The Workers Arts & Heritage Centre is Canada’s national community museum dedicated to sharing and celebrating the stories of Canada’s working peoples through historic exhibitions and contemporary and interdisciplinary art. Our mandate is to preserve, honour, and promote the culture and history of all working people. More information can be found at

We are currently seeking exhibition proposals from artists and arts collectives for our main gallery exhibition schedule for 2018-2020 organized around broad themes of social justice, stories of working peoples of the past, present, or future, issues surrounding contemporary work or labour, the environment, or that focus on the histories and contemporary concerns of underrepresented, or marginalized communities in Canada as it relates to our mandate. WAHC’s current strategic plan has incorporated the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s recommendation that museums can play a role in reconciliation and education.

We are particularly interested in supporting, and encourage, submissions from racialized artists and First Nations artists, working in all artistic mediums as well as new media, installation, interdisciplinary and community-engaged arts. Due to the nature of our space, large sculptural works that are not easily moved cannot be accommodated. Artists from anywhere in Canada can submit.

The Main Gallery at the Workers Arts & Heritage Centre is a professional exhibition space for artists that meet the definition of a professional artist as defined by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council. Professional fees are paid in accordance with CARFAC rates.

To apply please include the following:

  • cover letter that includes a mailing address and phone number
  • biography
  • 1 page maximum project description including technical requirements
  • half page maximum statement on how your work relates to our mandate as described above
  • CV – 4 pages maximum
  • Support Material: A maximum of
    • 10 images or
    • Maximum of 3 video clips or audio, of a maximum 3 minutes each.
    • Digital images should be in jpeg format no larger than 1024 x 768 pixels. They should be numbered 01 to 10 with last name (i.e. 01_lastname_title). Do not embed images in PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, etc.
    • Image/Support material list stating date, medium and dimensions of work

Deadline: February 28th, 2017 at 5 pm EST

Submit to:

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Additional Info:

  • Note that while we can try to answer questions prior to the deadline, we cannot review draft applications.
  • WAHC programs three Main Gallery exhibits per year.
  • Decisions are final. Our ability to offer feedback on decisions is very limited.

WAHC is committed to ensuring a diversity of perspectives, and encourages applications from indigenous people, persons with disabilities, people from racialized or racial minority communities, immigrants and refugees, Francophones, LGBTT, and women.

Image: Radiodress, Mysterium Tremendum exhibition view, summer 2015. Photo by Andrew Butkevicius.