Opportunities for Artists


Proposing an exhibition

Grimsby Public Art Gallery reviews exhibition submissions on an annual basis, however, the program generally operates by invitation based on current research and the strategic plans of the Gallery. GPAG accepts exhibition proposals from artists, curators, collectives, and groups. Please note GPAG plans exhibitions 2 to 3 years in advance. Exhibition proposals are reviewed annually each January and successful applicants will be contacted in February.   

Artists interested in submitting an exhibition proposal should submit the following information:

  • Artist statement (maximum 500 words)
  • CV including exhibitions, public art, and artistic accomplishments (maximum 3 pages)
  • 10 – 20 image samples of your work and exhibitions you have participated in
  • Digital images should be JPGs no larger than 3MB or a link to view on an external site
  • Additional support material such as video and/or audio may be included. Please provide links for viewing up to 15 minutes of material such as artist website, Vimeo or YouTube and include passwords if required 

Submissions should be sent to:

Alexandra Hartstone
Art Gallery Manager/Curator
GPAG is committed to providing accessible options for submissions. If you are not able to submit your application via email, please contact us to make other arrangements.

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 January 301 for the 2023 exhibition year. Selected artists will be contacted in February/March with the 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.

Grimsby Holiday Card Contest

Entry Deadline: Wednesday November 23 at 5 p.m.

Calling all Grimsby artists! Enter your original artwork into Grimsby's Holiday Card contest for a chance to have your work printed into holiday greeting cards! 

Five winning submissions will be made into greeting cards and put on display for sale at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery and Peach King Centre. The holiday card winners will also have their artwork printed and on display at the Peach King Centre, Town Hall, and Art Gallery for the community to enjoy.

All ages and abilities are welcome!

  • Artwork should be suitable for use on a greeting card and can depict a holiday scene or event within the Town of Grimsby
  •  Artwork dimensions should be sized to fit a 4.25" x 5.5” card.  Digital submissions must be submitted in high resolution JPG or PNG.
  • Each artist is able to submit up to two holiday cards 
  • Each entry must be accompanied by a submission form available in person at the Peach King Centre and Art Gallery or may be completed online
  • Submissions are accepted through our online application form or in person at the Peach King Centre and Art Gallery by Wednesday, November 23, 2022 at 5 p.m.

Important dates:

Holiday card submission deadline: November 23 at 5 p.m.
Winners announced: Friday November 25
Holiday cards for sale: beginning of December


Each of the top five submissions will receive a cash prize for the sale of their cards, a set of a dozen printed cards, and more!  Follow @theGPAG on Facebook and Instagram and @TownofGrimsby on Facebook and @Town.of.Grimsby on Instagram for future announcements.


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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