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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.

“5 TO 25” is a showcase of young artists between the ages of 5 and 25. It’s time to get that artwork off the kitchen fridge, Dad’s dresser, and out from your bedroom and into our Centre Gallery! The staff and instructors at the Arts Centre get to see amazing work from many young creatives who take part in our art camps and classes, but we want the rest of the community to see it too! Let’s show the people of Vernon all the fabulous artwork lurking in private collections and get these pieces out for public viewing.

The subject matter and the medium you choose to show is completely up to you. This means you can bring in artworks made of paper, clay, paint, print, metal, wood, recycled materials, glass, fibre, textiles, digital work, and so on.

We do have a few restrictions, such as the number of pieces you can bring in, and the size, so please read the ARTIST ENTRY FORM for details. This is the same form we use for all of our shows, but don’t let it intimidate you. It is meant to keep things fair, and to help you learn how to showcase your work properly. For instance, if you want to submit a painting, it needs to have a proper wire on the back so we can hang it safely on the wall. If you choose to list your work for sale, you will need to put a price tag or label on it so we can make sure you get paid.

Artists need to be members of the Arts Council of the North Okanagan (ACNO) to exhibit their work in this show. If you took out an individual or family membership through the Vernon Community Arts Centre, this means you are an ACNO Member. Not sure if your membership is up to date? Call the VCAC at 250-542-6243 or send an email to info@vernonarts.ca and we’ll help provide the answer. You do not need to apply in advance for this exhibit. Simply show up on the submission date with one or two pieces of art and make sure you have read and filled out the artist entry form. To learn about the Arts Centre, or Arts Council, visit our website.

Contact Information:
Call Deadline:
August 25, 2021
Province/Territory:
British Columbia
Region:
Thompson/Okanagan (Kamloops, Merrit)
Artistic Discipline:
Any or All Disciplines
Priority Community:
Youth
Language:
English (Anglaise)

CARFAC Saskatchewan is looking for Indigenous artists to take part in their Foundational Mentorship as both mentees and Mentors. Deadline is August 3!

The Mentorship program supports visual artists working together in an informal, peer-learning framework, with experienced artists mentoring evolving artists. The pair’s direction is led by the mentee’s goals. Mentors are seasoned professionals who provide personalized support, training, advice, encouragement, and feedback on a regular basis. Mentees gain professional development, technical skills, and increased confidence. All participants experience revitalized art practices and enhanced community, and artists at many career stages can benefit from working with a mentor!

PROGRAM DETAILS:

  • The program runs from September 1 to June 30 each year.

  • The program is absolutely free.

  • Mentors receive $3125 for each mentee they support (max 2).

  • Mentees receive a $500 materials subsidy.

  • Participants may be eligible for travel subsidy.

  • Mentorship pairs are required to spend a minimum of 7 hours/month working together.

  • Mentees are required to dedicate significant additional time to their art practice and/or their goals during the mentorship.

  • Attendance at 3 group meetings is mandatory.

  • Participants must be Saskatchewan residents and should not be students.

MENTEE ARTISTS:

  • a letter of application – What are your goals as an artist? How would your current work benefit from support of the program? How will you devote adequate time to the development of your work while balancing other commitments? (max 2 pages)
    AND

  • a link to your website

    OR

  • a resume/cv (max 2 pages)

  • 10 jpeg images or a short video (max 5 minutes) with accompanying image list (including title, date, media, dimensions). Include links and/or passwords to any online documentation in your submissions email.

MENTOR ARTISTS:

  • a letter of application – Why are you interested in mentoring? How will you support your mentee? (max 2 pages)

    AND

  • a link to your website

    OR

  • a resume/cv (max 2 pages)

  • 10 jpeg images or a short video (max 5 minutes) with accompanying image list (including title, date, media, dimensions). Include links and/or passwords to any online documentation in your submissions email.

Please combine all written components into a single PDF document and email with the subject heading: YOUR NAME – Foundational Mentorship Submission. Please ensure the PDF document also includes your name. Mentors and mentees should send individual PDF documents; please do not combine mentor and mentee applications into a single file. Include all supporting images in a Google Drive folder titled: YOUR NAME – Foundational Mentorship Submission. If you prefer to send a link to your website rather than a cv and images, please include the link in your letter of application and send the letter as a PDF document. Digital or physical submissions in any other format than described here will not be accepted.

Questions about application requirements and about the details of your mentorship proposal may be directed to: programs.sask@carfac.ca. We strongly encourage applicants to develop their letters of application in consultation with the Program Coordinator.

*Please note that materials submitted by mentors are not adjudicated by the jury; they are used to determine the relevance of a mentorship pairing only, pending mentee selection.

Deadline to apply is June 15 each year. 

Contact Information:
Call Deadline:
August 3, 2021
Province/Territory:
Saskatchewan
Region:
All Regions
Artistic Discipline:
Any or All Disciplines
Priority Community:
Indigenous artists
Language:
English (Anglaise), Francais (French), Indigenous Languages

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
Province/Territory:
National (All)
Artistic Discipline:
Any or All Disciplines
Language:
English (Anglaise), Francais (French)

Artisans in Action
Our annual summer series of demonstrations and pop-up markets takes place the first Sunday of the Month,  June trough October, noon until 4pm in the Avon Spirit Shipyard in Avondale/Newport Landing. These events provide a great opportunity for local artisans who work in historical trades, crafts, and art forms (done in both traditional and contemporary manners), to introduce themselves and their craft to a wider audience.

There will be markets on:

June 6
July 4
August 1
September 5
October 3

Please select your preferred dates on the registration form.

Contact Information:
Call Deadline:
October 3, 2021
Province/Territory:
Nova Scotia
Region:
All Regions
Artistic Discipline:
Visual Arts, Crafts/Artisan
Language:
English (Anglaise)

October 15th – 31st, 2021

Exhibition: The Craig Gallery, Alderney Landing

Online Sale: cmhahalifaxdartmouth.ca

Planning is in full swing for this year’s Mosaic for Mental Health! Artists of all skill levels are invited to submit 6” x 6” art on a canvas of your choosing, and for those who prefer, we have blank 6” x 6” wood tiles that are available free of charge through our office (In light of current Public Health protocols, please contact us to arrange for pick-up of blank tiles and drop-off of submissions).

The theme of this year’s Mosaic is “Connected” – an appropriate and timely focus as we all move forward. Once again we will be exhibiting all art submissions for the duration of the Mosaic Exhibition (October 15th-31st) at The Craig Gallery, Alderney Landing in Dartmouth, and a selection of frames and “Mental Notes” cards will be available for sale. All art sales will be exclusively online through our website, allowing us to reach people near and far to experience the extraordinary talent synonymous every year with the Mosaic.

Important Dates:

September 8th, 2021 for inclusion on our 2021 Mosaic poster; and

October 1st, 2021 is the FINAL deadline for all Mosaic submissions.

Submission Form

Contact Information:
cmhahal@ns.aliantzinc.ca, (902) 455-5445
Call Deadline:
October 1, 2021
Province/Territory:
National (All)
Artistic Discipline:
Visual Arts

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 artgallery@multicentre.org 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
Province/Territory:
National (All)
Artistic Discipline:
Visual Arts

Art of Conversation – Call for Artists, Seniors & Elders

UPDATE (May 19, 2021): Opportunities are now open for Artists of all disciplines, as well as Seniors and Elders (+60 years of age) for Art of Conversation.

How it Works

Arts Council is paying to commission local Artists of various disciplines to have phone conversations with Wood Buffalo’s isolated Seniors and Elders. The Artists and (optionally) Seniors and Elders will then create new art inspired by the stories that are shared.

The phone call and Artists’ creation process will be documented to be shared through Arts Council communications, and the Artist’s completed pieces (e.g., song, short story, paintings, craft, animation, etc.) will be shared with the Senior or Elder with whom the piece was created.

ACWB will be commissioning Artists based on accepted applications, and registering Seniors and Elders until all opportunities are filled.

Art of Conversation is a collaborative project by Arts Council Wood Buffalo and St. Aidan’s Society for Artists, Seniors and Elders in the Wood Buffalo region.

View the virtual exhibit of artwork produced through Art of Conversation.

About the Commission

  • This is a paid opportunity. Artist Fee details are outlined below.
  • Artists will self-lead at least two (2) different phone conversations of a decent length (45-60 mins) with Seniors or Elders in the community.
  • Artists will record the conversations with the Elder in a format that is agreed upon with ACWB (e.g. video or audio recording).
  • Artists will create a new piece of art inspired by their conversation with the goal of sharing it with the Senior or Elder (in accordance with physical distancing protocols.)

Eligibilities

Artists must be Wood Buffalo residents for the duration of the project.

Work Media

There are no limits on the type of media accepted for this artist call.  We encourage local Artists to think outside the box, and let us know how they envision the art form of their preference complementing the project.

Art forms may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Original music or song compositions
  • Video and interactive art
  • Short stories or poems
  • 2D or 3D artwork / fine craft
  • Comics
  • Digital art

Finished Art Pieces

Completed art pieces and recorded videos need to be delivered to ACWB within 8 weeks from the first conversation between the Artist, Senior or Elder. This may be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Artist Fee

An all inclusive fee of $500 per commission (including GST) will be paid to the Artist, covering all prep-time, conversations, creation of artwork, materials and supplies.

How to Submit for this Opportunity

Email your submissions to Programs Manager Luay Eljamal at luay@artscouncilwb.ca, with the following information:

  • Your name and contact phone number
  • Description of your preferred art form and how you believe it will support the project (200 words max)
  • Exactly three (3) digital samples of previous work
  • Description of how you will choose to present your art form (e.g., a poem printed and framed; a song performed on video or a music file, etc.)

Seniors & Elders (60+) are invited to create art with local artists.

We encourage any local Senior or Elder above the age of 60 years to register.

Please inform and invite Seniors and Elders you might know who would be interested in creating art from a distance or having stimulating conversation.

Seniors and Elders will have the option to receive an art supply kit (safely) through St. Aidan’s established meal-delivery program, should they also wish to create art in addition to conversing with a local Artist.

Deadline for submissions

ACWB will be commissioning Artists based on accepted applications, and registering Seniors and Elders until all opportunities are filled.

Call Posted by:
Luay Eljamal, Programs Manager
Contact Information:
Call Deadline:
August 31, 2021
Province/Territory:
Alberta
Region:
Eastern Alberta (Fort McMurray, Lloydminster)
Artistic Discipline:
Any or All Disciplines

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
Province/Territory:
National (All)
Artistic Discipline:
Visual Arts

2021 Editorial Calendar

Want to be featured in Artscape’s eNewssocial channels, and/or on our website? That’s a network of over 90k people in the arts community including stakeholders, non-profit organizations, artists, creative entrepreneurs, and creators.

We’ve featured Artscape tenants and members but now we’re also extending this open call for those of you in our Artscape audience that ever thought to yourself, “How do I get on Artscape’s radar??”. Here’s how! We’re always looking for artists who have a story to tell via video of their work year-round (short clips under 1 min preferred—think 30 second IG Reels), so don’t be shy and promote yourself by submitting via this link.

Please note: While we would love to feature every submission, we are tackling multiple requests competing for our attention, therefore only those selected will be contacted.

January

New Year, New Outlook: Looking ahead to a year of renewed commitment to the arts community.

February

Closing Date: Feb 1st, 2021

Black History Month

#BlackLivesMatter – Featuring historic events, art pieces, and enlightening workshops from Black artists and creators.

March

Closing Date: March 1st, 2021

Women’s History Month

Where we’ll spotlight women in the arts.

April

Closing Date: April 16th, 2021

Artists For a Cause

Where we’ll spotlight the creative entrepreneurs and artists who drive missions within their work/artistry.

May

Closing Date: May 1st, 2021

Asian Heritage Month

#StopAsianHate – We want to shine a light on the artists of Asian descent and those who support them through their work.

June

Closing Date: June 1st, 2021

National Indigenous Peoples Month

Celebrating the rich heritage, diverse cultures, and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples.

July

Closing Date: July 1st, 2021

First-Generation Canadian Artists

Sharing the stories of how artists have created a way for themselves being the first of their generation born by newcomer parents.

August

Closing Date: August 1st, 2021

Young Artists

Recognizing generation Z (between 18 – 24 yrs) and their underrated contributions to the arts.

September

Closing Date: September 1st, 2021

Accessible Art

Featuring art inclusive of the diversity of human ability. Art that crosses sensory modalities, that can be felt, heard, or seen. And art that expresses the emotions or conveys statements about ability and disability.

Project Ideas:

  • An art video with captions and audio descriptions
  • Tactile sculpture
  • Accessible interactive art exhibit
  • Collage of historical assistive devices

October

Closing Date: October 1st, 2021

World Mental Health

Spotlighting the artists, creative entrepreneurs, and creators that raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and to mobilize efforts in support of mental health.

November

Closing Date: November 1st, 2021

Entrepreneurship

#ShopSmall #SmallBusinessSaturday – Know an entrepreneur? Name the entrepreneur that has built something from absolutely nothing. Name the radical inventions by brilliant minds that have/will shape the way we live today and in our future.

December

Closing Date: December 1st, 2021

Winter Solstice

Celebrating the year 2021 and a recap of your favourite Artscape memory, or an artist who stays top of mind and the creators on your radar for 2022.

Hit us with your best pitch by submitting it here. Good Luck!

Call Deadline:
December 1, 2021
Province/Territory:
National (All)
Artistic Discipline:
Any or All Disciplines

Pickering Community Banner Program: Call for artists!

The City of Pickering invites Canadian artists of all ages, or artist teams, to submit artwork (old or new) for the Community Banner Program. Using a single or a variety of mediums, artists are asked to highlight the culture, heritage, and diversity of the City of Pickering through the theme: The Roots of Art.

Call closes on September 9, 2021. Up to 35 Community banners will be selected and installed throughout City Centre in early December 2021. They will also be displayed online at pickering.ca/culture.

Download the information package and apply online today!

For more information, please visit pickering.ca/culture or email Jesse Saint-Amant, Coordinator, Cultural Services.

Please note: the selected artists will receive honorariums for their work.

Follow @PickeringEvents on FacebookTwitter and Instagram

Call Posted by:
Jesse Saint-Amant, Coordinator, Cultural Services.
Contact Information:
Call Deadline:
September 9, 2021
Province/Territory:
National (All)
Artistic Discipline:
Visual Arts
Language:
English (Anglaise)
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