2 weeks
2 weeks
Paid by host:

CAFKA pays artist fees of $2,000 CAD for new work, in addition to negotiable expenses (travel, accommodation, material, technical expenses etc.). Video and one-time performance fees are paid in accordance with the CARFAC fee schedule.

Application guidelines:

Online application.

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CAFKA - Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener and Area

CAFKA - Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener and Area


CAFKA - Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener and Area produces an international biennial exhibition of art projects in the public spaces of the Region of Waterloo. Through the exhibition, lectures, tours and related special events, CAFKA is a producer, advocate and educator for contemporary public, interactive and interventionist art practices.

Since its inception in 2001, CAFKA has produced and exhibited 206 projects by 192 artists over 11 exhibitions. From the beginning the open call for submissions has been an important way for the CAFKA Program Committee to connect with emerging and mid career artists across Canada and abroad. Taking place over three days in the month of April, the open call jury, in addition to comprising of the members of the CAFKA Program Committee, also includes artists from the community and non-artist board members. Each is invited to each sit in on one jury session. In 2007 CAFKA supplemented its open call with an invitational component. Additional artists, identified by the Program Committee and the invited jurors, are invited to submit proposals. The final exhibition is made of both invited artists and artists selected from the open call.

The CAFKA biennial exhibition of art in public spaces initiates conversations around public space and the social and critical functions of art. It galvanizes the community of artists and art lovers in the region, who dedicate countless volunteer hours as board members, members of the Program Committee and jury, as event planners, educators, installers, and as hosts.


The outcome will be the development of a work of art in the public spaces of the Region of Waterloo for the CAFKA.18 biennial.

Studio Information

CAFKA is dedicated to creating contemporary art in the public spaces of the Region of Waterloo. Depending on the requirements of the project, most of the activity will take place in public spaces in the Region. Studios and workshops will be requisitioned as necessary.

Accommodation Information

They billet artists with individuals and families in the region.

Technical Information

Facilities are requisitioned as required.

Contact information

141 Whitney Place
Studio #7
Kitchener ON N2G 2X8

cafka [at]