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The 2017 NB Film Co-op Film Workshop Series
Through this annual provincial training programme, you can learn from qualified, specialized instructors. By participating, you acquire new, incredibly interesting skills, and enjoy the camaraderie of the film community in New Brunswick. To register for workshops, contact membership services director Cat LeBlanc, by emailing her at See below workshops coming up for Fredericton. Saint John and Moncton workshops will launch in late March. Paypal links for each specific workshop are at the bottom of each workshop page. 

CALL FOR ARTIST SUBMISSIONS – The Originals: Celebration of the Arts
As described in the City of Saint John Arts and Culture Policy, the arts make a substantial contribution to the quality of life and vitality of our community. The City of Saint John believes that one of the most effective means of facilitating the development of arts and culture is recognition of this importance. Common Council supports, through its Saint John Community Arts Board, events at which municipal arts and culture awards will be publicly promoted and celebrated.
Accordingly, the Saint John Community Arts Board has implemented The Originals: Celebration of the Arts Awards Ceremony. Celebrated biannually, this year’s fourth instalment of the event will be hosted on June 16th as part of the umbrella network of events celebrating Canada 150 events being hosted in Canada’s original city, Saint John.
Central to the Community Arts Board’s mandate is the commitment to supporting and delivering cultural products that help achieve the overarching goal of cultural diversity and prosperity. As such, the event imagery and awards will be created by a local artist who will provide creative direction for The Originals 2017. We welcome submissions for this role from visual artists to develop the guiding design for the event. This will include three stages:

  1. a physical image in high-resolution format to be used for event collateral to be produced immediately
  2. the creation of 12 awards for the event using this image (SJCAB will arrange for them to be mounted)
  3. a three-dimensional version of the work to be displayed at the venue for The Originals: New Brunswick’s Festival Place, Market Square, throughout the entire year of 2017 (venue to arrange for necessary materials).

The pieces need to possess a scale suitable for each format: in print; the physical awards; and, on-site display. Some of the event display may be lent to the event rather than part of the commission if an artist already has pieces in a collection that would be suitable to include. These cannot comprise more than 20% of the overall concept.
The commission awarded to the successful candidate is $2,500. This will include all necessary formats of the image by February 27, delivery of awards for mounting by April 16, setup and teardown of the pieces at the venue on June 16, along with designing with reasonable means of transport in mind. Volunteers can be made available to assist with setup and teardown if suitably arranged in advance. 

The Originals Submission Guidelines:
Late or incomplete submissions will not be accepted

  • project description (500-word maximum in attached .doc or PDF format only)
  • up to 5 images (attached files under 1MB each, jpg, tiff, png, or gif) of sketches of proposed project and past work
  • an up-to-date artist portfolio, CV/resume (in attached .doc or PDF format only)

 Please submit proposals via e-mail by 5pm Friday, February 10th, to Saint John Community Arts Board Chairperson and CC Successful candidates will be notified by Monday, February 13th, and must be able to provide the first portion of the project: the high-resolution image, by Monday, February 27th.

E-mailed submissions must be titled “The Originals Artist Submission 2017” and follow the guidelines above. All text and image files should be attached, not embedded in your e-mail. If you have a link (for samples of past work) please be sure to include it in your portfolio and not in the body of your e-mail.  
If you have any further questions about the submissions process, please don’t hesitate to contact

Nominate those who made a positive contribution to the vitality of music in your community, past or present. Think about that music teacher who has instilled a love of music to a whole generation, that venue owner who has encouraged emerging artists to perform, that musician who has played with every single band in your town but whose name might not be known to the public, that artist who is at the top of everyone's list of great NB music. In short, we are looking for those pillars and sometimes unsung heroes, without whom our current music scene would be just a little less vibrant. The nomination form takes about a minute to complete. We just need your contact info (to confirm you are a real person!), the nominee's name and a short reason why they deserve to be included. We will publish the results on Canada's 150th anniversary, July 1 2017.

 Calls & Submissions

Deadline: Mar. 1
Visual Arts News invites all Atlantic Canadian print media/paper-based artists to create new works for our Special 40th Anniversary Edition of the magazine. The bonus issue is scheduled to be released in December 2017.
We will commission up to three artists to create new work that focuses on the theme of “connecting the past and the future”.

Deadline: Mar. 1
If you’d like to be considered for the 12th (and quite possibly annual) Sappy Records Music Festival, submissions are now open. Please send a short note of interest to along with a link to some online music (no large files or attachments please). If you have a link to some good quality video, that would be useful as well. Successful applicants will hear from SappyFest by late April when the snow melts. SappyFest XII: August 4-6, 2017

Deadline: Mar. 7
The Association of Artist-Run Centres from the Atlantic hosts the biennial gathering of artist-run centres in Charlottetown, September 21st-24th 2017.  The Association of Artist-Run Centres from the Atlantic (AARCA) is accepting proposals from individual artists, curators, practitioners, and collaborative teams to present workshops, installations, interventions, and community-driven partnerships and initiatives during the biennial gathering of artist-run centres in Charlottetown in September 2017.
Presenting at the Flotilla event will allow participants to engage with an international community of curators, artists and cultural workers travelling to Charlottetown as well as public participants that will attend the event locally. For Flotilla we are seeking proposals that experiment with site-specificity, respond to and challenge conventional boundaries, and engage a diverse community of participants. We are seeking proposals that activate the social spaces of the event as opportunities for convergence or assembly as opposed to following more traditional modes of conference structure.

Deadline: Mar. 31

Fundy Fringe Festival takes place August 21 - 26, 2017 in Saint John, New Brunswick. Communication with Fundy Fringe Festival will take place through this website or by e-mailing
Performer selection will be by Lottery. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us using the form on this website, or e-mail us at
100 Performance Slots are available at 5 venues over 5 days. Shows will run in 60-minute slots with 30 minutes for set-up and tear-down (15 minutes ea.). If your show runs longer than 60 minutes, please elaborate in this application and we will consider such applicants on a case by case basis, but cannot guarantee acceptance. Correspondence will be through e-mail with the Primary Contact only unless the Secondary Contact or another method of communication is required for any reason.

Deadline: Mar. 1
Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre facilitates the presentation, interpretation, and production of visual and time-based arts. Our exhibitions engage with an array of approaches to contemporary aesthetics and cover a broad scope of conceptual, formal, socio-political and cultural questions. We welcome proposals for solo and group exhibitions, as well as performances, curatorial projects, collaborations, lectures, workshops and other events.

Deadline: Mar. 1
Queen Gallery is seeking submissions for our upcoming group show, NOROUZ to celebrate the first day of spring and the beginning of the year in the Persian calendar Norouz, meaning "New Day" in Persian, is the traditional celebration of the New Year in many parts of the world, including Iran, Turkey, parts of Central Asia, South Asia, Northwestern China, the Crimea and some ethnic groups in Albania, Bosnia, Kosovo and the Republic of Macedonia. Queen Gallery is delighted to host our annual group exhibition in celebration of Norouz.

Deadline Mar. 6
Art Spin is gearing up for its ninth season this summer and is looking for exciting and imaginative submissions for its 2017 programming starting in June. With this in mind Art Spin is looking for project submissions that are able to respond to their urban and cultural environment. Submissions for art projects from all disciplines (visual arts, installation, sculpture, film & video, new media, performance art, dance, theatre and music etc.) will be accepted but only those that embody a site-specific vision will be reviewed. This can mean work that responds to an environment in either a geographic, architectural, cultural, historical, or personal manner. Submissions that rely on a gallery type setting will not be considered. 

 Funding & Awards

The Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation will be accepting applications for both the Fred Ross Scholarship and the Sheila Mackay Advanced Studies Scholarship until March 1, 2017

  • The $4,000 Fred Ross Award rewards a student graduating from secondary school in New Brunswick who intends to pursue post-secondary studies in visual art or craft.
  • The $5,000 Sheila Mackay Advanced Studies Scholarship is awarded to a New Brunswick artist entering or enrolled in a graduate or doctoral program in either studio based work or in academic studies in Art History, Art Education or Art Gallery and Museum Studies

Deadline: Mar. 3
The Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick warmly encourages all New Brunswickers to submit their poems, stories or creative essays to its 2016-17 Writing Competition. The contest opened on December 9, 2016. Deadline for entries is March 3, 2017. All submissions must be made electronically through the WFNB website at The competition awards $2,600 in cash prizes. It is open to all New Brunswick residents and members of the Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick. The prize purse includes the David Adams Richards Prize, awarded for a collection of short stories, a novella, or a substantial part of a longer novel. The Writing Competition recognizes outstanding work in other genres through the Douglas Kyle Memorial Prize for short fiction, the Alfred G. Bailey Prize for poetry manuscripts, and the Fog Lit Books for Young People Prize. The Federation also offers prizes in the single poem and creative non-fiction categories. Youth of ages 13 to 18 can enter their poems or stories into the Sheree Fitch Prize category, aimed at young writers. In addition to the prize money, winners will read their work at WFNB’s annual literary festival, WordSpring, being held this year in Saint John, NB, May 26-28. Many WFNB winners have gone on to publish their work, including André Narbonne (David Adams Richards Prize, 2008), Jerrod Edson (David Adams Richards prize, 2013) and Kerry-Lee Powell (Alfred G. Bailey Prize, 2013). Entries must be received by March 3, 2017. For competition guidelines, visit our contest page, telephone (506) 224-0364 or email

The new funding programs for the Canada Council for the Arts are now active, make sure you first check out their information page and sign up through their portal to start taking advantage of these programs. As always you can contact a Canada Council Program officer for more information.

Deadline: Mar. 1

Entries must be between 48-150 pages. The prize is awarded annually to the best poetry manuscript by an emerging North American writer (a writer who has published two or fewer books).The winner receives a trade paperback contract with Insomniac Press, which will include the publication of their manuscript, advance on royalties, and representation and distribution throughout North America.

Deadline Mar. 1

The Rialto working with the RSPB, BirdLife International and the Cambridge Conservation Initiative. Poems are invited that deal with any aspect of nature and place and will be given a very wide interpretation by the judge.

Deadline: Mar. 3

Appointed by the European Commission, Ars Electronica, BOZAR and Waag Society are launching a prize to select the most pioneering collaborations and results in the field of creativity and innovation at the crossings of science and technology with the arts. This follows the launch of a new activity in the European Commission named STARTS: Innovation at the nexus of Science, Technology, and the ARTS.

Deadline: Mar. 6
To be eligible candidates must be A Canadian citizen or permanent resident, under the age of 35 as of March 6, 2017, previously published in an independently edited literary magazine, journal, or anthology and unpublished in book form and without a book contract. Candidates should submit 5 - 10 pages of previously unpublished poetry.

Deadline: Mar. 8
Room's contests are open to women, including trans*, two-spirited, and genderqueer people. Each entry must be original, unpublished, not submitted or accepted elsewhere for publication or previously to Room, and not entered simultaneously in any other contest. For fiction and creative non-fiction, one submission includes one short story or essay of up to 3,500 words.

 Jobs & Residencies
Deadline: Feb. 27
Do you enjoy connecting with diverse individuals and cultivating relationships?
Are you passionate about professional development and capacity building in the arts?
Would you consider yourself a fast-paced, independent worker, as well as a collaborator?
Business for the Arts is looking for a bilingual artsVest Program Manager for New Brunswick and PEI to help deliver the program in both provinces.  We are looking for a highly professional and detail-oriented individual who has a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the cultural sector and who is able to work independently and organize and manage multiple projects and deadlines.  The successful candidate will be the face of Business for the Arts in New Brunswick and PEI and will possess exceptional public relations skills, be engaging and be comfortable with public speaking.
How to Apply:
Deadline: Mar. 3
artsnb is hiring a bilingual Program Officer. Excellent English and French oral, written, and comprehension capacities, required. 
Responsibilities include:
  • Provide accurate information to artists and arts organizations applying to funding programs;
  • Participate in the development of programs and special projects and effectively communicate their contents to the artistic community;
  • Provide support to artists who ask for assistance;
  • Analyze requests for assistance to verify the eligibility of the applicant and all documents accompanying the applications;
  • Organize and oversee the smooth running of multidisciplinary and discipline-specific juries according to the procedures adopted by the Arts Board;
  • Keep accurate notes on decisions made by jurors;
  • Communicate by telephone to candidates who request feedback on assessments from juries and maintain confidentiality;
  • Prepare all necessary documentation for evaluation by the jury and provide applicants with the results of the competition within the prescribed time (which includes the management of all files, correspondence and related maintenance of program files);
  • Maintain accurate statistics on the competitions and prepare juror comments for Board meetings;
  • Assist in preparing press releases announcing the results of competitions;
  • Prepare information about grant recipients and a list of jurors for artsnb’s annual report;
  • Keep the Executive Director informed of issues or concerns that arise in relation to the programs and processes of juries;
  • Keep the Executive Director informed about the funding programs of other provinces;
  • Budgeting and controlling jury expenditure;
  • Assume the role of secretary at the Program and Juries committee meetings;

Mar 1: Frontline: Environmental Reportage, Sound Workshop - Setting Up & Troubleshooting RFLiterary JournalismSummer Studio 2017
Mar. 8: The Creative Gesture - Dance Residency, The Creative Gesture - Collective Composition Lab for Music and Dance
Mar. 10: Inherent Right to Indigenous Governance
Mar. 15: Audio Engineer PracticumEditor Practicum
Mar. 31: Indigenous Strategic Planning

Deadline Mar. 3
The Canadian Arts Coalition is a collaborative non-partisan movement with a mission to increase investments in arts and culture at the federal level and to strengthen Canadian cultural policies. The Coalition is looking for a dynamic and passionate individual who can fulfil the new position of Coalition Coordinator-Coordinatrice. The focus of this position will be on Arts Day on the Hill 2017 as well as other advocacy campaigns leading up to and following Arts Day. An interest in advocacy for the betterment of the arts and culture sector is ideal for this position and all applicants should fit the job requirements listed below.

Deadline: Mar. 15
Alchemy is a 10-day residency devoted to the exploration of the synergy between artistic practice and the looking and sharing of locally cultivated food. Participants delve into individual or collaborative work in a variety of mediums (visual arts, sculpture, photography, performance art, writing or video) inspired by their surroundings and shared at the end of the residency. Artists immerse themselves in their own practice during Prince Edward County's lush summer season, while also contributing culinary creativity to lively salon style communal dinners. Shared menus will be based on the group's appetite for preparing what is available locally in late summer. 
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