Call for Submissions: Forms, Faces & Spaces, figuratively speaking!

The Unseen, Digital Photograph, Marlon Porter

Photography & Art that speak to the human condition

Studio By Design

Special Pricing Submission Deadline: January 21, 2024
Extended Submission Deadline: February 29, 2024

Join us and make May Memorable & Momentous – Head to the Hills, in Caledon and Halton.

Exhibition Details:
The 3rd annual show will hang concurrently in three galleries in Caledon and Halton Hills for the month of May 2024 as part of the 28th Scotiabank CONTACT Festival.

  • The Pond Gallery, Alton Mill Arts Centre, Alton
  • Gathering Place, Humber River Centre, Downtown Bolton
  • Upper Sisnett Lobby, Halton Hills Cultural Centre, Downtown Georgetown

In the collaborative spirit of the CONTACT Festival, this show’s organizer was given permission to include fine art and photography, a unique feature of this annual exhibit since 2022.

The 2024 exhibit is also the main feature of the inaugural Festival of ARTFUL Communities, a month-long arts and cultural extravaganza!

View the Programming Schedule here.

Project Requirements:
Work that explores ‘Who am I?’ and ‘What does it mean to be human?’ This engaging exhibit will reveal what is uniquely different, yet profoundly the same in the many facets of our humanity.

It’s also a testament to and celebration of our fascination with the human face and form and how we engage in daily life and community. It reveals how we inhabit our space, interact with the environment and others, our vitality and verve – which are the very amulets of our existence on this earth.

A search for the iconic that unites us can be discovered as photographers and artists explore and connect the theme to the human condition with their Artist Statements. Figurative, abstract, and landscape pieces are all acceptable as related to the theme.


  • Photography and other fine art from emerging, mid-career, and/or established photographers and artists. Work done for or with professional groups or studios or commercial enterprises is not eligible.
  • No collaborative pieces.
  • Exhibitors must be 19 years of age or older with a bank account.
  • Entry fees must be paid in Canadian dollars and deposited by e-Transfer to the bank account specified and require no additional adjustments or further transactions (i.e. foreign exchange rates or fees) by show organizers. The bank may hold the e-Transfer for up to two (2) weeks.
  • Exhibitors, or their designated representatives, must meet the drop-off and pick-up dates and time frames as stated for each gallery. There is no storage, transportation, nor extra handling of exhibitors’ pieces by the organizer’s team beyond the intake, curation and hanging of work, and overseeing the take down. All packaging must be removed when dropping off pieces.

Artists and Photographers (left to right): Top – Monica Burnside, Greg Coman, Meena Chopra; Middle – ecmunson, Nathan Hiller; Bottom – Andrzej Pradzynki, Sherry Prenevost, Helen McCusker. Collage by ecmunson

$1,500 in awards:

  • 1st Place – $ 550.00
  • 2nd Place – $400.00
  • 3rd Place – $250.00
  • Honorable Mention – $125.00
  • Emerging Photographer – $100.00
  • 3 People’s Choice Awards – $75.00 (3 Galleries @ $25.00/each)
  • 2 Mayor’s Choice Certificates: Town of Caledon and Town of Halton Hills

Selection Process:
Selection for the juried show will be made by jurors Judy Daley, whose four decades of curatorial and artistic practice with municipal and regional galleries and museums complements her own arts practice with drawing and photography, and Greg Coman, whose arts photography practice and commercial studio work is richly informed by his photography and journalism work in the community with area publications.

Curation at the Upper Sisnett Lobby by Kara Bruce, Curator of the Helson Gallery, Halton Hills.

Curation at the Pond Gallery and Gathering Place in Alton and Bolton respectively (Caledon) by Colleen Dee, President of Visual Arts Brampton, and her team, along with E. Connie Munson of Studio By Design.

Submission Requirements:
This show is open to photography and other 2 D and 3-D fine art media, excluding installations, performance art, and work which is solely, or primarily digital art. Work needs to have been created in the past 5 years and has not previously entered in the 2022 or 2023 shows.

Wiring is required for all 2-D pieces, suitable to hang on gallery walls. All edges must be neatly finished; unframed canvases and panels to be gallery depth from the hanging armature. The aesthetic of images in mixed media must be clearly original to the creator of the overall piece.

The maximum space to occupy is 50 x 50 inches for a work. A diptych counts as 2 pieces and will be curated for overall exhibition harmony. 3-D work needs its own display plinth to be safely displayed.

How To Submit:

  • Fill out the application form.
  • Attach and send ALL listed items (docs & jpegs) in ONE email.
  • Remit payment.
  • The applicant agrees with the eligibility, selection criteria, terms, and dates as outlined in the document.

Application packages may be requested by email,, or downloaded from the Studio By Design website

Remit work and payment (via e-Transfer) to

Artists notified of acceptance and gallery by early to mid-March.

Please note:

  • No storage is made available prior to, or after drop off and pick up dates.
  • Commission is 20% at each gallery with payouts to artists/artisans no later than July 30, 2024.
  • Artists are to remit their own HST as needed, prices should include HST as it will not be collected by the organizer.
  • Permission is granted to use images for promotion.
  • Decisions related to curation of work in galleries is final.
  • No early removal of works.
  • Artists are responsible for their own insurance of their works.

Special Pricing Offer:
Until January 21, 2024 – 3 pieces submitted for the price of 2, at $50.00 (regular price $65.00)

For additional information or questions, please contact:
E. Connie Munson

ecmunson of Studio By Design
Photo Credit: ecmunson

Studio By Design
Brampton, ON

Facebook @studiobydesign | Instagram @ecm4u2

All three galleries are fully accessible with designated accessible parking on site or in nearby municipal lots. Accessible washrooms and elevators, where necessary, may be found in all venues.

Image descriptions:
1. Portrait of a young worker on a demolition site. Marlon Porter, emerging photographer, won first prize in the 2023 exhibit. The body of work Porter is doing is a fascinating juxtaposition of non-Canadians away from their homes, often demolishing homes, and the ephemera, both found at these sites and what the workers share with him.
2. Collage of submissions for the 2024 show: two art pieces, an abstracted nude and other a figurative sketch set in the kitchen; with six photography entries – two black & white prints, a mixed media photo piece using digital art, and three colour photography prints ranging from studio work with a model to figures shot as posed in other settings.
3. Studio By Design’s principal and show organizer
Selfie – E. Connie Munson