MCC’s Lens Reflex Juried Exhibition

Call for Submissions:
Lens Reflex Juried Exhibition
Deadline: November 8th, 2019


About the Show:

Lens Reflex is a juried exhibition of contemporary craft being produced by the Manitoba Craft Council in partnership with the FLASH Photographic Festival.   It will be on display at the C2 Centre for Craft in the spring of 2020.

Lens Reflex will investigate: What is the intersection and connection of photography and craft? At first glance these two mediums may seem entirely unrelated, but with some reflection connections can be found. This show will display a variety of original craft works created in response to the overlapping concepts of Photography and Craft.

We welcome submissions in a variety of media and approaches to this topic. Artists are encouraged to consider unique connections based on their own creative practices.

Some ideas to consider:

  • How can craft infuse context into a photograph? How does a photograph imbue meaning into craft?
  • What is the relationship between digital photography and digital craft processes?
  • What is the relationship between photography and craft in ephemeral or site-specific craft?
  • How has the prevalence and accessibility of digital photography shifted its presence in the studio?
  • How can photographic tools, machines and processes be incorporated into craft? The design of cameras, film grain, black and white aesthetics, optics and lenses…




Selection process

MCC’s exhibition selections are made by a jury consisting of experienced craftspeople, artists and/or curators. The jury reviews submissions within the context of MCC’s exhibition policy, available resources and the mandate of specific exhibitions.

The MCC is committed to upholding professional standards including the payment of artist, curatorial and jury fees in accordance with CARFAC guidelines.  Professionally designed written materials will be prepared to accompany all exhibitions. All exhibitions will be promoted through MCC media and social media networks.  Ancillary programming will be developed to encourage audience engagement in all MCC exhibitions.

Get a sense of MCC by visiting our website, and social media platforms.  To see a floor plan of the Shirley Richardson Craft Gallery visit:


Jurors for Lens Reflex:

Leif Normanhas a Chemistry Degree but found photography more personally and financially rewarding. He photographs for all the major Winnipeg cultural institutions such as the WAG, the RWB, CMHR, the Manitoba Museum, Prairie Theatre Exchange, The Fringe Theatre Festival, The Winnipeg Comedy Festival and more. He has recently had his first major artistic exhibition at the Buhler Gallery in the St Boniface Hospital. He founded the FLASH Photographic Festival, Winnipeg’s only annual photo fest, in 2014 as a venue for all kinds of photographers, with over 200 photographers having taken part.

Peter Tittenbergerhas been active in the Winnipeg arts community for over 40 years, first as a photographer and more recently as a sculptor working with clay and wood. A founding member of The Winnipeg Photographers Group (now Platform Centre) his work is in the collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery and numerous private collections.

Diana Thorneycroftis a Winnipeg artist who has exhibited various bodies of work across Canada, the United States and Europe, as well as in Moscow, Tokyo and Sydney. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2016 Manitoba Arts Award of Distinction, an Assistance to Visual Arts Long-term Grant from the Canada Council, several Senior Arts Grants from the Manitoba Arts Council and a Fleck Fellowship from the Banff Centre for the Arts. Thorneycroft taught as a sessional instructor at the University of Manitoba’s School of Art for 25 years. Since 2010 she has been focusing on her studio practice full time, and has gallery representation in Canada and Europe.


About MCC exhibitions:

MCC exhibitions investigate, expand or challenge the boundaries of contemporary and traditional craft. They position craft artists as leaders in exploring how craft media, techniques, culture and history intersect.


Application Document Guidelines

Applicants may submit a maximum of 3 works exploring the intersection of craft and photography. Works may be selected by the jury individually or as a series.

Please upload one PDF filewith your full name as the file name, including:

  1. Contact Information: name, address, phone number, mailing address
  2. Artist Statement: 250 words max
  3. Support Material: can include a combination of the following:
  • images of past work
  • links to video or audio on web streaming platforms such as Vimeo, Sound Cloud, etc.
  • please note that all support material must be labelled to match image list
  • Maximum 3 individual works may be submitted per artist
  • Maximum 3 digital photos per work submitted including at least one image showing the whole piece; others may be detail views (ie. a max of 9 images total per artist)

4.Image List: List images/supporting materials in same order and name as they appear in your submission. Number the items and include:

  • the title of the work
  • medium
  • dimensions (For video, sound and other time-based work, please include the duration of the work instead of dimensions)
  • date


Please contact Katrina Craig at or (204) 615.3951 or if you have any questions about your submission.

Email completed proposals to by November 8th midnight CST