Event Category: Call for Submissions

Open Call for Submissions

Tangled Art + Disability is currently accepting proposals from Deaf, Mad and Disability-identified artists, and groups, collectives, and organizations engaging in disability curation to be hosted at Tangled Art Gallery.

Tangled is committed to cultivating Deaf, Mad and Disability-led work that engages politically in social practice, advances the conversation around Disability Arts, and disrupts through accessible art practices. Our goal is to foster developing conversations in ‘crip’ aesthetics and support the transformative potential of Disability Arts.

Tangled Art + Disability is accepting submissions to our gallery space for exhibitions in our next exhibition season, July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020. This call is for curatorial proposals and artists working in all media.

More information and submission information on the Tangled Art + Disability website

Tangled Art + Disability is boldly redefining how the world experiences art and those who create it. We are a not for profit art + disability organization dedicated to connecting professional and emerging artists, the arts community and a diverse public through creative passion and artistic excellence. Our mandate is to support disability-identified artists, to cultivate Disability Arts in Canada, and to enhance access to the arts for artists and audiences of all abilities.

Tangled Art + Disability will support artists and curators in generating vital work that enhances and expands a ‘crip’ aesthetics, and integrating inclusive practices of access and accessibility. We encourage submissions from diverse communities and cultural backgrounds including Black, Indigenous, POC & LGBTQQIP2SAA. The gallery, located at Suite 122 in the 401 Richmond Building, features 800 square feet of exhibition space. We pay artist fees to artists according to CARFAC standards.

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Propeller Dance Company – Apply to Audition

Audition Details
What: Invite-only audition for one (1) dancer with or without disabilities.
Where: Ottawa, ON (location provided upon invitation)
When: 1:30 to 2:30 PM
Audition date: January 17, 2019
Costs to audition: none

This is a PAID opportunity.

Required availability for 2019/2020 season:

  • Winter/Spring 1x weekly rehearsals | Thursdays Feb.-Apr.
  • Fall 2x weekly rehearsals | Tuesdays & Thursdays from Sept. onwards


  • A completed degree/certificate/diploma from a professional dance training program with professional performance experience (if other experience possible – please specify).
  • Experienced in contemporary, modern, contact improvisation.
  • Experience teaching artist and working in schools, community settings considered an asset.
  • Applicants must be comfortable improvising. Experience of working with character, text and humour would be desirable but not essential.
  • For wheelchair dancers, excellent wheelchair mobility required, prior dance experience or willingness to train.
  • Highly self-motivated with excellent communications skills required, and ability to tour.

To audition, interested candidates should send a resumé and headshot and web link to your performance footage (if available), to: Renata Soutter, Artistic Co-Director at renata (at) propellerdance.com.

NB: Those invited to audition will be notified by email in advance of audition.

Call for Submissions: Hamilton Artists Inc.

Exhibition Platforms, Special Projects, Film Festival and More!
Hamilton Artists Inc. (The Inc.) is seeking dynamic proposals from artists, collectives and curators at various stages of their careers for its exhibition platforms and public programs. The Inc. is mandated to exhibit a range of artistic disciplines and career levels, and to exhibit a cross-section of artists from local, regional and national communities. Our exhibition platforms include the Cannon Gallery, James Gallery, Cannon Project Wall, and ArcelorMittal Dofasco Courtyard. We also accept proposals to our public programs, such as Incoming, Photophobia, and our Special Projects stream.

As an artist-run centre, we are interested in works/projects that have potential impact, push boundaries and engage with critical, conceptual and/or experimental thinking from a diverse range of perspectives and voices. We encourage independent projects that activate our audiences and exhibition spaces in unique ways. We are committed to providing platforms for risk-taking and creating an inclusive space for exploring expanded art practices. In addition to our galleries, our Special Projects stream invites proposals for projects that may occur on or off-site, manifesting through happenings, print materials, digital platforms, screenings, workshops or other forms of public presentation or intervention. The Inc. supports submissions that showcase artists and curators’ most recent endeavours as well as works that incite conversation and promote a range of intersectional narratives.

We welcome submissions from all qualified individuals and strongly encourage submissions from members of equity-seeking communities, including women, racialized and Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities/expressions. Please advise us of any accommodations needed to ensure you can access and complete the submissions process.

More information and how to apply on the Hamilton Artists Inc. website

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XYZines Maker and Zine Fair: Call for Vendors

Would you like to sell your zines and artwork before the holidays?

XYZines is hosting a community maker and zine fair on Saturday, December 15th from 11 AM – 4 PM at Cedarbrae Library (545 Markham Road, Scarborough).

The fair is free to attend, there is no tabling fee, and artists keep 100% of the profits!

ASL provided. Wheelchair accessible venue. Plus, TTC tokens / tickets available for youth (13 – 29).

If you have participated in any of the XYZines workshops and would like to share the zines and artwork you have made, please apply today. If you’re a maker who has been creating zines and artwork on your own for months or years, you can apply too! If you make zines and other publications, prints, banners, wearables, jewellery, ceramics, pins, patches, stickers, and artist multiples, you are welcome to participate in the XYZines Maker and Zine Fair.

Applications close Monday, December 3rd 2018

More information and how to apply on Facebook

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to ask. We can assist you with the application process and can provide alternative methods of applying. Contact us at either hello@torontoartbookfair.com or outreach@paperhousestudio.com

Call for Performance Proposals

Workman Arts is accepting applications for performance work as a part of the Rendezvous with Madness Festival from October 10 – 20, 2019. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, December 19, 2018.

Workman Arts is an arts and mental health organization known internationally for its artistic collaborations, presentations, knowledge exchange, best practices and research on the impact of the arts on the quality of life of people living with mental health and/or addiction issues.

What is Rendezvous with Madness?

For the past 26 years, RWM has been the first and largest mental health film festival in the world. The 2018 Rendezvous with Madness Festival marked an expansion from its film festival roots to a multidisciplinary festival including visual art, performance, music, theatre and dance in addition to its core emphasis on media arts.

More information on the festival and how to apply on the Workman Arts website

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OAC Exhibition Assistance

Workman Arts has been selected as a recommender for the Ontario Arts Council’s Exhibition Assistance Grants, a program that provides funding for presentation costs for confirmed exhibitions. The funding we have been allocated to award is specifically for Deaf artists and artists with disabilities, including those with mental health and/or addiction lived experience. This program is open to applications from both Workman Arts members and artists who identify as Deaf and/or artists with disabilities who are not members, as per the guidelines of the program. Our first deadline is August 15. We have a second deadline on December 14.

All applications for Exhibition Assistance Grants must be submitted through the OAC’s online granting portal, Nova, and not directly to Workman Arts. For further information on application requirements, including eligibility information, please visit the OAC website.

For questions please contact:
Cara Spooner, Education and Training Manager
416-583-4339, ext. 4

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OAC Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators

Workman Arts is now a recommender for the Ontario Arts Council’s Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators, a program that provides funding to assist theatre creators to develop new work. The minimum grant awarded is $1,000 and the maximum is $5,000. The program is not intended to accommodate some kinds of activities that the Theatre Projects program does, including workshops leading towards production, rehearsal, or production.

Our priorities in awarding the funding we have been allocated are projects by creator(s) with lived experience of mental health/addiction and/or content/subject matter that explores mental health/addiction in a sophisticated and artistically grounded way. Projects may be multidisciplinary.

This program is open to applications from both Workman Arts members and non-member artists, as per the guidelines of the program. Our deadline for 2018 is December 14.

All applications for Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators must be submitted through the OAC’s online granting portal, Nova, and not directly to Workman Arts. When filling out your application on Nova, you will be required to submit a CV and a script sample. For further information on application requirements, including eligibility information, please visit the OAC website. To view a list of other recommenders, click here.

For questions please contact:
Cara Spooner, Education and Training Manager
416-583-4339, ext. 4

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2019 Toronto Fringe Festival Accessible Lottery

What it is: A program to encourage participation in the Toronto Fringe Festival by artists who self-identify as an artist with a disability.

Who it’s for: The project goal is to increase representation of Deaf artists, hard of hearing artists, sick artists, mad artists and/or any artists with a disability at the Toronto Fringe. According to the Ontario Human Rights Commission, defining disability is a complex, evolving matter. The term “disability” covers a broad range and degree of conditions. A disability may have been present at birth, caused by an accident, or developed over time. Only those who have not produced in the Toronto Fringe Festival before are eligible.

Cost to apply: There is no cost to apply.

Terms and Conditions:

  • The Accessible Lottery is open to Deaf Artists, Hard of hearing artists, sick artists, mad artists &/or artists with a disability. It is one of the Toronto Fringe Festival’s lottery categories. For more information about the Fringe and the lottery process, please see above.
    Applicants must be currently living in Canada, and have landed immigrant status, permenant residency, or Canadian citizenship.
  • Show run-time must be between 45 and 90 minutes
  • There is no additional fee associated with applying for the Accessibility Lottery. Winners will receive a bursary towards their Toronto Fringe show.
  • Participants are also welcome to apply for the main Fringe lottery and the CDAP lottery (if eligible) in addition to the Accessible lottery.

More information and how to apply on the Toronto Fringe website

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Won Lee Fellowship

The Won Lee Fellowship is a $1,000 cash award designed to support a hard-working artist who identifies as Deaf, Mad or Disabled. You can nominate yourself or someone else for this award.

Nominations should describe the nominated individual’s artistic practice, how they demonstrate their commitment to their work and should answer the question “what does being a hard-working artist mean to you/the artist?”

Eligible applicants must:

  • Be a resident of Canada
  • Be a practicing artist, either emerging or mid-career
  • Identify as Deaf, Mad, Neurodivergent or Disabled

Applications may be made in one of the following formats:

  • a written statement between 250 – 400 words
  • a video submission no longer than 4 minutes in English, French, ASL or LSQ
  • an audio submission no longer than 4 minutes in English or French

To apply:
Send written statements, video files, video links, audio files, or audio links to submissions@tangledarts.org by December 7, 2018. For assistance other accommodations, please contact Victoria at victoria@tangledarts.org / 647-725-5064.

More information on the Tangled Art + Disability website

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Inkling Incubator

Inkling Incubator logo with a multi coloured flower

The Inkling Incubator is a Red Dress Productions (RDP) interdisciplinary research project that will convene a diverse working group of Deaf, disabled, hearing, and enabled artists for two five-day intensive, arts-based research workshops.

What arises when Deaf, disabled, hearing, and enabled artists collaborate at the ‘inkling’ phase of a creative project and experiment with creative problem-solving? What strategies can be woven into artistic processes from the start of art-making to increase inclusion, access, and equity for both artists and audiences?

Led by specialized knowledge facilitators, together we’ll explore, experiment with, and develop best practices and processes in integrated and inclusive creative collaboration.

Workshop dates and location
Applicants must be available for all of the times and dates in one of the two workshop cohorts:

Cohort #1: January 7–11, 2019
Cohort #2: February 18–22, 2019
Location: Cahoots Theatre (388 Queen Street East, Unit #3, Toronto)
Time: 1:00–5:00 p.m.

Who is this for?
Artists of all artistic disciplines who have an interest in creating artwork that reflects the multiplicities and richness of the communities it emerges from, while creating new creative communities and modes of working in integrated processes.

The Inkling Incubator will provide artist-researcher participants the opportunity to learn (and unlearn) from each other.

Artist-researchers will be paid an honorarium of $1,000 for participating in one of the two cohorts of the Inkling Incubator and will be credited in workshop findings.

Application forms on the Red Dress Productions website

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