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Calls and opportunities in culture

Artist Studio Program

Short-term and long-term studio rental

All Artist Studio Program studios are currently occupied during the 2019 to 2022 term.

The next term for rental: 2022-2025

Submission deadline: Thursday, November 10, 2022


The Artist Studio Program is a unique venture that invites local and regional established and emerging artists within 150 km of Ottawa to apply.

The City of Ottawa supports cultural activity that is inclusive of Ottawa's diverse community, including people from diverse ancestries, abilities, ages, countries of origin, cultures, genders, incomes, languages, races and sexual orientations. The City of Ottawa recognizes the Algonquin Anishinabe Nation as Ottawa’s Indigenous Host Nation. Applications from artists and representatives of diverse origins, First Nations, Inuit and Métis are welcome and encouraged. The City of Ottawa recognizes both official languages as having the same rights, status and privileges.

There are two types of Artist Studio Program studios

  • Long-Term Studios - Twenty-two studios, each with three-year studio agreements; rental and liability insurance fees are required.
  • Short-Term Studios - Two studios available annually, each with a one year agreement; liability insurance fee is required. All studios are Individual (not shared) studios

Final authority

The decisions of the Peer Assessment on all matters pertaining to the assessment of artwork related to Artist Studio Program studio application shall be final.

If you have any questions please contact:

Penelope Kokkinos, Arts Programmer

Studio locations

Gamman House
306 Cyr Avenue, Vanier

Gardener's House
104 Greenview Avenue, Britannia Beach

Stafford Studios
35 Stafford Road, Bells Corners

Jockvale Studios
3131 Jockvale Road, Barrhaven

Baz'Art 2020 call to artists and artisans

Shenkman Arts Centre is announcing a call for local and regional (from within 150 km of Ottawa) artisans and visual artists to participate in the 11th annual Baz’Art winter arts market and exhibition.

The Baz’Art 2020 artisan market will take place in the upper and lower lobby areas from 11 am to 4 pm Saturday, November 28 and Sunday, November 29.

Visual artists will exhibit and offer their work for sale in the lower lobby area from November 28 to December 16.

Other seasonal events (some independent of Baz’Art) will be taking place throughout the Centre during the weekend; bringing together a variety of music, theatre, visual art, and handcrafted gifts. There is no commission on sales - it’s all yours!

The Baz’Art winter arts market is a juried event. The submission period begins July 3, with a deadline of July 31, 2020.

For more details, please visit the Shenkman Arts Centre web site.

Baz’Art artisans application form
Baz’Art visual artists application form

Calls and Opportunities: Public Art Program

Call for performers: 2020 Lansdowne Summer Arts Showcase

Submission deadline: April 6, 2020

We are thrilled to offer opportunities for local artists to participate in Lansdowne Park’s sixth outdoor Summer Arts Showcase. Family-friendly performances by local artists will take place in Lansdowne’s beautiful outdoor spaces at no charge to the public.

Project goals

  • To make Lansdowne Park a lively, welcoming space for the community to gather•
  • To showcase local talent and cultures
  • To give members of the community the opportunity to experience a wide variety of arts performances
  • To provide family-friendly entertainment within the beautiful setting of Lansdowne Park

Application criteria

Local performers who meet the following criteria are invited to apply for the 2020 season:

  • Artists are local
  • Performances are dynamic, unique and visually appealing
  • Entertainment is appropriate for family audiences and appealing to a wide range of ages
  • Performances present minimal logistical requirements
  • Performance is suitable for an outdoor venue

How to apply

To express interest in participating in the 2020 Lansdowne Park Summer Arts Showcase please send a detailed application via email containing all of the following information:

  • Name or name of group
  • Name of principal contact along with a daytime phone number and email address or website
  • Indicate the type of performance and describe what is involved, including the number of performers
  • Outline the experience and background of the group and/or performer
  • Identify your logistical and equipment needs
  • A video or link to video of a performance

Lansdowne Park thanks all artists for their interest. Only those individuals and groups selected will be contacted. All submissions are filed for consideration for future events and activities.


Jeanine Anderson, Program Coordinator
Lansdowne Park
613-580-2424 ext.17323

Community Galleries Selection 2019

The closing date has been extended until Friday, November 29, 2019, 4:30 pm.

If you applied before the original closing date of October 4, 2019 and have not received an email confirmation, you are asked to resubmit an application.

Selected candidates will be informed in early January 2020.

Application Form 2019

The City of Ottawa Community Arts Program invites emerging and established artists, artist collectives and community arts organizations working in visual arts and fine craft to propose an exhibition.

The intent of the Community Galleries is to provide exhibition spaces to local and regional artists residing within 150 kilometres of Ottawa. The Community Galleries’ growth was tempered by the insights and the ambitions of local artists and arts organizations and their support towards public access and exposure to the visual arts throughout the City of Ottawa.

Proposals will be reviewed by a peer assessment committee and selected exhibitions will be presented at one of the four Community Galleries in 2020 to 2021.

Participating  Community Galleries

The Archives Gallery 112
Central Archives, James Bartleman Centre, 100 Tallwood Drive (corner of Woodroffe)
Floor plans [ PDF - 190 KB ]

The Atrium Art Gallery
Atrium at Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive
Atrium Gallery Floor Plans [ PDF - 44.57 KB ]

The Trinity Art Gallery: Salon A and Salon B
Shenkman Arts Centre, 245 Centrum Boulevard
Floor plans Salon A [ PDF - 148 KB ]
Floor plans Salon B [ PDF - 141 KB ]

Each Community Gallery offers the artist shared promotional opportunities and consistent exhibition space service delivery specific to the host facility.

Direct sales of artwork by the artist is permitted in the Community Galleries’ exhibition spaces and therefore no Canadian Artists Representation/le Front des artistes canadiennes fee will be paid to exhibiting artists.  Professional artists and curators that wish to be supported by Canadian Artists Representation/le Front des artistes canadiennes fees and guidelines may submit exhibition proposals to Karsh-Masson Gallery or City Hall Art Gallery.

Eligibility guidelines

Emerging and established artists currently residing within 150 km of Ottawa are invited to apply.

The City of Ottawa supports cultural activity that is inclusive of Ottawa's diverse community, including people from diverse ancestries, abilities, ages, countries of origin, cultures, genders, incomes, languages, races and sexual orientations. The City of Ottawa recognizes the Algonquin Anishinabe Nation as Ottawa’s Indigenous Host Nation. Applications from artists of diverse origins including First Nations, Inuit and Métis are welcome and encouraged. The City of Ottawa recognizes both official languages as having the same rights, status and privileges.

Suitable artwork

The City of Ottawa Community Galleries are located within buildings that are designed as “people places” where the general public is invited to freely visit the exhibition space unsupervised. The exhibitor, when requesting an exhibition, is asked to keep in mind that the Community Galleries may not be a suitable venue for exhibiting all forms of artwork.

Application and selection process

If an artist has been awarded three consecutive exhibitions, they must refrain from applying to the gallery selection process for a period of one year after which they may apply again.

Artists wishing to apply for an exhibit in a Community Gallery for the period between 2020 and 2021 must apply by Friday, November 29, 2019, 4:30 pm, following the eligibility and submission guidelines below.

Artwork submission guidelines

All submissions must include 6 images of recent artwork. These images must be submitted as digital JPEG images (72 dpi) (See page 3 application procedures for details on digital image submission.) The Peer Assessment Committee will not review any other format of images. 

It is recommended that the images reflect work that has been completed in the last two years and be representative of the intended direction of the artist's future exhibition. 

It is recommended that two of the images submitted should appear as artworks in the exhibition.

All artworks accepted for exhibition must be framed and/or presentable and ready for installation on a click rail display system. Three-dimensional works will require display stands suitable for a gallery exhibition, arranged for and provided by the artist.

Copyright / moral rights

Copyright of artworks shall remain the property of the artist. Moral rights shall remain with the artist. The City of Ottawa will seek copyright permission to reproduce the images for non-profit publicity purposes. 

Confidentiality of information

Administrators and peer assessment committee are required to treat both the content of submissions and the deliberations of the committee as confidential. Information provided by the applicant may be available to City of Ottawa staff, committees, and members of the peer assessment committee. Personal information contained therein shall be dealt with on a confidential basis pursuant to the Municipal Freedom and Protection Privacy Act. 


All eligible proposals are reviewed by a peer assessment committee based on the following criteria:

  • artistic merit and professionalism
  • regional importance and innovation
  • quality and cohesiveness of the artwork images and the brief written proposal statement
  • appropriateness of the proposal to the public nature of the gallery space

Each peer assessment committee consists of three art professionals. Committee members meet to review the proposals together. The composition of each committee aims to balance representation of artistic specialization, practice, style and philosophy, as well as fair representation of official languages, gender, geographic areas and culture-specific communities. Peer assessment committee members are invited to participate by City employees based on their knowledge and experience, fair and objective opinions, ability to articulate ideas, and ability to work in a team environment. Committee members change with every competition. If you are interested in participating as a committee member, please email

Final Authority

The decisions of the peer assessment committee on all matters pertaining to the assessment of artwork related to the Selection 2019 application shall be final.

Deadline and notification

Submissions must be dated, postmarked or received by hand or mail no later than Friday, November 29, 2019 at 4:30 pm. Late or incomplete submissions will not be reviewed.

Applicants will be notified of peer assessment committee details by e-mail approximately two months after the submission deadline.

Due to the large number of applications, submission feedback will not be provided. If you are not selected for the 2019 Community Galleries Selection you are encouraged to reapply in 2020.

Exhibition guidelines

Gallery Agreements

Artists selected for exhibiting will be engaged through Community Gallery “Gallery Agreements”.

The Exhibitor may sell his/her work during the exhibit therefore no Canadian Artists Representation/le Front des artistes canadiennes fees will be paid to exhibitors.

The artist is responsible for the sales transaction, the pickup and/or delivery of any artwork sold. The artist will pay a 15% commission on all sales to support the Young at Art or ARTicipate Endowment funds.

All pieces of artwork are to remain in the exhibition for the duration of the show.

The City of Ottawa is not involved in the sale of exhibition artwork.

Application procedures

Application form

All interested artists are invited to submit their application to the City of Ottawa’s Community Galleries Selection 2019 by Friday, November 29, 2019 at 4:30 pm.

Please note that the digital support material you provide to us will be viewed by means of an LCD projection system during the peer assessment committee selection.


Please submit good quality, JPEG images of your artwork: 72 dpi; no larger than 1 MB each; RGB format; maximum of 1240 pixels (length or width).

Please be sure to properly label your images as follows: First and last name, followed by title of work, and year of creation used on the application form.

 (Example: Firstname_Lastname_Title_Year; Julia_Smith_TheGrey_2018.)

Selection will not accept materials that require software, plug-ins, extensions or other executables that need to be downloaded or installed.

Selection will not accept images that are imbedded in any type of presentation, such as PowerPoint, websites or Word.

Please use the Image List Template below to describe your images and place images in order of creation (most recent artwork first).

Attach your curriculum vitae, the application form and images.

Support material sent for Community Galleries Selection submissions will not be returned.

Artists submitting support material that does not correspond to the preceding guidelines will not be considered.

Artists are responsible for testing submission materials to ensure readability.

Should you have any questions please contact:

Penelope Kokkinos, Arts Programmer

Mike Taylor, Arts Programmer
613-580-2424 ext. 29288

Community Arts + Social Engagement

Who we are

CASE is dedicated to working with diverse populations across the city by offering free programs, projects, and creative opportunities in partnership with artists, arts organizations, institutions and community groups.

What we do

  • CASE offers permanent and temporary commissioning opportunities to local community-based artists.
  • Establishes an inclusive approach to partnerships involving community stakeholders.
  • Incubates and supports new programs, events, and community initiatives.

The City of Ottawa is very proud to introduce 25 new tracks selected for the #ottmusik playlist! #ottmusik is an initiative that brings local music to the City of Ottawa's phone systems. The goal is to answer calls as quickly as possible, but when a caller has to wait or in the event of a transfer, you’ll hear local music from this playlist.

Murals on Underpasses
The Murals on Underpasses Project was created to beautify and enhance underpasses as key gateways to the City with images that reflect and depict local culture, history or visions of artistic expression.

Young at Art
Young at Art is a juried art exhibition bringing the work of young visual artists (aged 12 to 19) to local art galleries. Held annually since 1996, Young at Art recognizes the creative efforts of young artists across Ottawa. Accepted works are displayed in a community gallery and are eligible for a number of prizes and awards.