OPEN CALLS

Workshops

The Steering Committee for the National Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art and Practices would like to invite all artists and professionals to submit proposals for workshops and instructors for the 2023 conference. 

Workshops are offered to allow production and instruction in processes that may be unavailable or unfamiliar to attendees. Proposals for workshops must include an objective and/or overall goal of the workshop. They should also specify necessary tools and equipment, material cost per workshop attendee and the maximum number of workshop attendees. Workshops will be held during the week of the conference, and all projects and processes should be completable in that timeframe.

We encourage creativity and personalization and the inclusion of workshops teaching skills beyond traditional metal casting. 

Be sure to keep in mind this year’s theme: Shift Change.

SUBMISSIONS DUE: October 31, 2022

Notification of acceptance by November 18, 2022
 

Student Cupola Contest

This year we return to running the competition on Sloss grounds! Student teams will build their furnace according to the usual student cupola contest guidelines, run their furnace, fill molds, mature their pattern making skills, test their melting talents, and grow in technical experience within steps of the other competitors in the absence of mentor intervention.

Registration Fee: $85.00

SUBMISSIONS DUE: October 31, 2022

Notification of acceptance by November 18, 2022

Panels and Presentations

The National Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art and Practices (NCCCIAP) will return to the Sloss grounds in 2023! We look forward to welcoming and reuniting with you all. There have been many changes in our personal and professional lives as Iron Casters these past couple of years. The Conference and Community is dedicated to change as well. With this in mind, this upcoming conference theme is SHIFT CHANGE. Thinking about Shift Changes and what it means to share ideas and knowledge from one shift to the next is an integral part of what we do at this conference and what we strive to do as Artists.  This is especially pertinent when thinking about demonstrations and how we share knowledge. 

Be sure to keep in mind this year’s theme: Shift Change.

SUBMISSIONS DUE: October 31, 2022

Notification of acceptance by November 18, 2022

Demonstrations

This year, we are excited to call for artists to submit demonstrations that will be presented in person at Sloss Furnaces during the conference. We are interested in what you have been researching, creating, and your ways of innovation. When thinking about the presentation of your material and process, think about accessibility within your practice and presentation. 

We are highly receptive to interdisciplinary proposals that do not solely utilize cast iron. Consider materials, processes, technical skills, and problem-solving solutions for all demos that could benefit the greater community of cast iron artists. As we think and process these past few years, we must shift and include dealing with limited resources and understanding how precious time and resources are in our thought process. Proposals should consider their audience and how they can benefit upcoming artists with inside knowledge of how established professionals set up their workflow. Also, consider methods that would otherwise be limited to a specific production space because of specialty equipment needs. 
 

Be sure to keep in mind this year’s theme: Shift Change.

SUBMISSIONS DUE: October 31, 2022

Notification of acceptance by November 18, 2022

Guest Furnaces

The Steering Committee for the National Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art and Practices invites all artists, professionals, and groups to operate their furnaces during the conference. There are two opportunities for guest furnaces; the first is as a production furnace for the conference, and the second is as a guest furnace bringing and pouring your own molds. It is highly educational and essential to have furnaces of different types running at the conference. If finances are tight, it is accepted and strongly encouraged to seek sponsorship from local businesses or donors. Work with committee representatives for any support needed.

SUBMISSIONS DUE: October 31, 2022

Notification of acceptance by November 18, 2022

Performances

The Steering Committee for the National Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art and Practices invites individual artists, groups, or industry professionals to submit proposals for performance.
This year, we are excited to call for artists to submit performance proposals that will be presented in person at Sloss Furnaces during the conference. We are interested in what you have been researching, creating, and your own ways of innovation. When thinking about your performance proposals, remember to center on accessibility and representation.
We are highly receptive to interdisciplinary proposals that do not solely utilize cast iron. We welcome considerate, thought provoking and community minded proposals for performance.
Our world has shifted since we last came together. We would like our performances to reflect critically upon the past and contemplate the future with radical purpose and empathy. Proposals should consider what their audience could learn, relate to, and be inspired by. Submissions that have a diversity of voices will be given preference.


Unfortunately, there is no direct financial support for the open performances call at this time. Early access, equipment support, and build help will be made available to selected performers in need.
While creating proposals, keep in mind the theme of the conference is
Shift Change

SUBMISSIONS DUE: October 31, 2022
Notification of acceptance by November 18, 2022