Calls for Artists

Call for nominations: Do you know a young person in Mississauga who is contributing to the arts in our community? Nominations are now open for the Living Arts Centre’s Ron Lenyk Inspiring Youth Arts Award. The awards support, foster and celebrate young talent in Mississauga. Up to two $1000 awards will be presented to individuals in two age categories (ages 12-17 and 18-25) who have contributed to the growing art scene within the Mississauga and have begun to establish themselves and make an impact in their chosen field.  Excellence in literary arts, media arts, performing arts and visual arts will be considered. Nomination deadline: Friday April 28, 2017, 5:00 pm. For details and the application form, visit the LAC website.

Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts Award. This prize recognizes the highest level of artistic excellence and distinguished career achievement by a Canadian professional artist in music, theatre or dance. This year the award is in music. Value: $50,000. How to qualify: Nominate a candidate to the Canada Council. Deadline: 30 April 2017. For further information, please refer to the guidelines. Contact: Luiza Pereira; Program Officer, 1-800-263-5588 | 613-566-4414, ext. 4086

The Small Project Matching Grants Program provides funds for projects that will strengthen neighbourhoods, increase resident engagement, and enhance opportunities for Mississauga residents to participate in events and activities at the neighbourhood level including Canada 150 Neighbourhood Celebrations

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS – WATER … AN OUTDOOR WALL SCULPTURE 2017.The Elora Centre for the Arts is celebrating its 15th anniversary during this Canada 150 year. We have obtained a grant through the Ontario 150 Community Celebration Fund, and we are dedicating funds for a wall sculpture submission and an installation celebration on July 1, 2017.The theme is WATER, and any Ontario artists/sculptors who have a link to Wellington County are eligible to make a submission. The award to the selected artist will be $5000, payable upon receipt and successful installation of the wall sculpture. Interested artists are to submit proposals to Jane Longman at:

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. 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.

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

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

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

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.

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 / Open Studio / Jeannie Thib Mentorship Residency / Toronto, ON / Deadline Date: Monday, May 1, 2017

Residency / Spark Box Studio / Summer Artist Residency / Picton, ON

Call for Submissions / The Kingston Prize / Canada’s Portrait Competition / Kingston, ON / Deadline Date: Friday, April 28, 2017

Residency / Haliburton School of Art + Design / Reclaim Artist Residency / Haliburton, ON / Deadline Date: Monday, April 24, 2017

Call for Submissions /Royal Bank of Canada / Canadian Painting Competition / Ottawa, ON / Deadline Date: Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Call for Submissions / Tangled Art + Disability / Exhibition Series / Toronto, ON / Deadline Date: Friday, May 5, 2017

Residency / Artscape Gibraltar Point / Stories My Body Told Me / Toronto, ON / Deadline Date: Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Residency / London Arts Council / Indigenous Artist in Residence / London, ON / Deadline Date: Monday, May 1, 2017

Call for Submissions / City of Toronto / Outside the Box / Toronto, ON / Deadline Date: Monday, April 24, 2017

Call for Submissions /Waterlution / Great Art for Great Lakes Call for Submissions / Deadline Date: Friday, April 28, 2017

Call for Submissions / Winnipeg Arts Council / Southwest Rapid Transitway Public Artwork / Winnipeg, MB / Deadline Date: Thursday, April 20, 2017

Call for Submissions / City of Burlington / Plains Road Traffic Median / Burlington, ON / Deadline Date: Friday, April 28, 2017

Call for Submissions / Neighbourhood Gallery / Tending the Wall Flower, take two / Toronto, ON / Deadline Date: Monday, May 1, 2017

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

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 / 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

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.