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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 Katie Wilde and requesting the call be added to the Calls for Submission 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.

 

 SEARCH BY DEADLINE

 


MULTIPLE DEADLINES


Upcoming Wall of Art Key Dates, Themes, and Guidelines
- Deadlines: June 13, 2016 and September 12, 2016
Upcoming Exhibition Assistance Grants (OAC/Art Gallery of Guelph) - Deadlines: July 1, September 1
 
 
 
UNTIL FULL

2016 SUMMER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS (music, conducting, repertoire, wind band development) - deadlines vary through Spring 2016
BizBaz Art Festival – Deadline: until full
K&K Casting Call for Teens - Audition

 

 

JUNE


AIR Waterloo Public Library Artist-in-Residence - Deadline June 30
Guelph Youth Singers Auditions - June 2 - 30


 

 

JULY

Upcoming Exhibition Assistance Grants (OAC/Art Gallery of Guelph) - Deadlines: July 1, September 1
City of Guelph 2016 RBC Market Mornings Program - Deadline July 4, 2016
Flush Fatale - Deadline July 31, 2016

 

 AUGUST

Aesthetica Art Prize 2016 Call for Entries - Deadline 31 August 2016

 

 OCTOBER

Cavan Arts Street Festival Call for Artists - Fesitval: October 1 & 2, 2016



ONGOING/ROTATING DEADLINES
 
 
 
 

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EXHIBITION / GALLERY CALLS

Other PAID OPPORTUNITIES  / COMPETITIONS  / RESIDENCIES

 

EXHIBITION / GALLERY CALLS

Wall of Art - Girl Power - Deadline June 13, 2016

The Guelph Civic Museum, Guelph Arts Council and the City of Guelph are pleased to open the call for submissions for the newest installment of the “Wall of Art” juried exhibition series, featuring excellent artists from Guelph area artists including Guelph Arts Council’s membership. This exciting series aims to showcase the breadth of local talent that we have locally 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 their own interpretation of the theme Girl Power.  What does it mean to be a girl? What do the female and the feminine (in all their powerful and varied forms) have to offer the world? Explore the power and the potential! We can’t wait to see what our local artists have in store for Girl Power.

ELIGIBILITY

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 completed, 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. 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!

HOW TO APPLY

No need to email your application with attachments. Instead, please submit online through our handy form! https://form.jotform.com/61426342662958

If you have limited use of the internet, you may mail or hand-deliver your application. Please print and fill out the one-page application and mail or deliver it with images of your work as digital images on flash drive or CD-ROM. Applications will be accepted via the online form or mailed or dropped off at our offices 147 Wyndham St N Suite 404, Tuesday to Friday, 10:00 a.m.– 4:00 p.m.

All applications must be received by Guelph Arts Council no later than Monday, JUNE 13*, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. Please take note of our office hours (10-4 Tues-Fri) and submit early if you plan to submit offline. Late submissions will not be considered. Artists whose work is selected will be notified by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, June 24, 2016. Space in Wall of Art is limited, and there is always more quality work than can fit in the show. If your work is not selected for this round, we encourage you to continue to apply for future exhibitions.

Accepted works must be delivered ready to hang to Guelph Civic Museum between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on the week of June 28—30, 2016, by arrangement with Guelph Civic Museum. Following the exhibition, works must be picked up during the week of October 4—7, 2016, between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. by arrangement with Guelph Civic Museum.

Selected artists will receive an exhibition fee of $139 CAD and an invitation to an exhibition reception at the museum on July 22, 6:30 p.m. (Fourth Friday, admission: free).

KEY DATES

Girl Power will be on exhibit from July 4 – October 2, 2016

Please take note of the key dates for this show:

Submissions due: June 13

Selection: Week of June 20

Art Drop Off: June 28—30

Install: July 4

*Reception: July 22, 6:30 p.m. (Fourth Friday, admission: free)

Closing date: October 2

* Art Pick up: October 4—7

 

 

Exhibition Assistance Grants (OAC/Art Gallery of Guelph) - Deadlines: July 1, September 1

Please note, for those who may be interested in submitting an application, AGG accepts applications year-round. AGG's next application review session is July 1. Though AGG does not yet know what funds will be available, we invite artists to submit an application for anywhere between $500-$1500 in support.

Applications must be received before one of AGG's deadlines (July 1 or September 1) and before the start date of the exhibition for which support is requested. For example, artists who have confirmed an exhibition for November 2016 can submit now for consideration at the July 1 deadline or can submit later this summer for consideration at the September 1 deadline. If an artist is unsuccessful at the July 1 review session, AGG can hold the application for consideration at the September 1 review session. And yes, artists can receive retroactive funding as long as the application was received in advance of AGG's deadline and the exhibition start date!

Do you know of an artist who might welcome funding support for their upcoming exhibition? If so, please share this email and encourage them to review the program guidelines http://www.arts.on.ca/AssetFactory.aspx?did=10876 (in particular, the "eligibility" sections) before submitting an application to Dawn Owen, Acting Director, Curator of Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of Guelph at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

 

EAST SIDE LIBRARY IS BOOKING ARTISTS

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/.

 

CRAFTS 4 U - Featured Artist Opportunity - Deadline Ongoing

Crafts4U store features an artist (wall pieces) every month with a special display; we invite applications. We also may have room for new permanent craftspeople, depending on being different from current work and our having suitable space.

Info at 519-821-5813. $25 a month, 39%
Crafts4U, 14 Edinburgh Rd. S., Guelph N1G 5N7 519-822-5191
Open Wed. to Sat. 11 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.

For more info contact Maureen gaskin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 519-821-5813

 

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.
519-827-5046

 

PAID OPPORTUNITIES  / COMPETITIONS & PRIZES  / RESIDENCIES  / FACILITATION AND TEACHING

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

Cavan Arts Inc

CALL FOR ARTISTS – OUTDOOR PAINTING FESTIVAL
Company Name: Cavan Arts Inc
Contact Name: Valerie Kent
Contact Phone: 647-223-5531
Email Address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
This is a Call to Artists: Outdoor Painting Festival October 1st and 2nd in Cavan, Ontario,(southwest of Peterborough) Paint the quaint and historic Village of Millbrook and the Rolling Hills of Cavan.There will be a Jamboree Saturday Evening and an Awards Reception on Sunday with prizes of $1500, 1000 and 500 followed by a Fresh Off The Easel Sale.

Registration and more information on www.cavanarts.ca

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 647 223 5531 Valerie Kent

Flush Fatale

Flush Fatale; a fully illustrated deck of playing cards, is looking for female-identifying artists to illustrate playing cards based on women from history. Each card (54 cards total) will be illustrated by a different artist. Each artist will be required to create a work of art depicting a notable woman from history in the format of a playing card.

Payment: The project will be funded through a Kickstarter. NONE of the art is required upfront. If the Kickstarter is successful, each artist will be paid a minimum of 150$ USD as well as a copy of the deck of cards. We use the term ‘minimum’, because in the event that the Kickstarter goes over our funding goal, the extra funds (minus the cost of the web hosting, etc.) will be evenly distributed amongst the artists. We have no way of telling how much this will be until the Kickstarter is completed; so it could be much higher! Each artist keeps all the rights to their work. The art is only used for Flush Fatale's card deck and promotional materials. If the Kickstarter does not get funded, no art is required. If you have difficulties with this form, feel free to e-mail us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Call Closing Date: July 31st, 2016

Notification of Acceptance: August 15th, 2016

Cards Assigned and Women Chosen: September 15th, 2016

Kickstarter Launch: October (Specific date TBA)

 


 City of Guelph 2016 RBC Market Mornings Program

The City of Guelph invites emerging and professional Guelph-based artists to submit short (max. two-page) proposals for the 2016 RBC Market Mornings program.

  • Budget: $2500.00 CAD (all-inclusive)
  • Opportunity: Collaborative, Creative Placemaking Project (temporary)
  • Deadline for Submission: Friday, July 1, 2016
  • Programming Period: August/September 2016

2016 program

The third installment of the City’s RBC Market Mornings programming will feature artist-led opportunities for the community to participate in free outdoor art-making activities at Guelph Farmers’ Market over the course of four select Saturdays this summer.

The total budget for the 2016 RBC Market Mornings program is $2,500 and is inclusive of all components of the project.

Scope of work

Artists are asked to play with scale and imaginative use of materials in designing the project, giving focus to the opportunity for a site-specific installation. Whether whimsical, colourful, fantastical in scale or thought-provoking, the intent of the project is to engage the public in a creative experience that peaks curiosity, generates excitement and builds community placemaking. Artists are also encouraged to develop proposals that demonstrate the core values of sustainability, such as the reuse of materials.

Site considerations

Guelph Farmers’ Market is located at a major gateway to the downtown’s core. The project and resulting installation for this year’s Market Mornings community art project will draw attention to the trees and green space in front of the Farmers’ Market, creating a highly visible temporary installation to be enjoyed by pedestrians and cyclists, as well as those travelling in vehicles.

Visit guelph.ca/marketmornings for more details.

 

 AIR Waterloo Public Library Artist-in-Residence - Deadline June 30

Who can apply?

The Region of Waterloo Library, Ayr Branch, invites professional artists to submit innovative proposals from in any art discipline, such as but not limited to:

  • Visual Art
  • Fibre Art
  • Music
  • Performing/Theatre Arts
  • Spoken Word
  • Digital Art
  • Dance
  • 3D Visual Art (i.e. sculpture)

Keep in mind….

Professional artist is defined as an artist with formal education or informal training in their discipline and a history of actively practicing, developing and expressing their art through activities such as performances, exhibitions, publications, projects, teaching or other professional activity.

 

Please note these categories are to be interpreted broadly. Visual arts could refer to painters, illustrators, sculptors, comic book artists, animators, digital/computer media artists, mixed media artists, designers, fabric/fibre artists. Performing arts could be traditional, contemporary or experimental dance or drama - from ballet to swing to hip hop and dramatic works and theatre in all forms, classical or modern music, blues, jazz, rock, electronic music, spoken word. Literary art refers to all manner of creative writing including poetry, short and long fiction as well as alternative forms of writing and communication. These are only some of the possibilities. The important aspect is that the artist be a professional expressing themselves in some creative art form that is visual art, fine craft, music, dance, drama or the written word, or a combination of these art forms.

Permanent full or part-time employees of the Region of Waterloo or members of the Artist-in-Residence (AIR) Selection Committee are not eligible to submit proposals.

 

The Program

The purpose of the AIR Program is to provide artists and performers with an opportunity to actively involve and engage the community in the artistic and creative process of their art through events, programs, or special projects.

 

The program should offer:

  • Experiences that are unique and different from existing programs in Region of Waterloo.
  • Community encouragement and opportunity to participate, contribute, learn and express their own creativity.
  • Community engagement that creates a lasting impact such as developing new understandings of creative processes, strengthening community connections or cultivating new participants and audiences for the arts.
  • Events or projects that take place in locations outside the Ayr Branch. However, proposals must contain a significant amount of activity within the Ayr Branch itself.

 

What the Region of Waterloo Library Offers

  1. Use of the Region of Waterloo Library, Ayr Branch Gingrich Room for office hours, programs and events, and other spaces operated by the Region of Waterloo Library. (subject to availability)
  2. Administrative and marketing support.
  3. Email access.
  4. $4000.00 fee for service paid to the artist in installments
  5. $1500.00 for materials and supplies (reimbursement with receipts)
  6. Marketing and promotion provided by Region of Waterloo staff
  7. There is currently no dedicated studio or office space for the Artist in Residence (AIR), however, shared office space and hours are available.
 

Marketing/Promotion

All AIR events and programs will be included in regular library promotional publications and marketing materials, website and social media. Additional program-specific promotional materials and initiatives will be developed by the Region of Waterloo Library in collaboration with the AIR for each event.
The artist-in-residence program is funded by the Region of Waterloo Library.

 

Exhibitions

The Region of Waterloo Library, Ayr Branch, offers limited space for hung, two dimensional art. The scope and nature of any AIR exhibition will be at the discretion of staff in consultation with the artist based on available space and scheduling.

 

Pre-Submission Visit to the Region of Waterloo Library, Ayr Branch

Artists and performers considering submitting a proposal are welcome to view the Ayr Branch space during open hours (Tues. – Thurs. 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Fri. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sat. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.) when programs or events are not booked.
 
Further information on use of space in the Ayr Branch for the AIR program is available by contacting the Outreach Supervisor at 519-575-4590, ext. 3493.
 

Obligations of the Artist

In collaboration with Region of Waterloo Library staff, the artist is expected to…
  • Commit to a six month Artist in Residency, from January to June
  • Plan and deliver a combination of activities, and/or special events that engage the community as described in the submitted proposal.
  • Meet important promotion and publicity deadlines and organization of all artistic components of events within specific time frames.
  • Actively promote and communicate with the public about programs and events, through the media and informally throughout the community.
  • Offer public office hours to allow the community at large to interact with the artist (format to be determined in collaboration with Region of Waterloo Library staff).
  • Participate in a meet & greet and closing reception – dates to be determined in collaboration with Region of Waterloo Library staff.
 
All arrangements are formalized in a signed contract with the Region of Waterloo Library.
 
 
 
Proposal Submission Requirements
Submit 1 copy of the following:

1.      Samples of Work

Visual Artists
  • Submit 8 to 12 photographs of your work. Photos must be a minimum 4x6 size, but no larger than 5x7 printed image.
Performing Artists
  • Submit a video of recent work in CD/DVD format or direct internet link(s).
Writers
  • Submit 2 to 3 samples of writing.

2.      Resume or C.V.

3.      Program Proposal

  • Submit an outline of proposed programming and how it will engage and involve the community in the particular art from.
  • Proposed programming should include a combination of, at minimum, but not limited to:
    • 3 classes, 3 workshops, activities and/or other special events.
  • Include facility, equipment and supply requirements for all events and programs.
  • Budget outline – detail how the budget for program expenses will be spent or allocated for the AIR program.
    • Please note applications for grants or fundraising efforts during the term of the AIR program are not permissible. The proposed program should be possible within the budget provided and not be dependant on additional funding.
  • Include any other relevant support material (amounting to no more than 3 items, such as website URL, Facebook page, etc.)
  • 3 professional letters of recommendation
 
Please note by submitting a proposal, applications become the property of the Region of Waterloo Library. Applications will not be returned. Incomplete submissions will not be included in the selections process.

 

Selection Process & Criteria

Proposals will be reviewed by a Selection Committee composed of Region of Waterloo Library staff and members of the community with backgrounds and expertise in the particular arts disciplines represented in the submissions.
 
Criteria for selection are as follows:
  • Education and/or art training background
  • Samples and quality of work shown, as well as suitability of art form.
  • Demonstrated relevance of program to local Ayr community.
  • Strength of proposed program to engage the local community.
  • Program proposal reflects a good combination of classes, workshops, activities and/or other special events.
  • Experience working with and teaching adults and children.
  • Ability to carry out plan/program.
  • Previous experience with public programming.
  • Proposal is compatible with library mission and values.
  • Artistic excellence, strength and uniqueness of submission.
 

Contract & Insurance

The artist will sign a formal contract with the Region of Waterloo. The Region of Waterloo reserves the right to modify elements of the proposed program in consultation with the artist to better suit library resources, facility arrangements or other programming or scheduling considerations if required.
 
The Artist agrees to release, indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Region, its members of Council, officers, employees and agents from and against any and all claims, actions, causes of action, suits, obligations, duties, assessments, fees, penalties, debts, contracts, liabilities, expenses (including but not limited to legal expenses on a solicitor-client basis) and costs ("Claims") whatsoever arising out of, under, in respect of or in any way, directly or indirectly, related to or connected with the Artist entering onto, and/or his/her use of the Regional Lands. The Artist further agrees not to make any claim, or take any action or proceeding against any other person or party which may precipitate any Claims against the Region for contribution or indemnity pursuant to the Negligence Act or otherwise.

 

Deadline to Submit

All artists are required to submit a proposal to be received at the Ayr Public Library no later than Thursday, June 30, 2016 without exception. Email submissions will not be considered.
 
Submissions are to be delivered by mail to:
Region of Waterloo Library
c/o Outreach Supervisor
150 Frederick St., 2nd Floor
Kitchener, Ontario, N2G 4J3
 
Or in person at:
Region of Waterloo Library, Headquarters
2017 Nafziger Road
Baden, Ontario, N3A 3H4
 
All artists will be notified of the Selection Committee’s decision by September 30th.

 

Need More Information?

Please contact:
Library Headquarters, 519-575-4590, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Aesthetica Art Prize 2016 Call for Entries - Deadline 31 August 2016

The Aesthetica Art Prize 2016 is currently open for entries, presenting an opportunity for emerging and established artists to showcase their work to new international audiences and further their engagement in the art world.


Prizes include £5,000 courtesy of Hiscox, a group exhibition, publication in the Art Prize Annual, Future Now and editorial coverage in Aesthetica Magazine (311,000 readership).

To date, the Aesthetica Art Prize has supported a wealth of artists who have progressed their careers since their exposure through the Award, including gaining exhibitions in the UK and internationally.

We would really like artists around the world to know about this opportunity. If you could share this news at Guelph Arts that would be fantastic, and your help would be greatly appreciated.

You can view/download images of previous finalists’ work to share this news HERE.

Facebook/Enews:

The Aesthetica Art Prize 2016 is open for entries. Now in its ninth year, the Prize presents an opportunity for emerging and established artists to showcase their work to new international audiences and further their engagement in the art world.

Prizes include:

  • £5,000 Main Prize Winner, courtesy of Hiscox
  • Group exhibition hosted by Aesthetica
  • Editorial coverage in Aesthetica Magazine
  • Publication in the Aesthetica Art Prize Anthology
  • £250 art supplies vouchers, courtesy of Winsor & Newton
  • A selection of art publications from Prestel Books

Categories for entry: Photographic & Digital Art; Painting & Drawing; Three Dimensional Design & Sculpture, and Video, Installation & Performance.

Submissions close 31 August 2016. To enter, visit www.aestheticamagazine.com/art-prize/enter

 

 

 

 PROPOSAL P2016-20 CALL TO ARTISTS: ION RAPID TRANSIT PROJECT - PUBLIC ART INSTALLATIONS

Sealed proposals clearly marked as to contents shall be received by the undersigned until 2:00:59 p.m., local time, Wednesday, June 15, 2016 for:

The Region of Waterloo is seeking a number of artists and/or artists’ collectives to create up to seven (7) permanent public artworks for installation along the ION Light Rapid Transit (LRT) route being constructed through the cities of Waterloo and Kitchener, Ontario. The artworks are intended for the enjoyment and contemplation of transit users – to add pleasure and interest to the transit rider experience, and to enhance the character of the public places along this important public piece of infrastructure.The artworks are to be both “placemaking” and “community building”.

All bid documents are available on the Region of Waterloo’s website at https://bids.regionofwaterloo.ca

Bidders Must Create an Account or Log Into Their Account To Register for the Bid Opportunity before they can download the Bid Document and/or Addenda/Addendum.
There is no cost to set up an account on the Region’s Bid Opportunities website.

If a Bidder has obtained this Bid Document from a third party, the onus is on the Bidder to create an account and register for the bid opportunity on the Region of Waterloo website, as instructed above. All Addenda/Addendum shall be posted on the Region’s Bid Opportunities website. The onus is on the Bidders to ensure that they have downloaded all Addenda/Addendum, whether the Bidder has received notification from the Region’s Bid Opportunities website or not. The Region of Waterloo is bound by the Carpenters Union; bidders should review the tender documents to determine the Region’s requirements for this bid. The Region reserves the right to accept or reject all or part of any Bid and also reserves the right to accept other than the lowest Bid and to cancel this Bid at any time.

L. Evans, C.P.P., CSCMP Manager, Procurement/Chief Purchasing Officer Check for other Region bid opportunities at www.opba.ca or https://bids.regionofwaterloo.ca For additional information on the Region of Waterloo’s Public art Program, visit www.regionofwaterloo.ca/publicart .

 

‘Elora en Plein Air – a Grand River Painting Festival’ - "deadline"(registration days) May 19 through 21

The Elora Arts Council is delighted to announce the first annual ‘Elora en Plein Air – a Grand River Painting Festival’ from May 19th to 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 19th 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.

The Elora Centre for the Arts is collaborating with the Elora Arts Council in the plein air festival. They will be offering Plein Air courses with qualified instructors. This is a wonderful opportunity for those who would like to learn more about the art of plein air painting. 

During the festival there will be entertainment and social events available to participants, including a ‘Film on a Plate’ evening, a club-style Jazz concert, both offered by Sensational Elora and a Sunday morning breakfast social produced by the Food School of Centre Wellington District High School.

Participants in the Plein Air Festival can find information and download the registration form and rules & regulations from our website: www.elorapleinair.ca

Or contact us by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To register for the plein air classes contact the Elora Centre for the Arts: www.eloracentreforthearts.ca

 

 

 

 Call for artists for City’s 2016 Artist in Residence program - Deadline May 2


Guelph, Ont., March 2, 2016 – The City of Guelph invites professional artists to submit proposals to be selected for the 2016 City of Guelph Artist in Residence program.

Piloted in 2014, this cultural initiative seeks to engage the community in creative experiences and embeds artistic activity in a variety of public spaces.

With the aim of strengthening connections between people and the places they share, and drawing inspiration through playful discovery and imaginative exploration, the City’s 2016 Artist in Residence program will develop a project that explores the role of art in urban placemaking. Placemaking is an urban design process that helps cities to achieve public spaces that are engaging, practical, and well designed.

“We are looking for projects that encourage the reimagination of Guelph’s downtown public spaces—from its small nooks and alleyways to its expansive spaces and unique streetscapes,” says Ella Pauls, the City’s manager of Cultural Affairs and Tourism.

She adds, “The Artist in Residence program is an exciting opportunity for established artists in our community, but is also open to artists working outside of our city.”

The total budget for the 2016 program is $7,500 and is inclusive of all components of the project. Artists will be considered based on their previous body of work and experience, an assessment of their capacity to engage with the community, and their proven ability to deliver work of high artistic quality, on time and budget. A selection panel, comprised of members of City staff and the City’s Public Art Advisory Committee, will review proposals based on the project goals and selection criteria.

This project is open to all art forms including visual, literary or performing arts; architecture and design; or media arts such as sound, video or photography. Professional artists with a history of public presentation, exhibition and/or publishing are invited to apply by May 2.

Application information is posted on the City’s website at guelph.ca/airguelph.

About the City of Guelph Artist in Residence program

The City of Guelph Artist in Residence program is an initiative of the City’s department of Culture, Tourism and Community Investment, and is guided by the Council-appointed Public Art Advisory Committee. As an integral part of the program, artists are asked to engage the public in creative experiences that contribute to the vitality of the community. With the understanding that the process is as important as the product or outcome, artists are encouraged to associate community engagement with active participation in hands-on creative experiences or the collaborative creation of temporary works, and/or exploration and communication of broader community stories.

For more information

Jen Rafter
Cultural Program and Event Coordinator
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2629
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This entry was posted in Arts and culture, Community and tagged artist, Downtown, placemaking on March 2, 2016.

 

Paisley Road Public School Petite Blanche Festival – Arts Curriculum Component -Artist Proposal Deadline: Monday February 29th, 2016

What is the Petite Blanche Arts Festival?
Every June, our school opens its doors to students, their families, and staff. The evening is organized and funded by our School Council. The event includes art activities, games, music, student art exhibits, delicious food, silent auction, and a bake sale.

Leading up to the festival, our School Council funds special arts instruction for every classroom.

How does the Curriculum work?
Teachers receive an arts instruction budget from School Council. We are still determining how much each classroom will receive in additional arts funding. We expect it to be around $150 per classroom.

Teachers are responsible for the design and scheduling of their arts instruction, but School Council provides a resource dossier of artist proposals to assist their planning. We encourage teachers to take advantage of local artists and arts instructors. In the past, many of our special curriculum instructors were selected to visit multiple classrooms.

Interested in becoming an arts curriculum instructor at Paisley Road School?
School Council is currently taking submissions from artists and arts instructors interested in being included in our curriculum dossier. Submissions to our curriculum dossier are due by February 29, 2016

What do I include in my submission?
1) A short biography or introduction.

2) Contact information.
Please include your email address for interested teachers. Your mailing address will also be needed for later payments.

3) A workshop/project proposal.
Give us all the exciting details of what you plan for the classroom.
Consider including:
A) Approximate workshop/project length.
We suggest a maximum 1 hour of class instruction time for each session, though projects need not be completed in one session.

B) The number of classroom sessions required.

Can the workshop/project be completed in one session? If not, how many sessions will be needed?

C) Suggested grade levels for the workshop/project.

Our students range from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 6.

D) Language of instruction.

Paisley Road is a dual-track school, meaning there are both English and French Immersion classes. Please note in your proposal if you are able to offer instruction in French. However, French instruction is only a bonus and not a requirement.

E) Hourly rate or workshop/project cost.

Please take into account your preparation time.

F) A brief supply list and estimated supply costs. (If applicable)

--Only if your supply costs are not already included in the hourly rate. For example, many musicians bring instruments with them, so would not incur supply costs in addition to their hourly rate/workshop rate.

--Instructors are required to provide their instruction supplies, but will submit supply receipts to School Council for quick reimbursement.

--Please note: Some projects or workshops require only basic supplies, such as pencils, tempera paint, construction paper, white glue, crayons, or markers. Many of these supplies can be found in our regular school supply. Instructors can often make arrangements to utilize these to help keep costs down. If you require only basic supplies, simply include a note stating that supply costs will be dependent on classroom supplies

G) Workshop/Project Location (If applicable)

--A location is only required if the proposed workshop or project will not take place at the school. While most of our arts curriculum will be taught in the classroom, but artists have also welcomed our classes into their studios. (Instructors may also use our large school grounds during their instruction.)

Thank you for considering becoming part of Paisley Road Public School's special arts curriculum. I look forward to welcoming you into our school.

For questions regarding the proposal, please contact Leah Sadler at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 


Minto Arts Council Juried Show - Deadline 5pm April 1, 2016

Awards range from $50 to $200
See call>

 

Casting Call for Teens

K&K Casting is currently casting the Role of SEAN in the new Feature Film FIRST LIGHT - and that could be YOU!

*** Note: We are looking for CANADIAN ACTORS (or Actors with CANADIAN working papers) ONLY ***

We are looking specifically for male actors (any ethnicity) between the ages of 16-23 who can easily pull off looking 17.

In order to be considered, please go to www.indi.com/firstlight/firstlightseanaudition to get detailed instructions, download the audition script (Sides), and upload an audition video.

FIRST LIGHT 

Director: Jason Stone 
Producer/Production Company: Oddfellows Pictures

LEAD STORYLINE: Seventeen-year-old SEAN TERRELL provides sanctuary for a classmate, ALEX LAINEY, who begins to develop extraordinary powers following an encounter with a UFO.

ROLE: SEAN TERRELL - MUST be able to realistically play 16-19 years old. 

Sean is 17, rough but still a kid, burdened with more responsibility than any teenager should have after his mom split, leaving him to look after his younger brother and aging grandma.

Emotionally guarded, he still harbours feelings for Alex, the girl he used to date, but who seems to have moved on.

A strange encounter with a UFO brings the two together again, but this epic adventure proves harrowing. As Alex's supernatural abilities grow stronger, she becomes an existential threat to Sean. Ultimately, he will regain the innocence he's lost while learning to let go of the past so that he can move forward with his life…LEAD"

Call to artists: Commission

Looking to hire an artist to do a simple painting on outdoor bistro table. Surface is glazed tiles that form the top of a bistro table, so consideration should be given to weatherproofing. Interested artists please contact Bill at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss.

 

WALL OF ART SERIES: Upcoming Themes and Key Dates - Deadlines: June 13, 2016 and September 12, 2016

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.


ELIGIBILITY

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 Friday, May 6, 3026 at 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.

See individual calls for the relevant application forms. See below for key dates, themes and deadlines.

 

Unsinkable, runs April 5 – July 3, 2016

Call goes out: February 16

Submissions due: March 15

Selection: Week of March 21

Art Drop Off: March 29-April 1

Install: April 4

*Reception: May 6, 6:30 p.m.

Closing date: July 3

* Art Pick up: July 5-8

 

Girl Power, runs July 4 – October 2, 2016

Call goes out: May 17

Submissions due: June 13

Selection: Week of June 20

Art Drop Off: June 28—30

Install: July 4

*Reception: July 22, 6:30 p.m. (Fourth Friday, admission: free)

Closing date: October 2

* Art Pick up: October 4—7


Rites of Passage, runs October 4, 2016 – January 8, 2017

Call goes out: August 16

Submissions due: September 12

Selection: Week of September 19

Art Drop Off: September 27-30

Install: October 3

*Reception: October 28, 6:30 p.m. (Fourth Friday, admission: free)

Closing date: January 8, 2017

* Art Pick up: January 10-13, 2017



ONTARIO ARTS COUNCIL 2015 GRANT PROGRAM DEADLINES - DEADLINES VARY, 2015

Download the 2015 Ontario Arts Council grant program deadlines buzz.mw/bgobv_f

 

 



SALE / COMMISSION / ACQUISITION OPPORTUNITIES

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


POP-UP RENTAL FOR LOCAL AND AREA ARTISTS

Located in the busy tourist section of Elora Ontario, this pop-up shop assures plenty of exposure. Artists wanting to "pop-up" and sell their fine art or fine craft are welcome to request a reservation below. The Village PopUp Shop is available for rental from June to the first weekend of October.
Fees: Monday - Sunday $50/day (rent 5 days for $200, that's one day free)
Rental hours: 9am - 7pm
Location: 50 Mill St W, Elora (courtyard)
Details: The 10x10 white show tent includes 5 - 12" wide sections of grid and s-hooks. Artist has use of two folding tables (bring your own covers), a folding chair, one easel, and a step stool all located at the back of the tent. Please return these when packing up at end of day. Additional clips or hanging ties are suggested to take advantage of more hanging options. No loud music please. Garbage cleanup responsibility of artist. Sorry, no refunds or sublets but in the event of a total rainout, an alternate date will be granted. Payment required upon confirmation of reservation. Feel free to post on our Facebook page Village PopUp Shop when you have your date confirmed, to announce your day in the shop, post a bio and pictures.
See http://www.villagepopupshop.ca/ for more details.
To book, contact:
PHONE: 519-827-6002 (daytime)
 
 
 
Hoop-la Exhibition and Sale at Art on the Street 2016 – Deadline to register: May 20, Deadline to drop off work: June 3

Call for submissions

Open to all types of artists and crafters.

Artists are asked to create one 6" diameter circular pieces of art or craft in any medium on a wood panel which will be supplied. Artwork must only be on panels provided and should not extend far enough off the panel so as to become sculpture that cannot be hung on a vertical surface.

Deposit is $10 for 1 panel, payable online or in person.

We are not able to refund your deposit.

Artwork will be exhibited and sold. $50 or 70% of the sale price per piece goes to the artist. 10% of the sale per piece will go towards our Studio Grant for local artists, to be awarded separately. The remaining 20% will support the framing of the pieces and administration of the show. The goal of this show is to put money in the pocket of the artist.

Registration deadline May 20. 

Please register by emailing us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visiting the studio m-f 9-3.

Drop off deadline June 3.

Completed artwork can be dropped off at our studio at 5 Douglas Street in Guelph between 10 and 3pm during the week. Submissions should not be left outside the door.

Completed artwork could also be mailed to:
Necessary Arts Company
Unit B1 5 Douglas Street
Guelph ON N1H 2S7

http://www.necessaryarts.ca/#!hoopla/c3go
 
 
 
CAMPBELLVILLE ARTISAN SALES

Saturdays, 12-4 

Hello there fellow artists. I have been asked by the owner of the Campbellville plaza on Crawford Crescent to hold weekly Artisan sales on the property. We have successfully held several of these sales during the month of July. It is our hope to create a larger permanent sale on the property and we are inviting any interested artists to join us. There are no vendor fees at the present time. Just a tent, table and a chair is needed to set up your booth. Although there are some sheltered areas to set up if you don't have access to a tent. If you are interested, contact me, Rita Brouwers at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call me at 905-876-4331. It would be my pleasure to answer any questions you may have about the sales.

 

BizBaz Art Festival - Call for Artists – Deadline: until full

We are 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, 10x10 tent is $400. BUT you can apply now and get in on our Early Bird Special of $350. This special is only until December 30, 2015 so don't miss out! Please feel welcome to contact Heidi von der Gathen at 519.217.0348 directly.

Cost: No fee to apply.
Location: Osprey Valley Golf Course, Caledon
Dates: August 6+7, 2016
More info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / bizbaz.ca

 


OTHER ARTISTIC OPPORTUNITIES


 

Guelph Youth Singers Auditions - June 2-30, 2016

Guelph Youth Singers is holding auditions for our four choirs, ages six to eighteen. Call (519) 821-8574 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and book your audition to join our national award-winning choral organization! The GYS experience includes weekly rehearsals with training in vocal technique, theory and sight-singing as well as workshops, retreats, and exciting performance opportunities! http://www.guelphyouthsingers.com/

 

2016 SUMMER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS (music, conducting, repertoire, wind band development) - deadlines vary through Spring 2016

CBA is looking to promote summer activities in PD, conducting, repertoire, and wind band development programs in Canada. Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. the CBA office a short description including email, phone, and web site links.

Conn-Selmer Institute (CSI) is a three and a half day professional development conference for college students, directors, and music program leaders located on the beautiful campus of Bethel College in Mishawaka, Indiana. CSI equips current and future music educators with practical skills and relevant strategies that address current trends in music education. The curriculum is comprised of inspiring workshops and classes led by world-class clinicians. CSI is a must-attend event for educators at any stage in their career. Clinicians include Dr. Paula Crider, Dr. Tim Lautenheiser, Marcia Neel, Richard Saucedo, Michael Sweeney. Read More & Registration! June 12 - 15, 2016. $199 Early-Bird Registration (ending January 29) $99 College Student Registration. Last year's CSI sold out early, so register soon!

Music Mentors International workshops focus on your specific needs and passions. Join us in our highly collaborative and inspiring environment with a group of like-minded colleagues. Our cohort model of instruction utilizes the experiences and talents that each participant brings to maximize the learning opportunities. Have an amazing summer adventure in the Canadian Rockies, Alberta, Seneca Lake, NY, or Tuscany, Italy! For more information, visit http://www.mmiachieve.com/

The 2016 Saskatchewan Orchestral Association's International Saito Conducting Workshop with Wayne Toews will be held in Saskatoon from July 16 to 23, 2016. "The workshop is still one of the greatest life changing moments in my career!" - Dr. Scott MacLennan Details are posted at http://conductorschool.com/SOA.html For more information contact Wayne Toews via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Ontario Arts Council First Steps Program

A new opportunity for artists looking to gain experience teaching in schools and communities

The Ontario Arts Council has introduced a new component into the Artists in Education and Aboriginal Artists in Schools programs: the First Steps category.

About First Steps:

  • It is a set grant amount of $350
  • It supports a 5-hour workshop in a school or community setting
  • 1 hour can be used for preparation
  • You can teach on your own or with a partner

This grant allows artists who have less experience teaching to:

  • Test out a lesson plan
  • Gain experience
  • Begin to build a relationship with a school or community organization
  • Get feedback on their teaching
  • Get a reference letter or evaluation that can be used to support future proposals and as evidence of experience
  • Document their teaching and/or learners’ work audio-visually to be used in future proposals and as an example for community and school personnel

Who can apply:

This opportunity is open to individuals who identify with one or more of OAC’s priority groups (definitions below):

  • Aboriginal artists,
  • regional artists located outside Toronto,
  • artists of colour,
  • Deaf artists and artists with disabilities,
  • francophone artists, OR
  • new generation artists (18-30 years old)

You are eligible to apply if you have not received an OAC grant for arts education activity in the past. Call us to check if you aren’t sure.

How to apply:

  • The deadline is January 15, 2016
  • Download the Artists in Education or Aboriginal Artists in Schools guidelines and the application form for the “First Steps” category
  • What’s needed?
    • Examples of your artistic work
    • Summary of your workshop
    • Sample lesson plan
    • Your CV or résumé
    • and 2 questions

For more information

Christina Akrong
Associate Arts Education Officer
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647-258-5075 toll free 1-800-387-0058 ext. 5075 

For more than 50 years, the Ontario Arts Council has played a vital role in promoting and assisting the development of the arts for the enjoyment and benefit of Ontarians. In 2014-2015, OAC funded 1,709 individual artists and 1,078 organizations in 204 Ontario communities, for a total of $52.1 million.

Definitions

  • Aboriginal means Status and Non-Status, Métis and Inuit people.
  • Region means outside Toronto. Toronto postal codes begin with M.
  • OAC’s definition of the term artists of colour is based on the Government of Canada’s definition of “visible minorities,” which is “persons, other than Aboriginal peoples, who are non-Caucasian in race or non-white in colour.”
  • OAC’s definition of Deaf artists or artists with disabilities includes people who have physical, mental or learning conditions with long-term, temporary or varying effects that may be apparent or not.
  • Francophone is based on the Government of Ontario’s Inclusive Definition of Francophone (IDF) which includes “those persons whose mother tongue is French, plus those whose mother tongue is neither French nor English but have a particular knowledge of French as an Official Language and use French at home.”

 

 

YOUTH ARTS AMBASSADOR PROGRAM (YAAP)

Ontario Culture Days is now accepting expressions of interest from young and emerging, community-engaged artists working in any artistic discipline in all regions of Ontario to participate in Ontario Culture Days’ inaugural Youth Arts Ambassador Program (Pilot Project, 2016-2018).

Would you like to:

    • Present your own community arts creation as a featured 2016 Culture Days event?
    • Develop your professional practice and receive mentoring on a range of topics related to community arts?
    • Attend the 2016 Culture Days National Congress?
    • Connect with a broad network of arts leaders from your region, province and across Canada?

If so, we’d like to hear from you! Tell us how you will explore the potential of community arts to strengthen your own artistic practice and to grow audiences for your work. Get more details and the application form here.

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