The Annual Selections Committee of Hamilton Artists Inc. has established a committed exhibition schedule through to 2016.  The submissions date for applications is OCTOBER 1st  ANNUALLY.

Please continue to check the website for details on submission requirements.  If there is a lack of proposals for any deadline, the Inc. may extend the deadline date. Extended deadlines are posted on our website.

The Cannon St Gallery is a nation-wide, juried exhibition space.   Artists may also choose to apply to the James St North gallery which is primarily a members exhibition space.   Please refer to the descriptions of the Cannon St Gallery and the James St North Gallery to decide which gallery is more appropriate to your needs.


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Please note: We ask that you submit all information on a CD or via email to NO PAPER submissions. Unless previous arrangements are made, paper submissions will not be considered. If you would like your CD returned, please include a self addressed stamped envelope (SASE). CDs without a SASE will be recycled.

click here for floorplan (Cannon St. Gallery is gallery 2 on the floorplan)

 Hamilton Artists Inc. Cannon St Gallery  Re:Structures Exhibition July 2012  (L to R: Irena Vormittag, Annie Fraser, Paul Elia, Annie Fraser, Roy Caussy  Centre:  Annie Fraser)


The Inc.’s main criteria for selections for the Cannon St gallery is to fulfill the Inc.’s mandate

Please take special note of the following criteria for the Cannon St Gallery  The Inc. is mandated to exhibit a range of disciplines and career levels (emerging, mid-career and established), and to exhibit a cross-section of artists from local, regional and national communities.  The Inc. supports international visits where possible.  The Selections Committee for the Cannon St Gallery takes place annually and chooses 4 to 6 exhibitions 2 to 3 years in advance for the exhibition schedule.  The Selections Committee is dedicated to diversity in the selections process.  The Programming Coordinator curates one exhibition of their choice per year. CARFAC fees are paid for all exhibitions in the Cannon St. Gallery.  In addition, special projects are chosen by the Annual Selections Committee (including off site projects, and installations for the Cannon St wall and front reception area).  Special projects are mounted whenever possible, dependent upon the success of securing funds.

Notification can be expected approximately 3 months following the jury date, by email.  Please note that the jury process takes several months to prepare and carry through after the October 1 submission deadline.

Hamilton Artists Inc. is an Artist-Run Centre.  To read about the history of Artist-Run Centre culture in Canada, please download the Canada Council for the Arts Report by clicking on: TheDistinctRoleofArtistRunCentresintheVisualArtsEcology

For further questions regarding the selections process, please contact



Submissions to exhibit in the James St North Gallery are accepted annually.  The exhibitions are set approximately a year in advance, and the waiting list is reset annually.  Please check back here for submission date announcement expected to be posted sometime in June, 2014. Please note that if you have exhibited in the previous year, you must wait one full exhibition cycle to reapply.

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Opening of James St N gallery Oct 2012

The James St. North Gallery (JSN) is the Hamilton Artists Inc.’s dedicated members gallery.  The JSN Gallery is member-driven, providing an open space for exhibition and opportunities for artistic experimentation and professional development.   Exhibitions are prepared and installed by the exhibiting member artists with the assistance of Inc. staff.

For more information, please email

The Inc always welcomes new members, who will then be eligible to exhibit in this space.

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The Inc. is currently unable to pay exhibition fees in the James St N Gallery.  Please see to make donations to support the operating costs of both galleries.


Gallery Specifications

Hamilton Artists Inc consists of two gallery spaces – A Main Gallery at 49′ X 21’9” and a Members’ Gallery at 19’11” X 25’11”.  Please see the attached floor plan for further information under “click here for floorplan” link below.

The outdoor courtyard features a wall at 54” length (excluding double doors) and 14′ 9” height. The back wall of the courtyard is 21′ length (excluding door) and 13′ height. The Main Gallery wall facing Cannon St. Is 65’8” length and 14′ height.  The courtyard is not yet accessible to the public.

The exhibition complex features a front entrance/reception area with a glass facade, and a wheelchair accessible ramp, and includes a back corridor and entrance for loading work, two washrooms, a kitchen area, and an office.

The outdoor exhibition wall features a 8 ft (height) by 36 ft (width) plywood facade on which artworks may be mounted.   Proposals to this measurement specification only are accepted through the annual selections process.  Please note that works on the exterior wall are not insured and participants are encouraged to produce temporary works and disposable/recyclable materials for this wall or print quality works (large format posters etc.)  The Inc. is not responsible for damage to works mounted on the exterior wall.



Submissions are encouraged from regional writers interested in producing short, commissioned text for the upcoming program of exhibitions. We produce 6-8 exhibitions annually of contemporary visual art, each accompanied by a relevant and engaging text in the form of essays, creative non-fiction or short, narrative works. Selected writers will be called upon to respond to the specific content of an exhibition and produce an essay of up to 1000 words for distribution through a printed text and publication on our website, for which the Inc. will pay a standard, commissioning fee. While all candidates should possess some working knowledge of Contemporary art, we are also interested in establishing contact with writers involved in other fields of research capable of bringing a unique perspective to topical concerns in our programming. Writers of non-art backgrounds as well as emerging artists and writers are therefore encouraged to apply.

Checklist for submissions:

  1. 2 short samples of writing, no longer that 800 words each, (excerpts welcome) saved in Word format (or scanned pdf or jpg from a printed source) representative of your style range and subjects of interest
  2. CV of credentials and previous publications.

Please submit to: For more information about the submissions process, please email or call 905 529 3355.