Calls for Submissions

Artist opportunities via Alberta Foundation for the Arts

The Sled Island Music & Arts Festival (June 22 – 26, 2016 in Calgary, Alberta) is currently accepting project proposals for the festival’s 2016 visual art programming. Deadline to apply is February 15, 2016 at 11:59pm MST.

Submissions are now open for Pumphouse Theatre Art Gallery Emerging Artist Exhibit. Deadline February 19th, 2016.

The Works Art & Design Festival Art Market calling all artists, designers, artisans and craftspersons. Early bird rates are available until February 15.

NORTHWESTFEST (formerly ‘Global Visions’) is Canada’s longest-running documentary film festival, taking place over 10 days each May. The deadline for Alberta artists is February 14.

2016 Artist in Residency program – Call for Artists

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, located in northern Alberta, has an exciting opportunity to share.

The 2016 Wood Buffalo Artist in Residency program is seeking two Canadian resident professional artists to manage two, seven week mentoring programs.

  • Program #1: May 24, 2016-July 8, 2016
  • Program #2: July 11, 2016-August 26, 2016

The selected mentoring artists will receive $6,500.00 CDN each in compensation (including cost of local accommodations) plus a modest budget for art supplies.

The expectations of the two mentoring artists are as follows:

  • Mentor up to 6 local emerging artists aged 16+
  • Create and teach workshops that will require travel to 3 different rural communities within the Municipality
  • Work with the 6 local emerging artists to create a final exhibition
  • Create one or more original pieces for the final exhibition

The Mentoring Artists must have:

  • Teaching experience
  • Have been professionally exhibited
  • Workshop experience
  • Have worked with community members of all ages
  • A clear plan as to how they will mentor the 6 local emerging artists
  • A concept for what they want to teach in the 3 rural community oriented workshops
  • A chosen theme for the final exhibition
  • A list of supplies required for the residency

We invite visual artists who are Canadian residents to submit a proposal on or before Monday, March 14, 2016 at 4 p.m. MST.

Application Requirements

  • CV
  • Biography
  • Current resume stating teaching/mentorship experience
  • 10 photos displaying your artistic work
  • A letter of intent explaining how you would mentor your pupils, workshop ideas and a vision for the final exhibition
  • Interview with Community Strategies Coordinator
  • All contact information: phone, email and mailing address


Applications can be submitted via email to Community Strategies Coordinator, Michael Beamish, or by hard copy to: 2016 Artist in Residency Program, c/o Michael Beamish, The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, 9909 Franklin Avenue, Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, T9H 2K4.

Please visit to learn more about this project and the call to artists or contact Michael Beamish, , (780) 788-1498, for more information.

WinterPLAY talent show

Presented by Peter Pond Mall

1st Place: $1,500.00 Gift Certificate to Peter Pond Mall

2nd Place: $1,000.00 Gift Certificate to Peter Pond Mall

3rd Place: $500.00 Gift Certificate to Peter Pond Mall


The competition will take place during the following days and times:


Preliminary RoundSaturday, February 20, 11:00am-2:30pm. 

Semi Final RoundSunday, February 21, 11:00am-1:00pm. 

Final Round: Sunday, February 21, 1:00pm-2:30pm. 


The competition this year will take place on the Snye River in a HEATED 30’x60’ tent. All acts are welcome. There are only 30 spaces available so register today at,

ARTIST CALL – 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage in Alberta

Call for Artists
Borealis Gallery – Legislative Assembly of Alberta
Application deadline: January 31, 2016, 11:59 pm MST

In 1916, the three Prairie Provinces were the first in Canada to grant women the right to vote in provincial elections. On January 28th, Manitoba women became the first in Canada, but they were followed closely by Saskatchewan on March 14th and Alberta on April 19th. In the East – Quebec and the Maritimes – the struggle continued for well over 20 years. What was unique about 1916 in the Prairies?

An exhibition commemorating the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in Alberta is being planned by the Borealis Gallery at the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. This exhibition, opening June 12th 2016, will explore how specific places, people, and culture of the Prairies, and Alberta specifically, combined to create an environment where women’s suffrage campaigns could be successful.

The exhibition will focus on “mapping” the issue, using symbols and imagery to locate historical events, people, and locations physically within the province. In addition to creating literal maps, we are also interested in “mapping” the body by investigating shared traits and experiences of the suffragettes.

We are looking to display within this exhibition artworks that explore suffrage movements, place, cultural geography, feminism, and the intersection of social identities based on class, race, gender, socioeconomic status, etc. Interested artists are asked to propose works for exhibition which address the cultural, social, political, and/or natural landscapes of the province and how they relate to Albertan women’s struggle for agency (past and present). Artwork that addresses issues of gender equality more broadly will also be considered. Chosen artists will have their work featured as part of the exhibition at the Borealis Gallery from June 6 to August 6, 2016.

Interested artists are asked to send submissions in writing which include:
 digital images (no more than five and no larger than 1 MB each);
 title, dimensions, and medium of each work;
 an artist’s statement which puts the work in the context of the exhibition as described;
 the name and contact information of the artist, including a brief CV (no longer than two pages).
We are interested in past work, current work, and in artwork created specifically for this exhibition.

Application deadline: January 31, 2016
Proposal selection: March 27, 2016
Exhibition installation: June 6 – 12, 2016
Exhibition: June 12 – Aug 6, 2016

For more information on the Legislative Assembly Office of Alberta and the Borealis Gallery, visit

Submissions should be sent by January 31, 2016 by email to:
Barbara Hilden, Exhibits Coordinator
Visitor Services, Legislative Assembly of Alberta
3rd Floor, 9820 107 St, Edmonton, AB T5K 1E7
phone: 780.638.5682

ARTIST CALL – City of St. Albert Art Collection

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City of St. Albert Permanent Art Collection – Direct Purchase

Date Issued:  January 11th, 2016

Due Date: 4:00 p.m. (local time), March 21st, 2016


City of St. Albert Cultural Services Percent for Art Program is pleased to announce a competition for Public Artwork in St. Albert.

The City of St. Albert collects artwork that demonstrates the vitality and innovation of the region’s visual art community. When annual budgets permit, opportunities for purchase are announced by way of the Direct Purchase Program. Purchase decisions are based on peer assessment committee recommendations, with artwork acquired through the program becoming part of the City of St. Albert Public Art Collection. This program of acquisition is funded through the St. Albert Public Art Program.



The Direct Purchase program is open to any professional artist living within the Province of Alberta who meet the following criteria:

  1. i)          has completed relevant training, an apprenticeship, or a recognized body of work in the visual arts;
  2. ii)         meets the requirements of one or more of the following:

–           is dedicated to the professional practice of art (evidenced by a significant investment of time and resources in the area of practice related to the artist’s proposed artwork)

–           receives payment for artistic work (i.e., artist fees)

–           has received public exposure through professional exhibitions or exhibitions where selection was carried out by an objective, arm’s length body

–           enjoys peer recognition through critical reviews


Submissions by artists or on behalf of artists by their agents/representatives will be accepted. Gallery representatives are entitled to make submission on behalf of a maximum of ten artists, however for each artist a separate and complete submission package must be provided as laid out in Tender Documents (see below).



This is Part One of the acquisition process. The objective of this stage of the process will be to compile a list of potential acquisitions as selected from the visual material provided by the artists or the artists’ representatives.

In Part Two of the selection process, artists will be asked to bring the selected artworks to a central drop-off location for viewing by the jury. The jury will make their selection from this group and successful artists will be notified. Artists or artists’ agents whose artwork submissions have not been selected will be notified when to pick up their works.


This year’s total allocation for payment to artists for the direct purchase acquisition of artwork is $18,000.



Proposal submission deadline – Monday, March 21, 2016


Part One potential acquisition selection: – Monday, March 28, 2016


To obtain the Tender Documents, Contact: Russell Bingham, Public Art Associate

  1. 780.459.1596f. 780.458.5417, e.,

Call for Musicians – Keyano Theatre & Arts Centre Affair for the Arts

Keyano Theatre & Arts Centre


Application Deadline: Monday, February 15, 2016
Performance Date: Saturday, March 12, 2016

Keyano Theatre and Arts Centre is seeking emerging musicians under the age of 20 years to provide lobby entertainment for its esteemed annual fundraiser, The Affair for the Arts, taking place on Saturday March 12, 2016.

Applicants must be 20 years old and younger. Musicians of all styles and genres are invited to apply by filling out the form below. If selected, musicians will be asked to give two to three 30 minute performances in the Keyano Theatre lobby. Solo artists and ensembles/bands are invited to apply. The successful applicant will be paid a $500 honourarium for their performance. Technical support and staging will also be provided.

To be considered for this opportunity, please fill out and submit the form: APPLY NOW

Colin Mochrie is the special guest for the 2016 Affair for the Arts. For more information, click here.

Open Call to Artists for 2016 Wood Buffalo Timeraiser

OPEN CALL TO ALL LOCAL 2D and 3D ARTISTS IN WOOD BUFFALO FuseSocial is thrilled to announce that the Call to Artists for the fifth edition of the Wood Buffalo Timeraiser is now open. Timeraiser is a volunteer matching fair, a silent art auction, and a night out on the town. The big twist is […]

Art in Motion: Call to Artists

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Art in Motion: Call to Artists

Winter Exhibition:
Childhood Memories

Childhood Memories – This theme asks the artist to reflect on their childhood, or on “Childhood” as a springboard for thematic expression. Reflecting on childhood memories, and life events is a wonderful way for residents of our diverse community to connect with each other.

This theme is whimsical and playful, which is exactly what is required to brighten our winter. Inspiration can be drawn from toys, mementos, and scrapbooks. We all have something to share from our childhood. The exhibit space allows for both 2D and 3D art, for more information on the exhibit space parameters please review the criteria listed on this page.

Deadline for submissions is Dec. 3, 2015.

Art in Motion is an exhibit within an innovative space. We want to allow for the creativity and exploratory nature of the McMurray Experience to be showcased in the art work that is on display.

The exhibit has space for 12 pieces.

Childhood Memories – What does it mean to you?

Submit Your Art in Motion Entry Online.

Artist Opportunity

A new group exhibit space has been created within McMurray Experience called: “Art in Motion.” This will be a unique opportunity for artists to display and showcase their work. This gallery space is kinetic: it is a dynamic and moving space that is automated and will rotate the artworks around in a Ferris wheel style apparatus. Artists will have their work exhibited within the rotating display case, and their information (didactic panel) shown on an electronic screen as their work rotates through the feature spot.

The community will have an opportunity to:

  • Exhibit their artwork in a dedicated space for a three- month period
  • Establish a profile within the community
  • Gain valuable exposure to tourist, visitors and local residences

This opportunity is open but not limited to both emerging and established artist, community groups and schools. Works of art are required to meet the criteria listed below.

Enhancement to the Community

This new exhibit space will create an added element within the McMurray Experience for citizens and visitors alike to interact socially around a work that will inspire conversation. It allows for the community to share work (the Artist) and be inspired (the viewer), by our thriving Arts and Culture community.


Exhibits will rotate seasonally (four times per year) and each season will be announced annually at the beginning of the year.

Selected participants/groups will produce work or submit work that expresses their interpretation of the theme. This provides applicants the ability to create a new piece and apply at any time for their chosen theme.

Criteria to Submit

Each submission (2D and 3D) must follow these guidelines:

  • Applicant must be a resident of Wood Buffalo
  • Be the original work of the Applicant, and/or have all rights to the work
  • Complete the Artist application form (online)
  • Weigh a maximum of 32 kilograms (70 pounds)
  • Dimensions maximum: 3D 16” x 16” x 16”; 2D 16” x 16”
  • Does not include any substances listed on the art exclusions list (listed below)
  • Each work must be labeled on the back with title, medium, and artist’s name.

Art Exclusions List

We cannot accept works that require or contain:

  • Liquids (example: water)
  • Living items (example: plants)
  • Electricity or batteries
  • Combustible material

Call for Craft Makers, Bakers, Imaginary Minds & Creative Thinkers!

Arts Council Wood Buffalo is excited to be participating in the 2015 Gingerbread Village at the Fort McMurray Sawridge Inn & Conference Centre. We are looking for help from our incredible members to design and create an arts-themed submission for this annual event. ACWB will provide all supplies and space for this project; (and a few snacks to keep the group going!) we are asking you to donate your creativity and craftsmanship. All proceeds from this event will help support The Centre of Hope.

We are looking for 4 enthusiastic participants who can attend the following meetings:
Planning Meeting: Tuesday November 10th 7-8pm @ The Redpoll Centre at Shell Place.
Construction Meeting: Monday November 23rd 6-9pm @ The Redpoll Centre at Shell Place.

ACWB will take on the responsibility of setting up the Gingerbread House at The Sawridge. The family friendly Opening Night Ribbon Cutting Event will be Friday November 27th at 6:00pm and will include ribbon cutting, hot chocolate, gingerbread lattes, a visit from Santa Clause, cookie decorating, letter writing to Santa, carolers and more!
If you are interested in joining our team, please e-mail by Friday November 6 at 4 PM.  As space is limited we will be accepting participants on a first come first serve basis.

For more information on the Gingerbread Village event please visit

Learning Through The Arts Level 1 & 2 Artist-Educator Training


DANCERS, VOCALISTS, DRAMATIC ARTISTS, MUSICIANS, COMPOSERS, WRITERS & VISUAL ARTISTS & ARTISANS: Do you enjoy working with kids & youth and sharing your art form? Do you want to shape a positive classroom experience for kids using artsbased learning? Would you like to earn money sharing your passion for art and enthusiasm for learning? Royal Conservatory of Musicʼs Learning Through The Arts program is looking for you!! We are running Foundations/Level 1 & 2 Artist-Educator training November 5th, Noon to 5pm & November 6th, 9am to 2pm This is a FREE information and education session for people that are interested in learning more about our program – the only obligation is your time. (Coffee and snacks provided)

To Register, please email :