Calls for Artists

REBEL 16 AT VAM! Calling all youth! Get in the action at VAM! VAM is excited to announce its inaugural youth-led art installation for Rebel 16. VAM is collaborating with The Mayor’s Youth Advisory Committee to present its modern art installation titled, String Theory.  Youth from across the City of Mississauga are welcome to the event taking place on Friday, May 6 from 6 to 8 pm and Saturday, May 7 from 12 to 4 pm. String Theory is an art installation and youth engagement activity inspired by the physics theory. String Theory is, the idea that minuscule strands of energy vibrating in a higher dimensional space-time create every particle and force in the universe”. String Theory was created with support from MYAC working in collaboration with artist and co-curator Amanda Foulds and VAM’s Exhibitions and Events Coordinator Eldiana Begovic. Rebel is a week-long youth-led festival of creative expression and community involvement celebrated in the City of Mississauga.

VAM is pleased to invite our artists to apply to our remaining Group Theme Show for the Spring and Summer season. Show us how our amazing natural setting inspires you. The show will run from June 6 to 18.  To exhibit your work, please visit:  Calls for Entry

Craftadian will be hosting it’s second Etsy Made in Canada Market. This year, we are hosting the Mississauga Market (inconjuntion with the Craftadian Fall Show). The Etsy Made in Canada Market will feature 90+ Etsy Sellers PLUS the Craftadian section will feature an additional 90 artisans.  Applications for the Etsy MIC close June 24th. Saturday September 24, 2016. The International Centre, Mississauga. Etsy: Made in Canada is a national grassroots initiative celebrating the crafters, collectors and artisans in local communities across Canada. From coast to coast, Canadian cities and towns will be participating in this one-day event on September 26, marking the event’s second year. In 34 cities, Etsy artisans will sell their handmade wares and vintage goods to local buyers at these markets, each of which will represent the spirit of the local community. If you don’t have an etsy shop CLICK HERE to open one and get 20 free listings.  You must have an Etsy Shop to be included in the Etsy Made in Canada Market.  If you don’t have an etsy shop you can still apply to the event and have a 10×5 or 10×10 booth. Etsy Made in Canada Market (CLICK HERE)10×5 / 10×10 booths (CLICK HERE)

Saturday May 14 (Craftadian Spring Show) at The Hershey Centre, Mississauga
We have 3 booth openings due to cancellations – Apply via waitlist. 2, 10×5 Booths $145 plus hst & 1, 10×10 Booth available $195 plus hst

Saturday September 24 (Craftadian Fall Show featuring Etsy Made in Canada Market). The International Centre, Mississauga. Applications close June 30, 2016. 10×10 $200 / 10×5 Booth $150 – APPLY ONLINE. Etsy Made in Canada: 6′ Table $125 / Emerging Etsy 4′ Table $75 – APPLY ONLINE

Craftadian at McMaster Innovation Park. Applications close October 1, 2016
6′ Table $135 (Room) / 6′ Table $155 (Atrium) – APPLY ONLINE

Art in the Yard is an annual, outdoor juried art exhibition and sale (Originals Only) held on the two acre grounds of the Elora Centre for the Arts in the heart of the village of Elora, ON. The Elora Centre for the Arts (ECFTA) invites applications for exhibition from all artists, artisans and craftspeople working in a wide range of traditional and experimental forms. Fine, decorative and applied arts in all media will be considered. Entries will be selected by a jury of professional peers to ensure a high quality presentation of unique and original design only. All artwork displayed at Art in the Yard must be of a character consistent with that which is submitted to the jury for selection purposes. Application Deadline: May 6, 2016. Visit the Art in the Yard 2016 webpage on the Elora Centre for the Arts website then download and print off the 2016 Call for Entry Application Brochure.

The Elora Arts Council is delighted to announce the first annual ‘Elora en Plein Air – a Grand River Painting Festival’ from May 19thto May 22nd. Artists and visitors are welcome to our 4-day art event. This outdoor painting festival showcases the heritage charms of the town of Fergus and the village of Elora as well as the stunning natural settings all around the Grand and Irvine River gorges. The festival includes 3 days of painting outdoors and an art show and sale with juried awards going to the top three paintings as well as a People’s Choice award.  Awards include a 1st prize of $1000, a 2nd prize of $500.00, a 3rd prize of $300.00. The People’s Choice Award is $200.00. Our juror for this show is Sam Paonessa, a founding member of Plein Air Canada and a member of the Ontario Society of Artists. Entry fees are $45 per person or $40 for Elora Arts Council members. Once registered, participants may commence painting anytime between Thursday, May 19th and Saturday, May 21st.  Maps and recommended painting locations will be provided at registration check-in. The home base for our Plein Air event is the Elora Centre for the Arts, 75 Melville St., Elora, Ontario. Our team will be on hand daily between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. from Thursday, May 19h through Saturday, May 21st for registration check-in and intake of paintings each evening.  The show and sale is on Sunday, May 22nd, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The submitted work will be juried on Sunday morning.   Awards will be presented at 2:00 p.m. during the show and sale.

John Victor Lennon Singers/Songwriters Contest Tours comes to Mississauga. Only online sign-up contestant entries will be auditioned.  Contestants must be between the ages of 19-30. Online selected contestants must be able to perform 3-4 songs. Live auditioning will take place on May 28,2016 at 7:30 pm. At Studio.89

Magnotta Winery is pleased to launch The Magnotta Winery Art Competition. Open to Ontario college & university fine arts students only. Calling all Ontario college & university fine arts students. Imagine your art on our next wine bottle. Here is the link for our upcoming art competition. Submissions Open May 1st; Close July 15.

The Port Credit Yarn Blitzers Are Looking For Volunteers. Can you crochet? Are you a knitter, pom pom maker, or loomer? Or are you interested in learning how? Then come be a part of the Port Credit Yarn Blitzer’s everybody welcome! We are looking for volunteers of any skill level beginner to pro who are interested in being a part of this Port Credit community fiber art project. Join the Port Credit Yarn Bliterz’s Facebook page for more information and meeting dates. You can also email Project Coordinator Susan.

Call for auditions for Meadowvale Theatre Young Co presents Snow White.  Auditions on Friday, May 13, 2016 at the Meadowvale Theatre. Register to audition @ using code 675941. Auditioners will need to prepare a one minute memorized monologue that can be classical or contemporary in nature.

The Salt Spring Arts Council Announces The Launch Of The Artist in Residence (AiR) Program. The Artist in Residence (AiR) Program provides an opportunity for artists to work in the vibrant arts environment of Salt Spring Island. The program is open to all professionals working in the arts, in any genre or medium, at any stage of their careers. AiR encourages applications from artists of diverse cultural and regional backgrounds. The intent is to provide the time and space for creativity and productivity and to introduce visiting artists to Salt Spring Island and its arts community. Residencies will be awarded based on available facilities, potential links to the Salt Spring community, collaborative opportunities and artistic merit. Applications for the AiR program can be submitted before April 15th and the first artist residencies on Salt Spring Island will take place between October 2016 and April 2017. Application information is available at

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

Let’s Make Good Productions is looking for ALL types of art forms to showcase at our grand WonderFest event, which will be in the spring of 2016.  We welcome all kinds of art, as long as the work is original.  Please email us with your bio, promo photo, short description of your art, links to your website/social media, and what empowerment means to you. We are also currently booking for music and comedy WonderFest Series events at Folly Brewpub which take place every Thursday. Email us at:! We look forward to hearing from you! Please feel free to share the information

Current Calls for Submission

Residency / Flaggfabrikken – Center for Contemporary Art / International Artists Residency / Bergen, Norway / Deadline Date: May 25, 2016

Residency / L’Atelier sur Seine / Île-de-France region, French / Deadline Date: July 1, 2016 and February 1, 2017

Call for Submissions / University of Ottawa / UofO Campus Public Art Program / Ottawa, ON / Deadline Date: May 31, 2016

Call for Submissions / Waterfront Toronto / Animating Toronto’s Waterfront / Toronto, ON / Deadline Date: May 13, 2016 /

Call for Submissions / City of Peterborough and Artspace / Call for Proposals – Peterborough’s Hunter Street bridge mural / Peterborough, ON / Deadline Date: May 6, 2016

Call for Submissions / City of Peterborough / Call for Proposals – Downtown Mural Project / Peterborough, ON / Deadline Date: Monday, May 16, 2016

Call for Submissions / City of Victoria / Ship Point Pop-Up Design Competition / Victoria, BC / Deadline Date: Friday, May 13, 2016

Residency / Living Arts Centre / Resident Artist Program / Mississauga, ON / Deadline Date: Monday, May 24, 2016

Residency / Van Abbemuseum / Deviant Practice / Eindhoven, The Netherlands / Deadline Date: Sunday, May 8, 2016

Call for Submissions / Asinabka Festival / 5th Annual Festival Call for Film & Video Submissions / Ottawa, ON / Deadline Date: Monday, May 16, 2016

Call for Submissions / BC Children’s Hospital Foundation / Artwork for the Teck Acute Care Centre / Vancouver, BC / Deadline Date: Friday, May 06, 2016

Call for Submissions / Regent Park Film Festival / 14TH Annual Film Festival / Toronto, ON / Deadline Date: Friday, June 10, 2016

Call for Submissions / Hamilton Artists Inc. / Cannon Gallery Call for Submissions / Hamilton, ON

Call for Submissions / Osprey Valley Golf / BizBaz Art Festival / Caledon, ON. Exhibitors of all kinds are sought with an eye to offering the public access to products and services of high quality but not readily or routinely seen at such an event. BizBaz Art Festival is currently accepting applications from artists, craftspeople, and makers for BizBaz 2016. This is a structured, curated show and all that apply are individually reviewed. A provided, pre-installed, 10×10 tent is $400.  Click here for the link to the exhibitors’ page and application or please feel welcome to contact Heidi von der Gathen at 519.217.0348 directly. BizBaz is establishing a reputation of offering the public a carefully curated selection of applied and fine artwork of exceptional quality combined with immersive experiences that are both interesting and fun.  The considerations that have taken place regarding the selection of exhibitors include an emphasis on craftsmanship, innovation, interaction and exploration. Additionally, we sought originality in conception and execution, quality of workmanship and excellence of design. Lab reserves the right to decide about the appropriateness of all work or products to be included at BizBaz.  At the Osprey Valley Golf Course on August 6th & 7th, 2016.

CALL FOR ARTISTS: VAM’s Member Themed Shows. Calling all artists! VAM is now accepting submission for its Member Themed Shows. Exhibits will run throughout the year. You must be a VAM Member to enter Themed Shows. Entry fee is $15.00. VAM does not charge commission on sales. Please download the VAM Member Exhibit Guidelines in the link for full details.

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.

Be a part of a youth or professional Tap Company. Faculty of the Tap Dance Centre includes Professionals: David Cox, Ryan Foley, Kim Chalovich, Johnny Morin, Mackenzie  Greenwell, Dianne Montgomery, Jessica Westermann, and Samantha Baldwin and more! For more information on joining contact: Director: Kim Chalovich

Call for Student and Emerging Artists. Are you looking for a Gallery to showcase your art work or to sell your art work?  If you are a student or emerging artists, Paparartzy Gallery is the place for you. PaparARTzy Gallery is unique contemporary online gallery designed specifically for student and emerging artists to showcase and sell their artwork. Artists who are interested in showcasing and selling their artwork can register a profile at  Upon registering and creating a profile, artists may upload pictures of their artwork so that it can be viewed.  Artists get to price their own artwork.  For additional information, please contact Ethel Achampong at 416-433-3377 or at

Studio 89 is hosting live music every Saturday night, and they’re looking for artists.
Email Sheryl at to book a time slot for one of these exciting new opportunities!