Call to Artists – 10 Places to Submit Art in Toronto (2019)

March 2019 – Call to Artists - 10 Places to Submit Art in Toronto

The art season is in bloom for the city of Toronto!

With the first wave of submission dates flooding across the internet, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved this year.

To help keep you organized, here are 10 upcoming opportunities with artist submission deadlines in the month of March.

It’s time to dust off your workspace and get organized!



1. Public Artwork for Don Mills Trail Revitalization

Deadline for Submissions: Thursday March 7, 2019 | 4:00 pm

The City of Toronto is inviting professional artists (and teams) to submit their Expression of Interest to the first stage of a National, open, two-stage public art competition! This will be for a permanent public artwork for the Don Mills Trail Revitalization Project. In addition, this project has a net budget of $200,000.00 (+HST).

2. Spartanburg Art Museum Exhibitions for 2019-2020

Deadline for Submissions: Thursday March 7, 2019

Interested in all types of work that address contemporary issues and concerns. Artists are encouraged to use traditional materials in unusual ways. Any individual, collective, or group of artists (18+) who reside in the US or Canada may apply. All media and themes will be considered for exhibition.


3. Beaches Foodland Mural

Deadline for Submissions: Friday March 8th, 2019 | 5:00 pm

Mural Routes and Sobeys Inc. Invite experienced mural artists and/or artist teams to submit a proposal to design and produce a mural on the east-facing wall on Foodland, at 2040 Queen St. E in the Beaches. The new mural will replace the badly deteriorating mural which was covered in 2018, so there is a lot of room for creativity!


4. Climate Action – International Artist Call

Deadline for Submissions: Sunday March 10, 2019

Artists are encouraged to respond to the topic of Climate Change. Looking for responsive, expressive artwork that explore opinion, urgency and solution to this global crisis. Interested in artists creating responsive, challenging work that address the direct causes and the push/pull factors at hand. 


5. Art Gallery of St. Albert 2020

Deadline for Submissions: Tuesday March 12, 2019 | 5:00 pm

The Art Gallery of St. Albert (AGSA) is a contemporary, non-profit, public art gallery is seeking submissions from artists or artist groups of all artistic and cultural backgrounds working in all styles and mediums for exhibition in the 2020 calendar year.

6. Online Show “Still Life”

Deadline for Submissions: Wednesday March 13th, 2019

Gallery Ring invites artists worldwide to submit to “Still Life”, an Online Juried Show dedicated to art works featuring all expressions of the genre. In addition, there will be many awards available including a cash prize for “Best in Show”. 2D work including photography/digital are also welcome.


7. St. Lawrence Market presents Arts at The Market 

Deadline for Submissions: Friday March 15, 2019

The exciting Arts at the Market program provides local artists and makers with a unique opportunity to exhibit their high-quality handmade items at this popular destination for locals and tourists, animating the St. Lawrence Market’s outdoor areas with evolving product offerings for the duration of the redevelopment.


8. Queen Gallery

Deadline for Submissions: Saturday March 30, 2019

Queen Gallery is seeking submissions for upcoming group show titled Alefba. This multidisciplinary exhibition celebrates poetry month by exploring the interconnections between poetry, calligraphy and other visual elements on contemporary art.


9. Cabbagetown Festival

Deadline for Submissions: Earlybird Rates End March 31st (Final deadline August 2019)

Founded over 40 years ago, Cabbagetown Festival is one of Toronto’s longest running street festivals! If you are interested in participating as a vendor, be sure to apply before the early bird rates go up!


10. Toronto Digital Projects - Online Showcase for Emerging Artists

Deadline for Submissions: Ongoing

Toronto Digital Projects is a new curated virtual gallery for emerging artists creating digital paintings, animations, videos, GIFs and other forms of Post-Internet art. This program is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and Angell Gallery.

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