Curatorial Process: to clarify our Curatorial process, we began selecting artists by asking each Artist-Curator to directly solicit a group of Artists to work inside their house during WRECK CITY. Direct Curation is responsible for about half of our finalized participants, and this phase of the process was mostly completed before the Call for Submissions was circulated. Following this phase, the Artist-Curators were all invited to participate in a public Call for Submissions, welcoming proposals from the broader arts community. Some Artist-Curators chose not to participate (this is one of the freedoms of making your own rules), but all eight Artist-Curators read all applications, deliberated as a group, and collectively selected successful applicants. This process was conducted as unbiasedly as possible, and with fair consideration paid to each application. Congratulations to the successful applicants! To everyone else: Thank You for submitting! We were so impressed, delighted, and humbled by the number of submissions we received.


WRECK CITY: An Epilogue for 809 is a community-based art experiment transforming 9 houses scheduled for demolition into temporary art, installation, and performance spaces. Instigated as a eulogy for Calgary’s prominent garage-based art space 809 Gallery, eight Artist-Curators will invite 30+ Artists, Musicians, and Performers to participate. Participants will be free to radically alter the architecture of entire houses, re-shaping and re-using materials from the homes themselves without the need for repair at the end of the project.

Artist-Curators behind WRECK CITY include: Matthew Mark Bourree, Caitlind r.c. Brown, Jennifer Crighton, Brandon Dalmer, Andrew Frosst, John Frosst, Shawn Mankowske, and Ryan Scott.

Project details:

  • 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 a limited materials budget will be available.


Enticed? We’re currently accepting digital submissions from artists, musicians, and performers! If you’re interested in participating in WRECK CITY, please e-mail the following information to

  • 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 achieving your intended project.
  • A short 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.

Each artist selected will be free to work in part of a house (interior and/or exterior), yard, or garage, depending on the idea submitted. Submissions from all genres of Art-Making are encouraged. You may choose to apply to a specific Artist-Curator (info below) or you may apply to the broader project as a whole.

E-mail applications to by March 9, 2013.


Caitlind r.c. Brown seeks proposals for works that:

  • Physically Interact with the architecture of the space
  • Defy the laws of physics (however you choose to interpret them)
  • Take advantage of the houses, not merely as surfaces, but as a collection of interlocking spaces which can be permanently altered or destroyed
  • Are intended for interaction
  • Are playful


  • Works reconstructing, re-imagining, or re-developing spaces

Artists who:

  • Are interested in working with installations
  • Delight in public interaction
  • Experiment with a variety of materials and concepts

Apply by March 9th to ATTN: Caitlind Brown.


809, along with eleven other houses in Sunnyside are finally being destroyed. These houses will be transfigured into installation spaces for the month of April 2013. Brandon A. Dalmer, in conjunction with WRECK CITY: An Epilogue for 809, is seeking submissions from artists or groups for an exhibition premiering April 19th, 2013. The space will be one of these pre-demolished homes. Artists are encouraged to consider projects dealing with ideas of change, mystery, memory, hauntings, occupation, documentation, finality, ghost towns, bootleggers, and reclamation.
Submissions should include a brief proposal outlining what the artist(s) intend to do with the space; A CV no more then two pages, and an artist statement in a PDF file. Artists should include up to 10 images of current and past work.
– Installation dates will be March 18 – April 19th
– Deadline for Submissions is March 9th
Apply by March 9th to ATTN: Brandon Dalmer.


Andrew Frosst in collaboration with WRECK CITY: an Epilogue to 809, is inviting proposals from artists to make work within one of the many homes slated for demolition in Sunnyside. This particular house will focus on the violent / fascinating destruction of these houses as a metaphor for the ongoing development in Sunnyside — a sort of smashing of a Christmas present with a baseball bat to see what’s inside, or maybe a beautiful piggy-bank possibly full of coins. I’m inspired by work that breaks the passivity of the spectator; reflects a sensation of serene contemplation and fear; and employs eccentric and humoristic elements, but artists are encouraged to propose any project they might have in mind.

Apply by March 9th to ATTN: Andrew Frosst.


Request for Proposals from Artists and/or Musicians:

John Frosst in collaboration with WRECK CITY is currently inviting proposals from visual artists and musicians for an exhibition premiering April 19, 2013. The venue is a home slated for demolition in central Calgary. We are particularly interested in work that re-creates or pays homage to cultural (specifically film, literature & theatre) tropes. Each artist will be allocated a location in the home to build a ‘set,’ accompanied by a thematically compatible score.  Think haunted nursery, inventor’s lab, idyllic kitchen, laser-guarded safe room. . . the list is as endless as the film, literature, theatre and television well is deep.  Artists may apply to both score and create individual ‘sets,’ or may apply to be paired by the curator with a musician or visual artist as a collaboration. Proposals may be as specific (eg. that one scene from that one play) or as broad (eg. 1950s detective novel) as the artists please.

• One month (March 18-April 18) is afforded immediately prior to April 19th to install the works; design and prep beforehand is strongly encouraged.

Apply by March 9th to ATTN: John Frosst.


The Gallery/Residency 809 is scheduled to be torn down, as well as 10 houses in Sunnyside. As an established “Do It Yourself” ensemble, we at 809 (and associates) recognized the potential for a number of influential, Calgary based, curators to exhibit artists, in an unprecedented art show for Calgary. I am one of the curators, and as a director of art, I would like to invite you to participate in my vision of an art showing. As a curator in WRECK CITY: An Epilogue for 809, my intention would be to share my Pop-Culture view point on Calgary’s well informed artistic and musical scene. These two great influences as a Contemporary Artist in Calgary would be combined into one grouping of Counterculture Experimentation, hence the title of my grouping; Calgary Counterculture Experimentation=809. My sound artists of interest are people of inspirational passion in Calgary’s avant-garde sound scene: Discord, and Bug Incision. These sound artists would show in a landscape of influential local art.

If you are interested, I would like to discuss your ideas or concerns.

Apply by March 9th to ATTN: Shawn Mankowske

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