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Call for Submissions: Hamilton Artists Inc.

Marigold Santos, Black Mirror, Installation view, Hamilton Artists Inc., 2015. Documentation: Abedar Kamgari

Cannon Gallery
2019 Programming Year
Deadline: January 2, 2017

Hamilton Artists Inc. is seeking dynamic proposals from artists and curators at various stages of their careers and from across disciplines to exhibit in its Cannon Gallery exhibition space. The Cannon Gallery is juried internationally and seeks open proposals from both artists and curators at all levels of their careers. Applicants may also consider using this application to submit a proposal for the Cannon Project Wall or ArcelorMittal Dofasco Courtyard. Please view the website for past examples of installations in these spaces. 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.

Hamilton Artists Inc.’s exhibition schedule is committed through 2018. Successful proposals will be exhibited in 2019. Exhibitions in the Cannon Gallery adhere to, and where possible exceed, recommended CARFAC compensation to artists. Applications may be project or practice based in scope.

Please note: Only successful applicants will be notified.

Application Form
Click Here to download a floor-plan of Hamilton Artists Inc.’s exhibition spaces.

Email Submissions to:
Selections committee

For an extended description of Cannon Gallery activities and further guidelines, please visit:

Hamilton Artists Inc. Cotton Factory Residency Program
January 16 – February 28, 2017 (with potential of extension into April)
Deadline: January 2, 2017

Continuing Hamilton Artists Inc.’s exciting partnership with the Cotton Factory at 270 Sherman, we are pleased to announce the call for the fourth in a series of residencies open to our membership in this space. In 2016, the Cotton Factory generously donated a studio space for the Inc. to facilitate an artist in residence program through our membership. This residency program provides a valuable opportunity for artists from a wide range of disciplines and career levels to build their practice and engage with a thriving hub of artistic activity. The Inc. is seeking applications for 1 artist in residence from January 16 through to February 28 (with a potential extension into April). The residency will be self directed, but the successful applicant will be expected to use the space a minimum of 2-3 days a week, perform an artist talk or workshop and culminate the experience with an open studio type exhibition open to the public. The selected applicant will be sharing the studio space with this year’s Ignition award winners, Abedar Kamgari, Lydia Santia and DB Kellam as well as short term visiting artists exhibiting at Hamilton Artists Inc.

For more information on this program, including past recipients, please visit:

* Please note you must be a member of Hamilton Artists Inc. in good standing in order to be considered for this opportunity.

Please send the Jury:

  • Letter of intent/ project proposal (500 words max)
  • Short Biography (100 words max)
  • Artist Statement (350 words max)
  • Curriculum Vitae (3 pages max)
  • 10 images (max) in JPEG format or links to youtube or vimeo files

Email Submissions to:
Selections committee

Results will be communicated shortly after the deadline. Due to the high volume of applications we receive, only the successful applicant will be notified.


Photophobia: Contemporary Moving Image Festival
Deadline: April 13, 2017

Photophobia is the 11th annual festival of short-format contemporary media, film, video and moving image hosted in partnership between the Art Gallery of Hamilton and Hamilton Artists Inc. Established in 1999, Photophobia was Hamilton’s first film and video festival dedicated to the development of experimental time-based media at a time when there were no such platforms in the Hamilton community. The Art Gallery of Hamilton and Hamilton Artists Inc. are once again partnering to showcase contemporary practitioners who test the boundaries of the medium in 2017. Not confined by restrictions or themes, Photophobia is a free, two-part screening series presented under the cover of night in the Irving Zucker Sculpture Garden at the Art Gallery of Hamilton and the ArcelorMittal Dofasco Courtyard at Hamilton Artists Inc.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Submissions must be short format (15 minutes or less)
  • Work must not be more than 3 years old (2014)
  • All submissions must be digital Vimeo or Youtube links (private/password protected is acceptable and encouraged). Other formats will not be considered. Do not send the jury files using Wetransfer or any other transfer platform that has a time limit for hosting the files. Do not use dropbox or other cloud platforms.
  • No more than one submission per artist please
  • Films and videos should be independent projects, meaning that you, the artist, retain complete creative and artistic control of the project.

Please include in your submission:

  • Artist Bio (75 words max)
  • Artist CV (3 pages max)
  • Short description of your submission (100 words max)
  • Entry Information: Title; year completed; name; address; phone; email; role in production; format; length.

* Note: Submissions (excluding video files) should be merged into a single pdf. Hard copy submissions will not be considered. Due to the high volume of applications, only those selected for the festival will be notified.

Email Submissions to:
Selections committee, Photophobia

Notification can be expected in May, 2017. Screenings will be held August 10th and 12th, 2017. CARCC remuneration will be provided to successful applicants within 30 days of screening.


For more information, or questions about the submissions process, please contact:

Caitlin Sutherland,
Programming Director,
Hamilton Artists Inc.
155 James St. N. Hamilton, ON. / 905 529 3355