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Calls for Submission / Audition Notices

CONFERENCE PROPOSALS

13th International Conference on The Arts in Society

Deadline: May 27, 2018

We invite proposals for paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters/exhibits, virtual lightning talks, virtual posters, or colloquia addressing one of the following themes:

  • THEME 1: ARTS EDUCATION
  • THEME 2: ARTS THEORY AND HISTORY
  • THEME 3: NEW MEDIA, TECHNOLOGY, AND THE ARTS
  • THEME 4: SOCIAL, POLITICAL, AND COMMUNITY AGENDAS IN THE ARTS

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VISUAL ARTS

Open Call for Summer Exhibition

Deadline: April 15, 2018

The Latcham Gallery is seeking submissions for a group exhibition from artists whose work in some way engages with activism and advocacy. This can include but is not limited to ideas and narratives that raise awareness about important social issues, challenge the status quo and advocate for change. Learn More

International Art Competition "Black and White"

Deadline: April 15, 2018

Contemporary Art Room Gallery is proud to announce their 1st “Black & White” Online Art Competition for the month of April 2018. This is an international competition and artists from around the world are welcome to submit their work. Black & White theme in this competition will be strictly applied and only works in black white and or shades of gray will be accepted. All visual art mediums are acceptable (painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, digital, prints, fiber art, collage or installation art) except sound and video art. Learn More

National Call for Proposals to Emerging Artists

Deadline: April 16, 2018 5pm EST

Canadian Heritage is seeking a dynamic, impactful image that conveys the theme of ‘passage’- en route; on the way; on a journey; an act, process, or instance of passing through or over; on the move; transition. Learn More

56th Annual Aurora Art Show and Sale

Deadline: April 17, 2018

Only the first 120 entry forms will be accepted for the adult category and the first 60 entry forms accepted for the youth category. Learn More

Heritage Art Contest Call for Entries - Town of Newmarket

Deadline: Submissions due between April 16 to April 30 2018

Announcing the Town of Newmarket’s 2018 Heritage Art Contest. To be eligible, the artwork must focus on the heritage of the Town of Newmarket. This may include, but is not limited to, the Municipality’s culture, society, economy, history, significant events, architecture or natural environment (past or present). The contest is open to all residents of the Province of Ontario. Learn More

Recalling with Doors Open Toronto 

Deadline: May 4, 2018 at 4pm

Recalling invites artists to submit artwork that utilizes art to recall a memory. The theme is open to interpretation by the artist, from the creation of a visual diary to an actual documentation of an important event. Artists can also re-visit the details of a distant memory through experimentation and exploration. A special invitation to photography or new media works*, however all media are accepted. Apply Here

McMichael Autumn Art Sale

Deadline: May 31, 2018

The McMichael Volunteer Committee’s Autumn Art Sale Fundraiser is open to all living Canadian and Aboriginal Fine Artists and Sculptors. Learn More

The Schomberg Street Gallery 

Deadline: May 31, 2018

The Schomberg Street Gallery is an outdoor, juried exhibition and sale of quality fine art. Held in the charming historic village of Schomberg, Ontario. On September 16, Main Street will be closed to traffic allowing for full pedestrian access to a wide variety of local artists and their work. Artists line the street displaying original fine art and skilled craftsmanship all available for purchase to the public. Learn More

Uxbridge Celebration of the Arts

Deadline: August 4, 2018

The juried art show is a multi-discipline arts program. Artists, this is an amazing chance to have your work evaluated by prominent jurors, measure your work against other entries, have it displayed in the beautiful Council Chambers in Uxbridge and perhaps sell your pieces. Learn More

Latcham Gallery General Exhibition Submissions

Deadline: Ongoing

Description: The Latcham Gallery is committed to planning a balanced exhibition program and highlights work that stimulates the community in Whitchurch-Stouffville and reaches out to a larger art community in Ontario. We welcome proposals throughout the year from artists across Ontario (and nationally when possible) working in all media. Learn More

Toronto Digital Projects - Online Showcase for Emerging Artists

Deadline: Ongoing

Description: Toronto Digital Projects is a new curated virtual gallery for emerging artists creating digital paintings, animations, videos, GIFs and other forms of Post-Internet art. Supported by Canada Council for the Arts and Angell Gallery. Learn More

The Varley Art Gallery of Markham - Artist Level Membership

Deadline: Ongoing

The Varley Art Gallery of Markham introduced the new Artist Level membership, launching sumer 2015. The Artist Level membership (eligible for those 18 years or older) allows special access to the gallery's facilities, discount on art programs, reciprocal admission to 70+ participating Ontario Arts Galleries, and also a 10% discount at all Curry's Artists' Material locations.  Learn More

FILM & PERFORMING ARTS

The One Act Play Festival - Submit a Play

Deadline: April 30, 2018

The Very Useful Theatre Company is seeking 6 original plays for the second annual One Act Play Festival. Learn more.

Thatz Showbiz Theatre - 3 Plays in 30 Days

Deadline: May 1, 2018

Thatz Showbiz Theatre Project and the Ontario Trillium Foundation presents "3 Plays In 30 Days" a project that pairs up young creatives (ages 13 -18) with professional mentors as the script, design, direct and perform their own original work.  We are looking for young aspiring playwrights, aspiring actors, aspiring directors, aspiring stage managers and aspiring set designers (ages 13 to 18) for this FREE program in York Region, funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.  Learn more 

York Region Association of Young Artists - Open Mic Nights

We invite all singers & performers that are looking for a family-friendly venue to perform in. We also invite a featured host for our events that are in the music industry and may have something to share with our guest performers.

Contact: Omar Rayman at 647-919-6627 or omar [dot] rayman [at] gmail [dot] com

MULTIDISCIPLINARY

Request for Expression of Interest for Community Space Tenancy

Deadline: March 21, 2018 4pm

The City of Toronto is seeking applications from Arts and Cultural organizations who operate within (one or more of) the following service areas:

  • Community Arts and Culture;
  • Seniors Focus programs including engagement and drop in;
  • Youth focus programs including engagement and drop in

Learn more

Music Production and Presentation Projects

Deadline: March 28, 2018

This program supports the development and presentation of all genres of music by Ontario-based professional musicians, ad hoc groups/collectives and organizations. 

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Spring Pop-Up Sale: Vintage Vendors and Local Makers

Deadline: March 29, 2018

The King Heritage & Cultural Centre is excited to announce that we will be having our very first Spring Pop-Up Sale: Vintage Vendors & Local Makers on April 7th, 2018. If you are a vintage vendor or a local maker who is looking to set-up shop at one of King’s most unique shopping events, then you’re just what we are looking for! If you’re interested in registering as a vendor, please call 905-833-2331 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Mindful Project's 2nd Annual Mental Health Exhibit: Beam On

Deadline: March 29, 2018

In honour of Canadian Mental Heath Week and National Youth Week we will be showcasing our second annual Art Exhibition exploring the expressive and cathartic process of creating and sharing art.

We are calling all artists and makers using art as an expression to process or express feelings related to mental health and wellness to submit to this call. Themes vary however some ideas are: situational or personal traumas, forms of mediation, meditation and relaxation, feelings related to mental health, ending stigma, positivity and wellness etc. Learn More

Town of Richmond Hill - Artist in Residence

Deadline: April 5, 2018 at 4 p.m.

Are you interested in creating art in outdoor spaces? The Town of Richmond Hill is seeking submissions from artists for the 2018 Artist in Residence program. The selected artist or collective or artists will develop a small-scale temporary installation or creative art experience in an outdoor public space in Richmond Hill. Learn More

49th Unionville Festival -- Craft and Art Vendors Wanted -- June 2 & 3

Deadline: For early bird rates, April 15, 2018

The Unionville Festival welcomes artists and artisans as vendors at our 49th annual community festival. The festival takes place right on Main Street in this unique heritage village and is the largest community festival in Markham. Attendance typically tops 50,000. Special prices are available for "craft" booths. Learn more

Salt Spring Arts Council - Artist in Residence

Deadline: May 1, 2018

The Salt Spring Arts Council (SSAC) and the Artist in Residence steering committee are pleased to announce the third year of the Artist in Residence (AiR) Program on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia.

The Artist in Residence (AiR) Program provides an opportunity for artists to work in the vibrant arts environment of Salt Spring Island. The program is open to all Canadian professionals working in the arts, in any genre or medium, at any stage of their careers. AiR encourages applications from artists of diverse cultural and regional backgrounds. The intent of the program is to provides the time and space for creativity and productivity and introduces visiting artists to Salt Spring Island and its arts community.

Applications for the AiR program can be submitted on or before May 1st. 2018 for tenure between October 2018 and April 2019. Learn More 

Toronto Digital Projects – Call for Digital Projects

Deadline: Ongoing - contact the TDP for details.

Toronto Digital Projects is a curated virtual gallery for emerging artists creating digital paintings, animations, videos, GIFs and other forms of post-Internet art. Projects selected for the site should be innovative in their use of digital media. Learn More

LaVaLab – Opportunity to set up a Free Profile

Description: LaVaLab invites all Artists and Writers to set up a FREE profile including a bio and multiple frames to upload examples of work, complete with the ability to sub-categorize each piece for easy LaVaLab visitor searches. Artists and/or Writers can connect with each other, gain a new audience, access potential buyers and promote themselves with LaVaLab. The Editorials aim to keep creative talent abreast of relevant industry news, trends, events, competitions and professional opportunities. Learn More

Owl Ridge Acres - Self Guided Residencies

Deadline: Ongoing

Description: Now accepting applications for Fall and Winter residencies. Owl Ridge Acres is a new creative residency hosting multidisciplinary artists, writers, musicians or photographers to focus on their practice. ORA offers weekly, monthly and seasonal self-guided residencies as well as daily retreats. Located in the town of Bancroft, Owl Ridge Acres offers a beautiful rural setting on a hobby farm surrounded by the rugged terrain and provincial parks of Central Ontario. Private rooms, studio/workshop space and common areas are all available to use over your stay. Learn More

York Region Arts Council, YRAC

1310 Kerrisdale Blvd., Unit 200
Newmarket, ON. L3Y 7B3

Phone: 905-726-3278
Fax: 905-726-2788