Call for Submissions: Unity in Diversity – Multicultural Art Show

“Unity in Diversity” Multicultural Art Show 2023 Call for Entry

Submission Deadline: April 14, 2023 at 12 pm

Have you created a piece of artwork that you feel represents your heritage or culture? Does your artwork represent the spirit of multiculturalism and/or the theme of “Unity in Diversity”?

The Museum of Dufferin (MoD), in partnership with the Dufferin County Multicultural Foundation, are proud to present “Unity in Diversity”, a juried art show hosted at the MoD. A jury will select 4-6 artists to display 2-4 pieces of art each in a two-month long exhibition in the Museum of Dufferin’s Silo Gallery. 2022 was the first year that the Dufferin County Multicultural Foundation and the Museum of Dufferin partnered for this art show, and it was a great success! We are excited to bring this art show back for a second year.

We invite artists in all mediums from across Ontario to share artwork that represents the theme “Unity in Diversity”. There is no entry fee for this show.

Submission Details

Open to residents of Ontario. To enter, you must be able to drop-off and pick-up your artwork at the Museum of Dufferin in Mulmur, Ontario on the designated dates (see “Important Dates” below). The exhibition will be presented for a duration of two months at the Museum of Dufferin.

This is a juried art show, and not all artworks will be selected for display by the jury panel due to space restrictions. We encourage all age groups, skill, and experience levels to apply.

Along with each submission, a short description/reflection is required. Please tell us about the artwork (give context), what drew you to create the piece, and any personal reflections. Entries must follow the theme of the exhibition.

Examples of accepted mediums: 2D artwork (paintings, prints, drawings, photography), mixed media, sculpture, textile work.

Size limitations: Please note that due to limited space we may not be able to accept exceptionally large canvases or heavy sculptures.

Maximum number of entries: Artists can submit a maximum of four (4) pieces of art for consideration. Entries must be made exclusively by the artist. A collaboration is acceptable but must be acknowledged. Artists must complete the online submission form on the Museum of Dufferin’s website and send photographs of their artwork to the Dropbox request file.

Accepted artists for the exhibition will receive the following benefits:

  • Display in a juried exhibit
  • Posting to the Museum of Dufferin’s website and social media platforms
  • Professional exhibition space and display of artwork
  • Press release about the exhibition sent to media outlets


Our jurors are leaders, artists, and educators in the Dufferin County community. The jurors will use the following criteria during the jurying process:

  • Quality, composition, and effectiveness
  • Uniqueness of technique
  • Connection to the exhibition theme, which seeks to showcase a variety of diverse cultural backgrounds
  • Supporting written comments/reflections to accompany the artwork
  • Space considerations for the Silo Gallery at the Museum of Dufferin


  • Student Award: Monetary Prize and Award Certificate
  • Best in Show: Monetary Prize and Award Certificate
  • Juror’s Choice Award: Monetary Prize and Award Certificate

All award winners will be announced on Friday June 23, 2023 during the Multicultural Event at the MoD. Award winners will also be notified by email.

To be considered a student, you must be currently attending school (primary, secondary, or post-secondary). Students under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian sign the “Student Waiver”. A waiver will be emailed to you after we receive your submission form. Your work will not be included in the show until the waiver has been returned to the MoD.

Important Dates

  • Entry Deadline: Friday April 14, 2023 at 12 pm (noon)
  • Notice of Acceptance: Thursday April 27, 2023, via email. Please, no phone calls or emails on or before this date. Should jurying results be delayed, we will let you know in advance.
  • Artwork Drop-off: Tuesday, May 9 to Saturday May 20, 2023. Artwork must be delivered before 4 pm on the final day of the drop-off window.
    Please Note: The MoD is open Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 4pm (closed Sunday/Monday)
  • Exhibition Soft Opening: Saturday June 3, 2023
  • Exhibition Opening/Multicultural Event: Friday June 23, 2023 – 6:30 pm
  • Exhibition Closes: Saturday July 29, 2023
  • Artwork Pick-Up: Tuesday August 1 to Saturday August 12, 2023. Artwork must be picked up before 4 pm on the final day of the pick-up window.
    Please Note: The MoD is open Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 4pm (closed Sunday/Monday)

For the full Call for Entry and application form, please click here.

For more information, please contact:
Caitlin Hudson-Dubsky, Curatorial Assistant (available Wednesday – Friday):
Sarah Robinson, Curator (available Saturday):

The Museum of Dufferin is located at 936029 Airport Road, Mulmur, Ontario.
The museum is an accessible space.