Call for Submissions

The following opportunities are currently open:

  • Special Projects
  • Writers/Essayists
  • Artwork Documentation Appointments (non-juried)

Submissions to the Cannon Gallery, Cannon Project Wall, James Gallery, Indigenous Residency, and Photophobia: Contemporary Moving Image Festival are now closed. Please check back soon or subscribe to our mailing list at the bottom of this web-page to find out when to apply to future calls.

Hamilton Artists Inc. (The Inc.) accepts proposals from artists, collectives, and curators at various stages of their careers for its exhibition platforms and public programs. We welcome proposals from artists working in all disciplines and from local, regional and national communities. As an artist-run centre, we are passionate about providing a space for creative exploration and risk-taking. We are interested in unconventional and challenging contemporary art that engages with critical, conceptual, or experimental ideas and approaches. The Inc. encourages submissions that showcase artists and curators’ most recent endeavours as well as works that incite conversation and represent diverse perspectives. In addition to our galleries, our Special Projects foster activities that do not take the form of regular gallery exhibitions.

We welcome submissions from artists of all backgrounds (including but not limited to): Indigenous, Black, people of colour, refugees, newcomers, immigrants, Two-Spirit, LGBTQ+, gender non-binary persons, persons with disabilities, and those on low-incomes or living in poverty. Please advise us of any accommodations needed to ensure you can access and complete the submissions process.

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

Special Projects
Deadline: Ongoing

Special Projects provide an excellent opportunity for artists and collectives to respond to social, political and cultural issues in new and unconventional ways. They may be performances, zines, posters, screenings, workshops, activities that are site-specific, digital, outdoors, or other creative initiatives. Special projects do not take the form of gallery exhibitions. Learn more about Special Projects.

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.

Have questions or need help with your application?

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page. It includes writing tips and more!

CLICK HERE for our floorplan. A 3D sketchup model of the gallery can be accessed HERE.

Contact us:
Programming Assistant, Kristina Durka:
Programming Director, Abedar Kamgari:
Leave a message at 905 529 3355 (please note: emails will be seen more quickly while we are working remotely.)

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