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June 16, 2022

Open Call for Artists

Hosted by Bodies in Translation: Activist Art, Technology, and Access to Life

Bodies in Translation is looking for an artist to collaborate with us to create imagery, icons and/or graphics for the new website we are building to be a resource centre for courses and information about disability, d/Deaf, fat, Mad, and E/elder arts. We are accepting submissions from artists working in any medium who have some familiarity with designing for the web. This is a paid opportunity.

Scope of Work 5-6 unique images


  • Our budget is around $2000, and we are open to negotiation around compensation and scope
  • CARFAC licencing fees for long-term use of the material can be applied

Eligibility Criteria

  • Familiar with the arts communities centred by the Bodies in Translation project
  • Experienced with designing graphics for the web
  • Able to encapsulate themes and ideas through imagery
  • Located in Canada
  • Artists from the disability, d/Deaf, fat, Mad, and E/elder communities and other equity-deserving groups are encouraged to apply

Submission Procedure Submit application via email to Elisabeth Harrison at eharri20@uoguelph.ca. Following the Artist Submission Information listed below, your application should include a brief statement about your interest and experience, and include portfolio examples either attached or with a link to a website.

Please reach out if you have questions, if you need any assistance or if you would prefer another method of application.

Artist Selection Process All submissions will be reviewed by a committee from Bodies in Translation. The committee will select an artist based on the following criteria:

  • Artistic style aligns with Bodies in Translation’s brand and intentions
  • Understanding of the disability, d/Deaf, fat, Mad, and E/elder communities
  • Demonstration of excellence of past work, capacity to complete a professional art project

Equity is considered throughout the review process. Selected prospective artists may be invited to discuss their work and its alignment with the committee by video conference, phone call, email or other text-based methods.

Important Dates

  • Call Opens: May 16, 2022
  • Deadline to Apply: June 16, 2022
  • Meetings with prospective artists: June 2022
  • Applicants Notified: July 2022
  • Project Work Completion: August 31, 2022

Questions? Please email Elisabeth Harrison at eharri20@uoguelph.ca if you have any questions.

Artist Submission Information

Contact Information

  • Name
  • Email
  • Phone number


  • What is your connection to the disabled, d/Deaf, fat, Mad, or E/elder arts communities? (Max. 100 words)
  • What interests you about designing graphics for the web as part of your art practice? (Max. 100 words)
  • Describe your art practice (Max. 150 words)

Attachments Required One or more of the following:

  • Website
  • Portfolio link
  • 3 Images of existing artworks (JPEG/PDF)


  • CV/Resume (Max. 2 pages)


Bodies in Translation: Activist Art, Technology, and Access to Life

Bodies in Translation: Activist Art, Technology, and Access to Life (BIT), is a multidisciplinary, university-community research project that at its core, aims to cultivate and research activist art. In this project, ‘activist art’ refers to: disability art, Deaf art, Mad art, aging and e/Elder art, fat art, from a decolonizing and cripped lens. We, the researchers, artists, curators, practitioners, and community members on this grant, explore the relationship between cultivating activist art and achieving social and political justice. We believe that activist art holds the power to represent these aggrieved communities who are routinely represented as non-vital, a representation that often produces violent and even deadly effects– differently; as artistic, creative, agentive, political, community-connected, and full of vitality.