NBCCD and Black Lives Matter NB partner to launch permanent collection

NBCCD, Black Lives Matter New Brunswick | December 12, 2022

Black Lives Matter New Brunswick (BLMNB) and the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design (NBCCD) are teaming up to launch a new permanent collection for the BLM offices based in Saint John. Together, we invite Black visual artists who are post-secondary students or alumni from across the province to submit works on the theme of Resistance – Affirmation – Knowledge. Pieces selected from this call will form the new permanent collection of the Black Lives Matter New Brunswick organization.


Inspired spaces fuel inspired action. When surrounded by works of art made by, for, and with your community, the impact can be transformative. By shifting blank walls into galleries that reflect shared experiences and shared passions, folks who enter this space feel welcomed, engaged, challenged and energized. This is the aim of the project: to honour the work that is done, the people who do it, and the change it makes for our collective past, present, and future. Share your vision of “Resistance – Affirmation – Knowledge” for an exhibition that will tour the province before its final long-term display at the Black Lives Matter New Brunswick office in Saint John.

Project Details

Approximately five pieces will be selected out of the total submitted pieces. Selected artists will receive an honorarium of $1000. This honorarium will signify the purchase of the piece and cover all fees. Works will be documented and displayed in the Saint John office of the BLMNB organization for a minimum of three years. The selection committee is open to your interpretation of this project theme, however it must relate to the work you’ve done, and continue to do, as a part of the vibrant, professional community of Black artistry in New Brunswick.


Those interested must submit their work by January 23. Selected works must be packaged safely for shipping and delivered by February 1, 2023. Any specialty hardware or stands required for installation must be shipped to NBCCD – Fredericton campus or BLM New Brunswick – Saint John office as well.

● January 27, 2023: Notification of results
● January 31, 2023: Delivery of final work (to Saint John or Fredericton)
● Tour dates to be confirmed.


The online application form will require the following information:
● Contact information
● Links to your website and/or social media (if applicable)
● One to five images of each piece for consideration (you may submit up to 3 works total). Please note: Images do not need to be professionally photographed but should clearly show the work in detail. Works submitted must be finished pieces.
● A brief artist statement (this may be provided in writing or orally as a recording)
● Information on the work: title, year, medium, dimensions, and retail price/value
● You may also choose to provide demographic information, which helps to ensure that artists from diverse backgrounds and experiences are represented.



  • Artwork requirements:
    • All forms of art are eligible, including fine art, craft, and digital media.
    • Works may be intended for display as wall hangings or on plinths.
    • The scale of each piece must not exceed 4 x 4 feet for wall display, or 3 feet squared for surface-based works.
  • Demographic requirements:
    • Eligible artists must self-identify as Black.
    • Canadian citizens, international students, and Permanent Residents are all eligible, but must be 18 years or older to apply.
  • Student/alumni requirements:
    • All applicants must be either current students or alumni from a New Brunswick based post-secondary institution, including:
        • New Brunswick College of Craft and Design
        • University of New Brunswick
        • St. Thomas University
        • Université de Moncton
        • Mount Allison University
        • New Brunswick Community College
        • Collége communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick

Exhibition Information

● Selected artists will be responsible for shipping or delivering the work to the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design campus in Fredericton, or the Black Lives Matter New Brunswick Office in Saint John.

● All items will be ensured for theft and damage while on the gallery premises.


● There is no fee to submit an application.

● Selected artists will receive an honorarium of $1000 to cover the purchase of the work and related artist fees.

Right to Reproduce

The Black Lives Matter New Brunswick organization and the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design reserve the right to photograph the exhibited work, and to use these photographs in both printed and electronic materials for publicity, promotion, and documentation.


The selection committee will be comprised of representatives from Black Lives Matter New Brunswick and the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design. We reserve the right to invite representatives from the arts community with relevant experience and knowledge to join in the final selection process.

Matthew Martin, Executive Director of Black Lives Matter New Brunswick