Call to Artists: The Visual Art Centre of Clarington’s 41st Juried Art Exhibition

Installation shot of the Juried Art Exhibition Fundraiser, 2020, Visual Arts Centre of Clarington.

Submissions Timeline: August 1 – 27, 2022
Notification Date: Tuesday, September 6, 2022
Exhibition Dates: Saturday, October 1 – Friday, December 9, 2022
Awards Ceremony: Saturday, October 15

The Visual Arts Centre of Clarington (VAC) is pleased to announce its 41st 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 Durham Region an opportunity to learn and create through contemporary art.

We are excited to welcome our community’s artists back with an opportunity to exhibit their work within our main gallery spaces for the first time in two years, as well as the chance to win cash prizes. Submission fees are waived for all current VAC Members and the Youth category. Non-members can apply to submit artworks 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.

For the first time, the VAC is proud to introduce a Youth category to the Juried Art Exhibition. Eight 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 41st Juried Art Exhibition is open to all artists based in the Durham Region. All 2022 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: August 1 – 27 via Amilia Registration
  • Artists will be notified of selected works via email by September 6.
  • Selected artworks are to be received by the VAC from Wednesday, September 7 until Sunday, September 11 from 10 am to 4 pm.
  • Pick-up of artworks starts Saturday, December 10 until Wednesday, December 14 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:

Megan Kammerer (She/her)
Curator of Exhibitions
Phone: 905-623-5831 x 3

Submission fees for the Youth category are sponsored by Ontario Power Generation through their Corporate Citizenship program.

The VAC is proudly funded by