James Gallery

James Gallery
Deadline: January 16, 2021

As an artist-run centre, the Inc. is passionate about works that push boundaries and engage with critical, conceptual and/or experimental thinking from diverse perspectives. The James Gallery is the Inc.’s dedicated members’ gallery. You must be a current member to exhibit in this space. We always welcome new and returning members, who will then be eligible to exhibit in this space. Please visit: http://theinc.ca/membership/

The James Gallery provides a professional platform for member artists to exhibit current work. Submissions to exhibit in the James Gallery are based on annual juried calls developed by the Programming Committee. 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. Artists will receive an honorarium for exhibiting in this space.

We welcome submissions from artists of all backgrounds including, but not limited to, Indigenous, Black, and people of colour; refugees, newcomers and immigrants; two-spirit, LGBTQ+ and gender non-binary persons, persons with disabilities, and those on low-incomes or living in poverty.

Selections Process:

Applications submitted at this deadline will be juried for an exhibition in spring 2021. The jury consists of members of the Programming Committee (comprised of artists, curators, and educators from the community). Priority is given to members who have not previously exhibited. The committee may bring artists together in small group exhibitions.

We thank all artists for applying, but due to the large number of submissions we receive, only successful candidates will be notified.

Application Requirements:

  • Completed Application Form (Download it as a Fillable PDF or Word Document)
  • 10 images of proposed work and/or past work (video or audio work also welcome)
  • One single PDF or Word document that includes your Artist CV (3 pages max.), and Artist biography (150 words max.)
  • (Optional) Articles, reviews, interviews, etc. related to your proposed work, scanned and saved within your PDF or Word document (2 articles max.)

Please submit all information through the form below. Submissions (excluding images) should be merged into a single PDF or Word Document and attached to the submission web-page. 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.

Alternative Ways to Apply:

We accept audio or video submissions in place of written proposals. Please answer all the questions from the application form and send us your recording along with the other required materials (i.e. your contact details, images, bio, CV, etc.). Submissions in alternative formats can be sent directly to selections@theinc.ca.

  • Audio submission: 15 minutes max. and no larger than 100 MB,  or sent as a soundcloud link.
  • Video submission: 15 minutes max. and no larger than 1 GB, or sent as a youtube/vimeo link.

We are happy to provide accommodations to ensure you can access and complete the submissions process. For questions or help with your application please contact Programming Assistant, Kristina Durka, at programmingassistant@theinc.ca


Curated/ Self-Curated Open Call
Exhibition Dates: March-May, 2021

We are 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 4 artists. Exhibitions should have a strong theme connecting the artworks on display. The committee is interested in works that are creative, push boundaries and engage with critical, conceptual or experimental thinking from a range of perspectives. 


To apply to the James Gallery, please complete the form below:

Please Indicate which application stream your submission is for. (required)
Self Curated

After clicking the send button, please wait a few minutes for the successful submission message. You should also receive a confirmation email, with your application materials attached. If you do not see this message or do not receive the email, your application was not successfully submitted.


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Hamilton Artists Inc. has numerous submission opportunities, CLICK HERE to read the general call for submissions and learn about other opportunities.

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