CALL: Theatre New Brunswick is Seeking Scripts to Workshop for their Fall Festival of New Plays

Theatre New Brunswick is seeking scripts to workshop for a Fall Festival of New Plays, taking place from September to November of 2020.  If you are a New Brunswick born or based playwright, and you have a full-length script that is ready for a workshop, they’d like to hear from you. 

The Fall Festival of New Plays will support artists in their creation process. This might mean that you work “traditionally” and you have a script and need time with a dramaturge and a cast of actors. It might mean that you and your team need studio space to create and move. The Theatre will work with you to help you take the next step with your play.

Preference will be given to working on ideas and scripts that are already in development, as opposed to ideas that are very new. The projects and the creators should be ready for outside input, criticism and collaboration. It is not necessary that the play be something that TNB would consider producing.

TNB will provide:

  • a dramaturge to work with and help establish goals/writing schedule;
  • a cast of actors to read your work monthly (if required);
  • a director who will direct your final reading or Event;
  • a fee for the applicant/playwright.

The deadline for applications is July 31, 2020. For more information and to apply, click here.

CALL: Proposals for Permanent Public Art Installation in Sackville, NB


The Town of Sackville invites professional artists to design, develop, create and deliver a permanent public art installation in order to convey a message of awareness of climate change. These can include social, physical, and immediate or long-term concerns and themes relating to climate change.

The Town would like the artist to focus attention on the characteristic location of Sackville with respect to these issues. However, as climate change is a global phenomenon, the Town also welcomes artists to propose other ideas that situate Sackville within the climate change context while using a global lens.

In addition to the relevance to the Town’s mission, artwork must satisfy reasonable standards of permanence and safety, meeting all relevant codes required for public places, and offering reasonable proof of soundness against theft, vandalism or excessive maintenance and repair.

The deadline for submissions is July 21th, 2020, at 11 AM. For more information, design criteria, and to submit your proposal, click here.

CALL: Submit Your Videos of Movement and Dance

Connection Dance Works will be holding its annual Saint John Contemporary Dance Festival online the week of July 20th to 24th due to COVID-19. The festival typically includes a Community Movement Project, where anyone who likes to move, regardless of dance background, is invited to participate and work together over the course of a week to create, rehearse, and then perform a unique work.

This year, Connection Dance Works has issued a call for submissions: they are asking for members of the public to submit short video clips of movement and dance that will be edited together and shared on social media. The soundtrack for the performance is “Never Knowing” by Ladd & Lasses. Video submissions are welcome from anyone. The video can be of an individual, group, family pet (get creative!) and can be shot to include the body in whole or in part. Submissions should be in .mp4 or .mov format and no more than 15 seconds long. You don’t have to show your face in the video if you don’t want to!

Video submissions are due by July 8 and can be sent to sjmovementproject@gmail.com. For more information, click here.

CALL: InterMISSION Residencies by the Fredericton Playhouse

Are you a New Brunswick-based performing artist, ensemble, or company with a project you are looking to develop or explore?

The Fredericton Playhouse is accepting applications for a new Artist Development Program, InterMISSION, intending to nurture and support creativity and innovative practices in artistic disciplines. The InterMISSION residencies offer access to the Playhouse’s theatre space and facilities, tailored to the participants’ needs and availability.

Examples of possible residencies include creating new works, innovative music or sound recordings, video and lighting exploration, script development, movement exploration, staging or artistic specialization for plays, acting for the camera, vocal coaching, preparing for concerts, exploring or researching innovative ideas, small group collective composition lab for music, and dance. Residencies are open to theatre artists, musicians, choreographers, composers, dancers, visual artists, designers, etc.

Each residency will take place over one to four consecutive days, with each day including up to 6 hours of work in the facility. Scheduling is to be determined between the artist and the Playhouse. Residencies will be offered between September 14 and December 18, subject to availability of the venue and funding. Individual artists and artistic personnel (stage managers, artist-provided technicians, directors, choreographers) will be paid a fee of $100 per person per day. An individual chosen by the artist as a resource expert (mentor, coach, expert) will be paid a fee of $400 for each residency.

The deadline for applicants is August 17, 2020. For more information, eligibility criteria, and to apply, click here.

CALL: Live Bait Theatre Needs Playwrights, Actors, and Directors!

Live Bait Theatre Presents: The Social Distancing Short Play Festival (SDDPF) in association with Moncton’s Hubcity Theatre

Live Bait is providing theatre artists with an online playwriting/producing opportunity that will pay writers, actors and directors an honorarium of $200 each to create short plays (maximum 10 to 15 minutes) based on the themes of social distancing and isolation. They will accept applications from anyone who wants to participate and will choose up to 8 playwrights, 8 directors, and 24 actors.

Writers have until June 29 at noon to create a script proposal. Successful applicants will be notified by June 30 at the latest and will have until July 5 at 4:30 pm to write their play. Proposals must include:

  1. Name of writer, contact information (email and phone), and the proposed name of the play.
  2. Number of actors required for the play (there is no cast limit, but plays with smaller numbers of actors are more likely to be accepted).
  3. A brief outline of the story and action of the play and how it relates to the theme of social distancing or isolation. PLEASE NOTE – the play does not have to be about COVID 19 or our current situation, it can be about anything related to social distance or isolation. But it can also be about COVID 19.
  4. Any special technical requirements the play might have (Live Bait suggests you keep it simple).
  5. A brief resume or description of your playwriting experience and a sample of your previous work if you have some.

Directors and Actors have until June 28 to apply to participate in the Festival. On June 29 successful actors and directors will be notified and will be assigned to plays. They will receive the play on July 5 and have until July 15 to rehearse and prepare for the presentation.

  • To apply as an actor or director, please send a resume of your experience and a brief description of your interest in this project.
  • Directors do not need to have technical presentation experience as Live Bait will be there to assist them. Still, they should be comfortable with the idea of using technology and presenting things online.

All participants will have to agree to follow all appropriate social distancing guidelines during the rehearsal and performance of the shows. Performances will be broadcast in a festival format on Facebook live over two evenings, and the SDSPF will be included as a part of Live Bait’s annual New Works Festival (which will also be held online) from July 17 to 19. As noted, Live Bait will provide technical assistance to the artists as needed throughout the project.

Please send any questions or proposals/applications to Live Bait Theatre at info@livebaittheatre.com.

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Executive Director At The Artist-Run Centres and Collectives Conference (ARCA)

The Artist-Run Centres and Collectives Conference (ARCA) is seeking applicants for the position of Executive Director.

Established in 2004, ARCA represents some 180 artist-run centres and collectives across Canada, working directly with the nine associations of artist-run centres that form its membership. ARCA works to connect and support its national artist-run community and advocates on their behalf on issues of common concern.

The ideal candidate is independently motivated and brings an in-depth knowledge of the cultural and political issues relevant to the Canadian artist-run milieu. The candidate has experience in the successful management of a not-for-profit organization, is particularly good at interpersonal relations, consensus building, and negotiation, and is committed to gender equity and antiracism. The candidate is flexible and can manage several files simultaneously. The candidate excels in communications and is fluent in both official languages.

Reporting to, and working in close collaboration with ARCA’s Board of Directors, the responsibilities of the Executive Director include:
  • Directing the organization and supervising all of ARCA’s activities, in continual dialogue with its members;
  • Acting as the organization’s spokesperson, representing the organization to stakeholders and beneficiaries, and drafting letters, media releases and other communications;
  • Working alongside the board of directors to determine the organization’s strategic priorities and action plan, and supervising their implementation;
  • Participating in the organization’s meetings, and preparing and delivering reports to the Board on the organization’s activities and finances;
  • Identifying and preparing grant applications to government, paragovernmental, private, and other partners with an emphasis on diversifying revenue sources for ARCA’s long-term sustainability, and preparing and submitting subsequent grant reports as required;
  • Working with the Board Treasurer, preparing annual budgets with quarterly updates; supervising production of the annual financial report, and ensuring fulfillment of other legal obligations of the organization;
  • Planning, producing, and supervising the production of research and other specialized resources for the benefit of the membership; and
  • Planning biennial national conferences in partnership with the host region (the conference planned in 2020 was postponed and will be delivered in 2021), and planning regional or community meetings in partnership with ad hoc initiatives.
This is a full-time position averaging 35 hours/week with a base salary set at $42,000 annually. The place of work is to be determined.

The application deadline is July 14, 2020.

Please submit your letter of interest (two pages maximum), with resume and references, to the hiring committee via email at cv@arca.art. More information about ARCA can be found on their website.

ARCA acknowledges the barriers within the artist-run sector and their organization that affect applicants from equity-seeking groups. They encourage applications from people historically underrepresented in their sector, more specifically, people who identify as gender diverse, Queer, 2-spirit, Indigenous, Black, People of Colour, Official-Language Minority, and Persons with Disabilities. ARCA is committed to providing a safer and supportive work environment that mitigates barriers to equity and the challenges of precarious labour.

CALL: Professional Dance Artists of New Brunswick for the 15th Edition of the adFda

The adFda (Atlantic Dance Festival Danse Atlantique) is looking for professional dance artists to perform a solo (or with artists from the same bubble) in downtown Moncton between August 7th and 17th. Dance presentations of any style will be considered and can include text, performance, improvisation and/or a Q&A with the public.

If you are interested, send them a proposition, a performance idea for a public presentation in an “ambulatory” style, meaning that passers-by (the public) follow a predetermined route where, along the way, dance artists present their work. A performance between 5 and 8 minutes will be most appropriate and could be performed multiples times per day or throughout the week.

A fee will be paid to the artist for each representation, and technical support, as well as security, will be provided. All measures recommended by NB’s Department of Public Health will be respected.

Your application must include;

  • Your name;
  • Address, phone number and email address;
  • A brief resume;
  • A video demonstrating your technical and artistic abilities (DVD, USB stick, or video link)
  • Be available for performances between the 7th and 17th of August 2020

Please send your application (video, CV) to either adfestivalda@gmail.com or to:

Les Productions DansEncorps inc.

Aberdeen Cultural Center

140 Botsford Street, Suite 14

Moncton, NB

E1C 4X5 

For more information, contact the event organizers at adfestivalda@gmail.com or by phone at (506) 855-0998.

The application deadline is June 26th.

UNB Art Centre Design Works Online MasterClasses (for ages 6 to 14)

Registration is now open for UNB Design Works Online MasterClasses and private and small group learning sessions!

The UNB Art Centre has adapted its delivery method so your child can learn and develop skills from the comfort and safety of home. Starting June 15, 2020, Design Works will offer a variety of online camps each week. Taught by professional instructors, MasterClass Camps will run Monday to Friday with live 90-minute sessions (via Zoom) each day. Depending on the camp, your children will develop creative, technical, or French language skills.

Only ten students will be admitted per class, so make sure you sign up early! Private and Small-Group Sessions are also offered for those who want one-on-one sessions for their child or who want to arrange a class for a child and their friends.

For more information and to view prices, click here.

CALL: Permanent Public Artwork in Mexico City

MIRA and MASSIVart are inviting national and international artists to develop a proposal for a permanent public artwork to be located in the public plaza of MIRA’s latest real estate development in Mexico City. A budget of 6,000,000.00 MXN Pesos (approximately 372 thousand Canadian dollars) will be allocated to the art installation’s project to give artists the opportunity to create an iconic landmark for Mexico while beautifying the urban public landscape.

The deadline for applicants is June 29, 2020. For more information, click here.

OPPORTUNITY: HEAR TELL Podcast Training Program

If you’re an Atlantic Canada artist interested in learning about podcasting, check out the HEAR TELL Podcast Training Program organized by Visual Arts Nova Scotia. During this six week program, you’ll learn the ins and outs of the medium directly from podcasting experts and creative podcast producers. Webinars will be weekly starting June 16, with there sometimes being multiple held per week.

For more information on the program and to sign up, click here.

OPPORTUNITY: The Incubator Project at the Imperial Theatre

The Incubator Project is a fantastic opportunity provided by the Imperial Theatre. Local artists can have access to their space, professional equipment, and highly skilled technical and arts administration staff, all at no charge. Musicians, vocalists, dance companies and groups, theatre companies, comedians, and all other forms of performing artists are welcome to apply.

For more information, click here.

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Student Internship with the New Brunswick Arts Board

The New Brunswick Arts Board (artsnb) is looking to hire a Student Intern with strong research skills and a keen interest in the arts and culture of New Brunswick. The Student Intern will report to the Program Officer, and their duties will include assisting staff with the development of new guidelines and policies related to diversity, inclusion, and equity in arts funding programs and processes, helping the Program Officer with daily program administration duties, and other related duties as assigned by the Executive Director.

All applications must be received by June 19, 2020. For more information and to apply, click here.

CALL: Isolation Projects

Connexion Artist-Run Centre is continuing to accept proposals for ISOLATION PROJECTS. They are looking for artists to create content that can be disseminated online or through alternative physically-distant means, and to share their practices & working methods with the community. Projects may include:

  • Digital “residencies” & social media takeovers
  • Live streams of media or performance works
  • Digital workshops or artist talks
  • Creation & documentation of sculpture/installation works on your own property

This call is open to artists working in any media across Canada, with preference given to members of Connexion ARC and artists working in New Brunswick/Atlantic Canada. For more information and to apply, click here.

The deadline for the next proposal selection is June 5 at 5 pm.

CALL: CreatedHere Magazine and Working Art

CreatedHere is seeking contributors for issue 13 of their magazine titled working art and launching in September 2020.
Art has an optics problem. By some, it is seen as a luxury with poor career prospects, while others believe that talented artists are gifted with their skills. But artists know better. Art = practice and technical development. Art = time (so much time). Art = work: integral, valid and viable work.
CreatedHere is seeking:
  • visual explorations of slow or labour-intensive processes
  • how artistic businesses can adapt to adverse conditions
  • unlikely avenues for artistic income, and grant-funded projects
  • research-backed findings on the economic impact of art & craft
  • making a living: creative entrepreneurs in action
CreatedHere is open to any ideas that creatively fit this theme. You do not need to be an experienced writer, and you can choose to suggest a story for their staff writers. Anyone may submit, and CreatedHere is offering increased payment this year for writers and artists ($100-$250, depending on contribution size).
For more information and to submit, click here. Pitches must be received by June  7, 2020. Selected contributors will then need to provide writings/imagery by July 5, 2020.

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Communications Officer with the New Brunswick Arts Board

The New Brunswick Arts Board (artsnb) is looking for a bilingual Communications Officer to join its dynamic team. Reporting to the Executive Director and working closely with staff, the Communications Officer will have strategic know-how and hands-on experience to help the organization achieve its strategic objectives and maintain a strong presence online and in the media. The Communications Officer will do so by broadcasting key messages in both official languages and promoting initiatives, programs and services to artists, grant applicants, strategic partners, government officials, potential donors and the general public.

The position needs to be filled by the beginning of August 2020. For more information and to apply, click here.

CALL: Temporary Public Art – Phoenix Square, Fredericton

The City of Fredericton invites proposals from professional artists to install a temporary public art piece at Phoenix Square, the public space in front of Fredericton City Hall. The art is intended to be in place from July to mid-fall 2020.

Proposals should respond to the province’s collective feelings of the circumstances created by COVID-19. While the theme is related to the recent changes caused by the virus, the form, scope, and materials are open for interpretation by the artists. It is anticipated that the art will have a positive impact on the community and its visitors throughout the summer and fall.

All of Phoenix Square can be considered for the public art display. However, the art must not impede pedestrian access or use of the space, nor pose any safety hazard. During the summer, people use the Square to enjoy a break on benches, play piano, listen to music, access office buildings and enjoy the weather. This summer, the Square will see enhanced usage and vibrancy due to the addition of bistro tables and chairs, which is part of the new “Fredericton al fresco” partnership between the City, Downtown Fredericton, and Business Fredericton North.

Although the public art will be ephemeral, designs should be well constructed, vandal-resistant, and able to withstand summer and fall weather.

A juried selection will take place the week following the submission deadline, and the art installed by the first week of July. Artists are to submit the following:

  • a resume and biography indicating education and body of work;
  • a proposed design concept including text and drawings or diagrams;
  • an itemized budget to a maximum of $5,000 for all costs related to production, transport, installation, removal and artist fees; and,
  • a timeline and process for creation and installation.

This call is open to all professional artists residing in New Brunswick. The submission deadline is Friday, June 12, at midnight. Please email all submissions to culture@fredericton.ca.

CALL: Third Space Gallery Online Presentation

Third Space Gallery is offering its members the opportunity to share their work in a digital format. They are looking to present 15-30 mins of video content for each participating artist, either pre-recorded or live-streamed, to be shared on their social media pages. It can take the form of an artist talk, a Q&A with the public, a studio tour, or anything else you can think of! Third Space will be offering participants a $145 CARFAC fee for this presentation.

Send a short pitch with your idea to tiersespace@gmail.com (what you’d like to talk about, your preferred format, etc.). Proposals are due by Friday, May 22. For more information, click here.

CALL: Visual Artists

The New Brunswick Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture invites professional New Brunswick artists to submit proposals to create a design and paint artwork on an Adirondack Chair that will be a part of the furniture used by the Tourism NB Mobile Unit. The total budget to design and paint the chair will not exceed $5,000.

The design proposal needs to be submitted to culture@gnb.ca by June 1, 2020. For submission guidelines and proposal forms, see the forms below.

Artists call for proposal (English)

Artists call for proposal (French)

For inspiration, see the following Tourism New Brunswick Brand Playbooks.

Tourism NB Brand Playbook (English)

Tourism NB Brand Playbook (French)

UPDATE: SHMF Awards Program Deadline Extension

In response to artists’ requests, SHMF is extending the deadline applications for the 2020 Nel Oudemans Award and the 2020 Marie Hélène Allain Fellowship Award. Applications for both awards will now be accepted until June 30th, 2020.
For more information, click here.

CALL: Submit Your Horror Film to the Online Demonic Brilliance Film Festival

Presented by Creeker Films in collaboration with the NB Film Co-op, the Demonic Brilliance Film Festival (DBFF) is a three-day online celebration of horror, showcasing some of the most sinister horror films from around the world and the people who make them.

DBFF welcomes filmmakers’ who understand the importance of good acting, stellar lighting, appealing cinematography, and detailed production design. Does your film have what it takes to be awarded Best Film at the Demonic Brilliance Film Festival?

The festival dates are from September 11 to 13, 2020.

For more information and to submit your film, click here.