Ongoing Deadline

Hamilton Artists Inc. is currently accepting applications for both its James and Cannon Galleries as well as its Cannon Project Wall space.

The Cannon Gallery is a juried exhibition space, accepting local, national and international applications and paying full CARFAC fees. The Cannon Project Wall is an outdoor exhibition platform measuring 8′ x 36′. Artists may also choose to apply to the James Gallery which is primarily a members exhibition space. Thematic calls for James Gallery exhibitions in 2016 will be posted below. Please refer to the descriptions of the Galleries to decide which is more appropriate for your needs/ practice.

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

Please read on for details.


Hamilton Artists Inc.’s exhibition schedule is committed through to 2017.  The deadline for submissions is ongoing.

Please check the website for details on submission requirements.


We are looking for dynamic proposals from artists and curators at various stages of their careers and from across disciplines. The main criteria for selections in the Cannon Gallery is to fulfill the Inc.’s mandate and objectives.  Additionally, as an artist-run centre, the Inc. is interested in works that have potential impact, push boundaries and engage with critical, conceptual and/or experimental contexts.

Additional Criteria: The Inc. is mandated to exhibit a range of disciplines and career levels (emerging, mid-career and established), and to exhibit a cross-section of artists from local, regional and national communities.  The Inc. supports international visits where possible.  The Selections Committee for the Cannon Gallery takes place annually and chooses 2 to 4 exhibitions 2 to 3 years in advance for the exhibition schedule.  The Selections Committee is dedicated to diversity in the selections process.  The Programming Coordinator curates one exhibition of their choice per year.  Special projects are chosen by the Annual Selections Committee (including off-site projects, installations for the Cannon Project Wall and front reception area).  Special projects are mounted whenever possible, dependent upon the success of securing funds.


Artist Application Form
Curator Application Form

Please note: We ask that you submit all information via email to Please indicate that this submission is for the Cannon Gallery. Submissions (excluding images) should be merged into a single pdf.  Hard-copy (paper) submissions will not be considered.

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: thedistinctroleofartistruncentresinthevisualartsecology

For further information regarding the selections process, please contact



Submissions to exhibit in the James Gallery are based on annual juried calls developed by the Programming Committee. You must be a member in good standing to exhibit in this space. Priority is given to members who have not previously exhibited. The James Gallery provides a professional platform for member artists to exhibit current work. Once confirmed, exhibiting artists are encouraged to apply to the Ontario Arts Council’s Exhibition Assistance Program to help with the costs associated with mounting exhibitions.

Calls for the 2016 programming year will be posted (approx) late spring/ early summer 2015

For more information, please email

The Inc always welcomes new members, who will then be eligible to exhibit in this space. Please go to:

Please see here to make donations to support the operating costs of both galleries.


Gallery Specifications

CLICK HERE   to download floorplan

A 3D sketchup model of the gallery can be accessed HERE

Hamilton Artists Inc consists of two gallery spaces – A Main Gallery at 49′ X 21’9” and a Members’ Gallery at 19’11” X 25’11”.  Please see the attached floor plan for further information under “click here for floorplan” link below.

The outdoor courtyard features a wall at 54” length (excluding double doors) and 14′ 9” height. The back wall of the courtyard is 21′ length (excluding door) and 13′ height. The Main Gallery wall facing Cannon St. Is 65’8” length and 14′ height.  The courtyard is not yet accessible to the public.

The exhibition complex features a front entrance/reception area with a glass facade, and a wheelchair accessible ramp, and includes a back corridor and entrance for loading work, two washrooms, a kitchen area, and an office.

The outdoor exhibition wall features a 8 ft (height) by 36 ft (width) plywood facade on which artworks may be mounted.   Proposals to this measurement specification only are accepted through the annual selections process.  Please note that works on the exterior wall are not insured and participants are encouraged to produce temporary works and disposable/recyclable materials for this wall or print quality works (large format posters etc.)  The Inc. is not responsible for damage to works mounted on the exterior wall.



Submissions are encouraged from regional writers interested in producing short, commissioned text for the upcoming program of exhibitions. We produce 5-6 exhibitions annually of contemporary visual art, each accompanied by a relevant and engaging text in the form of essays, creative non-fiction or short, narrative works. Selected writers will be called upon to respond to the specific content of an exhibition and produce an essay of up to 1000 words for distribution through a printed text and publication on our website, for which the Inc. will pay a standard, commissioning fee. While all candidates should possess some working knowledge of Contemporary art, we are also interested in establishing contact with writers involved in other fields of research capable of bringing a unique perspective to topical concerns in our programming. Writers of non-art backgrounds as well as emerging artists and writers are therefore encouraged to apply.

Checklist for submissions:

  1. 2 short samples of writing, no longer that 800 words each, (excerpts welcome) saved as a pdf,  representative of your style range and subjects of interest
  2. CV of credentials and previous publications.

Please submit to: For more information about the submissions process, please email or call 905 529 3355.

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