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:
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.
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Volunteer Photographers Guelph and District Multicultural Festival - April 26, 2017, & June 9, 10, 11, 2017
One Thousand Trees - Deadline March 20, 2017
City of Waterloo Artist in Residence Program - Deadline March 31, 2017
Guelph United Performers Theatre Club Beer League Theatre - Guelph Fringe Festival
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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 interpret the theme Fresh. As we move into Spring, we reflect on the renewal and growth. What does Fresh mean to you? What does this new start offer? We can’t wait to see what our local artists have in store for Fresh.
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.
Back by popular demand, The Dufferin County Museum & Archives is hosting a juried photography show entitled, "My Canada".
There is NO entry fee for this juried exhibition. As well, all printing and framing is covered by the Dufferin County Museum & Archives.
-The show will be featured in the Silo Gallery (April 16 – July 9, 2017).
- Deadline for entry is March 20, 2017.
In celebration of Canada 150, “My Canada” is a juried photography show focusing on aspects of Canadian life. Selected works from across the country will come together to create a visually stunning representation of our nation and its people.
Visit: www.dufferinmuseum.com for the entry form and submission guidelines.
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.
Gudied tours and meeting dates and times to be announced.
404 York Rd
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
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/.
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
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)
Carolyn Meili, Gallery Coordinator
Deadline for submissions for the April issue is March 20, 2017.
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.
For more info: www.onethousandtrees.com
(Get paid to exhibit, contract your work, win a prize, residency or grant, etc.)
The Middlebrook Prize invites curators under the age of 30 to submit an innovative proposal for an exhibition that will be presented at the Art Gallery of Guelph from September 14 to December 17, 2017.
By supporting and mobilizing Canadian creative talent, the Middlebrook Prize aims to inspire positive social change through creativity and connectedness in an era of ongoing and unprecedented economic, environmental, social, and cultural challenges.
The winning curator will receive an honorarium of $5,000.
More information here.
City of Waterloo is inviting artists to submit a proposal to the 2017 Artist in Residence program. This program animates public spaces and explores community stories by providing opportunities for the public to work with local artists in the creation of a community art project.
The goals of the Artist in Residence program are:
To animate public space through creative activity
To enhance community wellbeing through access to and participation in cultural programs;
To provide opportunities for emerging and established local artists to engage with the public and showcase their creative practices;
To broaden the community experience of the arts by integrating cultural programming within a variety of public spaces;
To bring together diverse sectors of the community into a collaborative dialogue on art.
Application Deadline: Friday, March 31, 2017, by 4 p.m.
Find more information here.
Attention actors. The Guelph Museum Backyard Theatre Project is looking for 4 actors (2M&2F) to play multiple roles in this summer's production of "Guelph In Postcards-The McCrae years 1872-1918."
Audition requirements can be found at www.jaystheatre.weebly.com
Please call to arrange an appointment. Honorariums paid.
The Volunteer Centre of Guelph/Wellington invites artists to submit proposals for a mural project that engages volunteers from the Volunteer Centre's member agencies in its design and/or production. The strength of the volunteer engagement component will be among the key evaluation criteria. A large-scale reproduction of the completed artwork will be mounted as the final mural in Downtown Guelph the week before July 1st and publicly launched for Canada's sesquicentennial celebration. The Volunteer Centre will select one artist or collective, based on a selection committee’s recommendations, whose proposal best aligns with the Centre’s vision for the project. Project partner Guelph Arts Council will provide administrative and advisory support to the Volunteer Centre.
The Volunteer Centre of Guelph/Wellington and Guelph Arts Council are grateful for project support from The Guelph Community Foundation and Ontario150.
Deadline: Monday, March 13, 2017, at 4:00 p.m.
The City of Guelph invites professional artists or artist teams to submit proposals to be selected for the 2017 City of Guelph Artist in Residence program. Community engagement is at the heart of this program, which is open to all art forms including visual, literary or performing arts, architecture, and design, or media arts such as sound, video or photography. There will be two stages in the selection of an artist as described below. The total 2017 program budget is $6,000. This is not a live-in residency.
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.
All submissions must be received by midnight on March 15, 2017.
CAFKA - Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener and Area is seeking submissions for its biennial exhibition of contemporary art in the public spaces of the Region of Waterloo in June 2018. The biennial exhibition is curated by CAFKA’s Program Committee, which will consider submission proposals as part of its curatorial research.
More information here.
Offering $30,000 Worth Of Awards
The Salt Spring National Art Prize is pleased to launch its second biennial juried competition of Canadian 2D and 3D visual art.
The intent of the Salt Spring National Art Prize is to encourage artists whose practice demonstrates originality, quality, integrity, and creativity, resulting in significant work with a real visual impact and depth of meaning.
Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada who are eighteen years and older (as of January 1, 2016) are invited to submit their two-dimensional and three-dimensional work for consideration.
Approximately 50 finalists will be chosen by an independent jury from across Canada. All artists' submissions will be anonymous to the jury.
SSNAP Awards Totaling $30,000:
THE JOAN McCONNELL AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING WORK; $17,000 ($12,000 and a $5,000 Salt Spring Island artist residency)
THE JUROR'S CHOICE AWARDS; three awards of $2,000 selected by each juror
THE ROSEMARIE BEHNCKE PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS; three awards determined by a vote of visitors to the exhibition;
1st prize - $3,000
2nd prize - $2,000
3rd prize - $1,000
THE ASA (Alliance of Salt Spring Artists) AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING SALT SPRING ARTIST; $1,000
Guidelines and submission details to be found on our website www.saltspringartprize.ca
Calendar of Events:
The call for artist submissions opens January 12, 2017 and closes May 31, 2017
The list of finalists will be announced by July 15th
Original works will be exhibited and presented for sale at the Finalist Exhibition at historic Mahon Hall on Salt Spring Island, from September 22 to October 22, 2017 (Open daily from Saturday, September 23)
Gala Opening, Friday, September, 22 2017
Winners announced at the Gala Awards on Saturday, October 21, 2017
This exciting endeavour is an initiative of the Salt Spring Arts Council (SSAC), which represents the arts for Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, known as one of Canada's premier arts communities.
Please may you share this announcement and join our social media for updates! To easily share on Facebook click http://tinyurl.com/SSNAP2017Call to share!
We look forward to celebrating the talent of Canadian artists!
Ontario Culture Days is seeking expressions of interest from established artists across the province for our Canada 150 project called Roots & Routes and in French Routes et raciness.
Looking for FIVE established artists who will be commissioned to make new works that will premiere at UNION STATION in Toronto during Culture Days 2017. The five artists will also be mentoring next year’s cohort of Youth Arts Ambassadors, who will also be making projects in the theme of Roots & Routes in their own communities and will be linked via livestreaming or other means to the Union Station projects.
(Sell work already created, or take on commissions/projects to create new original work)
Guelph Arts Council is now accepting applications from artists for Art on the Street. Guelph’s popular annual art exhibition and sale will return to Quebec Street on Saturday, June 24 from 10 am to 5 pm. Applications from artists for this juried event and will be accepted until March 17, 2017. The detailed artist guidelines and application form are posted here.
Art on the Street is co-presented with Downtown Guelph Business Association and features contemporary fine art and craft. The juried event has grown since 2003 to become Guelph's largest outdoor exhibition and sale. Art on the Street spotlights talent within the regional arts community and offers a fresh-air art experience for Guelph’s residents and visitors. Each year, approximately 100 established and emerging artists showcase their works to several thousand visitors in temporary, open-air studios. Art on the Street is a free event which welcomes art lovers of all ages.
(Activities, events, and programming happening in and around Guelph)
Competitive acting in a bar. Companies will be given plays to read and will be judged on the spot by critics in the audience, including the secret "hell critic".
Winning companies advance to the next round, working towards Beer League championships!
No cover, but a hat will be passively aggressively passed around.
Third sunday of every month at DSTRCT Lounge. All welcome to watch or participate, pwyc.
Guelph Fringe Facebook page will carry occasional updates.
REQUEST FOR NOMINATIONS
The Guelph Youth Music Centre Wall of Fame exists to honour individuals whose career or volunteer activities in music and/or the arts exemplify the philosophy of the Guelph Youth Music Centre. Individuals so honoured will have an outstanding history of achievement in the Guelph area, directed toward creating in young people from all walks of life, a life-long appreciation of music and/or the arts.
Nominations are invited for individuals believed worthy of this honour. Nominations received will be evaluated by the Wall of Fame Committee, and those deemed appropriate will be retained by the Committee’s databank for consideration for the annual award. Nominations will not necessarily be considered in the year that they are put forward.
Individuals selected will be honoured by having their photograph and an account of their achievements displayed on the Wall of Fame in the Guelph Youth Music Centre building.
Please direct nominations including supporting detail and documentation, or requests for further information about this honour, to:
Josephine Horton, Chair
Wall of Fame Committee
Guelph Youth Music Centre
75 Cardigan Street
Guelph, Ontario, N1H 3Z7
Tel: 519 837 1119
River Run Centre and the Guelph Youth Council have teamed up again – with the support of TD Bank Group – to offer MusicWorks|StageWorks, a unique hands-on performing arts mentorship program focused on the art of putting on a professional-style show.
All youth, ages 13 to 19, interested in gaining new skills and taking part in a public performance are invited to apply. The mentorship program offers aspiring performers real life experience in concept development, production and stage presence, and is inclusive of music, theatre, spoken word, dance, short film and comedy.
Applications will be accepted online at riverrun.ca/MWSWapply until March 20, 2017.
Filming begins in March and the finished works will be showcased at the Guelph Film Festival in November.
'Transported: Significant Objects & the Immigrant Experience' is a film project under production and the film festival is looking for first generation Canadians to participate as subjects. It will be a series of short films focusing on a significant object brought on the journey. We are looking for all ages and may include a range of experiences from recent arrivals to those that have been here for decades.
Curtain Call Productions, the University of Guelph musical theatre company, is currently seeking a Vocal Director for their 2017 production of Heathers the Musical.
The Vocal Director is responsible for preparing and running vocal rehearsals, while coordinating with the rest of the rehearsal team on the cohesive styling of the show. It is a volunteer position as the entire company is comprised of students of the University and surrounding community members. Curtain Call has been putting on shows since 1957 and are dedicated to providing high-calibre and entertaining shows to the entire community. Rehearsals begin the second week of January and run until our show week, the third week of March.
75 Cardigan Street
Guelph ON N1H 3Z7
Love to Sing? Ages 6 to 18 years old. Audition now to join Guelph Youth Singers in January 2017. Call 519-821-8574 to book an appointment or for more information.
Annual Fashion Show - April 26, 2017
Festival - June 9, 10, 11, 2017
All photographs will be published on their website and on social media with the photographer(s) credited.
Studio space in the Trafalgar Building - 3rd Floor
Excellent light for painter or mixed media artist or other.
Tables and chairs provided if desired. Liability insurance included.
Available September 1, 2016 for 1 year with possibilities moving forward from that time. $275.00/month
Weekly, Tuesday evenings, September 27/16 to February 28/17. 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Ages 11 to 17 years.
We offer a weekly drama program over the fall and winter on Tuesday evenings. We work with an original script and will perform a first-class theatre production on Friday evening, March 3, 2017. Our cast will learn a wide range of theatrical and public performance skills throughout the course of our Program, and, we guarantee lots of fun!!! There is a total nominal annual fee of $200 for 22 classes (less than $10 weekly).
The Rainbow Chorus is starting our new term and we look forward to welcoming new members!
$150/125 for new/returning members (payment plans and bursaries available.
Starting end of September 2016
This fall, GUELPH UNITED PERFORMERS is forming a brand new weekly vocal group - both male and female voices! If you love to sing, are 11 years or older, The Allegros are looking for you! No auditions! Our repertoire will consist of all music genres – Modern, Pop, Inspirational, Broadway, Folk, Traditional, Country. There will be a modest fee.
Weekly, Tuesday evenings, Sept. 27/16 to Feb.28/17. 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Ages 11 years and over.
This fall, GUELPH UNITED PERFORMERS is forming a brand new weekly vocal group - both male and female voices! If you love to sing, are 11 years or older, The Allegros are looking for you! No auditions! Our repertoire will consist of all music genres – Modern, Pop, Inspirational, Broadway, Folk, Traditional, Country. Later in the fall we will be preparing seasonal music for a Christmas Performance to be held December 22, 2016. There will be a modest annual fee of $150.
Directed by Andrea LeBlanc, award-winning teacher of piano and voice to both children and adults. The Allegros are located at Trinity United Church, 400 Stevenson St. N., Guelph.
Commons Studio – a media arts access centre
The Multi-Cultural Cinema Club / Commons Studio is looking for people of all ages and backgrounds who are interested in sharing, developing, practicing, updating, diversifying or expanding skills related to digital storytelling. This includes artists in all disciplines, amateur or professional; emerging or established.
The stories are meant to be brief (3-5 minute; 300-500 words), of ongoing relevance, and about an overlooked or undiscovered aspect of the Grand River watershed and the communities within it. Topics will be assigned or chosen from a themed list of story ideas.
Click here to view some examples of completed projects. (link is external)
Story projects will be undertaken by inter-generational, inter-cultural, and inter-disciplinary work groups. Teams will set their own timeframes, schedules and work plans. Each participant will be committed to one or more specific role such as director, producer, convener, and recorder / reporter; and/or to tasks such as planning, research, writing, storyboarding, video recording, sound recording, performance (narration, acting, movement, music), editing (script, video, audio), communication, and marketing.
The projects can utilize any combination of digital media formats – text, audio, graphics, still photography, or moving image. The end result could be video with sound, audio only, a slide show, or text, with or without illustration.
This is a pilot project. The main purpose is to experiment with developing opportunities for acquiring, applying and sharing digital media skills in an unhurried, co-operative applied learning environment. The intention, however, is also to create compelling, meaningful and locally relevant digital media content.
Themes currently under development include 1. music in the community; 2. flora in the city; 3. fauna in the city; 4. local democracy; and 5. local history stories.
The aim is to build a reservoir of story ideas, and assemble a set of teams to begin work on a select number of projects for completion by the spring of 2015.
There are various ways to participate, including:
- being part of a new hidden story team
- joining or supporting a hidden story project that is already underway
- help with the development of themes and story ideas
- individual participation in areas such as research, communication, and presentation
To find out more, or express interest in particpating, please contact us at:
Hidden Stories Project
Queen Street Commons Studio
519 749 9177 x333
It’s been a year since we began this exploratory shared learning program. We’re very happy with the results (click here (link is external) to see examples of work that’s been done) – so much so that we’re extending the program, and making it part of ongoing studio operations.
The Dundas Studio Tour is Celebrating its 20th year!
This year's tour is on Saturday Sept. 30 and Sunday Oct. 1, 2017.
Applications to participate are being accepted until March 1, 2017.
There are two applications.
One is to apply as an exhibitor, the second is to apply as a Guest.
Studio Location for artists and craftspeople that have a studio in Dundas.
Exhibitor Applications for The 2017 Dundas Studio Tour are found here
Exhibitors applications are reviewed in March.
Guest Studio Application for the 2017 Dundas Studio Tour
Guest Studio Applications are reviewed mid February.