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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.



Hamilton Artists Inc. Call for Submissions - Deadline: December 15 & Ongoing
Artspace Book + Zine Fest - Deadline: December 18








WALL OF ART SERIES: Upcoming Themes and Key Dates - Deadline: August 28, 2017

The Guelph Civic Museum, Guelph Arts Council and the City of Guelph are pleased to present the “Wall of Art” juried exhibition series, featuring excellent artists from Guelph Arts Council’s membership. This exciting series aims to showcase the breadth of local talent that we have here in Guelph as well as provide artists with a unique opportunity to share their work with a larger audience.

For the upcoming exhibition, we invite artists to explore the theme Standing Guard. As a nation, we watch over and celebrate our collective history and the country we have built together. What does Standing Guard mean to you? We can’t wait to see what our local artists have in store for Standing Guard.


This opportunity is open to artists living and practicing in Guelph, as well as members of the Guelph Arts Council*, who produce two-dimensional work in any medium, including painting, drawing, photography, mixed media and fiber. A maximum of two original artworks may be submitted by each artist: submissions exceeding two works will not be considered. Works for this call must address the theme. All works must be ready for hanging, not be excessively heavy, and must be able to fit through an entrance of 6.5 ft. by 4 ft. Any technical needs for works must be provided by the artist.

*An artist membership for a year is only $30 (which is less than most entry fees). Membership is not juried; everyone is welcome. Plus, you get all the other benefits that come with being a Guelph Arts Council member… come join us and see!

Selected artists will receive an exhibition fee of $139 CAD and an invitation to an exhibition reception at the museum on  April 28, 2017, 6:30 p.m. No need to email your application with attachments. Instead, please submit online through our handy form! Or, download or pick up a paper form from our office.

Find the application form here. See below for key dates, themes and deadlines.

Theme:                        Standing Guard
Closing Date:             January 7, 2017
Art Pick Up:                 January 9 - 12, 2018

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.

ART@ebar 2017 show schedule

for more details and information on submissions contact curator
Eric Allen Montgomery - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Nov 26thth – noon – 2pm: drop off/pick up accepted work
Nov 29th – 8pm Opening Night (Wednesday)
- we’ve celebrated “all creatures winged”… now for the rest of our friends. 

O Gallery @ 44 Gaukel Call for Submissions - Deadline: November 15

The O Gallery @ 44 Gaukel is available for 3-month or 6-month residencies by solo artists, collectives or community groups. More than one artist/collective may be selected to exhibit.

More information here.

Call for Submissions - 2018 Youth Moves Series

Deadline December 1st, 2017
Calling all youth dance companies! Submit your proposal to be in our Youth Moves performance which will take place on Sunday, June 3, 2018 as part of the 20th Guelph Dance Festival. The performance takes place in the 200-seat Co-operators Hall at the River Run Centre and is truly one of the highlights of our annual dance festival.
Youth Moves is open to all Southern Ontario dance companies with performers under the age of 19 performing works by professional choreographers. Seven or eight works, each under 10 minutes in length, will be chosen.
Proposals should include:
- Completed application form
- All appropriate C.V.'s
- A video of the proposed work (online link to Youtube or Vimeo preferred) (or a Mac compatible DVD)
- Current membership in Guelph Dance.
Only complete submission packages will be considered.
Send submissions to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
or by mail to:
Guelph Dance
10C Shared Space
42 Carden St. Suite 2I
Guelph, On N1H 3A2

Hamilton Artists Inc. Call for Submissions - Deadline: December 15 & 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


Oeno Gallery’s Sculpture Garden at Huff Estates
Oeno Gallery’s Sculpture Garden at Huff Estates opened in 2011 as a place dedicated to the exhibition of high-quality outdoor sculpture. The 4-acre garden is a prized feature of the property and receives tens of thousands of visitors yearly.
The gallery invites artists to submit proposals for the garden’s outdoor exhibition. The property offers a wide variety of sites for placement. Areas to consider include the sculpture garden proper, the outdoor area by the winery, the zone immediately surrounding the gallery, and the pond (limestone quarry). Please see the video link at the bottom to get a better sense of the outdoor space. Proposals will be reviewed and selected by the gallery.
More information here, http://akimbo.ca/akimbos/?id=112702


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

Guelph Arts Council Youth Opportunities Award

Deadline: November 15, 2017
Commencing in 2009, through funds generated from Guelph Arts Council Youth Opportunities Fund at The Guelph Community Foundation, Guelph Arts Council offers a Youth Opportunities Award. Any local artist, not-for-profit group or youth that offers or proposes to offer a program that will initiate, enhance or expand opportunities for children and youth under age 25 to experience or become engaged in the arts in Guelph or Wellington County are encouraged to apply. Groups could include established arts organizations, neighbourhood groups, community groups, multicultural groups, educational institutions, student groups.

For 2017, $400 is available for awarding to one or more applicants.
Application form here

Centre[3] for Print and Media Arts Emerging Artist Residency - Deadline: November 15

Centre[3] for Print and Media Arts is an artist-run centre dedicated to promoting print and media arts in contemporary artistic discourse. As a production, exhibition, education and animator of community arts, Centre[3] supports both traditional and experimental print media and media art practices. The centre encourages research and innovation and provides forums for discussion and examination of critical and theoretical issues. Centre[3] supports artists in the development of their professional endeavours and acts as a resource centre for the visual and media arts community.
More information here. 

Call to Local Artists: Breaking Ground Mentorship Program

Deadline December 1st, 2017
New this year, Guelph Dance will offer a Choreographic Mentorship Program to four local artists who are breaking new ground. Whether it’s by choreographing for the first time, for the first time after many years of absence, or experienced dance practitioners working with dancers new to the dance field or exploring new ideas; this program provides an opportunity essential to the dance field by enabling participants to take risks and explore new ways of working.
Artists will have the opportunity to work under the mentorship of highly experienced choreographer Sharon Moore (Toronto). Each artist will receive eight hours of one on one mentorship and eight hours of free studio time to develop their ideas.
During this four-day intensive program dance artists will have the opportunity to discover new tools in developing their craft as well as the time and space to explore, all with the support of their peers along the way. Additionally, if desired, mentees will have the opportunity to perform during the 20th Guelph Dance Festival, taking place May 31 to June 3, 2018, for which they will receive a small honorarium.
How to Apply to the Choreographic Mentorship Program:
Send to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. a brief description of:
-The piece you would like to develop
-Why this mentorship is important to you at this stage of your career
-Choreographer resume and resume of participating artists
-Video of your work (current project or past projects with artists involved is ideal)

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


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

Artspace Book + Zine Fest - Deadline: December 18

Artspace is now accepting applications for the 3rd Annual Artspace Book + Zine Fest. This event will take place on Saturday, February 24th, 2018 from 10am - 5pm. The event will feature artist-made zines, comics and graphic novels, letterpress prints and cards, the work of small presses, woodcuts, screen prints, handmade books and other types of book and paper arts.
Vendors interested in a table at the 2018 Book + Zine Fest are asked to submit their application through Submittable: Artspace 2017 Book + Zine Fest Form
Full Table Vendor Fee: $50
Half Table Vendor Fee: $35
More information here, http://akimbo.ca/akimbos/?id=112713


(Activities, events, and programming happening in and around Guelph)

Check back later for more Guelph happenings!



FUSION Magazine Feature Artist Column - Established Artist Applications

FUSION invites submissions for the magazine column that will feature one clay artist and one glass artist in the next issue. Applicants should be an artist who has created an independent body of work over a number of years and who has received regional or national recognition through publication or public presentation of his or her work and has participated in a number of exhibitions.

Submissions must include an artist statement and/or biography that is no more than 300 words in length, along with 5 professional quality images of recent work (within 12 months). The images must be minimum 1200 pixels (4 inches) x 1500 pixels (5 inches) at 300 dpi, JPEG Format. The images should be of professional quality. Poor quality images will not be used. Featured artists will be selected by the Magazine Committee.

Please send your submissions electronically to the FUSION Office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please use "FUSION Magazine, Feature Artist Column - Established Artist" as the subject heading of your emailed submission.

Applications Due: 5pm Friday, Nov 17, 2017

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).

Guelph Youth Singers: Auditions

Call for an appointment.
If you love to sing and are between the ages of 6 and 18 + years, we are holding auditions now for joining the choir in September 2017. Call 519-821-8574 to book an appointment
For more info: www.guelphyouthsingers.com           This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.       

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.

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