The Oakville Arts Council provides services designed to encourage professional development and foster creative collaboration. ArtConnections keeps our members informed and connected to creative opportunities - calls for entry, employment, funding, networking, workshops, volunteers, arts space and more.  

If you have an opportunity for artists and would like to have it published, please email Bernadette Ward at Your email should contain the name of your organization or the organization providing the opportunity, appropriate dates/location/fees and contact information.

Calls & Auditions

Canada 150 Mosaic

The Town of Oakville looks forward to celebrating Canada’s 150th Anniversary in 2017 with the "Canada 150 Mosaic". If any artist wants their own tile to paint in their studio please contact the OAC for the tile and instruction sheet.

Read below for information about this wonderful project. More information can be found on the Town's website:

Canada 150 Mosaic

The Canada 150 Mosaic Mural Project commemorates Canada’s 150th Anniversary by bringing together 150 communities and thousands of participants to create community murals that visually reflect the history and culture of Canada. Once complete, the community murals will be virtually connected to form one gigantic mural mosaic with a railway theme that connects the country from coast to coast.

Oakville’s community mural

Our mural will be composed of 750 tiles, each measuring four inches square that will be painted by Oakville residents. Everyone is invited to paint a tile to contribute to this community project. You don’t need to be an artist – just bring your love of Oakville along with your enthusiasm and creativity!

Sign up for a painting workshop

Tile painting workshops at the Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre will be held on the following days:

Saturday, February 13 – registration required
Sunday, February 14 – registration required
Monday, February 15 – Family Day drop-in (space permitting)

Official unveiling

Join us for the official public unveiling of Oakville's 150 Anniversary community mural on Tuesday, February 16 at 10 a.m. at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre (QEPCCC). Oakville’s community mural will be on exhibit at QEPCCC from March 5 to April 3, 2016 in the Main Gallery.

QEPCCC Main Gallery hours:
Weekdays: noon to 7 p.m.
Weekends: noon to 5 p.m.

Elora's Writers Festival 2016

The 2016 Elora's Writers Festival Short Story Contest is underway!

1. Adult: Age 20+ (Entry fee $15; Prizes $200, $150, $100) (Canadian writers only, please)
2. Teen*: Age 15-19 (Prizes $200, $150, $100)
3. Youth*: Age 14 and under (Prizes $150, $100, $50)

*Open to young writers who reside in Wellington, Waterloo, Dufferin, Halton and Hamilton-Wentworth counties/regions.

More Information can be found here:

Virginia Parker Prize

The Virginia Parker Prize, valued at $25,000, is awarded annually to a Canadian classical musician, instrumentalist or conductor under the age of 32, who has received at least two Canada Council grants from the Grants to Professional Musicians – Individuals program.

This prize is awarded to musicians who demonstrate outstanding talent, musicianship and artistic excellence, and who make a valuable contribution to the artistic life in Canada and internationally.

Deadline: 1 April, 2016

Walter Carsen Prize

The Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts is an annual prize that recognizes the highest level of artistic excellence and distinguished career achievement by a Canadian professional artist in music, theatre or dance. The prize is awarded on a four-year cycle – in dance, theatre, dance and music – and is in the amount of $40,000. The prize to be awarded in 2016 will be in the field of dance.

Nomination Process: Candidates do not apply for the prize, but must be nominated by an eligible nominator.

Deadline: 30 April, 2016

Canada-Japan Literary Awards

The Canada-Japan Literary Awards recognize literary excellence by Canadian writers who are writing on Japan, Japanese themes, or themes that promote mutual understanding between Japan and Canada. It also recognizes literary excellence by Canadian translators of such books from Japanese into English or French.

The funds for the Canada-Japan Literary Awards come from the investment returns on that portion of the Japan-Canada Fund set aside as an endowment, in perpetuity, for a literary award. Up to two awards of $10,000 each may be given, one for an English-language book and one for a French-language book.

Deadline30 April, 2016

York Wilson Endowment Award

The York Wilson Endowment Award enables Canadian art museums and public art galleries to purchase original works by living, contemporary Canadian painters and sculptors. This award of up to $30,000 will be given, through a Canada Council for the Arts competition, to an eligible Canadian institution to allow it to purchase an original artwork, or a series of artworks by the same artist, which would significantly enhance its collection of contemporary Canadian art.

The award is drawn from the investment returns of the York Wilson Endowment. This endowment was established at the Canada Council for the Arts in 1997 through a generous donation by the late Lela Wilson and the late Maxwell Henderson to honour the contribution of Canadian painter York Wilson (1907-1984) in the field of visual art by encouraging and promoting works of art created by Canadian painters or sculptors.

Deadline30 April, 2016

Volunteer Halton Volunteer Awards

Each year we dedicate a special time to honour citizens who volunteer their time and talents to worthy causes across our country, region and local community. The theme for National Volunteer Week 2016 is Volunteers are the Roots of Strong Communities. 

We want to acknowledge the incredible efforts of volunteers across Halton and say THANK YOU for shaping new paths and keep growing, much like roots that make our communities strong. National Volunteer Week is when we can all take time to recognize volunteers and celebrate the power of volunteerism in our community.

Deadline: March 11, 2016

Art Gallery of Burlington 38th Annual Art Auction - Call for Entry

The Art Gallery of Burlington is proud of its rich tradition in hosting an annual, live art auction. Now in its 38th year, we have grown this event into a week-long celebration of visual art with local, regional and national artists. We accept paintings, mixed media, 3-D pieces and photography from all genres and themes.

Deadline for submissions: February 29, 2016

Workshops & Seminars

Theatre Ontario Workshops

Career Stream Workshops:

The Career Stream is for those who want to learn and harness the basic tools and resources needed to thrive in the profession.

1. Launching Your Career: An introductory level workshop for those with limited or no previous professional experience in the industry.

2. Managing Your Career: The next level for established artists, for those who have completed formal training, are in mid-career, or are in career transition.

More details here:

Taxes For Artists:

Whether you are employed, self employed or registered as a small business, this session with tax expert Sam Marinucci is an opportunity for you to check your facts, ask questions and share experiences.

More details here:

Smart Finances:

Are you stressed about your personal finances, juggling your bills and watching your debts creep larger and larger? Does your self-employed and/or irregular income make it hard to stay on top of it all? This intro workshop offers a simple and personalized approach to making a plan with short and long term financial goals, access to two concrete planning tools that you can easily customize and update and information about credit options, debt payment strategies and tips for staying on top of your expenses and taxes.

More details here:

Preparation, etiquette, and expectations:

Kawa Ada, Nina Lee Aquino and Alana Hibbert join Theatre Ontario to offer a workshop where you as an artist can discuss your audition experiences and engage in an open dialogue about auditioning for theatre.

More details here:

Launching Your Career:

This workshop is for actors beginning their professional careers. In this two-hour workshop, Rebecca Ballarin and her special guest Tim Walker will answer the most frequently asked questions about the business of acting.

More details here:

Auditioning Master Class:

Are auditions making you feel overwhelmed, underprepared, or simply in need of further training? This 4-session masterclass series will enhance your individual cast-ability by helping with:

  • Preparing for your audition
  • Choosing suitable material
  • Approaching and mining the text
  • Doing cold reads and breaking down film/TV sides
  • Handling nerves and taking direction

Employment Opportunities

Lake Walk 2016

Phone: (905) 815-5977  |  Email:  |  Address: 2302 Bridge Road, Oakville, ON, L6L 2G6

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