Call for Submissions: Hard Twist 13: Thread @ Gladstone Hotel, Toronto [30 April]

Call for Submissions: Hard Twist 13: Thread

22:00 - 23:00

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Gladstone Hotel
1214 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario M6J 1J6
Call for Submissions | Hard Twist 13: Thread
Hard Twist 13: Thread
Late August 2018 to Early January 2019
3rd + 4th Floor Galleries, Gladstone Hotel
Opening Reception September 6 | 7-10pm


Hard Twist 13 – Thread, the thirteenth annual edition of the Gladstone Hotel’s signature show of textile-based art, invites artists to submit work on the theme of thread.

Thread as connection, thread as communication, thread as way-finding. “Thread” in all its multifarious meanings, following the clues implicit in the fabric of language that guide us in the navigation of our complex lives.

PS: “clue” derives from “clew”, whose original meaning was “a ball of thread”.

Hard Twist is an important annual event within the Canadian textile art community as well as being a signature exhibition program for the Gladstone Hotel.

Curators: Helena Frei + Chris Mitchell

2018 Jurors:
Sean Lee, Gallery Manager – Tangled Art Disability
Joe Lewis, Weaver and Writer
Kate McGrann — Artist and 2017 Hard Twist participant

There are only three criteria; work must:

– be textile or fibre related
– explore or express ideas connected to this year’s theme
– be designed to hang on a wall or be lightly suspended from a ceiling – we are generally unable to accept free standing work due to the nature of the exhibition space

Hard Twist Hanging/Installation – Physical Criteria:
– All pieces must be able to be hung/installed securely – the gallery space is part of a fully functioning hotel
– The hotel’s cable-and-hook security mounting system can accommodate most work that is designed to be wall-hung.
– Artists whose work is accepted for the show must follow the exhibition guidelines of the Hotel as it it is a heritage space.


Please include the following in your submission:

-Complete the Submission Form Below
-Send your images to: [email protected]

Hard Twist Submissions: Deadline April 30, 2018

ADMIN FEE: $100 + HST = $113 (to be paid to hotel only upon juried acceptance)THERE IS NO FEE TO SUBMIT A PROPOSAL

The Gladstone Hotel operates at the intersection of arts and hospitality, and is heavily committed to showcasing local artists and empowering micro economies within the arts

Hard Twist is a juried group show, and one of the Gladstone's longest running annual exhibits. Our exhibition program is supported by our business model, which is different from institutional or commercial galleries, music or theatre venues. The hotel does not receive public funding or donations to support our artistic programming. Nor do we take commission on sales of art works. And most of our exhibitions have no admission fee and are free to the public. Instead, we rely on sales of hotel rooms, venue rentals (including gallery rentals and participation fees) and food and beverage sales to fuel the hotel’s ability to produce and partner in presenting artistic programs. In exchange for participation fees, our commitment to artists is to be a place where new, emerging and established artists can try new things, to work through site specific concepts, to professionally install, present, promote and document their work with the full support of our curators, programmers and hotel staff.

For more info and submission, visit our website:

Banner image credit: Kate McGrann
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