Call for Submissions: 42nd Juried Art Exhibition at Visual Art Centre of Clarington

Matthew M. Garby with Mother Nature Mourns for Her Children, 1st Place Mayor’s Choice Award, 2019.

Call for Submissions:
The Visual Art Centre of Clarington’s 42nd Juried Art Exhibition

Submission Deadline: January 1, 2024
Notification Date: Wednesday, January 10, 2024
Exhibition Dates: Saturday, February 3 – Sunday, May 19, 2024
Awards Ceremony: Saturday, March 23, 2024

The Visual Arts Centre of Clarington (VAC) is pleased to announce its 42nd Juried Art Exhibition in Bowmanville, ON. For over 45 years, the VAC has produced a variety of locally engaged exhibitions and public programmes that offer members of the wider Durham Region an opportunity to learn and create through contemporary art.

We are excited to welcome our community’s artists back with a new opportunity to exhibit their work within our three gallery spaces, as well as the chance to win cash prizes. Submission fees are waived for all current VAC Members and for the Youth category. Non-members can apply to submit artwork for a $25.00 fee. The exhibition will support the VAC in continuing to serve the larger Clarington community while supporting local creators over the upcoming year.

Eight cash prizes will be awarded across the two categories—Youth and Adults—including two People’s Choice Awards voted on by the local public and announced towards the end of the exhibition.


Adult Awards
Best in Show: $600.00
Two Excellence Awards: $200.00 each
People’s Choice Award: $100.00

Youth Awards
Three Youth Excellence Awards: $200.00 each
People’s Choice Award – Youth: $100.00

Submission Guidelines:

The 42nd Juried Art Exhibition is open to all artists based in the Durham Region and Eastern GTA. All 2023 submissions will be accepted online by filling out an application through Amilia. Instructions for the virtual submission process will be sent once registration is complete.

Key Dates:

  • Digital submissions timeline: November 1, 2023 – January 1, 2024 via Amilia.
  • Artists will be notified of selected works via email by Wednesday, January 10, 2024.
  • Selected artworks are to be received by the VAC from Tuesday, January 16 until Wednesday, January 24, 2024, from 10 am to 4 pm.
  • Pick-up of artworks starts Wednesday, May 22 until Friday, May 31, 2024, from 10 am to 4 pm.

There are two submission categories: Youth (Age 12 – 18) and Adult (Age 19+). Full submission guidelines are available on the VAC website and are the same for both age groups.

Submission Fees:

Adults Fees
Non-Member: $25.00
VAC Member: Waived

Youth Fees
Non-Member: Free
VAC Member: Free

For more information regarding VAC Membership, click here. All application fees are due upon submission via credit or debit card.

We acknowledge that digital submission formats create a barrier to many as textual formats negate the importance of oral culture in sharing knowledge, language, and practice. For this reason, alternative application requests will be evaluated case-by-case when digital accessibility concerns the submission. If you would like to request an alternate submission format, please contact our Curator of Exhibitions to discuss possible submission methods. Contact details are provided below.

For additional information or application assistance, please contact:

Aggie Frasunkiewicz (She/her)
Assistant Curator
Phone: 905-623-5831 x 3

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