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Call for Artists: Vancouver Outsider Arts Festival

The Community Arts Council of Vancouver (CACV) is excited to present the 6th annual Vancouver Outsider Arts Festival. This festival offers opportunities for exhibition, performance, connection and learning to visual and performing artists facing social exclusion and other barriers. The Vancouver Outsider Arts Festival invites artists and performers from varying disciplines, backgrounds, and levels of experience to apply!

Application Deadline: May 15, 2022 at midnight (PST)

For more information, please visit:

-from Vancouver Outsider Arts Festival

Call for Artists: 2022 CreateSpace Public Art Residency (STEPS)

“Are you, or an artist you know, interested in gaining experience, building networks and professional skills needed to launch or expand a public art practice?

STEPS believes public art has the ability to challenge the systemic inequities that exist in public space. In support of this important work, we facilitate programs that: foster inclusive public art practices; build the capacity of artists who are underrepresented in Canadian public art and demonstrate the power of art to reimagine equitably designed cities.

We are thrilled to launch the 2022 CreateSpace Public Art Residency, a national public art program designed in collaboration with advisors from coast to coast, to provide emerging Black, Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit and MĂ©tis) and racialized artists with the skills, relationships and practical experiences needed to build and advance public art practices.

Ten artists from across the country participated in the program’s inaugural year, acquiring valuable skills in the field of public art. Each artist created unique and inspiring public artworks that ranged from experimental to performative to sculptural. Visit the  2021 CreateSpace Public Art Residency webpage to learn more about these artists and their projects.

This residency is open to early to mid-career Canadian-based visual and media artists working in public space, who identify as Black, Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit and MĂ©tis) and/or racialized, interested in participating in a virtual residency from March through December 2022. Up to ten artists will be selected for this opportunity by a review panel composed of members of the arts community who identify as Black, Indigenous and/or racialized. Program components will be offered primarily in English, with translation and ASL services available as needed to support participation of a diverse community of artists. 

Applicants must be a Canadian citizen, or Permanent Resident to qualify for this opportunity. Interested applicants must submit their expressions of interest by Monday, January 31, 2022 at 11:59 PM PST. Those living outside of the Pacific time zone are encouraged to use a timezone converter to ensure your application is received by the deadline.”

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2022 CreateSpace RĂ©sidence d’Art Public

“ĂŠtes-vous, ou un artiste que vous connaissez, intĂ©ressĂ© en acquĂ©rir l’expĂ©rience, dans la crĂ©ation des rĂ©seaux et compĂ©tences professionnelles nĂ©cessaires pour lancer ou dĂ©velopper une pratique d’art public?

STEPS Public Art croit que l’art public a la capacité de défier les inégalités systémiques qui existent dans l’espace public. Pour soutenir ce travail important, nous facilitons les programmes qui encouragent les pratiques d’art public inclusives, renforcent les capacités des artistes sous-représentés et démontrent comment l’art public peut aider à ré imaginer des villes conçues de manière équitable.

Nous sommes ravis de lancer la 2022 Résidence d’Art Public, un programme national d’art public conçu en collaboration avec des conseillers d’un océan à l’autre, afin de fournir aux artistes noirs, autochtones (Premières nations, Inuits et Métis) et les artistes racialisés avec les compétences, les relations et les expériences pratiques nécessaires pour construire et faire progresser les pratiques d’art public.

Dix artistes Ă  travers le pays ont participĂ© Ă  la première annĂ©e du programme, acquĂ©rant des compĂ©tences prĂ©cieuses dans le domaine de l’art public. Chaque artiste a crĂ©Ă© des Ĺ“uvres d’art public uniques et inspirantes, variant de l’expĂ©rimentation Ă  la performance en passant par la sculpture. Visitez la site web de la 2021 CreateSpace RĂ©sidence d’Art Public pour en savoir plus sur ces artistes et leurs projets.

Cette résidence est ouverte aux artistes visuels et médiatiques basés au Canada, en début ou en milieu de carrière, travaillant dans l’espace public, qui s’identifient comme noirs, indigènes (Premières Nations, Inuits et Métis) et/ou racialisés, qui s’intéresse à participer à une résidence virtuelle de mars à décembre 2022. Jusqu’à dix artistes seront sélectionnés pour cette opportunité par un comité composé de membres de la communauté artistique qui s’identifient comme noirs, indigènes et/ou racialisés. Les éléments du programme seront offerts principalement en anglais, avec des services de traduction et des services de langue des signes américaine en anglais (ASL) seront disponibles au besoin pour soutenir la participation d’une communauté diversifiée d’artistes.

Les candidats doivent ĂŞtre citoyens canadiens ou rĂ©sidents permanents pour se qualifier pour cette opportunitĂ©. Les candidats intĂ©ressĂ©s doivent soumettre leur manifestation d’intĂ©rĂŞt avant le lundi, 31 janvier, 2022 Ă  23 h 59 HNP. Les personnes vivant dehors du fuseau horaire du Pacifique sont encouragĂ©es Ă  utiliser un convertisseur de fuseau horaire pour s’assurer que leur demande est reçue avant la date limite.”

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-from STEPS

Call for Artists: Videoconference Platform Digital Backgrounds (Mural Routes, deadline Dec 17)

“Mural Routes invites mural artists from all across Canada, to submit an expression of interest to design and produce a videoconference platform digital background that can be used on apps such as Zoom, Google Meet, Teams, Webex and GoToMeeting. A total of ten (10) digital backgrounds will be commissioned.

The digital backgrounds will be made available on Mural Routes’ website for anybody to download and use.

No previous experience with digital design is necessary – selected mural artists will have the opportunity to participate in a Digital Design workshop in order to produce the digital backgrounds. Tech can also be provided – if you do not have a device to design (iPad or other), Mural Routes will be lending mural artists one to participate in the workshop and to produce the digital background. The theme of the backgrounds is open. No logos, advertising, shocking imagery or offensive language will be accepted.

Digital backgrounds will meet the following dimensions: min. 1920x 1080 px (16:9 ratio- HD) – max. 3840 x 2160 px (16:9, 4K).


All mural artists legally able to work in Canada are eligible to apply. Any mural artist may submit a proposal in accordance with the guidelines provided below. We welcome and encourage submissions from mural artists of all backgrounds and walks of life including, but not limited to, emerging artists who identify as Indigenous, Black, and/or artists of colour; female identifying artists; refugee, newcomer and immigrant artists; and those who have been greatly affected by the pandemic.”

For more information and to apply, please visit:

-from Mural Routes

Call: Indigenous Artists of All Disciplines (Mississauga Arts Council)

“Call for Indigenous Artists!

MAC is committed to listening to the voices of Indigenous artists in meaningful ways that will allow your work to be properly and respectfully showcased and paid for. We’re looking to connect with professional and emerging Indigenous artists from all artistic disciplines, to create new Indigenous-led projects and commissions that celebrate Indigenous culture through stories, artwork, and music.

Learn more and register your interest in upcoming collaborative Indigenous Art opportunities with MAC:

For more information, please visit:

-from Mississauga Arts Council

Call for Applications: Indigenous Artists in Residence

“The National Theatre School offers a two-year training program to Indigenous artists who have been working for a number of years in their respective artistic or cultural fields, and who wish to grow as theatre-makers. 

This flexible training program allows artists the opportunity to design their own course of study at NTS.  

Access to training across all the School’s core programs is possible: ActingDirectingPlaywritingProduction Design and Technical ArtsSet and Costume Design 

This program lasts 2 years and offers artists the opportunity to:

  • Create and evolve a distinct path of learning at NTS;
  • Develop personal artistic projects; 
  • Make a direct impact on the ongoing transformation of the National Theatre School.”

For more information, please visit:

-from the National Theatre School

Call for Project Artists – Art as a Tool for Change (Eastern Edge)

Calling all Artists!

“Eastern Edge is launching an exciting new project, Art as a Tool for Change. Up to four artists will be selected to develop and present work from October 2021 to March 2022. We will be prioritizing people who self-identify as IBPOC (indigenous, black, people of colour) and queer artists in addition to artists whose work explores social change. We welcome applications from all artists but will prioritize new and early career artists. Deadline October 1, 2021

Project Overview – Art as a Tool for Change:

Art is an empowering tool to facilitate critical dialogue around feminism, anti-racism, 2SLGBTQAI+ rights, and environmental activism. This project, running from October 2021 to March 2022, will explore how art inspires and promotes social change and justice. This series will highlight queer and BIPOC artists’ work through events such as panel discussions, workshops, artist talks, film screenings, work-sharing events, and live performances, culminating in a group exhibition and presentation series in Winter 2022.

Working with project Lead Rachel Gilbert, the Eastern Edge Team, and invited curators, the selected artists will participate in a collaborative, self-directed residency that provides resources, space, and support to develop and present their work. This opportunity is open to artists across disciplines with a visual arts focus. 

Dates: October to March 31st”

For more information, please visit:

-from Eastern Edge

Call to Community Artists: MixAbilities Inclusive Arts Training (H’art Centre, Kingston)

“Letters of Interest & Bio/Resume Due: April 30, 2021

H’art Centre invites Kingston’s artists and arts educators to apply to attend the upcoming round of MixAbilities inclusive arts training. We designed MixAbilities to help local artists/educators learn to:

1) Increase your awareness and understanding of inclusive and accessible arts.
2) Effectively and empathetically support an interested community of all abilities to participate or contribute to the arts.
3) Develop your skills and confidence as inclusive artists/educators, and;
4) Increase your knowledge and understanding of the value of arts for this population.

Our primary goal is to grow our roster of trained community artist-instructors. Many, after learning these basics, have used their skills in the H’art Studio program at H’art Centre and others have applied their expertise and adapted their learning in order to craft inclusive art experiences in the wider community.”

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-from H’art Centre

Call for Artists: Virtuosity of Blackness 3.0 (Art Starts, Toronto)

“We’re booking performers for the Virtuosity of Blackness 3.0. If you are a dancer, singer or spoken word artist between the ages of 16-35, we want to hear from you! Filming will take place on April 9th or 10th.

The Virtuosity of Blackness (VoB) is a showcase featuring some of the best, up-and-coming performing Black artists in the city.

In collaboration with RISE Edutainment, this presentation serves as a platform to encourage creativity, network and support emerging artists.

Both iterations featured over 30 talented performers, reached 2.5K people on social media, and sparked a lot of meaningful conversations.”

For more information, please visit:

-from Art Starts

Call for Artists & Makers: 60th Toronto Outdoor Art Fair (hybrid online/outdoor)

“Canada’s leading contemporary outdoor art fair is celebrating 60 years of launching artists careers! The Call For Artists is now open! Visual artists and makers of all backgrounds are invited to apply for the hybrid online/outdoor 60th Toronto Outdoor Art Fair in July 2021. Each year, a loyal following of Fair-goers spend $2 million on art purchases, providing an income to independent artists and contributing to their economic prosperity. The 60th Anniversary Fair will be one to remember with new special programs and awards!

Take advantage of early bird application pricing until February 28. Accepting applications until March 8. Apply now at!”

-from Toronto Outdoor Art Fair

Call for Artists: collaborative mural project that pays homage to essential workers (Newfoundland & Labrador)

Eastern Edge Gallery is “seeking proposals for a public community mural in St. John’s, NL. The location is on Blackmarsh Road, a fence that surrounds the City Depot on Blackmarsh Road/Blackler Avenue.

This project is intended to express our gratitude to all essential workers (medical professionals and healthcare workers, food service workers, cleaning staff, local businesses, etc) who are taking care of us during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

With the collective support of arts organizations here in St. John’s, we will pay professional fees to engage artists. This project will not only be a public representation of our profound appreciation and thanks towards essential workers, but our way of supporting the artists in our community.

The mural is a multiple artist collaborative creation. The collective design process intends to pay homage to the collective efforts of our essential service workers across all sectors who worked tirelessly to ensure our needs are met during this current COVID-19 pandemic. The interpretation of this collectively will not be literal, but figurative. The design and execution will showcase our gratitude and respect while reinforcing cooperation and unity.

One artist will be selected per 4’ x 8’ wooden panel to create their mural on (horizontal orientation). This process will be done remotely, and all panels will then be affixed to the fence as a series of smaller murals representing a broad range of artists and interpretations of the theme.”

Deadline to apply is August 28th, 2020

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-from Eastern Edge Gallery