Calls

Opportunities for Artists

Whether you have been a practising artist for years or are a newly emerging artist, there are opportunities for you to share your art. Respond to a gallery call for group and solo shows. Apply to be an Artist in Residence (AiR) at Casa.

Participate in artist-led activities. Learn more about the business of being a practising artist in the AAC’s ART/WORK sessions. Sell your fine art and craft in the AAC Works retail shop. Take tiny steps or a giant leap into the art world by connecting with Casa and the Allied Arts Council.

AAC Works

AAC Works offers high quality, locally created, fine art, and fine craft. We currently represent over 50 local artists. We are dedicated to providing local artists space to sell their work and the opportunity to connect with the Lethbridge community. More items are available in our AAC Works store located at 318 – 7th Street S.

Are you interested in selling your work in AAC Works? The next submission deadline is Monday, June 17, 2024.

James MacDonald standing in front or his art

Artist in Residence (AiR)

The residency program at Casa provides an opportunity for artists from across disciplines to pursue their practice in a supportive, concentrated, community-based atmosphere. Workshops, installations, open houses and artist talks are part of the AiR community engagement program. This program is financially supported by the AAC.

Current Residency

This January, Casa will be hosting artist Camryn Carnell, as part of the Artist in Residence (AiR) program from April 1 – 29.

Camryn Carnell is an emerging artist based in Edmonton, Alberta. She graduated from Alberta University of the Arts with a BFA in Drawing. She has since participated in several artist residencies which empowered her to get assessed for ADHD. Surrendering to curiosity allows her creative process to accommodate her neurodivergence. Carnell creates soft sculptures and quilted pieces in textiles, using bright colours and kitschy motifs to interrogate contradictory feelings and express adoration for the silly and awkward ways she finds herself moving in the world.

Taking Inventory: Drawing Workshop

Thursday, April 18 from 7 – 9 pm

Learn drawing methods that translate visual references into abstracted forms.

 

Open House

Thursday, April 25 from 5 – 7 pm in the Atrium at Casa

Stay for a Keeping it Reel film screening in the Community Room at 7 pm

 

Residency Application

Emerging artists find the Casa AiR program to be a welcoming place for those wanting to experience the residency process. Mid-career and established artists are also encouraged to apply as Casa provides space free of charge and will help to co-ordinate a number of public engagement opportunities.

Please seek funding for travel, lodging and per diems from granting agencies as necessary. Successful candidates may request letters of support for their grant applications.

Application deadline:
Application deadlines occur January 15 and June 15 of each year.
Submissions for the January 15 deadline will be programmed for a residency between June 15 and December 31.

Submission for the June 15 deadline will be programmed for a residency between January 15 and June 14 of the following year.

External Artist Calls

The Allied Arts Council is often sent calls for artists by other organizations or comes across calls that may be of interest to local artists. These calls are organized by discipline below. The AAC encourages the payment of artist fees in all the calls. Artists should be fairly compensated. The AAC does not publish opportunities that require submission fees for ‘pay to play’ or puts undue burden on artists. If the opportunity is a professional development session, residency, conference or volunteer position, these will be clearly denoted in purple.

Do you have a call for artists that you would like shared? Please email communications@artslethbridge.org

Disciplines

 

  • Call for Applications: Canada Council for the Arts – Digital Greenhouse. The Digital Greenhouse is a digital innovation initiative for Canadian individuals, groups, and organizations. It supports short-term projects that leverage digital technology to address sectoral and digital challenges. More information.Deadline: ongoing 
  • Lethbridge Artist Group Feature:Be featured as a local artist group in the recreation and culture guide each month. Must be AAC Allied Member. Deadline – 1st of each month. Contact communications@artslethbridge.org
  • Call for Submissions: Forest City Gallery Special Projects. Special Projects may be one-off events or proposed as a limited series. Examples of Special Projects include performances, live art projects, public talks, workshops and skill-sharing events, off-site projects and interventions, screenings, and digital platform events. We invite artists as well as those working across disciplines to apply. More information. Deadline: Proposed projects/initiatives are reviewed on an ongoing basis
  • Call for Applications: US National Parks Arts Foundation is a non-profit foundation offering artist-in-residence programs, museum in-loan programs and workshops in cooperation with the US National Parks, National Monuments, World Heritage Sites and other locations. Pays stipends and offers a variety of opportunities throughout the year. International artists are welcome to apply. More information.
  • Call for Interviews: Live from Studio Venus. Local podcast interviewing academic, amateur or hobby artists of all forms: visual, craft, design, musician or architectural. Email fromstudiovenus@gmail.comfor more information.
  • Call for Submissions: ASA Artist-in-Residence Creative 2024. The Alberta Society of Artists is pleased to invite artists (over 18) who are interested in a self-directed research and site-specific work to apply to our new Artist-in-Residence Creative Program. Artists from all disciplines are encouraged to submit a proposal to encompass an 8-week consecutive period. More information. Deadline: February 29, 2024, 11:59 pm.
  • Call for ASA Scholarship Submissions:  Call for submissions for our THREE (3) annual scholarships for students studying Fine Arts at the Bachelors or Masters level are now open. Applications are open until Thursday, February 29, 2024.  More information
  • Call for Applications: ASA Juried Membership. The Alberta Society of Artists is looking for new artists to join our juried membership. 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.  You can support this goal by applying for Juried Membership. More information. Deadline: March 1, 2024

Movement & Dance

  • Call for Applications: Dance Individual Project Funding. This funding provides up to $15,000 to support the development of individual Alberta artists, arts administrators, or an ensemble of artists by providing funding for a specific dance project. Applicants, including ensembles or collectives, must not be incorporated under either provincial or federal legislation. More information. Deadline: March 1, 2024

Literary Arts

 

  • Manuscript Review: Canadian Authors of Alberta The Writers-in-Residence program provides support to Alberta writers of all experience levels and is available to the public. Whether you’re in search of manuscript editing help or mentorship and advice, our WiRs are here to support you in your literary endeavours. More information. 
  • Call for Submissions: Galleries West. Galleries West welcomes pitches from previously published arts writers or emerging writers with a strong sense of the writing craft and a good knowledge of the visual arts. We encourage pitches from diverse voices, including BIPOC writers. Most of our stories and reviews relate to artists with exhibitions in Western Canada (Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia) or the North (Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut), or significant exhibitions elsewhere that feature Western Canadian artists. We occasionally commission articles on more general themes. Please direct pitches to editor@gallerieswest.ca, briefly explaining the premise of what you want to write. More information. Deadline: ongoing.
  • Call for Residency: Reader in Residence. Seeking a creative to become our Reader in Residence at the Little Red Reading House. There is no one profession or background that fits the role of the Reader in Residence – just that they love books! This role is for anyone who thrives on creativity, and most importantly, needs a space to explore it. They are currently accepting applications for future residencies. More information. Deadline: ongoing
  • Call for Writers: CRAFT is an online publication celebrating both emerging and established writers. Their focus is on the craft of writing and how those elements make a good story great. They feature new and republished fiction; critical pieces on craft; craft exercises; interviews on craft with established writers; book reviews and summaries; and much more. More information.
  • Call for Indigenous Writers: Scholastic Canada is currently interested in reviewing Indigenous material in all genres and at all levels. No other unsolicited submissions are being accepted at this time. More information.
  • Call for Writers: The Cripsters is a monthly Akimblog feature on disability and culture from the point of view of people with disabilities. Looking for submissions of 750-1000 words on topics that intersect with art and disability through a social justice lens and that crip/disrupt the way we think about disability. Submissions can take the form of a critical review, an interview, or an article on artistic/curatorial processes, theory and ideas, commentary, community, etc. For examples of previous articles, find the archive here. A writer’s fee is paid. There is no deadline. Submissions are accepted on an ongoing basis. Please email proposals in the form of a short synopsis or outline to Kim Fullerton at kimful@akimbo.ca.
  • Call for Submissions: 57TH ANNUAL ALBERTA PLAYWRITING COMPETITION. The competition recognizes the most outstanding un-produced Alberta play with The Sharon Pollock Award ($5000 Cash Prize). It is open to all playwrights who reside in Alberta, whether they are members of the Alberta Playwrights’ Network or not. A secondary prize (Novitiate Prize) may be awarded at the jury’s discretion to recognize the work of an un-produced playwright. There is no cash with the Novitiate Prize, but APN offers playwright and play development for the recipient. More information

Media Arts

Music

  • Call for Applications: Alberta Music Travel Grant. The Alberta Music Travel Grant provides travel assistance to Alberta-based music companies, artists and individuals to support the growth and professional development of their careers. This pilot program supports activities in markets through both domestic and international showcases and tours, targeted and confirmed business meetings and collaborative songwriting trips. There are two streams to this program. Before applying, please carefully read through the 2023-24 guidelines and the eligibility requirements of each stream. More information.  Deadline: February 5, 2024 – this deadline is only for initiatives taking place between December 16, 2023 to March 31, 2024.
  • Call for Applications: Classical Indigenous Music Residency – Summer 2024.  This residency brings together Indigenous musicians working with the Classical genre to cultivate relationships, personal craft and build strong networks that propel careers forward with an opportunity to showcase their works in progress. The program welcomes themes of listening, frequencies of land and connections to one’s culture. More information. Deadline: April 24, 2024

Public Art

  • Call for Artists: 2024 CreateSpace Public Art Residency. Are you, or an artist you know, interested in gaining experience, building networks and professional skills needed to launch or expand a community engaged public art practice? For 2024, STEPS Public Art is partnering with the Galt Museum in Lethbridge AB to support the development of a new temporary public artwork that will be exhibited in Summer/Fall of 2024. More information. Deadline: of February 21, 2024
  • Call for Artists Pointe-aux-Pins Acres (The Pointe). Public Art, Land-Art, Ecological Art, Graphic Design, Micro-Artist in Residence. Pointe-aux-Pins Acres (The Pointe) multi-purpose agricultural facility is a new year-round agricultural and community activities centre scheduled to open Fall 2025 in Strathcona County, Alberta. The Strathcona Public Art Program offers five artist opportunities! More information. Deadline: March 22, 2024 

Theatre & Drama

  • Call for Male Actors: Coulee Players are in desperate need of 1 or 2 male actors. The group does 7 or 8 short skits every Friday afternoon for about an hour at Senior’s Homes. Most skits are 2 to 4 minutes in length and are primarily written by group members. For more information, please contact Lee Prindle at 403.320.1748.
  • Call for Narrators. The National Network for Equitable Library Service (NNELS) is looking for volunteers to read and record books for their NARRATE! Project, which provides accessible audiobooks to those with print disabilities. Training, equipment, and technical assistance will be provided to successful applicants. For more information, and to apply, contact Bonnie Mikalson-Andron: 403.320.3026 or at bonnie.mikalson-andron@lethlib.ca.
  • Expressions of Interest: Keyano Theatre Company. Keyano Theatre Company is seeking expressions of interest from Alberta’s creative community of directors and designers that enjoy working in a community theatre environment. Keyano Theatre Company’s 2023-2024 season consists of three community theatre productions that perform 5-6 shows over two weekends and one youth production. The season is composed of one musical in February 2024, and a non-musical (drama, comedy thriller etc.) in October 2023, and April 2024. In August we produce our Young Actors’ Summer Intensive entitled Drama Force, which is a three-week immersive program for youth aged ten to seventeen involving acting, singing, and dance to present three performances on the Keyano Stage at the end of the program. We will review incoming expressions of interest as they are submitted and reach out as needed for our season. Please send all responses to care of: Alan Roberts – Director, Keyano Theatre & Arts Centre |  alan.roberts@keyano.ca | 780 -791-4953. More information
  • Call for Auditions: Jubilations Theatre. Jubilations Dinner Theatre is welcoming actors to submit video auditions for their multiple show season. We are very interested in seeing performers from all backgrounds, ethnicities, and abilities. Actors are invited to submit for two different kinds of shows: MainStage and Junior shows  (TYA – geared to ages 4-12 and their families). Interested performers can send in a video audition which includes: One pop or rock song that showcases your voice best and a short comedic monologue. More information. These auditions are ongoing and actors can submit at anytime.
  • Call for Applications: Indigenous Arts Thematic: Story Sharing Residency. This three-week self-directed story sharing residency invites Indigenous storytellers to develop their projects further in a supportive environment while engaging in Indigenous storytelling practices that inform various disciplines. Guest artists (in person and online) will share their own storytelling practices with program participants. More information. Deadline: February 07, 2024

Visual Art

 

  • Call for Exhibition Space: Fusion Sushi would like to invite artists to use their walls for showing their work.  They will have 3 months of use. Yes the artist can sell from the wall, no Fusion will not take a commission but don’t leave an empty space if that’s ok. Must register with Fusion.  Also, Fusion would like to reserve a 3-month portion for a multi-show, for newer artists with not so much work on hand. For more information, please call: Annie Huang (owner) 647.969.3923 or Sylvia Klassen 403.393.4598
  • Call for Submissions: SHOWCASE: small spaces/big ideas is a community art project that highlights the work of local artists and creators. It is a constellation of 26 mini-exhibition spaces available for 1-month bookings by anyone of any age, experience, or background who wants to show their artwork at the AGA. Each month brings a different exhibition and a new look at the diversity of Alberta’s creativity. Submission info. Deadlines on-going.
  • Call for Submissions: Strathcona County Art Gallery@501 is now welcoming exhibition submissions from artists and curators. Completed submissions may be submitted and will be accepted throughout the year. More information.
  • Call for Applicants: The Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant program is intended to provide interim financial assistance to qualified painters, printmakers, and sculptors whose needs are the result of an unforeseen, catastrophic incident, and who lack the resources to meet that situation. Each grant is given as one-time assistance or a specific emergency, examples of which are fire, flood, or emergency medical need. The program does not consider requests for dental work, chronic situations, capital improvements, or projects of any kind; nor can it consider situations resulting from general indebtedness or lack of employment. More information. Deadline: On-going
  • Call for Applicants: The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation grant is available to emerging figurative artists. This grant is unique in scope in that it is available to students and artists around the world. More information. Deadline: On-going
  • Call for Submissions: Chrome Salon + Spa, located in downtown Lethbridge, is seeking artists to hang work in their salon and spa. The space is commission-free and no charge. Contact Chrome Salon + Spa directly for more information and a tour of the space. More information. Deadline: On-going
  • Call for Submissions: Latitude 53’s programming includes two Main Space galleries as well as The Garage, a space dedicated to new work by emerging local artists. In both of these models, Latitude 53 provides installation assistance, promotion, documentation, as well as professional compensation for artists in accordance to the expectations set by CAR/FAC. Latitude 53 accepts programming submissions from artists and curators on an ongoing basis. Submissions are kept on record for a period of one year for consideration by Latitude 53 staff, the Program Advisory Committee, and/or guest curators. More information. Deadline: On-going
  • Call for Submissions: Surrey Art Gallery welcomes proposals from artists and guest curators for exhibitions in any media and subject area. These include solo, group exhibitions and touring shows as well as exhibitions that include work by, for, or about children, or of work evolving out of projects or residencies. There is no deadline for proposals, and your package will be acknowledged when received. More information. Deadline: On-going 
  • Call for Aritsts: The Lethbridge Symphony is holding its annual fundraising gala. The Lethbridge Symphony is holding its annual fundraising gala on Saturday, April 27th, 2024. To contribute to the theme, “Springtime in Paris”, and enhance the guest experience, the gala committee would like to feature a local artist in attendance, creating a piece of original art during the evening that references the ambience of the Left Bank in Paris. The art will be auctioned off to the highest bidder during the gala’s live auction that evening. The gala runs from 6 to 10 p.m. with the live auction taking place at approximately 9:15 p.m. During the gala, the artist will successfully complete a 24” x 36” or larger piece of art, a painting or drawing, in less than three hours, using a medium that will be dry and transportable before the piece is auctioned. Art may be in the style of the artist’s choice. The successful candidate will receive a complimentary meal (valued at $60) during the evening, plus non-alcoholic beverages. If you have any questions regarding this opportunity, contact Vicki Hegedus, Executive Director, at executive@lethbridgesymphony.org or by phone at (403) 328-6808 ext. 103 by February 1st, 2024. To indicate your interest in this opportunity, please provide a set fee for service, along with a short proposal describing the type of art you would offer, your curriculum vitae, and three samples of your work to Vicki Hegedus, Executive Director, at executive@lethbridgesymphony.org by Friday, February 9th, 2024 at midnight.
  • Call for Artists: 2024 CreateSpace Public Art Residency. Are you, or an artist you know, interested in gaining experience, building networks and professional skills needed to launch or expand a community engaged public art practice? For 2024, STEPS Public Art is partnering with the Galt Museum in Lethbridge AB to support the development of a new temporary public artwork that will be exhibited in Summer/Fall of 2024. More information. Deadline: of February 21, 2024
  • Call for Applications: ASA Juried Membership. The Alberta Society of Artists is looking for new artists to join our juried membership. 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.  You can support this goal by applying for Juried Membership. More information. Deadline: March 1, 2024
  • Call for Submissions: Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art presents year-round exhibitions in all media by emerging and mid-career Canadian and international artists, as well as artist talks, exchanges, panel discussions, fundraising events, publications, workshops and other events that promote an awareness of contemporary art practices. Alternator is currently accepting programming submissions for their MAIN GALLERY. Exhibitions and programs are selected in line with our mandate, which is available here. More information. Deadline March 18, 2024
  • Call for Applications: AAC Works. Are you interested in selling your work in AAC Works? AAC Works offers high quality, locally created, fine art, and fine craft. More ionformation. The AAC Works jury meets four times a year, and here are all the 2024 submission deadlines: March 18, June 17, September 23, 2024
  • Call for Artists Pointe-aux-Pins Acres (The Pointe). Public Art, Land-Art, Ecological Art, Graphic Design, Micro-Artist in Residence. Pointe-aux-Pins Acres (The Pointe) multi-purpose agricultural facility is a new year-round agricultural and community activities centre scheduled to open Fall 2025 in Strathcona County, Alberta. The Strathcona Public Art Program offers five artist opportunities! More information. Deadline: March 22, 2024 
  • Call for Applications: Hide Tanning and Parfleche Residency. This three-week visual arts residency focuses on hide scraping, bone tool making, and working with parfleche. Visual artists who work with hide and parfleche will learn more about how scrape a hide, and work with parfleche with the support of faculty, elders, and knowledge keepers. Participants are invited to engage with faculty, community and peers while having self-directed studio time in Glyde Hall. Participants will come together with the community and have the opportunity for one-on-one sessions. The participants and faculty will have a chance to share their works in progress in Open Studios. This program welcomes Indigenous visual artists with traditional and/or contemporary arts practices interested in hide-tanning processes and working with parfleche. More information. Deadline: June 26, 2024