Special Projects

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.

Special Projects are meant to be responsive and will be assessed on a case-by-case basis by members of The Inc.’s New Committee and Programming Committee. Budgets for these projects range from $500-$1500, including artist fees and material costs. Applicants are encouraged to consider the technical/logistical requirements of their project, including cost, preferred location, target audience, safety and durability (if applicable).

We welcome submissions by artists from all backgrounds including, but not limited to, Indigenous, Black, and racialized artists; refugee, newcomer and immigrant artists; two-spirit and LGBTQ+ artists; gender non-binary artists, artists living with disabilities, and artists on low-incomes or living in poverty.

Application Requirements:

  • One single PDF or Word Document that includes the following:
  • Applicant contact information (including full name, address, city, email, phone number)
  • Brief description of your proposed project (350 words max.) — Describe what you are planning on doing. What will this work look like? Where will it take place? If your project is participatory, how will people engage with it? What resources do you need to successfully realize this project?
  • Artist biography (150 words max.)
  • Artist’s CV (Optional. 3 pages max.)
  • Up to 10 images contextualizing the work (may submit doodles, sketches or renderings); and/or up to 5 minutes of audio or video (please send Youtube, Vimeo, or SoundCloud links included in your single PDF or Word document)

(Note: For curatorial or group proposals, please include biographies for yourself and each participating artist.)

There is no application form for the Special Projects stream. Submission materials (excluding images) should be merged into a single PDF or Word document. Proposals should be submitted into the form below.


To apply to the Special Projects Call for Proposals, please complete the form below:

After clicking the send button, please wait a couple of 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.

Please apply through the online submission form only. Hard copy and email submissions will not be considered, unless special accommodations were requested. Due to the high volume of submissions only successful applicants will be contacted.

For questions about the Special Projects stream, please contact the New Committee at newcommittee@theinc.ca or call 905-529-3355.


The New Committee is an action committee of Hamilton Artists Inc., committed to dismantling structural barriers that prevent participation in our programs and creating true inclusion for all artists and community members in our region. We question current institutional structures and hierarchies and work to envision and propose alternative possibilities. Through initiating special projects, conducting community outreach and advising on internal policies, the committee fosters an inclusive space at all levels of the organization including governance, programming and community engagement.


Hamilton Artists Inc. has numerous submission opportunities, please refer to our other calls to determine whether this call is best suited to the nature of your project. CLICK HERE to read our general submission calls and see the other opportunities.

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