Artspace’s Annual Call for Submissions

Artspace is seeking proposals from artists working in all media for the centre’s 2016/17 programming season.

Deadline: June 5, 2015, 5pm

Submit Online:

Artspace is dedicated to presenting work from contemporary artists working in a variety of disciplines. The centre strives to present art that reflects and promotes the diversity of cultural and political perspectives that shape contemporary art practices. Submissions from emerging, mid-career and senior artists whose works are alternative, experimental and/or critically engaged are welcome. The centre welcomes submissions from individual artists, curators, and collectives to apply with new or existing exhibition proposals.

With two gallery spaces available, we invite artists to apply to the following:

GALLERY 1: Gallery 1 (1500 sq. ft.) is Artspace’s fully accessible main gallery and features 12-foot ceilings, hardwood floors, and a 40’ wall of street facing windows. The space is designated for the presentation of solo and group exhibitions, as well as performances. We invite artists, collectives and curators to apply with new or existing exhibition proposals.

GALLERY 2: Gallery 2 (500 sq. ft.) is a black box style gallery suitable for smaller installations, experimental work from regional artists, workshops, and and a variety of media installations. Gallery 2 is equipped with an A/V projection system. Unfortunately, Gallery 2 is not an accessible space.


All submissions should be made online through:

Artspace does not accept mailed submissions. Applicants who do not adhere to the following criteria will be disregarded.

You will be asked to include the following:
  1. Proposal/Project Description (1 page max)
  2. Technical Requirements
  3. Artist Statement (250 words max)
  4. Artist Bio (250 words max)
  5. Current CV (3 pages max)
  6. Visual Support Material with Support Material List (15 images max)
Please select visual support material mindfully, as committee members have limited time to consider each proposal. Images should be labeled numerically with the artist’s name (01_name.jpg, 02_name.jpg, etc.). Your Support Material List should include title of work, date created, medium, and dimensions.

Video documentation should be uploaded to a site such as Youtube or Vimeo and linked in the application. Regardless of duration, please include full videos. Due to time constraints, the selections committee may only view up to 5 minutes of each video. Please note the clip you would prefer the jury view by including time marks in the documentation list.

Programming Policy

Proposals are judged in relation to Artspace's mandate and programming focus.

All submissions to the Annual Call are vetted by a Programming Committee composed of the Director, the Media Arts Coordinator, 2 working artists or curators from the region, and 1 invited artist or curator from outside of Peterborough. The Director makes final decisions and considers budgetary and scheduling constraints in selecting each exhibition.

An extensive archive of past exhibitions can be found at

Please allow 3-4 months for Artspace’s jury to consider submissions.



Artspace is Peterborough's artist-run centre. We are a non-profit organization that assists artists with the presentation of new work by practicing artists. We change in response to the needs of artists and work to engage and inform the public about their work. Formally, our mandate aims to foster a stronger appreciation for Canadian contemporary art. In our ongoing efforts to increase public awareness, we also aim to build on our reputation as one of our region’s most vital arts organizations.

We advocate for artists. We nurture dialogue across disciplines, cultures and perspectives. We are also representatives, responsible for building ties within the community. Ours is a necessary voice in the cultural landscape, and has been since 1974.

Our programming, though national in scope, is regional in spirit. In connecting artists to the community and welcoming community involvement, we continue to attract respected talent from across the country.


If you have any questions regarding submissions, please contact:

Jon Lockyer
378 Aylmer Street North