Calling All Artists!

For Immediate Release

Contact: Drea Talley, Press Lead
Phone # (206) 229-2185
Email: [email protected]

 

The Seattle Erotic Art Festival Announces Open Call for Entries for its 15th Annual Event

 

Seattle, WA – (December 28, 2016) The Seattle Erotic Art Festival (SEAF) announces its open call for its 15th annual event to be held April 28-30, 2017 at the Seattle Center. SEAF is an internationally-recognized celebration of erotic art and performance unlike any other festival or gallery you’ve ever experienced. The three-day event touts some of the finest erotic art in the world. Event planning is full-tilt underway for the 15th anniversary festivities.  Artists, creators and experimenters are invited to propose projects large and small – visual art, exhibitions and installations, as well as burlesque performances, erotic film screenings, pantomimes, poetry readings, lectures and live music. SEAF celebrates and promotes freedom of sexuality, speech and creativity through the erotic expression of fine art, in all its sexy, beautiful forms.

 

“Creating erotic art is a form of activism,” says Festival Director Sophia Iannicelli.  “When you create art, you are encouraging the world to accept sexuality as a vital element of the human experience. You are giving the viewer a chance to see something within themselves that previously was hidden. You are furthering the discussion of eros and how it relates to our emotional, physical, spiritual, and intellectual lives.”

 

Artists interested in submitting their work to the Festival can learn more about SEAF’s submission policies and jury processes here: https://www.seattleerotic.org/artists/. Artists do not need to attend the Festival to be accepted.

 

  • Artists and creative teams are asked to submit their visual, literary, and store art, and proposals of performance and/or interactive installations online starting noon, December 1, 2016.
  • Deadline for entries is 11PM, January 15, 2017.
  • The online entry form can be found at https://submissions.seattleerotic.org.

 

About Seattle Erotic Art Festival (SEAF)
SEAF was first produced in 2003 by the Sex Positive Community Center (now Foundation for Sex Positive Culture). SEAF encourages the creation, enjoyment, and purchase of erotic art–sparking conversations to ignite personal and cultural evolutions.

 

About Foundation for Sex Positive Culture (FSPC)

FSPC’s mission is to promote personal and cultural acceptance of consensual sexuality through education and the arts. It offers sexy workshops, regular monthly events, social and support groups, and a comprehensive library of over 10,000 pieces – all in a safe, welcoming space.

Our New Home

The Foundation has found a new home!  We are very pleased to continue our cohabitation with our sister organization, the Center for Sex Positive Culture, in Ballard. We have signed a long term lease for 1514 NW 46th St, Seattle, WA 98107. This space has a dedicated parking lot with 18 spaces and there is unrestricted, free street parking throughout the neighborhood.  For those that use transit, we will be a short distance from a bus stop along the routes of the 40 and D-line.  We are very happy to have found a location that is so close to our old space.

Moving in and Getting Started

We take possession of the building in December and are already working on the permit process.  Due to the volume the city is experiencing and the upcoming holidays, this process may take longer than usual.  We will start construction as soon as legally possible.  Some things like cleaning and painting the office can be done as soon as we move in, whereas other tasks will be dependant on where we are in the permit process.  Given what we know of the timing, we are aiming to begin hosting workshops and Enthusiast Groups in our new space in Spring of 2017.  We will share more specific dates as we know more. In the meantime, we will host board meetings and Discussion/Support Group meetings, and reopen the Library in this new space as soon as possible.

What You Can Do to Help

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While we do have funds to get this project underway; how much our community can contribute will make a difference in really taking this space to the next level.  You can donate here.  Whether you can give a little or a lot, we appreciate all who can contribute monetarily.  Please keep an eye out for fundraisers and specific drives where we will fundraise for specific things for the new space.  Some of these special projects we won’t be able to do without your help, so please donate to the things you really want to see in our new home.

Volunteer

If you are interested in volunteering to help with anything in the construction process please [email protected] to be put on the new building volunteer list. You do not have to be a CSPC volunteer to help out. Please tell us about any special skills you have in construction, electrical, plumbing, or weight-lifting. This is a big project. We will need all kinds of help, so even if you can’t lift things or swing a hammer, there are still lots of ways to be a part of this exciting time.

Event Schedule

We will still be hosting workshops at Club Sapphire until our new home is ready. We have permission from our landlord to have meetings in the office of the new building. As soon as we have that space set up, we will begin having Discussion and Support Group meetings in the new space.  Please see our calendar for more details.

Sophia_6394-editThank you all for your continued support of the Foundation for Sex Positive Culture!

Sophia Iannicelli

Executive Director

Two Workshops with Stella Harris

This Sunday, we are hosting a very special educator from Portland, Oregon. Stella Harris is a certified Intimacy Educator & Professional Coach. She can help you develop the skills, knowledge, and confidence to make your fantasies a reality. Stella is presenting two classes, Communication in the Bedroom: Asking For What You Want starting at 1pm, and Mapping the Vulva: Anatomy, Communication, Touch, & Pleasure starting at 3pm.

StellaIMG_1572In Communication in the Bedroom, we’ll talk about our fear around asking for what we want, and ways to push through them. We’ll also pick apart some of our fantasies and figure out how to bring their hottest elements into our real lives, and how to approach difficult conversations playfully and with confidence.

In Mapping the Vulva you’ll learn the anatomy they didn’t teach you in high school, a variety of touch techniques you can try, and ways to communicate about touch to help you find exactly what works for you and your partner. We’ll discuss fears around our bodies and talk about ways to be more confidant in our skin.

Tickets are available on line and at the door of Club Sapphire. Purchase your tickets online for Communication in the Bedroom and Mapping the Vulva.