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 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.

Grimsby Arts Walk 2022

Inaugural Grimsby Arts Walk celebrates 100 years of Grimsby with a juried arts festival on September 24, 2022

The Grimsby Arts Walks committee is thrilled to welcome a new arts festival to Town. Launching on September 24, the festival serves to commemorate Grimsby’s 100th year.

Aimed at highlighting the Town’s rich arts and culture landscape, visitors will be able to walk through the juried arts festival, exploring vendor areas staged throughout downtown Grimsby - from Nelles Manor and Grimsby Museum through to Coronation Park, the Carnegie Building, and Grimsby Public Art Gallery.

Artists working in all mediums including: painting, photography, sculpture, glass, woodturning, textiles, jewellery, and more are encouraged to apply for a space at the juried festival. 

The deadline for applications is July 16. Artists can apply online.

For more information please contact:
Alexandra Hartstone
Art Gallery Manager/Curator
Grimsby Public Art Gallery
905-945-3246 x 2079

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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