Calling on Ottawa-based Muslim Artists and Creatives: Submit to Ottawa Inshallah
Recently awarded a community project grant from the City of Ottawa’s Diversity in the Arts program,Ottawa Inshallah is a bilingual art anthology to be produced by artist Aquil Virani that features 25 Ottawa-based Muslim artists who dream of a better future.
The interdisciplinary project starts soon with an open call for submissions in any visual medium that can fit on a printed page – whether drawing, photography, henna art or poetry and writing.
Two separate hour-long Zoom workshops will help artists brainstorm creative ideas to submit (if they need it). These online gatherings will also serve as a Q&A for prospective artists.
Submissions will be judged by an esteemed jury of three.
25 selected artists will receive a modest honorarium and a free copy of the anthology.
Eligibility: Ottawa-based Muslim artists, writers, photographers, creatives, people
Theme: Ottawa Inshallah presents our collective vision for a better future. A just future where we thrive. A beautiful future where we blossom. A glorious future where we transcend and resist and continue to assert our right to be represented on our own terms.
Honorarium for selected artists: CAD $100 + free anthology copy
Notifications: Our goal is to confirm reception of your submission within one week. We plan to notify artists of the results of the jury by late-May-early-June.
If not selected: Our community of artists is much larger than what can be contained in the book.
As a result, a larger “community” section will publish the names and websites of those who submitted artwork but were not featured. The goal is to connect like-minded artists and platform the diverse work of Ottawa-based Muslim artists.
To learn more about the Ottawa Inshallah project, Zoom workshops, and how to submit your work, click here
About the Organizer:
Based in Ottawa, Aquil Virani is an Ismaili Muslim and an award-winning visual artist, filmmaker and graphic designer. Awarded as the “Artist of the Year” by the Quebec-based artist collective “Les artistes pour la paix,” he often integrates public participation into his socially-conscious art projects. His work has been supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the City of Ottawa, the Toronto Arts Foundation as well as the the International Centre of Art for Social Change, the Silk Road Institute, the Michaelle Jean Foundation, TakingITGlobal and the Government of Canada. To learn more about Aquil Virani, visit his website here