2020 Heritage Art Competition

The goal of the Heritage Art Competition is to inspire Grimsby residents to embrace, enjoy and explore local heritage. This art competition encourages participants to learn about a Grimsby person, place or event that is meaningful to you. Use imagery and materials to express how you feel, think, imagine, or have experienced Grimsby heritage.  This is a creative way to reflect on the importance of heritage in our day-to-day lives by researching local history and taking a closer look at architecture, landscape, historical events, personalities, and artifacts of Grimsby.

The competition is open to all ages, from JK to adult, with 7 age & group categories. Knowledgeable judges will select the winners in each of the seven category levels.

Contest Deadline: Friday, January 31, 2020 by 5:00pm
Artwork on Display: February 8-March 1 in the Lobby GPAG Community Exhibition Space
Award Ceremony: Sunday February 23 at 1:30pm

To enter the competition, you can download the entry form online for individual artists or group submissionscontact the Gallery, or pick up a paper form at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery.

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

Art in the Library

Art in the Library is a program of the Grimsby Public Art Gallery, to display works of art by local artists in the Main Lobby and on a designated wall in the Library.

Download the application package for full details. If you have any questions, please contact the Gallery.  Please note that the space is completely booked for 2019, we are taking applications for 2020.

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 proccess for Exhibition Assistance is now online.  Please visit the OAC website for full detials and access to their application website.

Artist development Circle

GPAG's Artist development Circle gives artists from Grimsby and the surrounding area an opportunity to get together for open discussions about a variety of topics related to artistic professional development.  There has been a small change to this program, gatherings will now be an Open Studio.  Work on your artwork while discussing topics the group has shown interest in.


Artist development Circles are held in the studio one Sunday a month, from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Upcoming 2019 dates:

  • January 20 
  • February 17
  • March 17
  • April 28
  • May 26
  • June 23

All are welcome; drop in to find out how we can work together to build your artistic career.

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' Company

Niagara Artists' Company (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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