Call for Submissions: Art Kitchen 2019

Artists working in all mediums are invited to submit project proposals for new or continued artistic and curatorial productions for the third edition of Art Kitchen, taking place on Wednesday November 27, 2019. Students, individuals, and collaborative groups who are based in Fredericton, NB or willing to travel are welcome to apply. The selected artist(s) will receive a community-funded material support grant and an exhibition opportunity with Connexion ARC in Spring 2020.

Art Kitchen is a radically transparent and participatory approach to arts funding. Connexion ARC partners with local establishments and invites a guest chef to prepare a delicious soup using locally-sourced ingredients. Tickets are sold for $20 per person and the meal is served family-style while four artists present their project proposals. Each patron is given one ballot to vote for the art project they would like to see happen in Fredericton, NB. The selected artist will receive a grant from the evening’s profits, providing a local artist or curator with unbureaucratic funding for artistic creation, research, and experimentation.


Submission Deadline: November 3, 2019

Deadline extended: Wednesday, November 6 at 4pm



Not yet a member of Connexion? We encourage you to sign up at

Please send your application materials by email to with “ART KITCHEN 2019” as the subject line.

Support material can be provided in the form of text documents, video, or audio recordings; you may communicate information in the format that is most accessible to you. Please include your name and project title in all filenames.

Alternatively, contact us at or 506 478 4484 to arrange a meeting to create a video application by discussing your project in person.

In your application, answer any or all of the following:

  • Who are you? 
    • Where are you situated? What is your practice? What informs your practice? What are your previous projects, exhibitions, or experiences? What medium(s) do you use? Have you received arts education, or are you self-trained? What are your processes, working methodologies, ways of seeing and knowing?
    • Include a CV and/or artist bio if relevant.
  • What is the project? 
    • Tell us why you are developing this project and what form it will take. What is the project’s intention? What do you hope to achieve? What materials does it involve? Who does your project speak to?
  • How will you execute and display the project? 
    • How will you display your finished work? Where would you like to display the project? Will it be a time-based event (i.e. a performance or screening), be installed in a space for a length of time, or take a different form? Are there any special technical requirements? Are there safety concerns involved with your project, including triggering materials?

If relevant to your submission, include any of the following:

  • Images of work or relevant supporting material (up to 10 images)
  • Links to video or audio files (up to 10 minutes, or give viewing instructions for up to 10 minutes of longer files)
  • Other relevant online material including web-based works, social media, or online publications.



What is the Selection Process?

A shortlist of four applicants will be selected by Connexion’s programming committee, who will evaluate submissions based on community impact, artistic merit, and compatibility with Connexion’s programming vision. Shortlisted applicants will be notified of their application by November 8, 2019. 

The grant recipient is determined by popular vote at Art Kitchen, a communal meal that generates independent funding to support artistic development. Shortlisted artists will be invited to speak about their proposed project during the Art Kitchen event. Participants will have 10 minutes to speak about their project, followed by a Q&A period. Attendees will then be given a ballot to vote for one project, and the selected artist will receive the Art Kitchen grant funds.

When is Art Kitchen?

Join us on Wednesday November 27, 2019 at 6:30pm in the Charlotte Street Arts Centre auditorium.

6:30pm: Opening remarks

7pm: Soup is served.

7 – 8pm: Guest chef, local collaborators, and the artists will present their creative projects.

9pm: Grant recipient is announced

How does an Art Kitchen grant work?

At the end of the evening, the ballots are counted and the artist with the most votes is selected. The selected artist will be contacted within one week, and will receive 100% of the grant upfront. The artist agrees to complete their project within four months after the grant is awarded. After the funded project is completed, the artist will have to opportunity to exhibit the finished work with Connexion ARC in the spring of 2020.

Why should I apply?

Art Kitchen is a method of arts funding that draws from entrepreneurial and grassroots strategies to generate funds for new, emerging, and newly professionalized artists and curators. Art Kitchen encourages communities to engage in the processes of art making and local patronage, as a radically transparent and inclusive fundraiser.

For emerging artists and curators, applying for an Art Kitchen grant is a simple and unbureaucratic method to receive immediate support for a new or continuing project. The initiative approaches arts funding by working outside of possible granting barriers. As an artist-run organization, Connexion ARC seeks to foster the growth of contemporary artists in its membership.

Where can my friends buy tickets?

Event tickets go on sale November 1 at the Connexion ARC offices (Charlotte Street Arts Centre room 133, Mon-Thurs 12-6pm) and online at

This year, there are three ticket levels available: 

$20 – Patrons receive dinner table seating, a meal, and a voting ballot.

$40 – Philanthropists receive dinner table seating, a meal and a voting ballot, and sponsor an additional ticket for low-income or student guest.

$10 – Peanut Gallery tickets receive overflow seating and a voting ballot.

A limited number of tickets may be available at the door for $25. We encourage you to purchase your tickets in advance.


Please stay tuned for more information about Art Kitchen 2019!

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Art Kitchen is inspired by inCUBATE Chicago.

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