STOREFRONTS CALL FOR ARTISTS – JUNE 2014 Now accepting applications! Deadline July 5, 2014

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DEADLINE:  JULY 5, 2014, 10:00 PM Pacific Standard Time


Storefronts activates vacant storefronts, underutilized urban spaces, and blank windows by placing art installations and creative pop ups in these spaces; creating light, vitality and neighborhood engagement in otherwise overlooked areas of our streetscapes.

Interactive kinetic new media works, drawings directly on window glass, installations made of adhesive vinyl, projected video animations, ceramic sculptures, a 26’ sailplane, and suspended illuminated works have all been showcased in temporary storefront exhibitions.

All visual and sound-based media are accepted.  Flexible, dynamic installations that utilize display windows to the fullest and are active or interactive both day and night are preferred.  We encourage diverse media and diverse artists from the traditional to the experimental, with a commitment to public engagement.

The Creative Enterprise Roster

PLEASE NOTE:  We will not be accepting Creative Enterprise applications at this time. The next application cycle for Creative Enterprises will open in January 2015. due to fewer retail-type spaces becoming available.

The Installation Roster

The Installation Roster provides temporary no-cost storefront space for installation of 2-D or 3-D artwork in a locked storefront for a period of up to three months.

  • $500 stipend, 75% payable upon installation, 25% payable upon deinstallation, with no additional funding for travel or accommodation.
  • The storefront remains locked and viewable only through the windows for the duration of the installation (i.e. no public access for openings inside the space).
  • All materials and consumables for installation are the responsibility of the artist.  This includes hanging hardware, temporary walls, and other fixtures and materials that may be required to show work in the windows.
  • Shunpike pays for reasonable utilities and general liability insurance and serves as liaison with the property owner.
  • Shunpike provides guidance about insurance, municipal code, and installation support as needed.


As Shunpike partners with a wide range of properties, available storefronts are incredibly diverse; and we cannot guarantee any specific property, neighborhood, or location.  Shunpike does not guarantee placement during the course of the roster period.

All projects will be subtenants of Shunpike, and all subleases will be subject to the terms and conditions of Shunpike’s master lease with the applicable property owner.

At this time, about 70% of our current sites are shallow display vitrines.


  • Residents of Washington State over 18 years of age
  • Artists and creatives creating original works
  • Proposals must be G-rated and suitable for all audiences
  • Proposals must be in accordance with State and local laws
  • One application per artist or artist group


Compelling – artistically strong in concept and execution, compelling to a diverse audience, and actively seeking to engage with the public.

Viable – agile, adaptive, innovative, and achievable with the resources, funds, and spaces available.

Relevant – responsive to and engaging with diverse audiences, themes, neighborhoods, and landscapes.  Public engagement is a central consideration for all proposals.


Please complete the online application via the CaFE system.  If you need accommodation, please call 206-905-1026 x 104.

Materials required for submission:

  • $25 application fee
  • Artist Bio, 400 words or less
  • Artist Statement, 400 words or less
  • 4-6 work samples with related work list
  • Project Proposal, including:
  • Brief conceptual statement, 400 words or less
  • Specific technical and space requirements
  • Budget and source of funding (proposals may be self-funded)
  • Timeline required to prepare your project– 2 months or less is suggested
  • Mock-up, sketch, or detailed written description of the project in a hypothetical space

Shunpike is not able to offer technical support for the CaFE online application.

Troubleshooting Tips:

  • Save your work in an unformatted word document and paste it into the fields so you don’t lose your work.
  • If you are experiencing issues with CaFE, try using another browser.
  • Save your work often.  If CaFE times out, it does not automatically save your work since the last save was completed.
  • Start early to allow for technical issues.
  • Format your photos correctly.


QUESTIONS?  •  Contact:  •  206-905-1026 x104

About storefrontsseattle

Activating neighborhoods and overlooked spaces by filling vacant urban spaces with art installations, pop-up boutiques, galleries, and community groups since 2010.
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