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March 21, 2021

Call for Proposals: THIRD SHIFT 2021

Hosted by Third Space Gallery

THIRD SHIFT is an annual festival of public contemporary artworks that takes place in Saint John, New Brunswick and online. THIRD SHIFT 2021 will take place from August 19 – 22, 2021


When we are having these calls it is important that all applicants think about their relationship to the land; THIRD SHIFT offers an opportunity to re-imagine and engage with the natural and built environment in what we now know as Saint John. The land on which THIRD SHIFT takes place is the unceded and unsurrendered territory of the Wolastoqiyik and Mi’kmaq Peoples. This territory is covered by the “Treaties of Peace and Friendship” which Wolastoqiyik and Mi’kmaq Peoples first signed with the British crown in 1725. The treaties did not deal with the surrender of lands and resources but, in fact, recognized Indigenous sovereign title and established the rules for what was to be an ongoing, equitable, reciprocal, and respectful relationship between nations—a relationship that Third Space strives to uphold. We have an ongoing commitment to center Indigenous leadership and artistic expertise and we aim to foster meaningful relationships with Indigenous-led community groups through our festival.

To learn more about Indigenous territories, treaties, and languages, the Native Land Interactive Map is a great resource and educational tool: https://native-land.ca/

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THIRD SHIFT takes place in various off-site locations. Third Space is committed to organizing a barrier-free festival and will work with applicants to select project locations that meet their access requirements.

Third Space can arrange for closed captioning, ASL interpretation, translation of artworks at the applicant’s request, or any other accessibility requirement up to $150. Please indicate if you expect to utilize one or more of these services in your proposal, or if you require access to accessibility funds.

Third Space will also accept proposals via phone, video, or audio file. if email or text-based format is not accessible to the applicant. Application assistance is also available upon request – one of our volunteers would be happy to help you through the process! Please get in touch via email or give us a call.

You may submit your application in English or in French. Please note that the selections process will take place in English, so your application will be translated.


Third Space Gallery

P.O. Box 20103, Saint John, NB, E2L 5B2, Canada

Phone number: 506-703-5900

Email: tiersespace@gmail.com

Third Space is an itinerant artist-run centre for contemporary art in Saint John, New Brunswick. We are committed to representing local, regional and national professional contemporary artists.