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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.



Call for Proposals: Guelph Dance Festival 2018 - Deadline September 15
GAC Young Artist Mentorship Program - Young Artists - Deadline: September 24


2017 Canadian Portrait Competition: “The Miracle of the Portrait” - Deadline: November 1
Guelph Arts Council Youth Opportunities Award - Deadline: November 15








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.

June 20 - September 17
Theme:                         O Canada
Closing Date:               September 17, 2017
Art Pick Up:                   September 19 - 22, 2017

September 19 - January 7, 2018
Theme:                        Standing Guard
Submissions Due:    August 28, 2017
Selection:                    Week of September 4, 2017
Art Drop Off:                September 12 – 15, 2017
Installation:                 September 18, 2017
Reception:                  September 22, 2017
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 
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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.

Sept 10th – noon – 2pm: drop off/pick up accepted work
Sept 13th – 8pm Opening Night (Wednesday)
GUELPH STUDIO TOUR members exhibit

Oct 22nd – noon – 2pm: drop off/pick up accepted work
Oct 25th  – 8pm Opening Night (Wednesday)
 - from Caped Crusaders to Politicians… you know who they are.
(**hoping to have a DRESS UP opening night for this w/ Halloween so close**)

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.

Call for Proposals: Guelph Dance Festival 2018

Deadline GDF: September 15, 2017
Deadline for Youth Moves series: December 1, 2017
Guelph Dance welcomes applications from Canadian and international professional dance artists for our 20th Annual Guelph Dance Festival, May 31-June 3, 2018. We annually present companies and choreographers from at least three Canadian provinces/territories and invite international artists who offer something unique to Canadian audiences.
More information here: http://www.guelphdance.ca/festival/call/

Silence: Miniature Exhibition Call For Artists

November 22 - December 20
November 24, 7-9 pm
Gallery hours: Tues. through Thurs., 1-4pm or by appointment
Silence, 46 Essex Street, Guelph
October 27, 2017
November 8
November 16, 12-7 pm
November 17, 9 am-4 pm
November 22 - December 20
November 24, 7-9 pm
December 21, 9 am-4 pm
January 12, 12-6 pm
All works of art must be 2-dimensional and no larger than 6 x 6 inches (including frame) and wired. Artists may submit up to 4 works of art.
To download the entry form please visit:
Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions!
For more info: www.silencesounds.ca
To download the entry form please visit:
Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions! This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.           Petra Nyendick   


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

Guelph Young Artist Mentorship Program

Deadline for Young Artists: September 24
In 2017, Guelph Arts Council and the University of Guelph School of Fine Art and Music have launched the Young Artist Mentorship Project, a collaborative project that supports young artists in the critical transition from university to professional life. GAC and SOFAM are grateful for project support from the Ontario150 Partnership Program. Applications for the Fall round of the project, are now being accepted. Guelph visual and media artists, musicians, and cultural managers are encouraged to apply as mentors or young artists.
Application for Young Artists

City of Kitchener Artist in Residence

The City of Kitchener artist in residence program provides professional artists with the opportunity to realize a creative project in any discipline or interdisciplinary practice that engages members of the community, and is relevant to the contemporary context of our region. Artists interested in this program are encouraged to propose a project that brings their artistic practice to the community and offers an exploration of life in our region
More information here

Guelph Arts Council Jane Graham Memorial Award 

Deadline: October 15, 2017
Guelph Arts Council offers the Jane Graham award to support visual artists who are actively practicing in Guelph or Wellington County and wish to pursue opportunities that will contribute to their artistic growth.   The 2017 application deadline for the Jane Graham Memorial Award is Friday, October 13, 2017 at 4:00 pm (paper application) or Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 11:59 pm (online application). Any visual artist residing and actively practising in Guelph or Wellington County is encouraged to apply for opportunities that will be pursued after November 15, 2017. The award(s) will be announced in late fall 2017.  
Apply here.

City of Guelph: Water Tower Design Competition

Help beautify a major city landmark!
The City of Guelph is holding a design competition for the repainting of the Verney water tower.
We’re inviting Guelph-based artists and designers to submit preliminary artwork and designs for a chance to have it included in the repainting of the City’s water tower near Exhibition Park in 2018.
The winning design will be chosen through a two-stage application process with three finalists shortlisted by the Public Art Advisory Committee, and the final design selected through an online public vote in November.
Artwork will be scored based on quality, creativity, technical feasibility and relevance to Guelph. The top three finalists will each receive a $250 honorarium, and the artist whose work is selected by the community will be awarded an additional $750 prize.
The deadline is 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, October 8, 2017.
View the full Call to Artists at guelph.ca/verney.
For more info: www.guelph.ca/verney           This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   Jen Rafter        5198221260 x2629

2017 Canadian Portrait Competition: “The Miracle of the Portrait”

Deadline: November 1, 2017
This will be the 12th Competition sponsored by the Portrait Society of Canada and  will be an on-line competition. It is open to all Canadian visual artists and to all those interested in the art of portrait in Canada.  As the only professional on- line Competition in Fine Art Portraiture in Canada this will be a unique opportunity to encourage public recognition on the specialty subject of the Portrait in Contemporary Canadian art.
More information and registration form here

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

Roots & Routes - Routes et raciness

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)


We would like to invite you to create and showcase your artwork inspired by a visit to the beautiful heritage site we propose for our public sustainability centre. Walk the wooded paths, lakes, streams, green fields, stone fences and arching bridges of the former Guelph Correctional Centre at York and Watson Roads. Create a work which we will exhibit and offer for sale for you, with a percentage of the proceeds of pieces sold to support our project (80/20 split, artist/YGH).
Artspiration is designed to put a spotlight on the breadth of artistry in the Guelph community while promoting the vision of Yorklands Green Hub to re-purpose this unique site for learning for a greener, climate-stable tomorrow.
More information here.

Homer Watson House & Gallery Jingle & Mingle Maker Market Call for Vendors 

Homer Watson House & Gallery is already thinking about Christmas, especially our Jingle & Mingle Maker Market. This is a chance for you to showcase and sell your original handmade items to a new audience of art lovers. Homer Watson House & Gallery is an intimate setting, with stunning historical architecture, and a wonderful atmosphere.
Event Details
Location: Homer Watson House & Gallery
1754 Old Mill Road, Kitchener, ON, N2P 1H7
Dates: Saturday, December 9, 2017
Show time: 11 am- 6 pm
Set up time: 9:00 am- 10:45 am
Cost: $50 per table
Application Deadline: October 1, 2017
Please join us for this festive, community building opportunity. This link  https://goo.gl/forms/qxzSktoO55h2TxUu2, will lead you to our vendor application page, all you have to do is fill it out and ill reach out to you about the next step. For further questions please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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

Beer League Theatre - Guelph Fringe Festival

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.

Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for info.

Guelph Fringe Facebook page will carry occasional updates.


Guelph Film Festival: Call for Film Participants

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.

For more info: guelphfilmfestival.ca   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    Carolyn Meili  519-836-4993

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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