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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.



Headwaters Arts Annual Juried Art Show & Sale - Deadline July 14
Call for Entry : Guelph Creative Arts Show and Sale - Deadline Fri. July 21
Musicontario Presents: The 2017 Canadian Songwriter Challenge - Deadline July 21
Open Call for Projects: Nuit Blanche London - Deadline July 31

Call for Submissions: A Living Legacy - Juried Exhibition - Deadline August 23
150 Seconds Of Ontario Filmmaking Contest - Deadline August 28th, 2017
Call for Entries: Hidden Valley Revealed - Deadline August 30


2017 Canadian Portrait Competition: “The Miracle of the Portrait” - Deadline: November 1








WALL OF ART SERIES: Upcoming Themes and Key Dates - Deadline: May 29, 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 O Canada. A nation’s anthem tells the story of its history, traditions, and the struggles of its people. What does O Canada mean to you? We can’t wait to see what our local artists have in store for O Canada.


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.

April 11 - June 18
Theme:                          Fresh
Reception:                    April 28, 2017
Closing Date:               June 18, 2017
Art Pick Up:                   June 20 – 23, 2017

June 20 - September 17
Theme:                         O Canada
Call Goes Out:            Week of April 24, 2017
Submissions Due:     May 29, 2017
Selection:                     Week of June 5, 2017
Art Drop Off:                  June 13 – 16, 2017
Installation:                   June 20, 2017
Reception:                    June 23, 2017
Closing Date:               September 17, 2017
Art Pick Up:                   September 19 - 22, 2017

September 19 - January 7, 2018
Theme:                        Standing Guard
Call Goes Out:           Week of July 24, 2017
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

Open Call for Projects: Nuit Blanche London

Deadline July 31, 2017. Please contact Christine at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your idea.
Saturday, September 30, 2017, 7:00PM to 1:00AM
Nuit Blanche London is an opportunity to celebrate and showcase talented and creative contemporary artists and the city’s commitment to contemporary art. Starting at 7:00pm on Saturday, September 30, 2017 and running until 1:00am on Sunday, October 1, downtown London will come alive with a celebration of contemporary art.
All projects must keep to the Nuit Blanche London mandate: to make contemporary art accessible, inspiring dialogue and engaging the public. All proposals must meet the basic criteria outlined below and are subject to review.

For more information click here.

Rotunda Gallery Call for 2018 Exhibition Proposals

Deadline: Monday, September 11
Visual artists with professional curricula vitae are invited to submit exhibition proposals for the Rotunda Gallery's 2018 schedule. To provide as many artists as possible with an opportunity to exhibit, artists will not be awarded Rotunda Gallery exhibitions in consecutive years.
Located on the ground floor of Kitchener city hall, the Rotunda Gallery features month-long, self-curated exhibits of original work by outstanding visual artists. The gallery program supports professional contemporary practice in the visual arts. To promote the development of visual arts in our region, applicants from Waterloo region are given preference, but artists' applications from other Ontario localities may be considered. The Rotunda Gallery is a member of the Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG). The city announces exhibit openings to the media, and welcomes visitors to the gallery seven days a week.
Submission form here: https://kitchener.blitzen.com/form/0b134106be0306bd058129a327748

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.

May 2nd – 8pm Opening Night (Tuesday)
- a celebration of diversity through COLOUR

June 4th – noon – 2pm: drop off/pick up accepted work
June 6th – 8pm Opening Night (Tuesday)
- artwork containing words, text, including altered books etc

July 9th – noon – 2pm: drop off/pick up accepted work
July 12th – 8pm Opening Night (Wednesday)
“Falling In Love Every Second Song”
- artists celebrate MUSIC and it’s incredible influence over us

Aug 13th – noon – 2pm: drop off/pick up accepted work
Aug 15th – 8pm Opening Night (Tuesday)
It’s all about ME!
- artists express themselves through SELF PORTRAITS

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 SUBMISSIONS: A Living Legacy - Juried Exhibition at Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre - Deadline August 23

Our Art School has turned 60! This show will celebrate the art of those who have been touched by our Arts Centre in any way during their artistic journey, while honoring our founder, artist Bert Henderson with a display of his drawings and paintings.  
More info and submission form here.

Call for Entries: Hidden Valley Revealed

Deadline August 30
The purpose of the show is to highlight aspects of Hidden Valley, Kitchener. Art work will relate specifically to the natural elements within the Hidden Valley. Only original work derived from inspiration of Hidden Valley will be accepted.
This is a juried show with three jurors. One of them will be an Environmentalist who is familiar with the trails, flora and fauna of Hidden Valley. Participating in this juried exhibition which will show the importance of our air, our water and maintaining the percentage of green space in Waterloo Region.
More information here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/HiddenValleyRevealed/
Information and submission form here

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/


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

 Musicontario Presents: The 2017 Canadian Songwriter Challenge

Deadline July 21
The Canadian Songwriter Challenge invites Music Industry Associations from each province to program unique songwriting retreats to develop local writers and their skills.
During each retreat (spanning anywhere from 2 to 5 days), artists receive mentoring in songwriting and co-writing, and have the opportunity to demo newly co-written works. Participants also have the opportunity to attend workshops on the business of songwriting, including demoing in a professional studio environment, live performance, publishing, marketing, and a variety of intellectual property topics from live performance to sync rights.
This year’s Challenge will be hosted at Metalworks Recording Studios from August 8-10, 2017, where all co-writing, recording, and mentoring sessions will take place.
Artists must be based in Ontario and must be available during the days of August 8, 9 and 10, 2017.
More information and application here.

150 Seconds Of Ontario Filmmaking Contest

Deadline August 28th, 2017
If you had 150 seconds to tell a story about Ontario, what would you say? What are the most important, inspiring, or impactful things about our province? The Factory Media Centre is commemorating the 150th birthday of Ontario by presenting the ‘150 Seconds of Ontario Film Festival’. Get involved in the celebration! Create a short film with the theme (and time limit) of ‘150 Seconds of Ontario’. Express yourself & explore Ontario’s rich history, people, places, & events through filmmaking.
More information here: http://factorymediacentre.ca/150soff/

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

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)

Call for Submission: Headwaters Arts Annual Juried Art Show & Sale

Deadline: Friday, July 14
Alton Mill Arts Centre, Caledon (Alton Village), Ontario.
The show is open to all artists in Ontario working in all mediums in both 2-and 3-dimensional art forms.
The art show kicks off on Friday, September 15, 2017 with an Opening Celebration in the evening at the award-winning Alton Mill Arts Centre in Caledon, Ontario. This prestigious juried show will run over 2 weeks and 3 weekends. Up to $1500 in cash prizes to be awarded.
Complete details and entry forms are available at www.headwatersarts.com.
Download entry form http://headwatersarts.com/wp-content/uploads/Call-For-Entry-2017.pdf
For more information please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Call for Entry : Guelph Creative Arts Show and Sale

Deadline: Midnight Fri. July 21st
Opening reception: Saturday August 12th, 1pm – 3pm
Location: Kloepfer Gallery 18 Paisley Street Guelph, Ontario
Registration: May be done by mail, Artisan drop off, or register and pay online at www.guelphcreativearts.com.
Drop off/mailing address: Guelph Artisans Store Expressions 2017 55 Wyndham Street N, Unit T15 Guelph, Ontario. N1H 7T8
All media are eligible and encouraged. They must be original works and created within the last two years and for sale.
For more information click here.


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.


(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.



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 in the Committee’s databank for consideration for the annual award.  Each year’s award decision is announced in the spring, but nominations are accepted throughout the year. 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
Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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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