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 2017.  The deadline for submissions in the Cannon Gallery is ongoing.
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 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. 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.

Calls for the 2016 programming year are due NOVEMBER 30

For more information, please email
The Inc always welcomes new members, who will then be eligible to exhibit in this space. Please go to:
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Call: Art School Throwback
Feb. 6 – March 12, 2016

Think back to your time in art school, a time of secret optimism cloaked in cynical posturing and all night studio sessions. When thinking back to these formative years of your career, what is the one work of art that stands out, that is frozen timeless in your mind’s eye? Do you return to it again and again because it was an indicator of future success? Or maybe because it was hopelessly derivative and was quickly lambasted in a bare-knuckle brawl style critique.

For the exhibition Art School Throwback we are asking professional artists to submit a selected work of art from their days in art school.  Don’t have any of your art school masterpieces? Then we’ll accept recreations of your lost magna carte. This could be the reason you have been stashing that dusty Damien Hirst rip off in your parent’s basement for the last two decades.

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Call: Curated / Self Curated Exhibition
March 26- May 21, 2016

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 favorably by the committee.

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Call: Technology and Identity
June 4 – July 30, 2016

Technology is embedded in the fabric of our daily lives. Where are you in relation to it? To what extent does technology take a role in your life? How aware are you of that overlap? Where does the real you exist?

Hamilton Artists Inc. is seeking critical, conceptual and/or experimental work from our members that explores our relationship with technology and addresses the interface between technology and identity. What is the social impact of technology on the political ecology of self, other and community? How does technology impact our identity or change us? How does technology influence your identity? How does technology influence or figure into your art practice?  What are the connections between technology and identity? How do we change/develop it – or how does it change/develop us?

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Call: Figure in the Landscape
August 12- October 16

Hamilton Artists Inc. seeks works which explore the theme of  ‘figure in a landscape’. Though a historically traditional theme, the Inc. is interested in work in all media that endeavors to place the contemporary figure within its physical context, both natural and urban. How do we relate to our environment and how do we create our environment? From Lascaux cave paintings to Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty, what do we do with the stuff around us? Are you concerned with environmental issues of stewardship or is the planet simply for our use? Is the landscape just a background or an active participant in its representation? Show us where you stand.

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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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