Visual and Media Arts FAQs

When is the deadline for submissions?

November 30th, 2020 is the deadline for all the calls for submissions, including the RBC Emerging Visual Arts Program (The Ledge Gallery, Lightbox Studio, and Window Galleries) as well as the Media Arts submissions for the Broadcast Lab + 15 Soundscape.

As long as you self-identify as an emerging artist you CAN apply if:

  • You are over 35 years of age 
  • You have been showcased outside of Canada
  • You have had several presentations or publication in my history
  • You have recently moved to Calgary/Moh'kins'tsis
  • You have recently started your practice or are working with a new medium in your practice

As long as you can commit to coming into the city at Arts Commons for each of the scheduled sessions (about one per month) you can apply if you :

Live outside of Calgary/Moh'kins'tsis or reside outside of Alberta.

What are the professional development sessions?

  • Four professional development sessions (such as financial
    planning, grant writing, how to improve artist statements
    and bios, networking, etc.).
  • One-on-one mentorship with Arts Commons’ Visual
    and Media Arts Associate.
  • Group mentorship sessions with established artists
    and curators.
  • Two panel discussion events that connect emerging artists with local galleries and arts professionals.

Will I have the professional development session dates in advance?

Yes, you will have the event dates anywhere from 1 - 6 months in advance.

What spaces are programmed under The RBC Emerging Visual Artists Program?

Arts Commons is currently seeking Visual Arts submissions for the Ledge Gallery, Lightbox Studio and Window Galleries.

When is this opportunity for?

Arts Commons programs 1 – 2 years in advance and is currently seeking work for September, 2021 through to August, 2022.

Will I get a notification if I am NOT selected for the call for submissions?

Only accepted applicants will be notified, you can email slukac@artscommons.ca for feedback on your submission in August 2021.

When will I hear back if I am accepted for the RBC Emerging Visual Arts Program?

All accepted applicants will be notified by June 15th 2021. Signed Contracts are due approximately by the end of June or in early July of 2021 for the September 2021-August 2022 Visual Arts Season. 


Please note:


Submissions are now closed for the 2020-21 Season.