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



Hamilton Artists Inc.’s exhibition schedule is committed through to 2018.  The deadline for submissions in the Cannon Gallery is November 30th, 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.

The form for submission is available HERE

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 and sent via email.  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. Do not send files using dropbox. 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



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.

Submissions for 2018 programming are currently being accepted and can be found below. The deadline for all James Gallery calls are November 30th.

Transition & Transform

Mar. 24 – May 26, 2018

How might one transform the material refuse of late capitalism—the discarded, unwanted, cheap, or useless materials that bloat our daily lives—into new forms of aesthetic and political resistance?

How might we combat the ubiquitous precarity of neoliberalism through counter-transformations of negative value through valueless objects?
Is it possible for us to flip the script of consumerism to reveal the humorous, dramatic and farcical flaws of conspicuous consumption?

The form for submissions to this exhibition can be found HERE.

Impossible Expectations

Aug. 30 – Nov. 3, 2018

The HAI is looking for works that intertwines fact and fiction to interrogate the mystery, longing, and enchantment of contemporary myths. If, as Roland Barthes writes, “The function of myth is to empty reality: it is, literally, a ceaseless flowing out, a hemorrhage, or perhaps an evaporation, in short, a perceptible absence” (Mythologies 143), how might we work to reclaim practices of meaning making in everyday life to combat this hemorrhaging?

How might we unmask the motivations of myth and lay bare the impossible expectations of contemporary cultural moment? If myths “transform history into nature,” how might we denaturalize our cultural contexts to question the ubiquitous affects of uncertainty, hopelessness and mediocrity—the emotional foundations of our manufactured broken dreams?

The form for submissions to this exhibition can be found HERE.

Curated/ Self Curated Open Call

Feb. 3 – Mar. 10, 2018 and Jun. 16 – Aug. 18, 2018

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.

The form for submissions to this exhibition can be found here:

Feb. 3 – Mar. 10, 2018 and Jun. 16 -Aug. 18, 2018

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

* If you are having issues filling in the forms, please update your PDF reader. A free download is available from Adobe HERE.




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


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.



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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