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This board broadcasts call for submissions for all artistic disciplines and is updated regularly. Are you looking to participate in a festival, exhibition, contest, creative collective, or art project? Scroll through the posts below for all kinds of open calls. Are you looking to list your opportunity for artists? To add a Call, visit our Contribute page or click the link below.

The Emergence Gallery showcases the work of artists who are in the early stages of their career with a small exhibition history or who are under the age of 30. It gives artists the opportunity to showcase their work in a professional setting and gain exposure in the local arts community.

The space is located by the entrance of NPCC and it measures approximately 7 feet x 7 feet of wall hanging space. We welcome artwork of any medium to be displayed for the duration of three weeks.

NPCC provides the following support to promote the exhibiting artist:

  • Inclusion of artist information in our e-mail blasts
  • Inclusion of artist information on our website
  • Business cards may be displayed and distributed at the front desk

Exhibition Details

  • Exhibiting artists will be advised by email of acceptance and a date and time to drop off and pick up their artwork
  • Installation will be completed by NPCC staff
  • Wiring must be appropriate to the weight of 2-D artwork. Rings or screw eyes must be installed on both sides of the frame and a wire should be drawn across the back. Please see attached wiring instructions. Artwork that is not properly wired may be rejected.
  • Plinths with acrylic cases are available for the display of 3-D artwork.
  • Sales of artworks are handled by the NPCC front desk and the artist will be notified via E-mail when an artwork has sold.
  • Exhibiting artist will be issued payment for all sold work within 14 days of the end of the show, less the 15% commission to NPCC.
  • Purchasers of artwork are expected to pick up the work during the dismantle date and time.
  • NPCC is not responsible for the loss and damage of exhibiting artwork.

Expression of Interest

If you are interested in showcasing your work, please email the following support materials to

  • Artist phone number and email address
  • Artist website and social media – if available
  • Exhibition Title
  • Artist statement (200 words maximum)
  • Artist biography (200 words maximum)
  • Images of up 15 proposed works in a .jpg or .pdf format
  • Image list – please complete the attached MS-Excel file with title, medium, dimensions and price and if it is for sale
Call Deadline:
December 31, 2021
National (All)
Artistic Discipline:
Visual Arts
Priority Community:
English (Anglaise)

Submissions for the 14th annual ReelAbilities Film Festival: New York April 7-13, 2022 are now open!

ReelAbilities Film Festival: New York is the largest festival in the country dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with disabilities. Started at Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan in 2007, the annual festival presents award-winning films by and about people with disabilities in multiple locations throughout each hosting city. Post-screening discussions and other engaging programs bring together the community to explore, discuss, embrace, and celebrate the diversity of our shared human experience.

As part of the ReelAbilities accessibility mission, all films are screened with open captions and audio description, and live-events include accessible venues and seating, CART (live-captions), and options for ASL interpretation and braille materials.

In addition to the original New York festival, ReelAbilities operates an international program with over 20 cities hosting ReelAbilities festivals and screenings that follow the same format and mission throughout the US, Canada and Latin America.

Films submitted and accepted to ReelAbilities Film Festival: New York will be eligible for programming at 20+ other ReelAbilities host city locations as part of ReelAbilities International.

ReelAbilities Film Festival: New York is now accepting international film submissions for its 14th edition, to take place in multiple locations throughout the NY metropolitan area between April 7-13, 2022.

We are looking for films presenting the lives and stories of disabled individuals and communities (in front or behind the camera) that explore, discuss and celebrate the diversity of the shared human experience.

We encourage and prioritize films that include authentic representations from actors, writers, directors, crew and creators with lived experiences with disabilities.

We accept features (over 40 min), shorts (up to 40 min), narratives and documentaries from all countries.


Eligibility requirements for submission to the festival:

* Films must be related to the topic of disability, such as: autism, chronic illness, hearing loss and deafness, vision loss and blindness, intellectual disability, learning disability, memory loss, mental health, physical disability, speech and language disorders, PTSD and other disabilities not specified above.

* Films that have been (or plan to be) widely/commercially released theatrically or on VOD/stream prior to April 2022 are not eligible for submission.

* Films that are advertisements commissioned by a commercial company or a promotional video for an organization (PSAs) are not eligible for submission.

* Screeners sent as links should be available through April 2022. Links must be updated by submitters on their FilmFreeway account if changed.

* We greatly recommend adding accessibility features such as captioning and audio description to your film so it can be reviewed by all committee members.

By submitting your film you are acknowledging that:
1. To the best of your knowledge, all of your statements below are accurate.
2. You are duly authorized, on your behalf and on the behalf of any person or entity that has ownership rights in the work, to submit it to the Festival and you represent that this submission is not in violation of any law nor violates any right of said person or entity.
3. You hold ReelAbilities Film Festival, its officers, as well as any of its fiscal sponsors and affiliated entities, harmless from any damage to, or loss of, any materials submitted by you, whether that damage occurs en-route to or from the Festival or during the course of the Festival’s possession of said materials.
4. You do not have a planned theatrical or online release of the film prior to April, 2022.

Call Deadline:
November 1, 2021
National (All)
Artistic Discipline:
Any or All Disciplines
Priority Community:
Deaf Artists and Artists with Disabilities

Are you an emerging illustrator and/or graphic designer?

Xpace Cultural Centre is always seeking to hire and work with emerging illustrators/graphic designers for our posters and promo material! If you are interested in working with us, please send the following to

🌟 Your full name
🌟 Email address or preferred contact method
🌟 Design portfolio and/or website

All submissions are added to our Designer’s Pool, which is an ongoing archive that we keep on file and refer to when we are commissioning posters for our events, calls and workshops. If selected, you will receive an email from us with more details.  Please note that your information will not be shared with anyone outside of the Xpace staff, and that we pay a flat designer fee of CAD $200.

Looking forward to connecting with you!

Contact Information:
Call Deadline:
December 31, 2021
National (All)
Artistic Discipline:
Visual Arts
English (Anglaise)

Are you an emerging art writer?

Xpace Cultural Centre is always seeking to hire and work with emerging writers for our exhibition essays! If you are interested in working with us, please send the following to

🌟 Your full name
🌟 Email address or preferred contact method
🌟 1-3 writing samples
🌟 A brief description of topics/themes you are interested in writing about.

All submissions are added to our Writer’s Pool, which is an ongoing archive that we keep on file and refer to when we are seeking writers for upcoming exhibitions. If selected, you will receive an email from us with more details.  Please note that your information will not be shared with anyone outside of the Xpace staff, and that we pay a flat writer’s fee of CAD $175.

Looking forward to connecting with you!

Contact Information:
Call Deadline:
December 31, 2021
National (All)
Artistic Discipline:
Literary arts
English (Anglaise)

Xpace Cultural Centre is seeking workshop proposals from emerging artists, curators and arts administrators!

Deadline: Ongoing

Our workshop program is presented to the Tkaronto emerging art and design community free-of-charge and programmed on an ongoing basis with the intention of responding to the ongoing needs and interests of emerging creative practitioners in our community.Workshops at Xpace are developed to provide practical tools for emerging artists to deepen their knowledge of topics ranging from art documentation and intellectual property to portfolio building and grant writing. We also program workshops geared towards developing creative skill sets such as rug hooking, digital game development and tarot reading. Workshops are also built with the intention to empower artists to advocate for themselves and their communities: presenting information and tools on issues such as tenant rights, de-escalation strategies and cyber security. Most recently, we’ve begun integrating workshop programs that offer tools for self and collective care practices such as intentional movement, breath work and mindfulness – as we recognize how crucial this is to our community’s physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.

Workshop proposals in any topic will be considered, and Xpace will prioritize projects that:

  • Can be planned and hosted online
  • Utilize free or PWYC resources and/or require minimal to no purchases on behalf of the participants (ie) paid softwares like Adobe, expensive equipment, tools or materials
  • Engages with specific skills that benefit emerging artists and students

Workshop facilitators are paid a fee of CAD $316 to develop and execute their project, with the option of requesting CAD $50 for additional materials.The maximum duration of a workshop is 3 hours. If you are interested in proposing a larger project, workshop series or partnership, please contact with details.

Applicants are asked to provide the following items:

1. Workshop Title (if applicable)

2. Workshop Outline (500 words max): Please provide a brief overview and description of the workshop you are proposing to facilitate at Xpace. What format will it take?

3. Learning Objectives (500 words max): Please outline your intention for this workshop. What are you hoping to achieve? What skills, knowledge and / or abilities will participants take away from the workshop? Who are you hoping to engage with and why?

4. Timeline (500 words max): What is your ideal schedule to plan, develop and execute this workshop? Do you have preferred dates/times for the workshop to take place?

5. Support Material (optional)



Contact Information:
Call Deadline:
December 31, 2021
National (All)
Artistic Discipline:
Any or All Disciplines
English (Anglaise)

Gallery Vertigo is operated under the auspices of the North Okanagan Artists Alternative, a non-profit society and registered charity. The gallery is artist run and represents a sampling of emerging and midstream artists who exhibit, create, and manage the operation of the gallery, share studio space and coordinate community programs. Artists have a commitment to contemporary art that is critically challenging and experimental within an interdisciplinary group of writers, musicians, and visual artists. Members have an opportunity to exhibit and sell their work and to show support to other artists and their community.

Our Mandate and Vision is to provide:

  • Opportunities for the research, discussion, exhibition and production of contemporary work;
  • Opportunities for affordable art education to the entire community in the form of lectures, artist talks, workshops, readings and demonstrations;
  • An organization which supports the endeavours of emerging artists;
  • Similar or related services as determined by the membership.

Required Submission Criteria

  • Artwork may include work in any media, solo, group, or touring shows.
  • All work must be original to the artist[s].
  • Proposals are selected based on quality, artistic innovation and intent, professionalism, educational value, nature of the work, and spatial requirements.
  • Proposals for the 2022 exhibition year will be accepted to October 30, 2021 at 3:00 p.m.

Your submission MUST include

  • Cover Letter: addressed to Gallery Vertigo; Exhibitions, PO Box 1775, Vernon, BC V1T 8C3, introducing yourself, your scope of work and relevant contact information Curriculum Vitae: [2 pages MAX] including education, exhibition history, teaching or other experience related to your art, scholarships and awards. This should include your mailing address, phone number and email address. If self-taught, state this and include info of any related courses taken.
  • Artist Statement: [300 words MAX] describing the focus of your recent work and the work you are proposing to exhibit.
  • Exhibition Description: Please provide a comprehensive description [500 words MAX]
  • Exhibition Images: Provide [15] JPEG exhibition images each including: name, title, media, size, value, and year completed. Images must be clearly marked and have an accompanying detailed description labelled accordingly to match each JPEG image. DO NOT send original works of art. JPEG files will be accepted on USB FLASH DRIVES ONLY. Group show submissions must include sufficient images from each participating artist.

NOTE: Proposal submissions that do not fulfil the required submission criteria will be rejected.

Selection Criteria

Gallery Vertigo Board of Directors will select work for exhibition based on the following criteria:

  • Quality of the written submission and artistic merit
  • Innovation and experimentation, educational and professional intent
  • Compatibility with the mandate/vision of Gallery Vertigo, and of value to the City of Vernon and Okanagan region
  • A focus on emerging and mid-career artists engaged in traditional and contemporary art projects that range across disciplines and media


All enquiries should be submitted by email to with a subject listed as “XXX 2022 Exhibition Proposal” with “XXX” being the name of the artist


Are reviewed November 15 for exhibitions taking place in the next calendar year. Only those artists whose proposals are successful for exhibition will be contacted by December 15. We sincerely thank all others who submitted proposals and encourage you to please submit proposals in the future.

Proposals may be presented in person at Gallery Vertigo, or alternatively mailed – Attention: Gallery Coordinator. Proposals are NOT accepted by e-mail. Proposals are NOT acknowledged upon receipt.

Self-Addressed/postage-paid return envelope

If you would like your submission package returned to you, please provide a self-addressed/postage-paid return envelope; otherwise, your submission package will be destroyed by Gallery Vertigo.

Exhibition Cost

The Artist[s] is responsible for all costs for the exhibition unless otherwise approved in writing by Gallery Vertigo. Artist[s] who require assistance with production expenses should include a detailed breakdown of materials and cost. Currently Gallery Vertigo is not eligible for CAR/FAC fees, although in special circumstances, we may be able to help financially.

Artist’s Opening Reception

Artist[s] must be in attendance and provide informative and interesting opening remarks and be available for any inquiries during the reception. Sale of Work: Gallery Vertigo is a non-profit charitable organization. Any artwork sold during an exhibition will facilitate a 30% commission collected by the gallery.


Call Deadline:
October 30, 2021
British Columbia
Thompson/Okanagan (Kamloops, Merrit)
Artistic Discipline:
Any or All Disciplines
English (Anglaise)

Interested in teaching a class at the Vernon Community Arts Centre? We are always on the lookout for new instructors with fresh ideas! Please fill out an Instructor Application Form and drop it off in person at the front desk, or send it to Karin Preece, Program Coordinator at Phone calls are also welcomed, should you have any questions or need more information.

Call Posted by:
Karin Preece, Program Coordinator
Contact Information:
Call Deadline:
December 31, 2021
National (All)
Artistic Discipline:
Any or All Disciplines

Calling all artists! Art and artistic expression brings people together and embodies inspiration, creativity and originality.

At the Institute for Canadian Citizenship (ICC), we believe that arts and culture is at the heart of our work and one of the many ways we can express our pride in being Canadian. We capture the power of bringing people together by animating public, currently virtual spaces, and we invite you to share your artistry with us to celebrate the richness of Canada through its many forms of diversity.

The ICC invites you to share your artistic representation of what Canada means to you. Submissions will be shared on the ICC’s social media platforms and artists may be invited to be a part of one of the ICC’s Virtual Enhanced Citizenship Ceremonies. You will maintain all ownership over your original composition and will be credited for your submission.

What we are looking for: 

  • Original submissions can include: vocal and/or instrumental musical performances, dance performances, visual art submissions (paintings, photographs, digital art). If you created it, we want to see it!
  • We encourage either individual contributions or collaborative mash-ups between individuals, genres and performance styles.
  • The submission should focus on the themes of diversity, inclusion and reconciliation with Indigenous communities and representations of what Canada from coast-to-coast-to-coast means to you.

The Fine Details:

  • There are no restrictions. We welcome submissions from people of all ages, backgrounds and talents to apply. Whether you are learning your craft or are an established artist or are a Canadian by choice or by birth, we’d love to see your submission!
  • Performance submissions should be no more than 5 (five) minutes in length and must be pre-recorded. Please keep your local COVID-19 safety protocols in mind when recording your performance.
  • Submissions received by June 15th will be considered for use in our Canada Day celebrations, however, submissions will continue to be accepted on an ongoing basis.
  • The ICC is committed to all forms of inclusivity and will not accept any submissions that include any inappropriate information or images including but not limited to hate speech (personal attacks, profanity, racism, etc.), graphic, obscene, explicit or illegal submissions as well as defamatory comments.

Why an ICC Virtual Enhanced Citizenship Ceremony?

  • ICC Virtual Enhanced Citizenship Ceremonies bring together established Canadians to connect with new Canadian citizens and hear about their journeys to citizenship and explore what being Canadian means to them. The way a country celebrates its newest members says a lot about that country’s values. The path to citizenship is a marathon, not a sprint, and we are so proud of the tremendous accomplishment of all new Canadian Citizens. Your participation would help make it extra special.
  • To view past examples of original compositions performed at ICC Virtual Enhanced Citizenship Ceremonies, scroll down.

We can’t wait to see your creative expressions!

Call Deadline:
December 31, 2021
National (All)
Artistic Discipline:
Any or All Disciplines
English (Anglaise), Francais (French)

APPLICATION FORM & INSTRUCTIONS: Project Sketchbook – Art Application Form

Submission Deadline: January 23, 2022

Exhibition Description:

Sketchbooks have become their own artform. From art-collage to double-page spreads to sketchbook challenges and beyond, the bound-page has transcended the mere home for preliminary drawings.

Artwork Specifications:

Please submit your sketchbook pages including the interior spine and include the outer line of the page margins.  Send us your sketchbook #flatlay or your sketchbook open in a setting, for example your studio or on location such as nature.

Media Accepted:

All materials and mediums are welcome as long as they are contained in a sketchbook of sorts.

We will be taking photos of the sketchbooks, enlarging them, and filling the gallery walls with these intimate and imaginative creations. We will not be exhibiting the actual sketchbooks part from a few on plinths that are able to be handled by the public.

Entry Requirements:

Entry Package to be emailed to and to include:

  • Artists are invited to submit 1 – 4 pages from their sketchbooks, which can be one single page or include a left and right spread. Image size should not exceed 1 MB. Include artist’s name and title in the filename.
  • Completed Application Form
  • Artist Biography
  • Art Statement
Call Posted by:
Alexis Marie Chute, Art Gallery Curator
Contact Information:
Call Deadline:
January 23, 2022
National (All)
Artistic Discipline:
Visual Arts

SMP will advertise calls for workshops during the year (frequency of calls will depend on existing programming). All members are additionally welcome to propose a workshop outside of the call following this application process.

  1. All workshops hosted through SMP will require an application from the hosting member/s a minimum of one month prior to the proposed date.

2. The Executive Director (ED) will approve all workshops in consultation with staff and the Board of Directors.

3. Applications must include: proposed techniques/processes, minimum and maximum number of participants, dates/times, space required, required assistance, and any other information the member/s feel is relevant to the application.

4. Approval of workshop considerations include: feasibility, cost, relevance, and diversity of programming.

5. All member/s who host workshops will be compensated at a minimum of $40/hour

6. SMP, in consultation with the hosting member/s, will determine the cost to attend the workshop to ensure the artist fees and supplies are covered/workshop remains accessible.

7.  All revenue from the workshop will be collected by the member/s or SMP (to be determined in conversation with the member/s and the ED).

8.  All workshop participants will be SMP members.

9.  SMP and the workshop host member/s will collectively determine a minimum number of participants/date for sign up/and date for cancellation if these numbers are not met.

Call Deadline:
December 31, 2021
National (All)
Artistic Discipline:
Visual Arts
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