Call for Submissions

Submissions to the following are currently open:

  • Special Projects
  • Writers/Editors

Please note: Submissions to our exhibition platforms are currently closed. Please join our newsletter (at the footer of this page) to receive the latest updates about future opportunities. We accept proposals once a year, with a deadline in the fall.

Hamilton Artists Inc. (The Inc.) is seeking dynamic proposals from artists, collectives and curators at various stages of their careers for its exhibition platforms and public programs. The Inc. is mandated to exhibit a range of artistic disciplines and career levels, and to exhibit a cross-section of artists from local, regional and national communities. Our exhibition platforms include the Cannon Gallery, James Gallery, Cannon Project Wall, and ArcelorMittal Dofasco Courtyard. We also accept proposals to our public programs such as Photophobia and Special Projects.

As an artist-run centre, we are interested in works/projects that have potential impact, push boundaries and engage with critical, conceptual and/or experimental thinking from a diverse range of perspectives and voices. We encourage independent projects that activate our audiences and exhibition spaces in unique ways. We are committed to providing platforms for risk-taking and creating an inclusive space for exploring expanded art practices. In addition to our galleries, our Special Projects stream invites proposals for projects that may occur on or off-site, manifesting through happenings, print materials, digital platforms, screenings, workshops or other forms of public presentation or intervention. The Inc. supports submissions that showcase artists and curators’ most recent endeavours as well as works that incite conversation and promote a range of intersectional narratives.

We welcome submissions from all qualified individuals and strongly encourage submissions from members of equity-seeking communities, including women, racialized and Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities/expressions. 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 are activities that do not take the form of regular exhibitions. These can be one-off performances, zines, posters, screenings, workshops, community events, digital platforms, outdoor projects in our courtyard, site-specific interventions, off-site projects, or other unique initiatives. Special projects provide an excellent opportunity for individuals to engage with social, political and cultural issues in new and unconventional ways. Click here for more information.

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.

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