Call for Submissions

house image by jenn

Illustration by Jennifer Crighton


WRECK CITY: An Epilogue for 809 is a community-based art experiment transforming 11 houses scheduled for demolition into temporary art, installation, and performance spaces. In March, eight Artist-Curators will invite 30+ Artists, Musicians and Performers to radically alter the architecture of entire houses, re-shaping the buildings using materials from the houses themselves. The project will pay tribute to the history of the spaces, celebrating the mysteries held within their walls, and re-imagining the potential of a doomed neighbourhood to become a playful and critically-engaging WRECK CITY prior to redevelopment.

WRECK CITY was instigated as an epilogue for one of Calgary’s influential alternative art spaces, 809 Gallery, which will be demolished along with the other homes in the project. Calgary’s first prominent pop-up garage gallery, 809 played an integral role in shaping Calgary’s contemporary DIY-subculture, allowing emerging and established artists an accessible space to show and view art together, and influencing a growing trend of garage-based art spaces.


–       MATTHEW Mark Bourree (Haight Gallery)

–       CAITLIND r.c. Brown (The House Project)

–       JENNIFER Crighton (The Summerwood Warren)

–       BRANDON Dalmer (809 Gallery)

–       ANDREW Frosst (Arbour Lake Sghool)

–       JOHN Frosst (Arbour Lake Sghool)

–       SHAWN Mankowske (809 Gallery)

–       RYAN Scott (809 Gallery)

ARTIST INSTALL DATES: March 18 – April 18, 2013
• PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE DATES: April 19 – 27, 2013
• LOCATION: Sunnyside, Calgary
Here’s the catch: WRECK CITY is a 100% DIY project organized by local Artist‐Curators. Artists
will be challenged to work with extremely limited budgets and recycled architectural items
from the pre‐demolition properties. Artist fees are presently pending. But on the flip‐side, have
you ever wanted to rip apart a house with a crowbar and make art out of its parts?


Enticed? We’re currently accepting digital submissions! If you’re interested in participating in WRECK CITY, please e-mail the following to by March 9, 2013:

  • A brief Statement of Intent outlining your interest in the Project and your general intentions (don’t worry. You can update details once you’ve seen the houses). Please
    include any Technical skills that will assist you in accomplishing your intended project.
  • A CV or Bio. We want to learn about the notable things you’ve done in the past or are doing right now.
  • Support Material including images, video, written materials, and/or recordings of your previous work. Digital links will be accepted.

Submissions from all genres of Art-Making are encouraged. You may choose to apply to a specific Artist-Curator, or you may apply to the broader project as a whole.

E-mail applications to by March 9, 2013.



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