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Call for Submissions: Coming Up Next

Coming Up Next celebrates the creativity, innovation, and skill of emerging artists entering the field of contemporary Craft in Canada. This group exhibition serves as an important launchpad; introducing emerging artists to the Alberta Craft community (including our sophisticated audience of artists, craft collectors and supporters), and to the professional development services that Alberta Craft provides to its members. The exhibition will be curated to feature a diverse representation of traditional and contemporary Craft disciplines.


Alberta Craft welcomes submissions from artists whose path to Craft may have begun through apprenticeships, mentorships with elders, those who are self-taught, and those who have received a formal post-secondary Craft education. If you are within the first five years of your career in Craft, or the final year of studies in a Craft discipline, you are eligible to enter.


This national call is free to enter, with a submission of up to five images of work that will be available for the exhibition dates. Works may be produced in any of the Craft media: clay, fibre, glass, metal, wood, stone, or any combination of the above, and must have been completed within the past two years to be considered.


Application deadline is January 16th, 2024.


Click here for more information and to submit!

Deadline: 16-01-2024

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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

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RMWB: Arts, Culture & Heritage Grant

Are you looking for funding to support your arts, culture and heritage-related projects? The Arts, Culture & Heritage Grant could be the answer. This grant provides financial support to individuals or groups who are working towards achieving the priorities of the Wood Buffalo Culture Plan.

With a total of $50,000 available, this funding initiative supports the Culture Plan’s vision of Wood Buffalo as a culturally diverse and socially inclusive municipality in which arts and heritage are vital to its social, economic and environmental well-being.

To apply for the Arts, Culture & Heritage Grant, you must demonstrate how your project aligns with one or more of the following priorities of the Wood Buffalo Culture Plan:

  • Foster a healthy environment for culture: arts and culture.
  • Further develop cultural facilities and resources.
  • Support collaboration and innovation.
  • Encourage diversity, inclusivity, and accessibility.
  • Improve awareness of the value of culture.

Applications for this grant will close on December 31, 2023 OR once the total $50,000 available has been granted. 

Deadline: 31-12-2023

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Call for Artists: YMM Digital Art Exhibit

The Fort McMurray International Airport (YMM) is seeking artists to submit their work for the new YMM Digital Art Exhibit, to be showcased on the airport’s prominent digital screens. This exciting opportunity invites artists to contribute their creativity and talent to enhance the airport experience for travellers to enjoy. YMM is looking for captivating artwork that is appropriate for all ages and demonstrates respect for all cultures and identities.  


2024 Theme: Connecting Cultures, Inspiring Journeys


The theme of the exhibit is “Connecting Cultures, Inspiring Journeys.” Artists are encouraged to explore the concept of cultural diversity, unity, and the transformative power of travel. The artwork should reflect the vibrant and inclusive spirit of Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo and celebrate the rich diversity of community members and/or the region.  


Submission Guidelines


  • Medium: Artists are welcome to submit artwork in any medium suitable for digital display, including but not limited to digital art, photography, illustrations, paintings, and mixed media.
  • Content: Artwork must be suitable for all ages and free from explicit or offensive content. It should respect and celebrate diversity of cultures, traditions, and identities.
  • Technical Specifications: Digital artworks should be submitted in formats compatible with display on the airport’s digital screens. Specific technical requirements will be provided upon selection.
  • Submission Process: Artists should submit a brief proposal outlining their concept and vision for the artwork, along with samples of their previous work that demonstrate their artistic style and proficiency. Please note: The exhibit will showcase from 5 to 10 digital photos of the artist’s work.
  • Deadline: Sunday, December 31, 2023  


Selection Process and Installation


A panel of experts from the Fort McMurray International Airport and the local arts community will review final submissions. Artworks will be selected based on artistic merit, alignment with theme, and appropriateness for display in a public space. Successful artists will be notified of their selection via email. Upon selection, artists will work closely with the airport’s curatorial team to finalize the technical details and ensure optimal presentation of their artwork on the digital screens. The exhibition will be installed with care and attention to detail to create an engaging and visually stunning experience for airport visitors. Selected artists will receive a $500 honorarium and the Fort McMurray Airport Authority will host and execute an exhibition launch event on behalf of the artist.  


How to Apply


To apply, email the YMM Digital Art Exhibit Curator Dawn Booth at dawn.booth@flyymm.com. Be sure to include your contact information, a brief proposal, and samples of your previous work.  


Important Note


By submitting artwork for consideration, artists grant the Fort McMurray International Airport the right to display their work during the exhibition period. Artists will be credited for their work, and their intellectual property rights will be respected. We look forward to receiving your submissions and creating an inspiring and culturally diverse digital exhibit at the Fort McMurray International Airport. Should you have any questions, please contact: dawn.booth@flyymm.com.        


Deadline: 31-12-2023

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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

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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

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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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The Calgary Stampede Youth Poster Contest

The Calgary Stampede Youth Poster Competition is a unique youth achievement opportunity that provides talented youth with the opportunity to showcase their talent on a world stage. Generously funded by the Brandon Flock Foundation, the Dustin Peers Memorial Scholarship is one of Canada’s largest art scholarships. Talented young artists between the ages of 15 to 24 from across Alberta are invited to submit their artwork each fall for the chance to design the artwork for the Calgary Stampede Poster and take home the first place prize of a $10,000 scholarship.


Questions or inquiries can be sent to postercompetition@calgarystampede.com

For full details and to apply, visit corporate.calgarystampede.com.




  • Contestants must be Alberta residents aged 15 – 24
  • All 2D mediums welcome




  • The top 30 artists will have a unique opportunity to learn and elevate their skills at a Masterclass Workshop taught by experienced local artists.
  • The top 8 artists will refine their skills through one-on-one mentorship and artistic development coaching to help their poster vision come to life.
  • Finalists will also learn about The Calgary Stampede through a variety of inspiring experiences highlighting western hospitality, inclusivity, culture and community spirit.


Deadline for application: December 1, 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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