About SkirtsAfire
SkirtsAfire is Edmonton’s only theatre and multidisciplinary arts festival that features the work and creations of women and non-binary artists. SkirtsAfire creates a platform for their stories to be shared in theatre, music, dance, visual art, comedy, spoken word, and more. Artists and enthusiasts come together to experience stirring performances and evocative exhibits. 2022 will be the 10th anniversary of the festival, featuring more than 100 artists annually and reaching thousands of patrons, as this festival continues to grow year after year.

The History of our Skirt Designs
The first skirt was designed and built for SkirtsAfire in 2013. It became the Official Skirt that year, and was proudly featured in the Nina Art Gallery for the duration of the programming. In 2014, we opened up the Official Skirt design as a competition in order to expand and allow for the ability to showcase more than one designer each year.

Skirt Design Displays 2022
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we were excited to partner with the Old Strathcona Business Association and their local businesses to display our Skirt Designs around Whyte Avenue in our 2021 Reimagined festival last March. We are thrilled to continue with the success of displaying the designs in storefronts in 2022. This time though, we are dropping the competition part of the Skirt Designs. Instead, we will be choosing 4 local artists to design a skirt as the centrepiece of a full window display at 1 of 4 participating Old Strathcona retailers. The designer’s challenge will be to design a piece using up-cycled waste materials that the retailers provide (cardboard, plastics, and other materials that would normally end up in the landfill). The designer will work with the Skirt Design Coordinator, who will offer guidance and feedback, to build a piece that works with the overall vision of the full window display. 

Each designer will receive an honorarium of $500. The designs will be on display from February 28 – March 13, 2022. 

Theme: Four Directions
Each window display will have a color: red, white, blue or yellow. 

Please fill out the form below to apply to be 1 of 4 designers in the Skirt Design Displays. New this year, we are not asking for a concept for your proposed design, but instead we are requesting information and examples of your design background and skills to create a piece using up-cycled materials. We are looking at the potential for unique, extraordinary and thinking outside-the-box style skirt designs that will fill the scope of the grand window display as its feature.

Deadline to submit is November 30, 2021.

SkirtsAfire Festival values diversity in the artists we represent and therefore welcomes artists of all diverse backgrounds, including cis and trans women, non-binary people, the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, and of all ethnicities and all abilities.

Questions? Please email skirtdesign@skirtsafire.com.

Skirt Design Displays

Please fill out the following form to apply to be 1 of 4 chosen designers to take part in our 2022 Skirt Design Displays.
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    Designs from past SkirtsAfire’s by Lorraine Dezman, Joanne Ngo, Kim Neeser, Deirdre McCleneghan, Jennifer Lee Arsenault, Beverly Destroys, Jane Kline, Melissa Squire, David Cameron, Amanda Brown and Carol Amaral. Photo by April MacDonald Killins.