Open Call for Performance/Live Art


We are looking for contemporary performance around the themes Body, Risk, and Future; from conversations, one-on-one interactions, durational works, pieces performed to and with the audience, and more. The timing coincides with the Seattle Art Fair in order to amplify the importance of Performance in Contemporary Art.

The gallery will host a noontime meal each of the three days as a way to gather the artists and audience, nourish them, and network. After the meal will be discussions themed around Performance Art. In the afternoons and evenings there will be a variety of performances programmed.


SOIL exists as an alternative venue for artists and curators to exhibit, develop, and advance their work. We are committed to exhibiting art of diverse media and content. Morgan Cahn, a current SOIL member, is curating this exhibition and performance series.

SOIL gallery is the main hub (112 3rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104). Works that take place outside the gallery or depart from the gallery will also be considered. SOIL gallery is ADA accessible.


Please note that you will not be able to begin and save your application for later, so read the application guidelines below and have your materials ready before applying.

Deadline: May 23, 2016 at midnight (PST)
link to application:


Performance title: Could be a working title or the exact title you plan to use for the piece.

Project Description: Describe in 350 words or less the themes and content of the performance. Clear, concise and compelling ideas will have the best chance of being accepted. Explain exactly what we can expect from your performance, how it relates thematically, and how you will use the main gallery space (gallery floorplan).

Who you are: Let us know who you are, how many people are in your group (if more than one) and anything else you’d like to add. Similar to an artist bio or statement.

Work Samples: Upload up to 5 high quality JPGs, 1000px longest side, roughly 250kb max each. Please label files as 01_lastname_title.jpg, 02_lastname_title.jpg, etc. Include images of past work or sketches/images of the proposed performance.

Links of up to 3 videos are accepted with a start timestamp noted. We can only watch 60 seconds of a video. If you do not specify we will start at the beginning of the video.

Image List: Upload one Image List as word doc or pdf. Include artist name, title, year, role in performance, and brief sentence to describe work. List the images in order according to the corresponding file names 01_lastname_title.jpg, 02_lastname_title.jpg, etc.

SOIL is a members run cooperative and has limited funds. We have applied to multiple grants but no funding is guaranteed at this time.

We assist in promoting your performance through social media, on our website, and through local press.

Does Live Art Have To Be Experienced Live? exhibition is August 4 – 27, 2016. The performance series runs from 11am to 11pm on Friday August 5 (Body), Saturday August 6 (Risk), and Sunday August 7 (Future).  Exhibition gallery hours are Th-Su 12-5.

Contact Morgan with any questions:


____Created in 1993, Emergency Grants provides prompt funding for innovative visual and performing artists who:

• Have unanticipated, sudden opportunities to present their work to the public when there is insufficient time to seek other sources of funding
• Incur unexpected or unbudgeted expenses for projects close to completion with committed exhibition or performance dates
Requests are primarily granted to artists who are “emerging” and who have few sources of financial support.  Emergency Grants is the only active, multi-disciplinary program that offers immediate assistance of this kind to artists working anywhere in the United States. Grants range in amount from $200 to $2,000.

____Awesome foundation – $1,000 grants given on a rolling monthly basis:

____ WA based artists: Grants for Artist Projects (GAP) provide support for artist-generated projects, which can include (but are not limited to) the development, completion or presentation of new work in any discipline.




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