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Arts Council Wood Buffalo: 2024 Artist in Residence Programs


The Artist in Residence Program and Suncor Indigenous Artist Program follow the traditional residency model, in which non-local or local professional artists will spend 3 to 4 weeks creating art and engaging with the community through art. Opportunities include showcase events or performances and, most importantly, spending time mentoring a select group of emerging, established and professional artists from the same artistic discipline. Applicants who choose to identify as Indigenous on their applications will be considered for both the Suncor Indigenous Artist Program and the Artist in Residence Program. All applicants will be considered for the Artist in Residence Program.  This year, both programs will run concurrently, from April 30th to May 17th 2024. 



  • Artist must reside in Canada
  • Artist must be 21 years of age or older
  • Artist must have at least 2 years of professional experience in their field.
  • Must be willing to travel to the Wood Buffalo Region 
  • Must be available for all 3 weeks of the Residency 
  • Artists must identify as Indigenous to be considered for the Suncor Indigenous Artist Program



  • Arts Council is particularly interested in artists that will engage the community
  • Arts Council is interested in artists who will mentor artists in this region
  • The Artists in Residence will be required to instruct a minimum of two workshops 
  • The Artists in Residence may be required to do an engagement session(s) with artists and community members
  • Artists will create new work that will be showcased at the end of the Residency 



Arts Council Wood Buffalo welcomes any and all artforms. These artforms can include (but are not limited to): craft, dance, literary arts, media, music, performing arts, visual arts. 



All submissions must be submitted through our online Opportunities Portal. Create an account, login and then click on the purple “Start Entry” button. You may begin drafting your proposal by selecting “2024 Artist in Residence Programs” as your category. Shortlisted Artists will be invited to present their proposals to ACWB staff.. 


Accommodations and application support are available. If you require support or accommodations, contact Program Coordinator Byron Gard byron@artscouncilwb.ca or (587) 674-1625 x.101.



Submissions must be submitted by noon on January 15, 2024. Late submissions will not be considered. 


Arts Council will compensate the Artists in Residence for their travel, time, materials, workshops, planning, etc. Fees will be decided once the Artists are selected. 



The artists will be selected on the appropriateness of the program to teach to community members of the Wood Buffalo region, the uniqueness of the program, and the cost and quality of the proposed workshops. Priority will be given to artists who have a strong workshop plan, showing detailed concepts and a focus on working with the community and mentoring artists in the Wood Buffalo Region.


Please note that only the artist(s) who are successful will be notified.


Selections will be made by Arts Council Wood Buffalo staff. All selections made will be final. All successful artists will be notified by February 16th 2024 



For more information on the 2024 Artist in Residence Programs, visit www.artscouncilwb.ca/artist-in-residence and read the Artist in Residence Handbook.


If you have questions or require application support, please contact Programs Coordinator Byron Gard at byron@artscouncilwb.ca or (587) 674-1625 x.101


Deadline: 15-01-2024

Call for Performers: Waypoints Fundraiser



Swamp Rat Experience (SRE) is proud to produce the 2024 Waypoints fundraiser, taking place at the Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts on Friday, February 23, 2024. Waypoints is a non-profit in the Wood Buffalo region helping individuals affected by domestic, family and sexual violence. This is an interactive experience where the audience will be served food and drinks while they are treated to stunning performances and improvised interactions. The cast, crew and Artistic Team are made up of artists local to Wood Buffalo. SRE is donating part of the production fee as an in-kind contribution to support Waypoints’ important work in our community.




  • Must be a Wood Buffalo resident for the duration of the project

  • Must be 18 years of age or older



SRE is looking to contract seven individual artists or groups to be a part of the 2024 Waypoints fundraiser taking place at the Suncor Energy Centre of the Performing Arts on Friday, February 23, 2024. Performers must be available for dress rehearsal on February 22 between 5 PM – 10 PM. This includes preparing two numbers, which can consist of music, dance, acrobatics, comedy, theatre performances, or other types of performance art not listed. It also includes improvised interactions with fellow cast members, hosts, and the audience. The event has an elimination component, so not all artists will be able to perform both of their prepared numbers. Those who make it to the third and final round will be assigned their final number by chance by drawing it from a hat.

  • Optional rehearsals/coaching will be offered during the months of January and February, 2024



Your submission needs to include the following:

  • 2 proposed numbers OR artistic strengths (we can help you decide what to perform)

  • A bit about yourself

  • Contact information

  • Relevant support material



This opportunity pays $250 (inclusive of GST).




Submissions to be sent to hanna@swampratexperience.com. Submissions must be received by 12:00 PM (noon) on December 30, 2023. Late submissions will not be considered.




If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Hanna Fridhed at hanna@swampratexperience.com.


Deadline: 30-12-2023

Call for Submissions: 2024 Art Walk in the Woods

Temporary Public Art Competition


Temporary Public Art Competition Call for Proposals


The Town of Canmore is pleased to present the call for proposals for Art Walk in the Woods, a temporary environmental public art installation open to artists from Alberta and British Columbia.
In anticipation and in celebration of the COOP FIS Cross-Country World Cup and the IBU World Cup Biathlon, the Town of Canmore is seeking proposals for site-specific land art (installations and sculptures).

The 2024 World Cup events provide a unique opportunity for artists to be viewed by local and international audiences as they visit Canmore and take in the events. By coupling sport and art experiences, Canmore is seen as a community that embraces and values both disciplines.

Held in accordance with the Town of Canmore Public Art Policy and in collaboration with the Canmore Nordic Centre/Alberta Parks, this temporary public art exhibit will take place from February 6 to March 30, 2024.



Type of Installations


The theme for Art Walk in the Woods is We Welcome the World.

There are seven site locations on municipal and provincial park land; four sites are located alongside the Legacy Trail that runs from the Bow River up toward the Canmore Nordic Centre, and three sites in downtown area. Each site provides opportunities to engage art lovers, casual hikers, and facility users visiting the downtown and accessing the Canmore Nordic Centre.

Artists can apply for one of two installation types:


  • Artist-led and community-influenced installations

Two (2) of the sites will be awarded to artist-led and community-influenced installations.

Participating artists will be asked to recruit a team of community members to support in any or all areas of the project (concept, design, construction, installation, art walks, and decommission). Artists choosing a community-influenced installation will be paid $3,500 as their commission.


  • Individual artist or artist team installations

Five (5) sites will be open to individual artists and/or artist teams for independent installations.


Participating artists will work independently but should develop artwork that is reflective of the larger Canmore community. The commission for independent individual artist/artist team installations is $3,000.





The budget for each commission is $3,000 (CAD, inclusive of GST) for individual artists and artist team installations, and $3,500 (CAD, inclusive of GST) for artist led and community influenced installations.

The commission includes all costs related to artist fees, materials, artwork installation and removal, transportation, insurance, travel, and any other cost related to the creation and display of the artwork.

For the full description and proposal call visit art walk in the woods (canmore.ca).

The Town of Canmore is committed to supporting artists who may require accommodations to fairly access this application process. If you require any accommodations, please call 403.678.8956 or email artsculture@canmore.ca.


Questions and comments can be directed to Sue Hayduk, Town of Canmore Arts and Culture Coordinator at artsculture@canmore.ca.



Submissions must be received no later than 4pm on December 8, 2023

Deadline: 08-12-2023

NorthWord Magazine: Holiday Collection

Submission Call: NorthWord Magazine is currently accepting poetry + art submissions for a special holiday segment for Rogers TV (formerly Shaw Spotlight)
If you’re interested in taking part, they are looking for art focused on the holiday season in our region. Content is for public viewing and all ages are welcome to submit.
Send submission to NorthWord@hushmail.com by December 3, 2023.

Deadline: 03-12-2023

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Submissions Open: NorthWord Magazine

NorthWord Magazine publishes twice a year through the support of community volunteers and advertisers. Publication launches take place in April during National Poetry Month and September to coincide with Alberta Culture Days.

For each edition, the Northern Canada Collective Society of Writers’ Board of Directors selects a guest editor. Each guest editor is required to pick a theme to kick-start the creativity. They also decide on the artwork for the front cover. 

As submissions come in, the managing editor removes names before showing the guest editor for transparency purposes.

After the selection process, the publication is produced and disbursed throughout the Wood Buffalo region.

This edition’s Guest Editor is Tineesha McKay and the theme is Resilience.

Accepted Submissions:​

  • Prose (3,000 words or fewer, fiction or non-fiction)
  • Poetry (50 lines maximum)
  • Excerpts from current projects
  • Visual Art 

Submission Deadline is October 30, 2023

* Send submission to northword@hushmail.com

Deadline: 30-10-2023

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RMWB: Call for Traffic Signal Cabinet Wrap Artwork

Help beautify streetscapes by turning traffic signal cabinets/bins from functional infrastructure into colourful and inspired works of art.

Public Art Wood Buffalo is seeking local creatives, photographers, and designers from all backgrounds and experience to submit proposals for traffic signal cabinet/bin wraps. Artwork can be created in any medium, but if selected must be provided in high-resolution digital files suitable for large-format printing.


Artist Fee: Artists will be awarded $700 if their submission is selected.


EligibilityThis opportunity is open to creatives of all ages. Applicants must be current residents of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.  


Submission Deadline: Friday, October 27, 2023, by 11:59 P.M. (MST) Late submissions will not be accepted.    



Deadline: 27-10-2023

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Call for Submissions: Alberta Society of Artists

The Alberta Society of Artists (ASA) invites all artists, Members and Non-Members (18 years and over), residing in Alberta to submit work of any visual medium to our in-house and partnered gallery spaces for the 2024 season. All artists, both emerging and established, working in all media including installation, sculpture, video or photography, textiles, painting, drawing, and mixed media are encouraged to apply.  


The deadline to submit is October 16th at 11:59pm. 


About the Alberta Society of Artists

The Alberta Society of Artists is the oldest society of juried professional artists in the province, providing art education and exhibitions in public venues since 1931. The Society’s goal is to increase public awareness and appreciation of the visual arts in Alberta.      



Deadline: 16-10-2023

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Call for Artists: Mural Opportunity

Bank of Montreal (BMO) – Fort McMurray is looking for an experienced artist to work with the community to design and install a mural on the front facing corner (NW – Franklin Ave and Main Street). This initiative is being undertaken as part of the Downtown Revitalizations Incentive Program.


The total budget for this project could be up to $17,000 with design phase being completed by December 2023 and installation by July 31, 2024.


Application Deadline is October 11, 2023


Submit your Expression of Interest, CV/Resume, link to your online portfolio, and additional documentation to Charmaine Hunos – charmaine.hunos@bmo.com


This opportunity is open to any “Locally Involved Artist,” meaning an artist residing in the Municipality or an artist from outside the Municipality who provides mentorship, skill-building, and capacity-building opportunities to local residents in the field of discipline for which they have been hired.


The selected artist(s) will work the community to develop a design that reflects an inclusive society, a thriving economy, and a sustainable future. Design to incorporate BMO blue and could focus on the theme(s) of:

  • Community (i.e. local scenes, multi-generational, BIPOC and representation of ethnic diversity, and local/small business) or
  • Nature and sustainability (naturescapes, elements (e.g. water), animals)


For more information and project details, see the full Artist Call. 

Deadline: 11-10-2023

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Mini Green Havens: Call for Artisan Workshops

Dear Artisans and Craftspeople,


You are cordially invited to harness your creativity and showcase your skills by having a workshop for the public to participate in. Whether you’re a seasoned artisan or a budding craftsperson, this is your chance to share your passion and expertise in a vibrant and supportive environment.


Event Details
All week (choose your own day)
Approx. time 7:00pm until 10:00 pm
Venue: Mini Green Havens, 21-8520 Manning Ave
Tickets to be sold by Mini Green Havens via Mac Calendar


Cost Information
The cost of participation will vary based on individual artisan fees and supplies required for your workshop as well as our fee to the participant. We aim to work closely with you to ensure that the pricing aligns with your offerings and remains accessible to attendees.


Contact Us
For further details and inquiries, please feel free to reach out to Natasha or Wendy at 587-276-1971 or email natasha@minigreenhavens.ca. We’re here to answer your questions, discuss your ideas, and help you make the most of this unique opportunity.


Let your creativity bloom and your skills shine as you connect with fellow artisans and enthusiasts in an inviting and collaborative atmosphere. We look forward to hosting you and witnessing the magic you bring.


For more information about Mini Green Havens, check out their website


Deadline: 30-09-2023

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Call for Visual Artist – 2023 ACWB Merchandise Artwork

Project Description


Arts Council Wood Buffalo (ACWB) is looking for local 2D or 3D visual artists, illustrators, photographers, graphic designers, printmakers or painters to submit existing or new artwork for their 2023 ACWB branded tote bags.


The image to be used as the exterior design for a limited print run of ACWB branded tote bags, which will be sold as merchandise in support of ACWB. The image will also be used in promotion on ACWB’s various online platforms.


Work Media


ACWB welcomes submissions from both established and emerging artists.


ACWB will not be purchasing the physical artwork, only the digital image. The artwork will be used in merchandise design, and under the discretion of ACWB’s designer, creating the final merchandise design, which may be cropped or have information and design elements placed on top. We will request non-exclusive rights to the work and will accept existing and new artwork; however, it should not have appeared on any other branded merchandise for an organization within the Wood Buffalo community in the six months prior to submission.


Submitted digital files of photography, digital artwork or representations of any 2D or 3D artwork must be in the form of digital files, prepared and ready for print with the following requirements:

  • Digital artwork files must be uploaded in a jpg or png file format.
  • File size should be minimum 300dpi. The image may be cropped to fit printable surface area of approximately 8”x8”. Please ensure the digital file is cropped to show only your submitted image and no background elements (frame, etc.).
  • All artworks and elements within the artwork must be the sole intellectual property of the artist. If the artwork is digital media medium, design elements must have been purchased with the proper license to be used for both print and digital purposes, listed in the project description.

Entry Requirements

Maximum of 3 artwork submissions per artist.

Please submit the following items in one email to info@artscouncilwb.ca.

  • Subject Line: Merchandise Design Submission

Some of the information provided below will be used to give credit to the successful artist in the promotions. Please make sure this information provided is correct, with proper grammar and punctuation.

Please refer to this checklist to ensure all submission elements are submitted for consideration:

  • Artist Statement (100 words maximum)
  • Artist Bio (100 words maximum)
  • Image list from A – C, title of artwork, medium used. Example A) Title, Medium, B) Title, Medium, C) Title, Medium.
  • Print ready digital file, minimum 1MB and/or 300dpi resolution. Files should be named as follows: first name_last name.a.jpeg, first name_last name.b.jpeg, etc. ACWB will accept large files from a downloadable source such as dropbox.com and FTP service.


Submission Deadline

Submissions must be received by 11:59pm on September 11th, 2023. Late submissions will not be considered for selection.


Selection Process

Artwork will be selected by Arts Council Wood Buffalo. The selection is final and the successful artist will be notified by September 15th, 2023.


Please note that only the successful artist will be notified. Artists submitting their artwork keep full copyright of their images. Submissions that are not chosen will not be used in any way by ACWB or third party organizations, unless requested by ACWB in advance and approved by the artist.


Licensing Fee

The successful artist will be paid a one time, all-inclusive licensing fee of $200.00, inclusive of GST. 


Contact Information


Emma Carter
Engagement Manager


(780) 713-1948

Deadline: 11-09-2023

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Buffys 2023: Call for Event Photographer


The Wood Buffalo Excellence in Arts Awards (Buffys) is an annual program that recognizes and celebrates excellence in various areas of the arts throughout our region. The program also builds awareness of the incredible contribution artists make to Wood Buffalo. With this year’s showcase being presented live, Arts Council is looking to hire an event photographer for the Buffys on October 21st, 2023. The event photographer will be present at the Buffys and will capture photos of the event for Arts Council Wood Buffalo. 



ACWB seeks to select one Wood Buffalo photographer to capture the Buffys 2023. Event responsibilities for the photographer will be as followed:

  • Capturing photos of:
    • the Buffys Moulin Rouge Event
    • All award recipients 
    • All sponsors and award presenters
    • Guest attendees 
    • Live performers 
    • Set and decor
    • ACWB Staff & Board 
  • Photographer will be provided with a shot list outlining required shots 
  • Photographer will be responsible for editing the photos after the event and supplying Arts Council Wood Buffalo with the finished product, to be delivered by November 21st, 2023
  • Photographer must be available from 5:30pm-11:00pm on October 21st 2023   
  • Photographer will report to Engagement Manager Emma Carter




Arts Council Wood Buffalo will pay the artist a fee of $1500 for taking photos at the Buffys and editing photos  




Please submit your resume via email to emma@artscouncilwb.ca along with a minimum of three (3) examples of previous work you would like to share. 




Submissions must be received by 11:59pm on September 11th, 2023. Late submissions will not be considered for hire.



Selections will be made by the Arts Council Wood Buffalo staff. All selections will be final, and successful artists will be notified by September 21st, 2023



For questions or more information, please contact Engagement Manager Emma Carter via email: emma@artscouncilwb.ca 

Deadline: 11-09-2023

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Call for Submissions: Island Mountain Arts

Island Mountain Arts will be accepting exhibition submissions for our 2024 exhibition season until August 15th, 2023.

IMA’s gallery is the ideal space to exhibit many types of media. This professional yet intimate gallery space is 82 linear feet and has 12-foot high ceilings. The gallery makes use of natural light that floods in through huge storefront windows, and can also adapt for floodlights and spotlights instead of sunlight, as well as light-limited space for media.

Exhibitions run predominantly from April to October each year. Island Mountain Arts pays an artist fee and transportation amount. We prioritize emerging and mid-career Western-Canada residing artists. We are also invested in developing outreach opportunities through workshops, screenings and conversations to further engagement with your work while it resides in our community. 

The application form cannot be saved and revisited. Feel free to download and use this document as needed to prepare your application. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1hvR_AYMv6sArND-IXhfV6u2uDJDS-P7VddTgcCe06dY/

Deadline: 15-08-2023

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