Calls for Artists

The Mississauga Arts Council and the City of Mississauga Stormwater Team invite artists of all disciplines to submit proposals for “ArtWorkX”. ArtWorkX is an event geared to augment the existing celebration of National Public Works Week Family Fun Day, which will take place at Mississauga’s Celebration Square on May 27, 2017. Click here for submission guidelines and details.  Submissions deadline is Jan. 27, 2017, 4 pm and should be emailed to

The call for nominations for Canada’s Volunteer Awards is now open, and we encourage you to nominate a not-for-profit organization, an individual/group of volunteers or a business. Help celebrate Canada’s culture of volunteering! You have until February 3, 2017, to give Canadian volunteers the recognition they deserve. Award winners will be recognized at a ceremony and will be able to choose a not-for-profit organization to receive a grant of $5,000 (regional award) or $10,000 (national award). For more information, please visit or call 1-877-825-0434

Are you an artist? Applications are open for the Queen West Art Crawl 2017 in Trinity Bellwoods Park on Queen St West.The dates of the 2017 Queen West Art Crawl are Saturday/Sunday, September 23-24, 2017. Price for Early bird Applications are 300 dollars (HST included) and are available on our website  until February 14. Applications close April 30 2017. Food and retail vendor applications will also be available on Feel free to contact us at or at 647-717-0747 if you have concerns prior to or during the application process.

Studio.89 invites all visual artists to participate in their “I have a dream” Black history art gallery. submit your art pieces that commemorate and honour the legacy of black Canadians, and African culture and traditions!

The Metcalf Foundation’s Performing Arts Program invites you to an information session on Wednesday, January 25 that will provide context for the 2017 Creative Strategies Incubator (CrSI) and its focus issue: Engaging audiences and/or building communities around your work
This session will be of interest to anyone considering submitting a letter of interest for the March 6, 2017 deadline. It will include details about the program, the focus issue, and the application process, as well as the chance to chat informally with participants in the 2014 CrSI cohort  Both Artistic and Administrative leadership are encouraged to attend. This is a free event but, as space is limited, we ask you to RSVP using our Eventbrite page. There is also a limit of three representatives per organization.Session Information: January 25, 2017, 3:00 to 5:00 pm, YWCA Toronto, 87 Elm Street, Nancy’s Auditorium 

Online Submissions Now Open For The Salt Spring National Art Prize (SSNAP). January 12 to May 31, 2017. Canadian artists and permanent residents of Canada are invited to submit their two-dimensional and three-dimensional work for consideration to the Salt Spring National Art Prize, offering in its second year, $30,000 worth of awards.The call for submissions is now open to May 31, 2017, with details and entry forms at The Salt Spring National Art Prize. To easily share on Facebook click

Calling all artists, makers, and designers! Applications for the 56th Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition are open! Apply today and be part of Canada’s largest juried contemporary outdoor art fair. Showcase your work at the city’s most visible and accessible contemporary art fair, in the heart of downtown, to an audience of over 100,000 loyal visitors, veteran art buyers and art lovers. For more information on how to apply click here: Early Deadline: March 1, 2017, Late Deadline: March 14, 2017 (Late fees apply).Visit our website

Announcing guidelines and deadlines for next year’s Metcalf Performing Arts Creative Strategies Incubator and Internships programs.

This is the final reminder that nominations for our Michael Spence Award for Contribution to Community Theatre are due on January 31. Our Michael Spence Award recognizes outstanding contribution, generosity of spirit, involvement, and legendary commitment to community theatre in a region. The award is presented annually within the region that is hosting the Theatre Ontario Festival. In 2017, the award will be presented to someone in the Eastern Ontario region of Ontario community theatre. Submit a nomination for the Michael Spence Award for Contribution to Community Theatre

Please email Let’s Make good Productions if you are interested in participating as an artist, workshop leader, volunteer, or audience member!

VAM is currently accepting submissions from artists for our upcoming Member Show in March 2017. Entry Details

VAM invites artists ages 18 to 30, working in the GTA, to submit to its upcoming exhibition Necessary Gestures. VAM will host the exhibition supporting artists working in experimental processes using a combination of traditional and new media. The exhibition will run from February 6 until February 19, 2017 in The VAM Gallery. “In order for culture to exist, it needs a space to grow. This exhibition is about providing a creative space for young emerging artists to test their practice,” explains VAM Events and Exhibitions Coordinator Eldiana Begovic. “We’re pleased to be reaching out to emerging artists who are currently experimenting with traditional and new media, who want to exhibit their work to a new audience.”DEADLINE TO APPLY IS FRIDAY, JANUARY 20, 2017 at 5 pm. There is no entry fee. All submissions will be juried into the show. VAM will present its Best in Show Award to a selected artist at the Opening Reception on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 1 pm. Please click here for compete details.

McMaster Innovation Park, Hamilton ON APPLY NOW. Applications close February 3, 2017

First United Church, Mississauga, ON APPLY NOW. Applications close February 17, 2017
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As part of our annual Next Generation Showcase, we invite applications for “New Faces” from recent graduates new to our community. Also, we are interested in applications from performing artists who are newcomers to Canada, who are outside of our application criteria. Applicants must: Be graduating or have graduated from a full-time theatre training program within the last 3 years (and not participated previously in Next Generation Showcase); Currently reside, or plan to reside, in Ontario and are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada; Presently do not have an agent. Next Generation Showcase provides graduating theatre students the opportunity to showcase their talents in front of industry professionals, including casting directors, artistic directors, independent directors, producers, and agents. Learn more about Theatre Ontario’s New Faces at Next Generation Showcase

The Multifaith Action Society invites artists to submit works of art for publication in our annual Multifaith Calendar. The theme for our upcoming 2018 edition is: The Power of Inspiration. Deadline for submissions:31 January 2017. Additional information can be found here.

CALLING ALL ONTARIO COMMUNITIES! BftA is now accepting applications from Ontario communities to receive the artsVest program! Are the arts organizations in your community in need of capacity building training? Does the community need an economic boost? artsVest is in search of 3-5 Ontario communities to apply for and participate in artsVest for 2017. For more information on how to receive training and matching funds for your community’s arts organizations, visit our website.

The CFUW Creative Arts Award was created to promote interest and involvement in the creative arts by engaging audiences and inspiring discussion. The amount of the award is normally $4,000 and is set by the CFUW Charitable Trust budget. It is awarded biannually. For more information click here.

Visual Arts Brampton is excited to present the re-launch of Snail Mail World Postcard Art Show! We are inviting creative people from all corners of the world to mail in postcard sized artworks (4-by-6-inch) to be displayed in our galleries and for judging. Cash prizes! Mail us your art and participate in the biggest international postcard art show in the world! Submission Deadline: Tuesday February 28, 2017. For more information click here.

CALL FOR EXHIBITION PROPOSALS: There are multiple ways to showcase your art work at Neilson Park Creative Centre, and we are accepting proposals of exhibition in our spaces in 2017! To learn more about our exhibition spaces, please check out our website.

Open Call for Public Art Selection Commitee Members. Are you interested in participating in a public art jury? Are you an experienced artist or art/design professional? The City’s Public Art Selection Committee needs you. Previous projects include: “Contemplating Child” by Ferruccio Sardella located in Community Common Park and “The Lifeline Project” by Michael Simon, Taline Jirian and Marisa Gallemit located on the oak trees along Hurontario at Burnhamthorpe Road West. Apply now.

Studio.89 is looking for volunteers who want  to get some extra volunteer hours or give back to your community in a meaningful way? We’re always looking for more help! Click here to fill out an application & we’ll be in touch with you shortly

Current Calls for Submission

Residency / Yukon Arts Centre / Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency / Whitehorse, YT / Deadline Date: Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Call for Submissions / Art Gallery of Hamilton / Photophobia: Contemporary Moving Image Festival / Hamilton, ON / Deadline Date: Thursday, April 13, 2017

Call for Submissions / Framework Foundation / Timeraiser150 / Deadline Date: Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Call for Submissions / Throbbing Rose Collective / Nuit Rose / Toronto, ON / Friday, February 10, 2017

Call for Submissions / City of Saskatoon / Where Our Paths Cross / Saskatoon, SK / Deadline Date: Monday, January 23, 2017

Call for Submissions / City of Hamilton / Gore Park Beacons Public Art Project / Hamilton, ON / Deadline Date: Friday, January 20, 2017

Call for Submissions / Royal Botanical Gardens / Thomas McQuesten Commemorative Sculpture / Burlington, ON / Deadline Date: Friday, January 20, 2017

Call for Submissions / Artcite Inc. / Semiannual Call for Submissions / Windsor, ON / Deadline Date: Saturday, April 1, 2017

Call for Submissions / City of St. Albert / Art in Public Places / St. Albert, AB / Deadline Date: Thursday, January 19, 2017

Call for Submissions / InterAccess Gallery / Vector Festival / Toronto, ON / Deadline Date: Tuesday January 31, 2017

Residency / Naked State / Artist Residency / East Gwillimbury, ON / Deadline Date: Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Call for Submissions / Art Gallery of Northumberland / Exhibition Proposals / Cobourg, ON

Residency / Spark Box Studio / Residency Award & Dawson Bursary / Picton, ON / Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Call for Submissions / Salt Spring National Art Prize (SSNAP) / 2017 Call For Artist Submissions / Salt Spring Island, BC / Deadline Date: Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Residency / Anima Casa Rural Artist Residency / Urban Detox with Uni Miquelajauregui / Mexico City, Mexico / Deadline Date: Friday, February 10, 2017

Residency / Unpack Studio /  Havana Art Residency / Havana, Cuba

Residency / School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa / Residency for Photographers and Photo-Based Artists / Ottawa, ON

Call for Submissions / Art Gallery of Northumberland / Exhibition Proposals / Cobourg, ON

Call for Submissions / RioCan / Construction Hoarding Programme – Temporary Public Artworks

Residency / L’Atelier sur Seine / Île-de-France region, French / Deadline Date:  February 1, 2017

Studio.89 is always looking to host different workshops/events and are looking for a variety of local talent/volunteers to either host workshops or headline events.  For more information please email Studio.89.