Submissions

Call for Submissions
Exhibition Platforms, Special Projects, Film Festival and More!

Hamilton Artists Inc. (The Inc.) is seeking dynamic proposals from artists, collectives and curators at various stages of their careers for its exhibition platforms and public programs. The Inc. is mandated to exhibit a range of artistic disciplines and career levels, and to exhibit a cross-section of artists from local, regional and national communities. Our exhibition platforms include the Cannon Gallery, James Gallery, Cannon Project Wall, and ArcelorMittal Dofasco Courtyard. We also accept proposals to our public programs, such as Incoming, Photophobia, and our Special Projects stream.

As an artist-run centre, we are interested in works/projects that have potential impact, push boundaries and engage with critical, conceptual and/or experimental thinking from a diverse range of perspectives and voices. We encourage independent projects that activate our audiences and exhibition spaces in unique ways. We are committed to providing platforms for risk-taking and creating an inclusive space for exploring expanded art practices. In addition to our galleries, our Special Projects stream invites proposals for projects that may occur on or off-site, manifesting through happenings, print materials, digital platforms, screenings, workshops or other forms of public presentation or intervention. The Inc. supports submissions that showcase artists and curators’ most recent endeavours as well as works that incite conversation and promote a range of intersectional narratives.

We welcome submissions from all qualified individuals and strongly encourage submissions from members of equity-seeking communities, including women, racialized and Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities/expressions. Please advise us of any accommodations needed to ensure you can access and complete the submissions process.

Submissions to the following are now open:

  • Cannon Gallery
  • James Gallery
  • Cannon Project Wall
  • ArcelorMittal Dofasco Courtyard
  • Special Projects
  • Incoming: a project for refugee, newcomer and immigrant artists
  • Call for Youth Artists: Sandwich Board Re-Design
  • Photophobia: Contemporary Moving Image Festival
  • Writers/Editors

Please see the full descriptions for each call in order to identify which opportunity is best suited to your practice/ objectives.


Need help preparing your application? Attend our free proposal writing workshop on November 21. CLICK HERE.

CLICK HERE to read frequently asked questions related to submissions.

CLICK HERE to download a floor-plan of Hamilton Artists Inc.’s exhibition spaces.
A 3D sketchup model of the gallery can be accessed HERE.

Hamilton Artists Inc. is an Artist-Run Centre.  To read about the history of Artist-Run Centre culture in Canada, please download the Canada Council for the Arts Report by clicking on: the distinct role of artist-run centres in the visual arts ecology


Cannon Gallery
Deadline: December 15, 2018

The Cannon Gallery is juried internationally and seeks open proposals from both artists and curators at all levels of their careers.. The Cannon Gallery exhibition schedule is committed through to 2020. Click here for more information.


James Gallery
Deadline: December 15, 2018

The James Gallery is the Inc.’s dedicated members’ gallery. Submissions to exhibit in the James Gallery are based on annual themed calls developed by the Programming Committee. Click here for more information.


Cannon Project Wall
Deadline: December 15, 2018

The Cannon Project Wall is an 8’ x 36’ billboard on the side of our building. Located at the corner of James and Cannon Streets, the billboard sees upwards of 10,000 vehicular and pedestrian traffic each day. Click here for more information.


ArcelorMittal Dofasco Courtyard
Deadline: December 15, 2018

The ArcelorMittal Dofasco Courtyard is a malleable outdoor space that hosts a range of activities including an outdoor screening series and film festival, short-term installations, and participatory community arts projects. Click here for more information.


Special Projects
Deadline: December 15, 2018

Special Projects are independent initiatives diverse in nature that may happen at the gallery or off-site. They may manifest themselves through happenings, print materials, digital platforms, multiples, screenings, workshops or other forms of public presentation or intervention. Click here for more information.


Incoming!
A project for refugee, newcomer and immigrant artists
Deadline: December 15, 2018

Incoming addresses the needs of newcomer, immigrant and refugee artists through free workshops, events, and an art exhibition taking place in winter 2018-19. Click here to learn more and apply to the exhibition.


Call for Youth Artists: Sandwich Board Re-Design
Deadline: December 15, 2018

We’re seeking design from young artists (aged 15 – 25) for the face of our sidewalk sandwich board. The sandwich board serves as a welcoming invitation to the gallery, encouraging pedestrians and passerby to enter our space. Click here for more information.


Photophobia: Contemporary Moving Image Festival
Deadline: June 15, 2019

Photophobia is an annual festival of short-format contemporary media, film, video and moving image. Not confined by restrictions or themes, Photophobia is a two-part screening series presented every August under the cover of night in the Irving Zucker Sculpture Garden at the Art Gallery of Hamilton and the ArcelorMittal Dofasco Courtyard at Hamilton Artists Inc. Click here for more information.


Writers/ Essayists
Deadline: Ongoing

We’re seeking submissions from regional writers interested in producing short, commissioned texts to accompany our exhibitions and programs. Selected writers will be called upon to respond to the specific content of an exhibition and produce an essay or text of up to 1000 words. Click here for more information.

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