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PERMANENCE: 2020-21 Call for Exhibition Proposals

Deadline: December 15, 2019 at 11:59pm

 *** Deadline EXTENDED: December 20, 2019 at 09:00am ***


About the Museum

The  Museum of Jewish Montreal (MJM) is an innovative place to connect with Montreal’s diverse Jewish life & heritage through new cultural experiences. Through multidisciplinary programming, our museum provides an accessible gateway to learn about and interact with Montreal’s Jewish culture, art and heritage while also enabling the public to share their stories and experiences.

Founded in 2010, our Museum’s activities include walking tours of historic Jewish neighbourhoods and buildings, online exhibits, oral history collection, public programming and exhibitions. In 2016, we opened a storefront project space that houses a gallery, boutique and food and event space where we host dozens of art, heritage and cultural events each year.


About the theme: Permanence

The 2020/2021 exhibition cycle at the MJM will be titled Permanence. The curatorial team invites artists to propose projects that respond to, play with, or pose inquiries in relation to this theme. 

Suggested starting points for thinking about Permanence include, but are not limited to:

  • Ephemera / how do we collect to try to remember or establish permanence
  • Lack of permanence on Earth, death and dying
  • Changing tradition, culture, religion
  • Body modification
  • The Internet (link rot, impermanence of born-digital artworks)
  • Mediums that are permanent (or aren’t: undoing; changing; degrading)
  • (Im)permanence of identities (e.g.: gender, religion, nationality)
  • Relationships, roots, communities (the ties that bind us to people, places, things; or broken ties)
  • Impermanence; things that seem permanent but aren’t, or things that were never permanent
  • Topics related to psychology and mental health 
  • Affiliations (political, national, religious); how our views change over time (or quickly)
  • The environment
  • Social change, Tikkun Olam/ Repairing the world
  • Barriers; seemingly insurmountable problems 
  • Cultural markers (Historical narratives, monuments, intangible heritage, language)


To submit:

Deadline: December 20, 2019 at 09:00am (Montreal time/Eastern Time Zone)

Email to:

Subject Line: 2020/21 Exhibition Proposal: Last Name, First Name

Exhibition proposal packages must be sent as a single PDF file. (max 25MB)

Proposal pdf files MUST be titled “Last Name, First Name – MJM 20-21”


Please note: the Museum of Jewish Montreal has a limited amount of time to review each submission. Applications that are incomplete or do not adhere to the guidelines will not be considered.


All applicants will receive a confirmation of received proposals. Selected participants will be notified by the end of January 2020. All artist fees are compensated following CARFAC guidelines for exhibitions.


The Museum of Jewish Montreal encourages diversity and welcomes applicants from all backgrounds.


Personal Information

  1. Name:
  2. Brief Biography: (100-250 words):
  3. Link to Website or previous work:
  4. CV (Max 2 pages per person)
  5. Contact information (email, phone number, mailing address)


Proposed Gallery Project

  1. Proposed Project Title:
  2. Type of media. e.g. photography, installation, media arts, etc.
  3. Project summary/Artist statement. 250 words max. What is the concept? 
  4. Project description. 500 words max. What are the physical elements of the exhibition? How do you see audiences interacting with it? How do you imagine it being set up in the space? (Please familiarize yourself with the space. Our Museum also contains a boutique and cafe. See floorplan for reference.)
  5. In what way do the themes of your project connect to Montreal and/or Jewish culture, life, history, interests, etc…? We do not expect you to be an expert or even Jewish! Simply take us through your thought process. 250 words max.
  6. In what way does your project connect with the 2020-2021 exhibition series Permanence? 250 words max.
  7. Technical Description: e.g. materials and technical equipment needed to present your work. Please specify if you will be providing the equipment or if you will need support from the Museum to source any materials/equipment (please list in point form)
  8. Special assistance needs: e.g. technical, research, translation, production, etc.
  9. Supplemental Programming. 250 words max. (Are there any workshops, panels/talks or special events you would like propose in conjunction with your exhibition proposal?)
  10. External Funding: (if applicable: do you have any secured external funding? Will you be applying for supplemental grants?)

Supporting Documents

  • Up to 10 supporting documents of the proposed project as well as recent works. These can be 10 images or a combination of images and up to 5 video or audio excerpts (via url links, max length 2 minutes, please provide password(s), if applicable.) Identify each image or link with a title, medium, dimensions/duration, location (city, country), year.



Press: include links to any press reviews