Art Stars at Artfest

Artfest is pleased to announce an expanded partnership with the Kingston Arts Council (KAC) and the Art Stars Program for 2016.

Apply today for Artfest Kingston ~ July 1-3 2016! Open to Kingston and surrounding area emerging artists, age 16-30 years old, who are creating handmade items such as pottery, paintings, photography, glass, textiles, jewellery, clothing etc. Application deadline is May 15 2016.

To apply, click here: Art Stars Application Form

One of the most difficult aspects of beginning a career in the arts is finding a place to exhibit your work and connect with other artists. With this in mind, Artfest, in partnership with the Kingston Arts Council (KAC), is excited to announce that the Art Stars program is expanding in 2016! Art Stars, a juried section of the Artfest weekend, is open to emerging artists ages 16-30. To support the emerging talents, the KAC and Artfest will be providing tents and tables as a starting point for each of artist display. Plus, the cost to our Art Stars for exhibiting during this three-day show is $125! With eight exhibition spaces available, it is a great opportunity for young artists and makers to show new work, meet peers and regional art collectors and build their CV.

 But that’s not all…

 As the region’s primary resource, advocate and supporters of the arts, the KAC will jury the 8 Art Stars onsite during the Artfest event, July 1-3, 2016. Based on artistic merit, creative vision, and innovative booth display, the Art Stars jury will select one artist from the section to exhibit in 2017, waiving the $395 exhibition cost. That's an opportunity to exhibit at Artfest for two consecutive years for only $125! The Kingston Arts Council is excited to support an emerging artist at the beginning of their career, offering a chance for the Art Stars exhibitor to share their unique voice with the hundreds of Artfest visitors. In partnering to offer this unique opportunity, Artfest and the Kingston Arts Council further their commitment to foster a strong and supported arts community while creating an environment of growth, vitality and artistic development for emerging artists in both the city of Kingston and the surrounding regions.

Supporting Artists and Fostering Arts Appreciation in Kingston

In the Kingston arts community, the KAC plays the role of funder, champion, advocate, and expert. The KAC recently went through a strategic planning process that included community consultations with close to 100 individuals. One of the key takeaways of them was that the Kingston Arts Council needs to take a more proactive role to act as a communications hub, create more opportunities for young, emerging artists, foster appreciation for the arts, and provide opportunities for artists and arts organizations through professional development, funding, presentation, and networking.

 This partnership with Artfest is one of many ways that the KAC is moving towards this mandate.

Here’s a look at what’s ahead for the Kingston Arts Council:

 Skeleton Park Arts Festival                June 2016

Art Stars Jury                                      July 2016

Culture Days                                       September 2016

KAC in Conversation                          October 2016

Juried Arts Show Application              November 2016

Grant Talks                                         December 2016

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Posted on April 30, 2016 .