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Calls to Artists

All calls are limited to the Guelph, Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge (KWCG) region. For provincial or national calls, please view our Helpful Links page.


Check out https://www.facebook.com/groups/opencallkwc/ for calls in KWC area


If you would like to have your call posted on this page, here's what to do:

Members: Email all details in text form (include your call's deadline) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. addressed to Sarah Goldrup and requesting the call be added to the Calls to Artists page.
Non-members: Your call must be a paid gig for artists, or offer tangible benefits to artists who participate. Email in same format as above.






Stories of the Nature of Cities 2099 Prize for Urban Flash Fiction - Deadline: April 15
Wall of Art  - Guelph Pride 2018 - Deadline April 16, 2018


 3rd Annual Art-in-the-Park - Call for Entry Opening Soon!


Globe Studios Art Show Globe Studios Art Show Oct 6, 2018




 Call for New Writing Publication Studio Guelph
East Side Library is booking artists
Capacity 3 Gallery Open Call
Art Hothouse
Guelph Youth Singers: Auditions
One Thousand Trees






International Women's Day Exhibition, Call for Submissions- Deadline: Sunday February 11th
Silence, 46 Essex Street, Guelph

This year's theme for International Women's Day is #PressForProgress. Some press is due about the fact that patriarchal society has oppressed and suppressed the natural rhythms and feminine nature for a balanced world. Progress is needed in the way society honours the cyclicality of women. Women are different at different times of the month and at different stages of their lives for a reason.
This exhibition explores gender parity in the context of how women embody various feminine rhythms and cycles:  the phases of the moon, the four seasons, the menstrual cycle, the four archetypes of womanhood (maiden, mother, enchantress and crone) and the four stages of a woman's life (infancy, girlhood, adolescence and womanhood).
Submissions will be accepted from artists of all genders, sexual identities and orientations. Artists may submit up to 5 works of art. All works of art must be 2-dimensional. Work that is not ready for installation may be rejected from exhibition. All 2-D mediums are encouraged. Digital media will only be screened during opening reception.
Click here to download entry form. For information please contact Catherine Kormendy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Co-op Gallery Space - Studio 404

Artist Run Co-op Gallery
Studio 404 is looking for a self motivated gang of artists to occupy, maintain and promote a self run Gallery Space to showcase the visual arts in Guelph commencing Fall 2016.
If you are looking for gallery space to show your work or are interested in a Co-operative venture with an eclectic group of like minded artists send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.Gudied tours and meeting dates and times to be announced.
Gallery 404
404 York Rd
Guelph ON


The East Side Library is a branch of the Guelph Public Library, located at 1 Starwood Dr. We are able to provide display space for wall art only on a monthly basis.
Hanging capacity is 10-30 pieces, depending on size. Individuals or groups are welcome to submit a proposal.
Please keep in mind that the work should be suitable for a family-oriented, community space. Artists are responsible for hanging and removing work. There is no charge for this space.
When submitting, please include:
-your full name and email address
-4-8 images of work representative of what you intend to display (per participant, if in a group)
-a brief bio/artist statement
-proposal of available dates, with alternatives if possible

Please submit to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CALL FOR ARTISTS - Kloepfer Gallery

The Kloepfer Gallery is currently accepting applications for solo and group shows. Gallery commission is a low 30%. Submit applications online at http://kloepferframing.com/gallery-application/.

ARTS HOTHOUSE - Deadline Ongoing

Boarding House Arts is also introducing the Arts Hothouse, which provides career-minded visual artists with high quality and affordable co-working studio space. Along with shared studio space there will be opportunities for exhibitions, networking and professional development. The program also aims to build exposure and a client base among local and regional art lovers for the artist’s work.
Arts Hothouse is open to professional working artists at any stage in their career. Entry to the program is by application and is granted for one year. After the first year participation may be renewed for subsequent one-year terms by mutual agreement.

For more information, click here

CAPACITY 3 GALLERY - Deadline Ongoing

Open call for submissions - Capacity 3 Gallery (C3G) shows the works of emerging, mid-career and established artists, showcasing both regional and national works. Priority will be given to projects that foster community dialogue, assist in the development of an individual's artistic practice, and inform the current state of contemporary practice.
The Gallery is located at 6 Dublin St, Guelph, in the basement of Boarding House Arts - a historic stone building with three floors of galleries and studios. C3G is a non-profit artist run space; this non-commercial venue provides artists with a space to publicly display their work and engage with the community.
Capacity 3 Gallery is currently looking for exhibition proposals from artists. C3G will provide the space, installation assistance, insurance and promotion, but no artist fees. Exhibitions will typcially be one month in duration but there is space within the schedule for short and longer-term works such as performance and site-specific projects. The space is approximately 80 sq ft. There is also a large entrance hall that can be utilized for events and openings.
Submissions must include: 
1. Project proposal: a brief description of your exhibition, performance, or other event. Include technical requirements and site specifications if applicable. 
2. A brief bio
3. Documentaion of your work: up to ten images or five minutes of audio-visual material. Must be Mac compatible. 
4. Current curriculum vitae
5. Other supportive documents or web links (optional)
Send submissions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Carolyn Meili, Gallery Coordinator 
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

One Thousand Trees: An opportunity to get the word out!

One Thousand Trees is an online monthly magazine, the mandate of which is the facilitate wellness through connection, creativity and community service.
We are always looking for articles, either on the monthly theme, or for our regular departments. One of those departments is Creativity & The Arts.
If you are interested in submitting an article, or if you have a project or event you’d like to promote, please email Lisa Browning at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
For more info: www.onethousandtrees.com 
Lisa Browning, 519-362-5494, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Hamilton Artists Inc. Call for Submissions - Deadline: Ongoing 

Exhibition Platforms, Special Projects, Film Festival and Residency Program
Hamilton Artists Inc. is seeking dynamic proposals from artists, collectives and curators at various stages of their careers and from across disciplines for its exhibition platforms, which include the Cannon Gallery; James Gallery; Cannon Project Wall; and ArcelorMittal Dofasco Courtyard. The Inc. is mandated to exhibit a range of disciplines and career levels and to exhibit a cross-section of artists from local, regional and national communities. New in 2018, pending funding, we would also like to encourage the submission of “special projects.” Special Projects may include, but are not limited to, independent projects diverse in nature that may happen at the gallery or off-site and might manifest themselves through happenings, print materials, digital platforms, screenings, workshops or other forms of public presentation or intervention. The Inc. also hosts a rotating artist in residence program in partnership with the Cotton Factory and Photophobia, a film festival dedicated to contemporary moving images in partnership with the art Gallery of Hamilton.
More information here, http://akimbo.ca/akimbos/?id=113208


Seventh International Miniature Print Biennale Exhibition Deadline: March 16, 2018

Organized by the Ottawa School of Art, Downtown Campus
Deadline: March 16, 2018
Exhibition dates: May 3 to June 17, 2018
The exhibit is open to all professional printmaking artists. The prints must be made with any generally accepted graphic techniques. Each artist can submit a maximum of 4 prints to the jury. Prints must be numbered and signed by the artist and must have been produced since January 1, 2016. The deadline for submitting artwork is March 16, 2018. All work must arrive no later than 5:00 p.m. local time (EST) in order to be considered for the exhibition. The maximum dimension of the print image is 10 cm x 10 cm. The maximum dimension of the print matrix (paper, cloth, etc.) is 20 cm x 20 cm. (Full Entry Conditions available below)
Submission fees for the 7th international Miniprint exhibition are now being accepted online!



(Get paid to exhibit, contract your work, win a prize, residency or grant, etc.)

The Elora Sculpture Project 2018 Call for Submissions - Deadline: January 20

2018 marks the 8th year of the Elora Sculpture Project; a seasonal, outdoor exhibition running from May 1 to October 31. Sculptures will be installed throughout the downtown core of Elora and Fergus.
A jury appointed by the Elora Sculpture Project (ESP) committee will select up to 20 entries for exhibition. You may access a map outlining the locations in Elora and Fergus by visiting our website. The criteria for selecting the artworks include: aesthetic appeal, quality, durability, innovation and originality.
Elora and Fergus are centrally located in Ontario, a short drive from Toronto, Kitchener Waterloo, Hamilton and Guelph. Our proximity to major centres and our spectacular landscapes ensures that we have many visitors spring to fall. Elora’s vibrant cultural community is host to both the Elora Music Festival, and the Riverfest Musical Festival as well as other popular events.
The community’s commitment to art and culture, and its’ growing reputation to inspire and engage the public with art draws many return visitors from across Canada, United States and abroad.
More information here, http://akimbo.ca/akimbos/?id=113361

City of Lethbridge Round Street Gateway Public Art Project - Deadline March 10 

Project Intent
The City of Lethbridge Art Committee is seeking an Artist to design and fabricate a sculpture to be installed in a prominent Downtown Lethbridge gateway located at the NW corner of 5th Street (Round Street) and 6th Avenue South. The intent of the project is to provide a permanent piece of public art that creates a welcoming, appealing entrance to the Downtown and celebrates the presence of the Lethbridge Multicultural Centre, home of the Southern Alberta Ethnic Association. The highly visible Round Street location is a special gateway into the Downtown. Through a combination of public art and comprehensive landscaping, it is the intention to create an entry experience that reflects the unique environment, history and culture of the Downtown.
Submission Deadline: March 10, 2018 @ 00:00
More information here, http://akimbo.ca/akimbos/?id=113926


Mary's Wedding by Stephen Massicotte
Seeking two experienced performers
1Male, 1Female
Age range 17-27
Honorarium. Non-professional.
Accommodation possible.
Call: 519 820-3269
email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Audition dates: Jan 6, 7, 13, 2018
Performance dates: July 7-21, 2018
More information here, https://p2ptheatre.weebly.com/current-project.html


(Sell work already created, or take on commissions/projects to create new original work)


We invite visual artists working in all mediums, and makers in craft & design to submit applications to Canada’s largest and longest running juried contemporary outdoor art fair. The 57th Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition takes place on Nathan Phillips Square July 6-8, 2018, attracting over 115,000 veteran and first-time art lovers and art buyers, interior designers, gallerists and curators from across Canada and internationally.

ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS: December 1, 2017 - March 6, 2018

APPLICATION FEE: $50 Regular, $30 Students. Late fees apply after March 1, 2018

APPLY EARLY: Booth locations are designated on first-come, first serve basis. The earlier you apply, the better chance of getting your first choice if your application is successful

More information here, http://akimbo.ca/akimbos/?id=113802



Eden Mills Writers’ Festival - Festival Manager

Term: Contract position from January 15, 2018 to December 31, 2018 (Part-time until May/full-time May to September 23/part-time Sept 24 to Dec 31)

The Eden Mills Writers’ Festival (EMWF) is a well-established and highly respected not-for-profit literary association dedicated to the creation of connection and community by presenting and promoting Canadian literature. The EMWF provides stimulating, thought-provoking and entertaining programming for all ages—children, young adults and adults through an annual festival, held in September, and year-round workshops and literary events. 2018 marks the 30th anniversary of the EMWF. This year’s annual festival is September 7-9. Eden Mills, a village of 350 people, is located 12 km east of Guelph, Ontario. This year’s festival will celebrate our 30th anniversary.

Job Description

The Eden Mills Writers’ Festival is looking for a dynamic self-starter to support the delivery of the 2018 Eden Mills Writers’ Festival in September and ongoing literary events during the year.

Supporting and reporting to the Board of Directors, the Festival Manager will play a pivotal role in the efficient execution of the EMWF and related events.

More information here.

Stories of the Nature of Cities 2099 Prize for Urban Flash Fiction - Deadline: April 15

The Nature of Cities would like to announce the Stories of the Nature of Cities 2099 Prize for Urban Flash Fiction with our partners ArtsEverywhere.ca, the University of Utah, the University of Utah’s Center for Ecological Planning + Design, the New York City Urban Field Station, the University of Johannesburg, the University of Johannesburg’s Graduate School of Architecture, and Trinity College Dublin. From among all submissions, we’ll choose up to six prize recipients in 2018, with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize categories, plus honorable mentions.
1 Gold prize: $3,000 and a place in the collected publication
2 Silver prizes: $1,500 and a place in the collected publication
3 Bronze prizes: $500 and a place in the collected publication
Honorable mentions (number to be determined): no prize money, but included in the collected publication
All winning stories will be published as a book by Publication Studios / Guelph, and possibly other venues.
Deadline for submissions is no later than 11:59pm EDT on April 15, 2018.
Contest details can be found at The Nature of Cities.
For inquiries please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  
More information here, http://akimbo.ca/akimbos/?id=113898  

Call for New Writing Publication Studio Guelph

Publication Studio Guelph is looking for new, original writing to publish in 2018! We’ve published graphic novels, poetry, short stories, novels, and works of non-fiction on a range of topics. To express your interest in publishing with us, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Publication Studio prints and binds books by hand, creating original work with artists and writers we admire. It serves as a space for publication in its fullest sense: it doesn't simply produce books, but also brings people together through the shared experience of reading. Every book is made one at a time as needed. We attend to the social life of a book using any means possible to expand its circle of readers:
physical books;
eBooks; and
wild social events!
This breathes life into the written word on paper, online, and through discussion. Publication Studios are active around the world in cities like Portland (US), Vancouver (CA), London (UK), Oakland (US), Hudson (US), Minneapolis (US), Guelph (CA), Rotterdam (NL), Edmonton (AB), São Paulo (BR), Glasgow (SL), and Dakar (SN).

Rainbow Chorus - Come Sing With Us!

The Rainbow Chorus is starting our new term and we look forward to welcoming new members!

Rainbow Chorus of Waterloo Wellington is a community chorus that welcomes members of all genders, sexualities, and gender expressions - and allies of the LGBTQ+ community. We invite members from all levels of experience who enjoy singing a diverse repertoire of choral music, no audition required. We strive to create a supportive community for our members to join together in song and have fun. We promote inclusion and awareness of the LGTQ+ communities of Waterloo-Wellington throughout concerts and community involvement. We accept new members at our first three rehersals of the term (Sept 7, 14, 21). Our theme for the Fall 2016 term is Flash Foward/Flashback - songs from the 30s-50s and songs from the 90s-2000s.  Find out more on our website: http://rainbowchorus.ca or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

$150/125 for new/returning members (payment plans and bursaries available.


Call for Artists! “Cool Cones”  A Public Outdoor Art Exhibit Celebrating the Reunion of Canada Packers

June 2018 – October 2018.
Downtown Harriston

The Harriston Downtown Revitalization Committee and Minto Cultural Roundtable invite artists to submit their applications to participate in our first outdoor public art exhibit called “Cool Cones”. The Gallery will be in Harriston’s downtown core from June 2018 – October 2018.

“Cool Cones” will see 10 artists adding their art and craftwork to a three dimensional metal and urethane spray foam ice cream cone sculpture to create unique works of art. The “Cool Cones” will be unveiled at an event on June 2, 2018. People’s choice judging will begin at this event and continue until Saturday August 11, 2018 at 4:00 pm. The winner will be announced Saturday August 11, 2018 at the Street Dance.

The exhibit will be supported with a brochure, webpage and social media highlighting each “Cool Cone” and artists and include sponsor information.

For more info: Full Details available at:

https://treasuresofminto.ca/events/cool-cones             This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.     Town of Minto            5193382511

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