Calls for Entry & Opportunities

HAMILTON ARTS COUNCIL

ARTS OUTREACH ASSISTANT (CANADA SUMMER JOBS POSITION)

The Hamilton Arts Council is seeking applicants for the position of Arts Outreach Assistant. This is a temporary 7-week position funded through the Canada Summer Jobs Program. The Arts Outreach Assistant will work on site in the Hamilton Arts Council office under the supervision of the Operations Officer and may be required to attend meetings at other Hamilton-area arts venues. The successful candidate will work both independently and as part of a team comprising staff and volunteers depending upon the nature of the assigned task. For further details, download the PDF.

  • DEADLINE: May 31, 2017
DANCE 

GUELPH DANCE | CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Guelph Dance welcomes applications from Canadian and international professional dance artists for our 20th Annual Guelph Dance Festival, May 31-June 3, 2018. We annually present companies and choreographers from at least three Canadian provinces/territories and invite international artists who offer something unique to Canadian audiences. For more info, follow the LINK

  • DEADLINE: September 15, 2017 

GUELPH DANCE: YOUTH MOVES | CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Youth Moves is open to all southern Ontario dancers under the age of 19, whose exuberance and enthusiasm is as infectious as it is inspiring, performing works created by professional choreographers. Performances occur on the Sunday of the Festival weekend in the 200-seat Co-operators Hall, River Run Centre. For more info, follow the LINK

  • DEADLINE: December 1, 2017.
FILM & MEDIA​

G44 CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHY | CALL FOR EXHIBITION PROPOSALS

Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography is a non-profit artist-run centre committed to photography as a multi-faceted and ever-changing art form, offering a unique platform for reflection and dialogue on contemporary photography and its related practices. We encourage exhibition proposals from local, national and international artists at all stages of their careers who are innovative in their use of materials and approach to photography. For further info, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: June 01, 2017 

NEW ADVENTURES IN SOUND ART (NAISA) | CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA) invites artists of all ages and nationalities to submit works on the theme oSonic Reflections for consideration in New Adventures in Sound Art’s 2018 programming. Preference in programming will be given to works that respond in some way to the theme. For further info, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: June 30, 2017

FACTORY MEDIA CENTRE | CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

The Factory Media Centre is commemorating the 150th birthday of Ontario by presenting the ‘150 Seconds of Ontario Film Festival’. Get involved in the celebration! Create a short film with the theme (and time limit) of ‘150 Seconds of Ontario’. Express yourself & explore Ontario’s rich history, people, places, & events through filmmaking. Our film festival is open to anyone, and we are seeking diversity in the filmmakers and submissions. For more info, follow the LINK

  • DEADLINE: July 28, 2017

HAMILTON FILM FESTIVAL | CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

The 12th Annual Hamilton Film Festival is accepting entries for this year’s festival with the theme of MUSIC! Live music, panels, spotlight on film scores, movies with a music theme and more. Locally focused films will be accepted including short, mid-length and feature films in all genres including drama, comedy, music, documentary, experimental, genre, and youth. For further info, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: August 15, 2017
FINE CRAFT​

CARNEGIE GALLERY | CALL FOR PROPOSALS

The Carnegie Gallery is currently accepting exhibition proposals for programming in 2018. Solo and group proposals in all visual art and craft media are accepted. Submissions are reviewed and selected for exhibition programming by a committee of gallery members and staff. For info on specific submission requirements, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: May 31, 2017

HISTORIC WATERDOWN SUMMER FESTIVAL | CALL FOR ARTISANS

ArtsFest.ca, the Historic Waterdown Summer Festival, is looking for Artisan vendors to be part of this event. The Festival will take place over the August 19 & 20 weekend and features a world-class curated presentation of visual and diverse musical artists appealing to audiences across a diverse range of ethnicities, incomes, and cultural backgrounds. For further info follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: June 01, 2017

CANADIAN CRAFT BIENNIAL | CALL FOR EMERGING EXHIBITION SUBMISSIONS

The Art Gallery of Burlington, in collaboration with Craft Ontario, is pleased to announce the inaugural Canadian Craft Biennial. As part of Biennial programming, Nothing is Newer than Tradition will present the work of emerging Ontario makers that reflect a dedicated engagement with specialized skills and materials. Craft Ontario welcomes emerging craftspeople to submit their work. For further info, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: JUNE 09, 2017 

MEND & MAKE WELL | CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Do your clothes have a story to tell? You are invited to participate in Mend & Make Well, a community collaborative artwork by Jessica Vellenga. This project investigates the narrative of the material items we cherish as memoirs. The photographs and stories of these items will be included in an installation as a part of the Canadian Craft Biennial at the Art Gallery of Burlington in fall 2017. For further info, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: June 15, 2017
LITERARY 

​CANADIAN ART WRITING PRIZE | CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

Founded in 2009, the Canadian Art Writing Prize is a juried prize designed to encourage new writers on contemporary art. The winner of this national competition is commissioned to write a feature story for Canadian Art and receives a $3,000 award, while the two-runners up each receive recognition in the magazine and a $1,000 award. For more information on eligibility and how to apply follow the LINK

  • DEADLINE: May 26, 2017 before 5PM EST

​CBC BOOKS | CBC POETRY PRIZE

Submit your original, unpublished poem or collection of poems. The word count must be up to 600 words (no minimum). The Canada Council for the Arts will offer five cash prizes in each category and in each language: the grand prize of $6,000 and finalist prizes of $1,000 each. The Grand Prize winner will receive publication of the winning work and a ten-day residency at the Banff Centre. For further info, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: May 31, 2017

PULP LITERATURE | HUMMINGBIRD FLASH FICTION PRIZE

Got something short, sharp and snappy to tell?  Wow us with your most economical and brilliant storytelling. This contest is for previously unpublished works of fiction up to 1000 words in length. For further info, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: June 15, 2017

THE NEW QUARTERLY | THE PETER HINCHCLIFFE SHORT FICTION AWARD

In Honour of Peter Hinchcliffe a well known lecturer at St. Jerome’s University and to recognize his contributions to his department. The New Quarterly are looking for one work of short fiction to win this award. There is no word limit and entrants must be Canadian and have not published either a first novel or short story collection. For further info, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: June 12, 2017​​

PRISM INTERNATIONAL | CREATIVE NON FICTION CONTEST

PRISM's Creative Non Fiction Contest is open to all writers and includes a one-year subscription to PRISM magazine. Prizes include $1,500 grand prize, $600 runner-up, $400 2nd runner-up and publication in PRISM. For further info, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: July 15, 2017

ROOM MAGAZINE | FICTION AND POETRY CONTEST

Room Magazine’s annual fiction and poetry contests are now open for submissions! Deadline: July 15, 2017. Prizes include $1,000 + publication in Room (1st), $250 + publication in Room (2nd), $50 publication on Room's website (Honorable Mention). For further info, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: July 15, 2017

MATRIX MAGAZINE | LIT POP WRITING COMPETITION

​The POP Montreal International Music Festival and Matrix Magazine have once again collaborated to bring you North America's most innovative and exciting literary competition. We are looking for your best stories and poems. Winners will have their work published in Matrix, and receive free travel to POP Montreal for a night in their honor. For further info, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: July 31, 2017
MULTIDISCIPLINARY

DOWNTOWN BIA | CALL FOR 2017 VENDORS GORE PARK SUMMER PROMENADE

The Downtown Hamilton Business Improvement Area is accepting applications for vendors for this year’s Gore Park Summer Promenade.  This annual event happens every Tuesday through Friday from 11am to 5pm with live entertainment, food trucks and vendors. Thursdays will be their ‘vendor day’. For further info, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: Ongoing (June - September)

PRIDE TORONTO | CALL FOR PERFORMERS

Pride Toronto is committed to showcasing amazing talent on our stages. We are looking for the biggest and the brightest stars to help make our 2017 festival even better. If you are a singer, a DJ, a busker, a dancer or (something we haven’t thought about). We would love to hear from you! For further information, follow the LINK

  • DEADLINE: May 31, 2017

ART-IN-THE-PARK | CALL FOR ENTRY

Art-in-the-Park is a one-day outdoor/indoor juried, art show and sale featuring high caliber, original, art work by local and regional artists in the Park’s unique facilities and settings. Artists will display and sell their work under the shadow of the Niagara Escarpment in Country Heritage Park’s Milton area location. For further info on submissions, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: June 12, 2017

ARTSPACE | CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Artspace is dedicated to presenting work from contemporary artists working in a variety of disciplines. Submissions from emerging, mid-career and senior artists whose works is alternative, experimental and/or critically engaged are welcome. The centre welcomes submissions from individual artists, curators, and collectives to apply with new or existing exhibition proposals. For further information, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: June 16, 2017

ARTASCENT | CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

“Abstract” International Call For Artists and Writers by ArtAscent. Abstractions are all around us. Ideas can be abstract; existing as an idea, feeling or quality but not having a tangible existence.  Entries may include 2 and 3 dimensional media, such as paintings, drawings, photography, mixed media, installations, ceramics, jewelry, fabric, sculpture, fiction, poetry, short stories and other explorations (up to 900 words). For further info, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE:  June 30, 2017

​ONTARIO PLACE | OPEN CALL FOR TALENT

Open call for family-friendly talent for a series of Festivals at Ontario Place this coming spring and summer! Inclusive of stage shows and emerging artists of kinds, roamers and street entertainers, cultural contributions, as well as educational and technological activations, there is special interest in unique and diverse performances that will be sure to "wow" the crowds! For further info, follow the LINK

  • DEADLINE: ONGOING
MUSIC

DUET CLUB OF HAMILTON | 77TH ANNUAL DUET CLUB SCHOLARSHIPS

In 2017 Duet Club scholarships are being awarded through the Hamilton Music Festival
with the exception Woodwind/Brass and Choral Scholarships. The application for Brass/Woodwind (Level 8) valued at $400.00 is now available on HAC and at duetclub.ca. For further info, download the PDF.

  • DEADLINE: June 30, 2017

HAMILTON ALL STAR JAZZ BAND  |  CONTINUOUS AUDITIONS

The Hamilton All Star Jazz Band is holding auditions for ages 12 to 25; saxophone, trumpet, trombone, guitar, bass, piano, drums, & vocal.  Audition anytime for placement or the waiting list.  Candidates requesting an audition will be considered for the three 20-piece jazz ensembles and for the proposed Master Classes that will take place throughout the year. For further info, follow the LINK.

  • AUDITION DATES:  ONGOING
​PUBLIC ART

​CITY Of NORTH VANCOUVER PUBLIC ART PROGRAM | CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS 

Qualex-Landmark, through the City of North Vancouver Developer Public Art Program is seeking a professional artist or artist team to create public art for the Green on Queensbury project, a multi-family residential development located in the heart of Moodyville. The development is inspired by the master planned enhancement of Moodyville Park, envisioned as a “natural setting with opportunities for play, discovery and art throughout” (City of North Vancouver, 2016). For further info, follow the LINK

  • DEADLINE: May 26, 2017 

​CITY OF NORTH VANCOUVER PUBLIC ART PROGRAM | CALL FOR MARLBOROROUGH 3

Hollyburn Properties Ltd., through the City of North Vancouver Public Art Program is seeking a professional artist or artist team to create Public Art for the Marlborough 3 project, a 19-storey mixed-use, market rental development. Situated adjacent to the City of North Vancouver City Hall, Marlborough 3 will be located on the corner of Lonsdale and 13th Street in the dynamic Central Lonsdale neighbourhoodor. For further info, follow the LINK 

  • DEADLINE: May 26, 2017

METROLINX | PUBLIC ART CALL ARTIST QUALIFICATIONS

Metrolinx invites professional artists to submit their credentials for consideration to the first stage of competition for several upcoming integrated public art opportunities in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, Canada. The first opportunity is the Davenport Diamond Grade Separation in Toronto. This Request for Artist Qualifications is the first of a two-stage competitive process to identify artists to be considered for upcoming projects. For further info, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: May 29, 2017 9am EST
RESIDENCIES & RETREATS

SPARK BOX STUDIO | ARTIST RESIDENCY PROGRAM

Spark Box Studio’s Artist Residency Program provides live/work space to accommodate both emerging and professional printmakers, photographers, painters, illustrators and writers. The Residency Program affords artists the space and time to support the advancement of their careers and to strengthen their practice. Artists-in-residence stay in a charming century home located in Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada. For further info, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: ONGOING (check calendar)

LIVING ARTS CENTRE | RESIDENT ARTIST FELLOWSHIP CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

The Living Arts Centre in Mississauga, ON offers professionally-equipped studios for emerging and mid-career artists to develop their practices in a collaborative environment. Recent graduates (within 2 years) of post-secondary studio programs are invited to submit applications for the 2017 - 2018 Fellowship Program in the Ceramics, Flameworking, Glass, Jewellery, Painting and Drawing, Photography, Textiles, and Wood Studios. For further info, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: May 24, 2017

CITY OF RICHMOND | BRANSCOMBE HOUSE ARTIST RESIDENCY 

Each year, the City of Richmond’s Arts, Culture and Heritage Services department invites professional artists in all disciplines (including writers, composers, visual artists, musicians, theatre artists, video, multi-disciplinary and performance artists) to submit proposals for an 11-month live-in residency to begin in January 2018 and run until mid-December. For further info, follow the LINK 

  • DEADLINE: MAY 29, 2017
THEATRE

HAMILTON FRINGE FESTIVAL | FROST BITES 2018 CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Applications for Frost Bites 2018 are now open! Frost Bites is Hamilton’s first site-specific, winter theatre festival featuring an array of local artists presenting performance ‘bites’ throughout the buildings and grounds of unique found spaces. They’re looking for applications from artists, companies, or collectives who are playful, unique, risk-takers. For further info follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: May 26, 2017 

TORONTO FRINGE FESTIVAL | TEEN FRINGE CALL FOR PERFORMERS

Teen Fringe is a new youth arts initiative for teens aged 13-17. The program will take place during the 2017 Toronto Fringe Festival and invites young artists to train with leading professionals in acting, singing and dancing. For further info, follow the LINK

  • DEADLINE: June 06, 2017 

​FULL CIRCLE: TALKING STICK FESTIVAL | CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS 

Full Circle is the home of the annual Talking Stick Festival, Western Canada’s premier Indigenous performing arts festival. First Nations Performance is accepting artist submissions for the 2018 Talking Stick Festival. Submissions from both established and emerging artists from all areas of the performing arts are welcome. For further info, follow the LINK. 

  • DEADLINE: June 16, 2017
VISUAL ARTS

GALLERY ALLEY PROJECT 2017 | CALL FOR MURAL ARTIST APPLICATIONS

Gallery Alley is a neighbourhood mural arts project based in Hamilton’s Beasley Neighbourhood. The project is seeking artists to create a collection of murals. They are looking for thought-provoking, positive, innovative murals to animate Gallery Alley and contribute to Hamilton’s mural/outdoor arts culture. For further info, download the PDF.

  • DEADLINE: May 26, 2017

SALT SPRING NATIONAL ART PRIZE | CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Canadian artists are invited to submit two-dimensional and three-dimensional work for consideration to the Salt Spring National Art Prize. The intent of SSNAP is to encourage artists whose practice demonstrates originality, quality, integrity and creativity, resulting in significant work with visual impact and depth of meaning. For further info, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: May 31, 2017

CARNEGIE GALLERY | CALL FOR PROPOSALS

The Carnegie Gallery is currently accepting exhibition proposals for programming in 2018. Solo and group proposals in all visual art and craft media are accepted. Submissions are reviewed and selected for exhibition programming by a committee of gallery members and staff. For info on specific submission requirements, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: May 31, 2017

ECO-ART COMPETITION  |  CALL TO ARTISTS

Attention Hamilton artists.  Enter artwork inspired by the Cootes to Escarpment Eco Park system. Accepted media will be either mixed media, drawing, or painting not exceeding 48" by 48". All submitted works must be based on a scene from the Cootes to Escarpment Eco Park system. All entries will be separated into 3 age groups; aged 12-15, 16-19, and 20+. For further info, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE:  June 01, 2017 

FEDERATION OF CANADIAN ARTISTS | CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Annual open call for submissions from international artists for small artworks that can be mailed to our gallery on Granville Island in Vancouver, Canada for display and sale. Artists are encouraged to submit small two-dimensional artworks, that can be delivered in an envelope to our gallery at minimal cost to the artist. For more information, follow the LINK

  • DEADLINE: June 3, 2017 

FORT GALLERY | POSTCARDS FROM CANADA CALL TO ARTISTS

The Fort Gallery in Fort Langley, BC is hosting Postcards from Canada, an exhibit of original postcard-sized (4"x 6") works of art from across Canada.  Artists of all ages and stages are invited to submit. All cards will be exhibited in The Fort Gallery and images will be posted on their website  in the summer of 2017. For further info, download the PDF.

  • DEADLINE: June 15, 2017

GLADSTONE HOTEL | COME UP TO MY ROOM 2018 CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Come Up To My Room (#CUTMR) is an alternative design exhibition that provides a platform for experimentation outside the norms of art and design. The exhibition challenges artists and designers to create site-specific, immersive installations that stimulate
the imagination and encourage discussion and dialogue between contributors and hotel visitors alike. For more info, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE:  June 18, 2017

​GLADSTONE HOTEL | WHY THE @#&! DO YOU PAINT?: ALL THE COLOUR

The Gladstone is pleased to announce the call for submissions to the 3rd annual group painting exhibit, Why the @#&! Do You Paint? All the Colour, asks painters to consider what about colour (or lack there of) appeals to them most? #WTFDYP will bring painter’s narratives and motivations together through painting which considers the full spectrum of colour. For further info, follow the LINK

  • DEADLINE: June 30, 2017 (11PM EST)

ORILLIA MUSEUM OF ART & HISTORY | CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

The Carmichael Canadian Landscape Exhibition calls on artists from across the country to submit work that embraces, challenges, comments, critiques, echoes, challenges, re-works or strengthens images, perceptions and interpretations of Canadian landscape through the artist’s chosen medium. All media/approaches are most welcome. For further info, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: June 30, 2017

QUEST ART | 13TH ANNUAL JURIED ART SHOW CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Quest Art is again hosting their annual open-theme art competition of two and three-dimensional works from across Canada. This art competition accepts all media including: painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, textiles, sculpture and forms of digital media. For further info, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: July 24, 2017

GALLERY HPL | CALL FOR ENTRY

Hamilton Public Library invites Hamilton and area artists to submit samples of their work for consideration. They exhibit two-dimensional works including paintings, drawings, mixed media, prints and photographs. Selected artists exhibit at Gallery 4 and Gallery 4 Annex at Central Library, Gallery Turner Park at the Turner Park Branch and Gallery Stoney Creek at the Stoney Creek Branch.  Artists at all stages of their career will be considered. For further info, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: September 30, 2017

PORTRAIT SOCIETY OF CANADA | 2017 CANADIAN PORTRAIT COMPETITION

This will be the 12th Competition sponsored by the Portrait Society of Canada and will be an on-line competition. It is open to all Canadian visual artists and to all those interested in the art of portrait in Canada. As the only professional on-line Competition in Fine Art Portraiture in Canada this will be a unique opportunity to encourage public recognition on the specialty subject of the Portrait in Contemporary Canadian art. For further info, follow the LINK

  • DEADLINE: November 01, 2017