leading up to the opening of the event. Detailed information and scheduling coming soon. Possible workshops include community mural/assemblage, partnering with the Las Vegas LGBTQ center, art making for children and families, artist talks, theatre and dance workshops, and art demonstrations.
Events prior to Small Space Fest will include meet and greet functions, dinners for local and visiting artists hosted by members of the community, and a salon open to the public where participating artists exchange ideas around current art making topics and challenges.
We aim to create lasting partnerships with the Las Vegas community, local businesses and organizations. We see this festival as one step towards creating a wider social network between the art makers of Las Vegas and like-minded national artists, affirming Las Vegas' identity as a vibrant arts hub and an exciting destination for the creation and launching of new contemporary works.
Small Space Fest is a fully immersive, site-specific experience which will embrace all art forms- visual, performing, and the undefinable! The event will be a full building takeover of Emergency Arts in the heart of Downtown Las Vegas, with the “theme” of Big Art in small spaces. The Emergency Arts building is a two floor former medical facility with weird corridors, closets and stairwells. This festival will squeeze into, fill up and transform these architectural spaces until it is busting at the seams with visual and performing arts. You, the artist, will install your art or yourself (!) into the hallways, stairwells, broom closets, tiny creepy rooms, and every other obscure corner of this historic building. Together, participating artists will create an unforgettable collaborative experience which blurs the boundaries between art forms and unifies as a cohesive, electrifying whole.
For info about the arts building: www.emergencyartslv.com
This call is two-part process. Each artist accepted into the festival will be designated a specific area in the building, and then challenged to create work that fills and activates the space within the assigned parameters. We encourage you to use the given restrictions to let your imagination go wild! Press yourself to create something unexpected and thrilling, challenge yourself to be inventive with materials and let’s create a world of wonder together! What can we do with small spaces, but big energy and big ideas?
Date of the Fest: June 20th 2016 + one month installation of the visual art, June 21st 2016 - July 20th 2016
Location: Emergency Arts in Downtown Las Vegas, NV USA
Eligible Disciplines: All visual and performing arts
Artist Eligibility: 18 and older, national artists both emerging and established
Application Deadline: Midnight March 6th 2016
Artist Notification: March 20th 2016, via email.
1.) Submit a statement about your work in the form of: a.) an artist’s statement b.) a bio or c.) a story about you/what you do/have done/materials or mediums you work with. (500 words or less)
2.) A CV or a resume: including your full name, address, email, and phone number.
3.) 3-5 images which represent your current work or a link to your webpage/Vimeo/YouTube/Soundcloud, etc. If you are submitting images, please title each image with your first and last name. Send an accompanying list of the title, dimensions, year, and materials of each image submitted. Please keep your JPEGS at 2MB or smaller.
4.) Email submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org. In the subject write "Small Space Submission."
5.) This call is two-part process. Once accepted into the festival (acceptance email sent out by March 20th) you will be designated a specific area in the building. We will send you measurements and photos of the assigned space then you will be challenged to create work that fills and activates the space within the assigned parameters. We encourage you to use the given restrictions to let your imagination go wild! Press yourself to create something unexpected and thrilling, challenge yourself to be inventive with materials and let’s create a world of wonder together! What can we do with small spaces, but big energy and big ideas?
Questions? Email us at email@example.com
Shipping Details: The artist will be responsible for shipping and return shipping of the artworks exhibited. Please pack your work well and include any special packing and shipping instructions in the package with the art work.
Liability: All possible care will be taken to guarantee the safety of the work at all times. However, Weft in the Weave will not assume responsibility for loss or damage during shipping and transit nor during the exhibition period. Please keep in mind that this is a public installation with multiple interactive elements and challenge yourself to use materials appropriate to this exhibition style.
Sale: You are welcome and encouraged to sell your work, and we will not take a commission! We would only ask for a processing fee of $5.00. Works sold must remain on display for the duration of the installation.
Comply with gallery hang details: All work must arrive ready to hang according to the needs of the materials the work is made out of. For example, if it is a painting, prepare it to be hung with securely attached wire- no saw tooth hangers, please. Include full, detailed hanging instructions in the package with the work.
**We reserve the rights to use images of the works exhibited on our webpage and promotional materials, with full credit given to the artist.