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Hamilton Artists Inc.

About: 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. exhibits a range of artistic disciplines and welcomes applications by artists from local, regional and national communities.

As an artist-run centre, they’re interested in works/projects that push boundaries and engage with critical, conceptual and/or experimental thinking from diverse perspectives. The Inc. are committed to providing platforms for risk-taking and creating an inclusive space for artistic exploration. They support submissions that showcase artists and curators’ most recent endeavours as well as works that incite conversation and promote a range of intersectional narratives.

Submissions: We welcome submissions from artists of all backgrounds (including but not limited to): Indigenous, Black, people of colour, refugees, newcomers, immigrants, Two-Spirit, LGBTQ+, gender non-binary persons, persons with disabilities, and those on low-incomes or living in poverty. The Inc. is committed to equity and inclusion in all aspects of its operations and will accept submissions in various formats.

They have numerous opportunities available, please read the full descriptions for each call to identify which opportunity is best suited to your practice/objectives.


Indigenous Curatorial Residency: Call for Expressions of Interest

The Curatorial Residency at Hamilton Artists Inc. (the Inc.) is a new program for Indigenous (i.e. First Nations, Métis and Inuit) curators at all stages of their careers. Running every two years, this program cultivates opportunities for Indigenous practitioners to grow their practice through long-term support. The curator will spend 18 months in residence, culminating in an exhibition in summer 2022.

Deadline: January 30, 2021

Who can apply: This residency is for Indigenous (i.e. First Nations, Métis and Inuit) curators, or those interested in becoming a curator. No academic training or past curatorial experience is required. We will prioritize applicants who are based in or have a connection to this territory—the lands of the Anishnabeg and Haudenosaunee, protected by the Dish with One Spoon wampum belt covenant.

We recognize that Indigeneity is complex and multifaceted, and affected by race, dis/ability, gender, sexuality, class, and many other factors. We encourage people with intersecting identities to apply.

Pay: $4000 residency honorarium; $2500 curatorial fee for the exhibition
The Inc. will provide additional funds towards travel, mentor honorariums, materials, child/elder care, and accessibility.

A separate budget for exhibition-related expenses will be provided, including artist fees based on the CARFAC fee recommendations. The Inc. will pursue additional funding through grants and other sources, as the project requires.

How to apply: Please send us the following materials in an email to [email protected]

  • Your contact details (name, email, address, and phone number)
  • A letter of intent introducing yourself, your passions, inspirations and artistic influences, your goals, and some potential directions for the project you would like to explore
  • CV (3 pages maximum)
  • Images, writing, or other documentation from your past works and projects, in any medium (Optional)

Written, video, or audio submissions are welcome. Documents should be in a PDF or Word format.  To send a video/audio submission in lieu of a written application, please email us a YouTube, Vimeo, Soundcloud link or send an .mp3 or .mp4 file.


Cannon Gallery

The Cannon Gallery is the Inc.’s largest gallery space. They encourage proposals from local, national, and international artists and curators working in any medium and at all levels of their careers. As an artist-run centre, they are interested in unconventional and challenging contemporary art that engages with critical, conceptual or experimental ideas and approaches. The Inc. supports submissions that showcase artists’ most recent endeavours.

Deadline: January 16, 2021

Application Requirements:

  • Completed application form (Download it as a fillable PDF or Word Document)
  • One single PDF or Word document with your CV (3 pages max.) and biography (150 words max.). For curatorial applications, please include CVs and Bios for yourself as well as each proposed artist.
  • (Optional) Articles, reviews, interviews, etc. related to your proposed work, scanned and saved within your PDF or Word document (2 articles max.)
  • Up to 15 images of proposed or past work. For video or audio support material please include youtube, vimeo, or soundcloud links (with passwords, if applicable) in your PDF or Word document.

Click here to submit all your materials. Do not send files using file sharing platforms like wetransfer, dropbox or google drive.


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:

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.

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.)

Click here to submit all information. 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.


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Pay: The Inc. pays artists based on CARFAC fee standards.

Deadlines: Scroll up to check the specific deadline dates to the corresponding opportunity!