Posted on 04 Apr 2018 in

Apply now to be part of the 2018 LAUNCH Arts Festival

Attention ALL students in the SFU School for the Contemporary Arts. Apply to be part of LAUNCH, a three-day festival showcasing innovative work by local emerging artists. We are looking for works that push conventional boundaries. This is a paid opportunity, which also includes training sessions and one-on-one support from a mentor working in your chosen artistic discipline.

Download the application form for current SCA students HERE

Application Deadline: Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Festival Dates: June 14-16, 2018

We are accepting applications in the following disciplines:

Visual Arts, including but not limited to: drawing, painting, photography, collage, mix-media, sculpture, installation.
Media Arts, New Forms & Interdisciplinary work, including, but not limited to: film, video, sound, experimental or new performance, and interactive media.
Performing Arts, including but not limited to: music, dance, theatre, spoken word, monologues, excerpts from a full-length work, stand-up comedy, puppetry, circus.

The 5th edition of LAUNCH is co-presented by SFU Woodward's Cultural Programs, 149 Arts Society, and SFU School for the Contemporary Arts.

Submission Guidelines

Original new artwork or work created in the past two years. We welcome premieres, ready to present, or previously exhibited work. Time based pieces submitted for the festival must have a maximum running time of 10 minutes. Provide examples of your previous work (photos, images, audio recordings, screeners, or video documentation: videos shot with smartphones are accepted). 

Application Process

Email this completed application form and all supporting materials to Launch Festival SCA Production Manager Jamie Sweeney at jsweeney@sfu.ca no later than Tuesday, May 1st, 2018 at midnight.

In the subject line of your email, please include the word “Application”, followed by your name, the discipline you are submitting for, and the title of your work.

  • Example: Application: Dance, Josephine Smith, “Dusk”
  • Example: Application: Interdisciplinary, Xueling Zhang, “Heights”

Please submit finalized written materials and images. If you are selected to be part of LAUNCH 2018, the information you submit will be used to promote your work

Note: In case your work is selected, you are giving permission for your application and its supporting materials to be retained for archival purposes and part of it to be used for promotional purposes by SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs, 149 Arts Society, and SFU School for the Contemporary Arts. Due to their spatiality or scale of complexity, some projects may not be supported by Launch. In such instances, given the festival's resources, curatorial discretion will be applied.

For your application to be considered, it must be received by Tuesday, May 1th, 2018 at midnight. Please answer all questions clearly and submit all required materials. All applicants will be notified of the final jury decision the week of May 15, 2018.