Opportunities for Artists


Proposing an exhibition

Artists interested in showing at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery should submit a proposal of their work. We evaluate proposals on an ongoing basis - there is no official call for submissions or deadline.

If you would like to submit a proposal, please include a current artist statement, a CV (resume), 10-20 images and an image list. Please note the Gallery uses PCs; please do not send Mac exclusive files. Digital images should be no larger than 3mb in size. Additional support material may also be included, but should be kept to a minimum.

Submissions should be addressed to:

Rhona Wenger, Director
Grimsby Public Art Gallery
18 Carnegie Lane
Grimsby, ON L3M 1Y1

Community Exhibition Space - East Gallery and West Gallery

GPAG provides exhibition space for local artists to present new bodies of work.  We also dedicate part of our calendar schedule to highlight the works of secondary school students and community art groups.

The Community Exhibition Space has 2 display spaces.  Gallery West is located in the building's main lobby and Gallery East is located in the Computer Lounge of the Grimsby Public Library.  Applications are accepted until September 30th for the upcoming exhibition year.  Selected artists will be contacted early December for the June - December exhibition schedule.

Download the CES application package for full details. An accessible version is also available for download, with the application form portion available to complete online.

If you have any questions, please contact the Gallery.

Exhibition Assistance for Artists

The Grimsby Public Art Gallery is a recommender Gallery in Zone 2 for the Ontario Arts Council's (OAC) Exhibition Assistance granting program. Applying artists must have an exhibition scheduled and confirmed in a publicly accessible venue.

Grants can assist with exhibition costs, including materials, framing, presentation and shipping.  Grant amounts range between $500 - $2000 and are handed out three times a year.  Due to the number of applications received and the limited funds available, grants awarded may be smaller than the amount requested.

The Grimsby Public Art Gallery's yearly deadlines are:

  • January 13
  • July 31
  • October 31

The application process for Exhibition Assistance is now online.  Please visit the OAC website for full details and access to their application website.

Heritage Art Challenge

The goal of the Heritage Art Challenge is to inspire Grimsby residents to embrace, enjoy and explore local heritage. Participants are encouraged to learn about a Grimsby person, place or event that is new to you or part of your own history connection to our town. A wealth of local news, anecdotes and images can be found in newspaper archives from the past 100 years; these have been digitized and are easily accessible through the Library’s website.

This is a creative way to reflect on the importance of heritage in our day-to-day lives, and to experience history through the power of imagination.

The Heritage Art Challenge is open to all ages, from JK to adult, organized into seven different age and group categories. Representatives from local heritage and art organizations will select the works from each category to be shown in the Lobby; all submitted works will be included in a digital display that will be on display in the lobby and on our YouTube Channel.  

Submissions are to be dropped off at the Gallery between February 8 - 11 during gallery open hours
Award winning works will be exhibited in the GPAG Community Exhibition Space February 16 - March 5, 2022

Winners and All Participants will be celebrated at an Award Ceremony planned for Sunday, February 27 at 1:30 pm.  Like all events, this is subject to change or cancellation to comply with pandemic restrictions.

 Rules and Regulations
1.  One art submission per person New Work Only

2. All media is eligible, including drawing, painting, photography, original prints, fine craft, mixed media and sculpture.

3. All entries must have an entry form section of this brochure attached to the artwork. (back or bottom)

4. The theme for this year’s art challenge will be Grimsby: 100 Years

Submissions must focus on personalities, locations, events, news, or stories associated with Grimsby from the past 100 years. Entries must include a brief (200 words or less) description of your selected imagery with the completed form. 

5. The competition is open to all Grimsby residents and anyone affiliated with Grimsby schools, clubs, churches, and organizations. All art will be celebrated.

6. There are seven category levels for prizes:

  1.  Junior and senior Kindergarten
  2.  Primary Students: Grades 1, 2, 3
  3.  Junior Students: Grades 4, 5, 6
  4.  Senior Students: Grades 7, 8
  5.  High School Students: All Grades
  6.  Adults
  7.  Groups and Schools (Digital Format)  

**  You may submit a work in the individual category as well as separate work for the school group submission 

 Dates and Details

DEADLINE: Friday February 11, 2022 by 5 p.m.  

Artwork must be delivered to the GPAG between February 8 - 11 during Gallery open hours with a copy of your completed form.  

Category 7 Groups and Schools - please submit digital files by Dropbox or Google drive sharing to this email: gpag@grimsby.ca

Results of the selection process will be communicated by email or phone by 5 p.m. on February 15.

All artwork not selected for display must be picked up at the Art Gallery Wednesday February 16 - Wednesday February 23 during regular hours. Please check our main page for current Gallery hours, as these fluctuate due to provincial COVID restrictions.

Celebratory Event

Sunday February 27, 2022 at 1:30 pm. 

All participants and the general public are invited to attend the Celebratory Event at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery at 1:30 p.m. At a later date, an additional presentation to highlight and celebrate the creativity of our community will be given at Town Council. These events will be subject to restrictions or cancelation depending on what pandemic restrictions are in place at the time. 

Artwork Return: PLAN AHEAD!

Following the exhibition, artwork that was part of the display must be picked up at the Art Gallery during regular hours, Thursday March 10th - Friday March 18th

Please save the dates and be prepared for pick up,  as we do not have spare storage space and limited staff for reminders.  Artwork NOT picked up when indicated is subject to disposal.   

 Entry Forms

PDF COPY: Please click here to download and print the PDF copy of the entry form

ACCESSIBLE FORM: Please click here to fill in the accessible online entry form

PAPER COPIES:  Please note the GPAG is temporarily closed to the public due to COVID restrictions until January 26.  Paper copies are available to pick up in the lobby during Library open hours of operation.

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Calls for submissions and job postings

Ongoing listings

For ongoing listings of calls for submission and other opportunities, please refer to these helpful websites:

Hamilton Artists Inc.

Hamilton Artists Inc. is seeking dynamic proposals from artists and curators at various stages of their careers and from across disciplines for both its James and Cannon Galleries. (Please refer to the descriptions of the Galleries to decide which is more appropriate for your needs/practice).

The Cannon Gallery is juried internationally and is seeking open proposals from both artists and curators at all levels of their careers.

The James Gallery is primarily a members exhibition space and seeks applications for a series of thematic calls listed below.

Selections criteria are informed by the Inc.'s mandated objectives. As an artist-run centre, the Inc. is interested in works that have potential impact, push boundaries and engage with critical, conceptual and/or experimental contexts from diverse perspectives. The Inc. supports and encourages submissions showcasing artists and curators most recent endeavors as well as works that incite conversation and explore expanded art practices.

Niagara Artists' Centre

Niagara Artists' Centre (NAC) is an artist-run centre dedicated to the presentation of contemporary art in all media. Priority is given to submissions that address the specific nature of the NAC space. Submissions are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Phone: 905-641-0331

E-mail: artists@nac.org

Job Postings on OAAG

The Ontario Association of Art Galleries maintains a job posting board called Jobline, updated weekly. Please visit OAAG's web site and explore the Jobline feature for details on each position.

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