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Hamilton Artists Inc. Call for Submissions
Exhibition Platforms, Special Projects, Film Festival and Residency Program

Hamilton Artists Inc. is seeking dynamic proposals from artists, collectives and curators at various stages of their careers and from across disciplines for its exhibition platforms, which include the Cannon Gallery; James Gallery; Cannon Project Wall; and ArcelorMittal Dofasco Courtyard. The Inc. is mandated to exhibit a range of disciplines and career levels and to exhibit a cross-section of artists from local, regional and national communities. New in 2018, pending funding, we would also like to encourage the submission of “special projects.” Special Projects may include, but are not limited to, independent projects diverse in nature that may happen at the gallery or off-site and might manifest themselves through happenings, print materials, digital platforms, screenings, workshops or other forms of public presentation or intervention. The Inc. also hosts a rotating artist in residence program in partnership with the Cotton Factory and Photophobia, a film festival dedicated to contemporary moving images in partnership with the art Gallery of Hamilton.

Selections criteria are informed by the Inc.’s mandated objectives. As an artist-run centre, the Inc. is interested in works/projects that have potential impact, push boundaries and engage with critical, conceptual and/or experimental contexts from a diverse range of perspectives and voices. The Inc. supports and encourages submissions showcasing artists and curators most recent endeavors as well as works that incite conversation and promote a range of intersectional narratives. We are committed to providing a platform for risk-taking and creating an inclusive space to explore expanded art practices. We are dedicated to social and cultural diversity in our programming and encourage applications from contemporary artists and curators of diverse communities and backgrounds.

Please see program/ platform descriptions in order to identify which opportunity is best suited to your practice/ objectives.



Cannon Gallery
Deadline: December 15

The Cannon Gallery is juried internationally and seeks open proposals from both artists and curators at all levels of their careers. 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. The Inc.’s exhibition schedule is committed through 2019. We receive a high volume of applications for this space and as such only those selected for an exhibition will be notified

For an extended description of Cannon Gallery activities and further guidelines, click here.



James Gallery
Deadlines: December 15

Submissions to exhibit in the James Gallery are based on annual juried calls developed by the Programming Committee. You must be a member of Hamilton Artists Inc. to exhibit in this space. Submissions for 2018 programming are currently being accepted. Extended descriptions of the calls and additional information can be found HERE. Currently, the Inc. provides a modest honorarium to member artists exhibiting in this space.



Cannon Project Wall and ArcelorMittal Dofasco Courtyard
Deadline: December 15

These primarily project based platforms are juried similar to the Cannon Gallery as outlined above. The Cannon Project wall is an 8’ x 36’ billboard on the side of our building located at the corner of James St. N. and Cannon, seeing upwards of 10,000 vehicular and pedestrian traffic a day. The ArcelorMittal Dofasco Courtyard is a malleable outdoor space that also hosts a range of activities including an outdoor screening series and film festival. Installations should be freestanding in nature and not require any drilling into the surrounding walls or concrete. The Inc. is not responsible for damage to works mounted on the exterior project wall or in the courtyard.

For an extended description of these spaces and further guidelines, click here



Special Projects

New in 2018, pending funding, the Inc. would like to encourage the submission of “special projects.” Special Projects may include, but are not limited to, independent projects diverse in nature that may happen at the gallery or off-site and might manifest themselves through happenings, print materials, digital platforms, screenings, workshops or other forms of public presentation or intervention. Special Projects are meant to be responsive and will be assessed on a case-by-case basis to be mounted subject to available funding. Special projects provide an excellent opportunity for individuals to engage with topical social, political and cultural issues from an ‘undisciplined’ perspective.

For an extended description of special projects and submission guidelines, click here.



Photophobia Contemporary Moving Image Festival
Deadline: June 30, 2018

Photophobia is the 12th 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. Not confined by restrictions or themes, Photophobia is a free festival 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. in August.

For an extended description and submission guidelines, click here.



Hamilton Artists Inc. Cotton Factory Residency Program
Deadline: Rotating. Please refer to the full call and current deadline located HERE

The Hamilton Artists Inc. Cotton Factory Residency Program is a 3-month rotating artist residency for Inc. members. The residency provides a valuable opportunity for artists from a wide range of disciplines and career levels to build their practice. Participating artists are encouraged to use their time to experiment, develop new ideas and learn new skills in addition to forming meaningful ties with their fellow artists in residence, Cotton Factory tenants, and Inc. members. Hamilton Artists Inc. would like to thank the Cotton Factory for its demonstrated, ongoing commitment to fostering emerging artist practices as well as their continued contribution to Hamilton’s flourishing contemporary art community.



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

Caitlin Sutherland
Programming Director, Hamilton Artists Inc.
programming@theinc.ca / 905.529.3355

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