Interstitial: Science Innovations by Canadian Women

Interstitial: Science Innovations by Canadian Women is an exhibition and events in the first two weeks of June 2018, showcasing 2D work by female artists featuring Canadian women in STEMScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Our approach intends to challenge the public as to how they think of women in STEM and their work. What does it take for a woman to be “in” with the science community?  

The importance of storytelling, and using art in the dissemination of scientific information, has grown in the past few years.  The Sci/Art and STEAM movements have rapidly gained momentum.  These point to the tipping point – creative ways are critical to sharing science and stories of science, and to connecting with people on an personal level.  We are hoping to use the proposed exhibition as a unique spring board to establish new connections in the community and to present Canadian women in STEM through a different experience.

This exhibition and associated events will be created by women, will feature women, and will highlight the achievements of Canadian women in STEM.  We seek to encourage girls and young women to see themselves as eligible for the opportunities available in STEAM industries, to connect with them beyond what is written in the books or taught in school.  We present women as capable participants within the STEAM community.  It is important that as women, we tell our own stories, support, and celebrate each other.  

Deadline for submission is the 6th of April, and successful artists will be contacted by the 13th.  Because of the short turnaround, we are expecting work that has already been created, or work that is in progress. We urge any artist who applies with uncreated work to think realistically about whether the project they apply with can be created in 6 weeks.  


  • Your submitted materials must fit within our mandate.
  • We welcome submissions from artists and scientists.
  • Applications accepted from everywhere, however events are held in Vancouver, BC. At this time we are unable to cover travel expenses.

Other things to keep in mind:

  • We pay artists CARFAC rate
  • You can apply to both the open call and to any specific calls
  • All submissions will be reviewed and considered. We will add you to our database of creators and contact you if we feel you are a great fit for any of our events.

In your submission package, include:

  1. A statement (500 word) about how your project will express the theme
  2. A bio (200 word)
  3. A CV, max 3 pages
  4. Submit 5 – 10 images of your work, 72 dpi, 1024 pixels on the longest side, no larger than 1 MB each, with an image list
  5. A link to your website
  6. Your name, address, email, and any other contact information.
If you have any questions about this call for submissions, contact us at

This exhibition is funded by:

Formal Vertical