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 AWARDS

CITY OF HAMILTON ARTS AWARDS 2018

Nominations for the 2018 City of Hamilton Arts Awards are now being accepted.  Hamiltonians are encouraged to nominate their favourite artist, educator or community leader for a City of Hamilton Arts Award.  Award recipients receive between $1,000-$2,500 cash and great public recognition. It’s now easier than ever to nominate someone with our online nomination system! For further details and the submission form, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: Febuary 16, 2018 (4pm)
​FILM & MEDIA

PHOTOPHOBIA 2018 FESTIVAL | CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Photophobia is the 12th annual festival of short-format contemporary media, film, video and moving image hosted in partnership between the Art Gallery of Hamilton and Hamilton Artists Inc. Not confined by restrictions or themes, Photophobia is a free festival series for submissions in short format (15 minutes or less) and films and videos should be independent projects where artists retain complete creative and artistic control of the project. For further details, download the PDF.

  • DEADLINE: June 30, 2018
​FINE CRAFT

CRAFTADIAN | HAMILTON CREATES POP-UP MARKET APPLICATIONS

Craftadian is a curated handmade market that attracts thousands of shoppers looking for unique, handmade goods. We’re on the lookout for artisans pushing the boundaries of craft, food and design. This POPUP Handmade Market takes place at Art Gallery of Hamilton (AGH Fischer Gallery) on February 28th ,2018. To apply or for further details, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: ONGOING
LITERARY 

GRITLIT WRITING CONTEST | CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

gritLIT: Hamilton’s Readers & Writers festival is looking for original, unpublished works of creative nonfiction or memoir for our 2017-2018 Writing Contest. One grand prize winner will receive a cash prize, publication on their website, and an invitation to read at a gritLIT 2018 event. There will also be two honourable mentions will receive. For further details, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: January 10, 2018

​ROOM'S SHORT FORM CONTEST CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Each entry can consist of one or two prose poems, flash fictions, or flash creative nonfiction works of up to 500 words. Authors are not required to clarify which genre(s) they are writing in, as long as each work is 500 words or less. All submissions, regardless of genre, will be judged in a single category, and two prizes of $500 will be awarded. Winners will be published in our December 2018 issue. For further details, follow the LINK

  • DEADLINE: January 15, 2018

​THE JACOB ZILBER PRIZE FOR SHORT FICTION | CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Jacob Zilber was a renowned writer, respected teacher and mentor. In 1965, Jacob helped Earle Birney form the Department of Creative Writing, one of the very first such departments in North America and the very first of its kind in Canada. Submissions for the Jacob Zilber prize must be 6,000 words or less. For further details, follow the LINK

  • DEADLINE: January 15, 2018

KAPSULA MAGAZINE | CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: ARCHIVAL RESEARCH RESIDENCY

KAPSULA Magazine and Artexte have partnered to offer a research residency at Artextes
documentation centre in Montreal, Quebec to a select applicant in May 2018. The residency provides an opportunity for an emerging scholar, artist or writer working within Canada to conduct a personal research project at Artexte, working with the centres extensive collection of textual materials covering visual arts in Canada from 1965 to the present. The outcomes of the research residency will be published in a special issue of KAPSULA in fall 2018. For further details, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: January 22, 2018 

TORONTO PUBLIC LIBRARY | CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Writers of memoir, fiction or creative non-fiction, are invited to submit manuscripts for review and feedback. Ayelet Tsabari, Writer in Residence Spring 2018, will meet with the first 25 authors whose manuscript submissions satisfy the requirements below. For further details, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: February 01, 2018

​SHORT PROSE COMPETITION | CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

A $2,500 prize is awarded to a Canadian writer for the best piece of unpublished prose of up to 2,500 words in the English language. The Union submits the winning entry and those of the eleven other finalists to three Canadian magazines for consideration. For further details, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: February 15, 2018

​WRITER'S DIGEST ANNUAL WRITING COMPETITION | CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

 Writer’s Digest has been shining a spotlight on up and coming writers in all genres through its Annual Writing Competition for more than 80 years. Enter our 87th Annual Writing Competition for your chance to win and have your work be seen by editors and agents! Almost 500 winners will be chosen. The top winning entries of this writing contest will also be on display in the 87th Annual Writer’s Digest Competition Collection. For further details, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: May 4, 2018

​STORIES OF THE NATURE OF CITIES | CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

We aspire to future green cities around the globe—cities that are resilient, sustainable, livable, and just. What does this mean? Let’s imagine. What are the stories of people and nature in cities in 2099? What will cities be like to live in? You tell us. For further details, follow the LINK. 

  • DEADLINE: April 15, 2018
MUSIC

​DUNDAS VALLEY ORCHESTRA | STUDENT COMPOSER COMPETITION

The Dundas Valley Orchestra is accepting compositions (suggested length: 5 to 10
minutes) by students currently enrolled in a Canadian educational institution
(secondary or post-secondary, full or part time). The winning composition will be performed by the DVO in April and May 2018 (up to 3 separate performances) and earn a cash prize of $250.00. For further details, download the PDF.

  • DEADLINE: February 02, 2018

​SUPERCRAWL 2018 | CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: MUSIC

Supercrawl is a free annual outdoor art and music festival in downtown Hamilton, Ontario
Since 2009, Supercrawl has hosted a vibrant range of compelling and contemporary musical talent, showcasing local artists alongside national and international artists. Supercrawl's 
musical programming is the result of curation by the festival's Music Committee, who invite bands and artists to put themselves forward for consideration for the 2018 season. Musical performances at Supercrawl 2018 will take place Friday, September 14 (6pm-12am), Saturday, September 15(12pm-1am) and Sunday, September 16 (12pm-7pm). All performances will take place along James Street North on a variety of stages.

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 details, follow the LINK.

  • AUDITION DATES:  ONGOING
PUBLIC ART

THE ELORA SCULPTURE PROJECT 2018 | CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

2018 marks the 8th year of the Elora Sculpture Project; a seasonal, outdoor exhibition running from May 1 to October 31. Sculptures will be installed throughout the downtown core of Elora and Fergus. A jury appointed by the Elora Sculpture Project (ESP) committee will select up to 20 entries for exhibition. You may access a map outlining the locations in Elora and Fergus by visiting our website. The criteria for selecting the artworks include: aesthetic appeal, quality, durability, innovation and originality. For more details, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: January 20, 2018 (5pm)

​TORONTO SCULPTURE GARDEN | CALL FOR PROPOSALS

In 2018, the City of Toronto's Arts & Culture Services intends to continue the legacy of excellence in the TSG with two new commissions. We are currently inviting proposals from artists for installations in May and October. Proposals for both 2018 exhibitions will be selected by the TSG Selection Panel, which will meet in February 2018. Preference will be given to new work that responds to the site; only in exceptional cases will existing work be considered. For more details, follow the LINK

  • DEADLINE: January 29, 2018

​STREETARTORONTO UNDERPASS PROGRAM | CALL FOR PROPOSALS

StART UP will endeavor to provide opportunities for artists to create works of art that contribute to the program mandate to encourage active transportation (walking and cycling), make our streets more inviting and safe, showcase artists and create opportunities for positive engagement among residents, business, artists, arts organizations and City staff. This project is being implemented by StreetARToronto (StART), part of the Public Realm Section of the City of Toronto's Transportation Services Division. For further details, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: January 29, 2018

​SUPERCRAWL 2018 | VISUAL ART INSTALLATIONS

Supercrawl is a free annual outdoor art and music festival in downtown Hamilton, Ontario. Every year, Supercrawl issues a call for artist proposals that create creative, compelling and unique environments and experiences for festival-goers. Projects by local, regional, national and international artists are selected based on artistic merit, originality, and ability to integrate within the festival's scale, spirit and energy. The goal of the festival's Visual Art Committee is to select contemporary visual art pieces that will enhance the overall Supercrawl experience. The Festival's Art Committee is excited to release its Call for Artists for 2018, and invites artists working in a wide range of creative disciplines to propose works for installation as part of this year's event, taking place September 14-16, 2018. For further details, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: February 16, 2018
THEATRE

HAMILTEN FESTIVAL | CALL FOR PLAYWRIGHTS

The HamilTEN Festival, a festival of ten-minute plays written by local playwrights, is now accepting submissions from playwrights for their newest season happening in April 27 to 29, 2018. For further information or to apply, please follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: January 08, 2018

THEATRE ONTARIO | CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

Theatre Ontario's Michael Spence Award for Contribution to Community Theatre is presented annually for outstanding contribution to community theatre in a region over a sustained time. The award is presented to someone from the region that is hosting that year's Theatre Ontario Festival. For more details, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: January 31, 2018

​VILLAGE THEATRE WATERDOWN INC. | CALL FOR DIRECTOR & PRODUCER

Village Theatre Waterdown is pleased to accept proposals to Direct or Produce -November 2018 show: Slyvia by A.R. Gurney

Presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.
10 Performances Nov 2rd to 17th, 2018- Memorial Hall, Waterdown. Greg brings home a dog he found in the park-or that has found him-bearing only the name “Sylvia” on her name tag. Sylvia becomes a major bone of contention between husband and wife: to Greg she is an escape from the frustrations of his job and the unknowns of middle age; to Kate, Sylvia
becomes a rival for affection. And Sylvia thinks Kate just doesn’t understand the relationship between man and dog. Originally written for Sarah Jessica Parker, who played Sylvia on Broadway. For further information, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: January 31, 018

​CLASSICAL THEATRE COMPANY | PLAY COMPETITION

The play must be based on the life of legendary actor James Dean. Winner will receive a $250 cash prize plus shared compensation of production proceeds. For futher information, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: February 08, 2018

​SUPERCRAWL 2018 | CALL FOR THEATRE AND PERFORMING ARTS

Supercrawl is a free annual outdoor art and music festival in downtown Hamilton, Ontario. Every year, Supercrawl issues a call for artist proposals that create creative, compelling and unique environments and experiences for festival-goers. Projects by local, regional, national and international artists are selected based on artistic merit, originality, and ability to integrate within the festival's scale, spirit and energy. In 2018, organizers are seeking 3-5 new site-specific works created specifically for Supercrawl. Proposed works may be short (5-8 mins) and performed repeatedly throughout the day, or epic durational works taking place over the full day. (No restrictions will be imposed, but companies are advised to consider the possibilities of performances that will take place on a street in large crowds). All performances will occur on Saturday, September 14 from 11am to 10pm as part of this year's festival, which takes place September 14-16, 2018 along James Street North. For further information, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: February 16, 2018

INTERMISSION | CALLS FOR SUBMISSIONS

Are you a theatre artist interested in contributing to Intermission? They publish personal essays, original journalism, interviews, profiles, and audio/video content. Let them help you tell your stories about what happens behind the scenes, before the curtain goes up and after it goes down. Pitch them a feature, essay, or opinion piece you want to share with the audiences who want to see your work. For futher information, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: Ongoing
VISUAL ARTS 

PROPELLER GALLERY | CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Colour: What Do You Mean By That? calls for art inspired by, or questioning scientific concepts about colour: art that encapsulates colour knowledge from multiple perspectives. They are not looking for the merely colourful – rather they look for work engaging ideas, theories and aspects of colour – both conceptual and physical – that highlight colour knowledge as richly meaningful across diverse ways of knowing. For further details, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: January 17, 2018

FASHION ART TORONTO | CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

The April 2018 edition of Fashion Art Toronto titled CONNECT, looks at the modern social environment and explores communication, connecting and relationships in the face of technology and global exchange. Throughout 5 nights of programming, the festival will explore how we create links, webs and bonds through fashion and with one another. For further details, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: January 20, 2018

BANFF CENTRE | CALL FOR ATLANTIC ARTISTS 

Valued at $30,000 each year, the Emerging Atlantic Artist Residency is a partnership with the Banff Centre and The Hnatyshyn Foundation, and funded through the support of the Harrison McCain Foundation. The Residency aims to strengthen cultural connections between eastern and western Canada by giving emerging visual artists from Atlantic Canada the opportunity to create new work within the inspiring surrounds of the Banff Centre over a period of eight weeks. For further details, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: January 31, 2018

DUNDAS VALLEY SCHOOL OF ART | CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Dundas Valley School of Art is seeking artists and their artwork for a new traveling art education exhibition called Artists’ Connection 6 - Artist as Environmentalist. Artists selected to be part of this new program will have their artwork purchased for inclusion in the exhibition. For further details, download the PDF.

  • DEADLINE: February 01, 2018

SPARK BOX STUDIO | NATIONAL RESIDENCY AWARD & $1,000 DAWSON BURSARY

At Spark Box Studio we offer artists time and space to focus on their work in an encouraging and supportive environment. Imagine one full month to get a new project off the ground. One full month to think only about creating your work. This residency opportunity is a unique way for established and emerging artists to cultivate new ideas, access a rich library of arts resources, and focus on their career. The award is open to artists working in a wide range of mediums including painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, photography, writing, video, installation, performance, craft, and illustration. For further details, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: February 01, 2018

HAMILTON ARTISTS INC | COTTON FACTORY RESIDENCY PROGRAM SUBMISSIONS

The Hamilton Artists Inc. Cotton Factory Residency Program is a 3-month rotating artist residency for Inc. members providing an opportunity for artists from a wide range of disciplines and career levels to build their practice. Participating artists are encouraged to use their time to experiment, develop new ideas and learn new skills in addition to forming meaningful ties with their fellow artists in residence. Next Residency takes place March – May, 2018. For further details, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: February 04, 2018

​SUPERCRAWL 2018 | CALL FOR SUBMISSION: FASHION

Supercrawl is a free annual outdoor art and music festival in downtown Hamilton, which showcases a diverse and dynamic lineup of music, art, fashion, performance, talks, crafts, food and fun. Every year, Supercrawl issues a call for artist proposals that create creative, compelling and unique environments and experiences for festival-goers. Supercrawl 2018 will take place on James Street North from September 14–16, 2018. Collections by designers are selected based on artistic merit, originality, and ability to integrate within the festival’s scale and energy.  For further details, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: February 16, 2018

ALCHEMY 2018 | ARTIST RESIDENCY 

Alchemy is a 12 day residency devoted to the exploration of the synergy between artistic practice and the cooking and sharing of locally cultivated food in a community setting. Participants delve into individual or collaborative work in a variety of mediums (visual arts, sculpture, photography, performance art, writing or video) inspired by their surroundings and shared at the end of the residency. For further details, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: February 20, 2018

DUNDAS VALLEY SCHOOL OF ART | ANNUAL ART AUCTION  CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

The 48th annual Dundas Valley School of Art Art Auction takes place April 5, 2018. Recognized as one of the largest spring tourist attractions in the Hamilton-Wentworth region, last year the Auction packed the DVSA with inspired artwork and thousands of art lovers. Submitted pieces may be a full donation or you may choose to have 50% of the selling price returned to you and receive a tax receipt for the amount donated to the school (with a minimum value of $20 per item). For further info, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: March 10, 2018

​HAMILTON ARTISTS INC SPECIAL PROJECTS | CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

New in 2018, pending funding, we would also like to encourage the submission of “special projects.” Special Projects may include, but are not limited to, independent projects diverse in nature that may happen at the gallery or off-site and might manifest themselves through happenings, print materials, digital platforms, screenings, workshops or other forms of public presentation or intervention. For further details, follow the LINK.

  • DEADLINE: Ongoing
VOLUNTEERS

ART SPIN HAMILTON | CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS
 
Art Spin Hamilton is an interactive bike and art tour that focuses on alternative ways of experiencing art by placing it in unexpected venues throughout the city. The event is a fun, group oriented adventure open to all levels of cyclists and ages! They are looking for volunteers to join their team for the first spin in Hamilton on Friday, July 07, 2017! For further details, email contact@artspinhamilton.ca.  

  • DEADLINE: ONGOING