Sunday, April 3, 2011

call for artists: Pyrotopia: First Annual Festival of Fire Arts

Due to logistical issues, #pyrotopia is rescheduled for Spring 2012. Stay tuned for new dates, location and call for artists.

Pyrotopia seeks visual and performing artists to participate in Pyrotopia: First Annual Festival of Fire Arts on October 7th and 8th, 2011 at UnSmoke Artspace in Braddock, PA and adjacent grounds. We will consider any works of art, performance and other forms of creative expression which either directly incorporate or thematically reference fire or related media, such as electricity and light.

Full details, images, application form, selection criteria and contact info are available at the Pyrotopia website:

Pyrotopia is being organized and produced by a group of Pittsburgh artists with experience working with fire in art and performance, producing large scale events and spectacles, and teaching fire arts skills. As artists, we love the medium of fire in its wide variety of applications, and we wish to ignite the public’s imagination and appreciation, too.

Pyrotopia has a comprehensive mission: To showcase and celebrate fire and light in art and performance; To provide artists using fire and light with a dedicated exhibition and to support them with artist fees and resources; To share their work with patrons of all ages and demographics, with other event producers and with museum and gallery curators in Pittsburgh and beyond; To bring artists from different disciplines together for collaborations; To establish a precedent for fostering greater funding for art and performance of this genre; To offer unique learning opportunities through artist talks, demonstrations, classes and workshops in fire-related skills and topics; and to promote the safe use of fire for creative expression and performance through education, fire safety training and sharing of best practices.

Pyrotopia will be free, family-friendly and open to the public. We expect a large turn-out from Braddock and the greater Pittsburgh area. Programming throughout the day and night will appeal to a wide range of interests and ages.

The festival schedule is outlined below:

Friday, October 7th
6 pm to 12 am – Live fire art, events, and performances

Saturday, October 8th
12 pm to 5 pm – Exhibition, workshops, demos and other interactive fire-related programming
6 pm to 12 am – Live fire art, events and performances

We will consider the following Artist submissions: performance, sculpture, games, interactive installations, 2D and 3D visual art (painting, photography, etc.), video, demonstrations and more. Fire can be used directly in the work, used as a significant theme or displayed in the work, or be employed in the creation of the work. Artists may submit applications for existing or new work that can be completed according to the production deadlines outlined below.

Work employing live fire will occur outdoors on the grounds of UnSmoke Artspace. Work not employing live fire will primarily be displayed inside the UnSmoke Artspace Gallery, or as appropriate, on the outside grounds. The Pyrotopia website contains site maps and descriptions on the available exhibition and performance spaces.

See the Pyrotopia website for information on funding and in-kind support for Artists.

Artists employing live fire must be 18 years of age or older.


Friday, March 25, 2011: Call for Artists issued; web site open for submissions

Monday, May 16, 2011: Proposals must be submitted online by midnight, Eastern Standard Time. All submissions must be received through the online system.

Early June, 2011: Artists will be notified about participation. Contracts will be issued to Artists who accept Pyrotopia’s invitation to participate.

Full details, images, application form, selection criteria, funding and contact info are available at the Pyrotopia website:


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