Submissions

Galleries

Hamilton Artists Inc. is seeking dynamic proposals from artists and curators at various stages of their careers and from across disciplines for both its James and Cannon Galleries. The Cannon Gallery is juried internationally and is seeking open proposals from both artists and curators at all levels of their careers. The James Gallery is primarily a members exhibition space and seeks applications for a series of thematic calls listed below. (Please refer to the descriptions of the Galleries to decide which is more appropriate for your needs/ practice). Selections criteria are informed by the Inc.’s mandated objectives.  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 from diverse perspectives. The Inc. supports and encourages submissions showcasing artists and curators most recent endeavors as well as works that incite conversation and explore expanded art practices.

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

 


CANNON GALLERY

Hamilton Artists Inc.’s exhibition schedule is committed through to 2017.  The deadline for submissions in the Cannon Gallery is December 15, annually.
Exhibitions in the Cannon Gallery adhere to, and where possible exceed, recommended CARFAC compensation to artists. Applications may be project or practice based in scope.

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 from diverse perspectives.

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 3 exhibitions 2 to 3 years in advance for the exhibition schedule.  The Selections Committee is dedicated to diversity in the selections process.  The Programming Director 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.

Submission Form

Please note: We ask that you submit all information via email to selections@theinc.ca. 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. Do not send files using wetransfer or any other transfer platform that has a time limit for hosting the files. While the submission deadline is ongoing, the selections committee typically meets to adjudicate in mid January. Notification can be expected in late spring. Please be patient. Only successful applicants will be notified.

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 programming@theinc.ca

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JAMES GALLERY

Call for Submissions: 2017 Programming Year

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. The Inc. provides a modest honorarium to member artists exhibiting in this space.

EXTENDED: Deadline for Submissions, December 15, 2016

Curated/ Self Curated
February 4 – March 11

Hamilton Artists Inc. is seeking applications for a curated/ self curated exhibition to be presented in the James Gallery. Members may act as an independent curator in an exhibition featuring up to 3 artists, or include themselves in an exhibition featuring up to 3 artists. Exhibitions should have a strong thematic connecting the works on display. The committee is interested in work that displays forward thinking and experimental qualities while also evidencing theoretical, critical and/or conceptual engagement. Projects with a community engagement component will also be looked at favourably by the committee.

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Guidance
March 25 – May 13, 2017

What results when a work is allowed to guide itself?

No longer determined solely by the hand of the maker, the circumstances of creation, accidents and flaws shape the outcome. Is it a collaborative process with chance? An exploration in potential? It is a final product or a process?

When expertise can lead to a predictable outcome, the act of relinquishing control may develop new approaches, pathways and ideas. For this open call Hamilton Artists Inc. is interested in showcasing the work of members whose practice includes aspects of material guidance, instructional process, and variations on this theme.

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Curated/ Self Curated
July 13 – August 12, 2017

Hamilton Artists Inc. is seeking applications for a curated/ self curated exhibition to be presented in the James Gallery. Members may act as an independent curator in an exhibition featuring up to 3 artists, or include themselves in an exhibition featuring up to 3 artists. Exhibitions should have a strong thematic connecting the works on display. The committee is interested in work that displays forward thinking and experimental qualities while also evidencing theoretical, critical and/or conceptual engagement. Projects with a community engagement component will also be looked at favourably by the committee.

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Excessive Abundance: The Lives of Still Lifes
August 31 – October 28, 2017

Hamilton Artist Inc. is seeking project proposals for the James Gallery that address themes of excess and abundance in still life. These projects may examine ideas of anxiety or joy associated with accumulation, consumption and wealth. The traditional genre of still life was meant to appeal to the viewer’s body as an intense sensory experience of beauty, a reminder of the passing of time. A contemporary interpretation of this tradition may seek to look at various manifestations of excess and bacchanalia in our culture.

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For more information, please email programming@theinc.ca.
The Inc always welcomes new members, who will then be eligible to exhibit in this space. Please go to:  http://theinc.ca/membership/


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HAMILTON ARTISTS INC. COTTON FACTORY RESIDENCY PROGRAM

Deadline: Rotating. Please refer to the full call and current deadline located HERE

The Hamilton Artists Inc. Cotton Factory Residency Program is a 3-month rotating artist residency for Inc. members as well as recipients of Hamilton Artists Inc.’s Award for Distinction from the McMaster Studio Art Program, who are gifted the space for one year following graduation. The Hamilton Artists Inc. Cotton Factory Residency Program provides a valuable opportunity for artists from a wide range of disciplines and career levels to build their practice. Participating artists are encouraged to use their time to experiment, develop new ideas and learn new skills in addition to forming meaningful ties with their fellow artists in residence, Cotton Factory tenants, and Inc. members. Hamilton Artists Inc. would like to thank the Cotton Factory for its demonstrated, ongoing commitment to fostering emerging artist practices as well as their continued contribution to Hamilton’s flourishing contemporary art community.

The studio is located on the second floor of the Storehouse Building at the Cotton Factory (270 Sherman Ave. N.) in room 205.

Read the press release announcing the inaugural recipients of the Hamilton Artists Inc. Cotton Factory Residency Program HERE

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Gallery Specifications

Hamilton Artists Inc. consists of two gallery spaces – The Cannon Gallery at 49′ X 21’9” and the James Gallery at 19’11” X 25’11”

CLICK HERE   to download floorplan

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

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 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′ height by 36′ 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.

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS – WRITERS (ONGOING)

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: programming@theinc.ca. For more information about the submissions process, please email programming@theinc.ca or call 905 529 3355.

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