Visual Arts News Call for Submissions Fall 2023 📣

Upcoming: an open call for the Fall 2023 issue of Visual Arts News. We’re curious to hear from writers, artists and critics in order to expand, respond and deepen conversations inspired by the artistic vision of emerging and established artists who are pushing the boundaries of art and culture in the Atlantic. For our open call, we are seeking pitches for features, profiles and exhibition reviews, and prioritize work that pushes back against white supremacy and colonialism because we are committed to supporting anti-oppression, anti-racism, Indigenous sovereignty, Black liberation, and sexual and gender diversity.


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Pitch deadline: May 15, 2023
Draft deadline: June 25, 2023
Release date: September 21, 2023
Pitches should be submitted by email to editor@visualarts.ns.ca

Auditions for Bard in the Barracks 🎭

Auditions for Bard in the Barracks: Much Ado About Nothing and Coriolanus, May 9th & 10th.

Open auditions will be held on May 9th and 10th for the Bard in the Barracks productions of William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, to be directed by Tilly Jackson and performed in Odell Park, and Coriolanus, to be directed by Len Falkenstein and performed in downtown Fredericton. The plays will be performed in repertory and will collectively run from June 23-July 9, with exact performance dates for each play still to be determined. The plays will be rehearsed intensively (mainly evening hours) beginning in mid-May.


Much Ado About Nothing and Coriolanus Audition Notice


Roles are available for actors of a variety of ages, and casting of several roles will be gender fluid. Auditions will take place at Memorial Hall, UNB from 7:30-10:00 PM each of Tuesday, May 9, and Wednesday, May 10. Those auditioning are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the plays beforehand. Auditions will consist of readings from the plays. Prepared monologues may also be performed but are not required.

To book an audition, please email tilly.jackson48@gmail.com, indicating your availability for the audition dates and any preference for date/time. Ideally, you should be prepared to be on hand up to an hour for your audition. Actors may be cast in one or both plays (if willing) and may indicate a preference of play (if any) when booking their audition or on arrival.
Please email us also at the same address if you are interested in auditioning but unable to attend either of the audition dates. Expressions of interest from persons who would like to assist with the productions in a musical or technical/crew capacity are also welcome. All members of the company will receive honorariums for their work on the productions.

Auditions for Buffy, the Musical 🧛🏻‍♀️

Auditions for Buffy, the Vampire Slayer: “Once More With Feeling!” with Herbert the Cow Productions.


Auditions for Buffy the Musical

Monday, May. 8th, 6 – 8 pm
No appointment necessary. Come in anytime from 6 – 8. An audition should take approximately 15 minutes.

Monarch Nightclub – 474 Queen Street
If necessary, call backs will take place on Monday, May. 15th from 6 – 8 pm.
The show will be staged November. 22nd to 25th, with weekly rehearsals starting in late August.
There are 9 characters to cast + 3 supporting roles who will play various minor characters.
We are looking for acting and singing ability. Sides will be provided, but if you have a preferred monologue bring it along! Choose your song to sing! (anything at all but remember to show us your range)

Theatre New Brunswick General Auditions 🎭

Theatre New Brunswick will be holding general auditions in Fredericton, NB on May 18 & 19, 2023 at the Open Space Theatre.

Theatre New Brunswick is located and operates on the traditional unceeded territory of the Wolastoqiyik, Mi’kmaq and Peskotomuhkati peoples.

Auditions. General auditions, May 18-19, 2023 at the Open Space Theatre

To arrange an audition, please submit a letter of interest, headshot and resume to Joanna Bryson at submissions@tnb.nb.ca. Please indicate in the subject heading if you are Equity or non-Equity.

Priority will be given to Equity artists, and they will be seen first at all auditions.  Due to the uncertainty around future public health measures and travel restrictions, at this time we are seeking artists born or based in New Brunswick, as well as artists based in Atlantic Canada.

Theatre New Brunswick believes in diversity & inclusion and strongly encourages submissions from artists of equity-seeking communities; these may include gender, age, race, sexuality, disability, neuro-diverse, and the intersections thereof.

Full audition requirements are here.

Lieutenant Governor’s Awards Call for Nominations 🏅

Call for Nominations – 2024 Lieutenant-Governor’s Awards for High Achievement in the Arts

Members of the visual arts, literary arts and performing arts communities: nominate an artist for the prestigious Lieutenant-Governor’s Awards for High Achievement in the Arts – and help the New Brunswick Arts Board promote artistic excellence. The nomination period is open!

Nominations are open for the 2024 Lieutenant Governor's Awards.

The Lieutenant-Governor’s Awards for High Achievement in the Arts are designed to recognize the outstanding contribution of New Brunswick artists.

One award of $20,000 may be conferred in each of the following four (4) categories:

  • Visual Arts Award: including architecture, fine craft, media arts and photography
  • Performing Arts Award: including dance, music and theatre
  • Literary Arts Award*: including literary translation, literary performance, spoken word and storytelling
  • *NEW* Indigenous Artist Award: including visual arts: architecture, fine craft, media arts and photography; performing arts: dance, music and theatre; and literary arts: literary translation, literary performance, spoken word and storytelling

* Please note that awards in Literary Arts alternate between French and English from year to year. This year (2023), nominations in English language literary arts will be considered.


Full details are here.

Third Shift Seeks Festival Associate 🌛

Third Space Gallery is seeking to fill the position of THIRD SHIFT Festival Associate in May 2023. The successful candidate will work closely with staff and volunteers of Third Space Gallery to present THIRD SHIFT Contemporary Arts Festival in Saint John, New Brunswick in August 2023 and will assist with Third Space programming throughout the Spring and Summer months. The successful candidate will work with the current Executive Director at USTATION on Prince William St. from May to September 2023, with opportunities of occasional remote work throughout the duration of the position.

We're hiring. Third Shift Festival Associate. Closing Date May 3, 2023

Full details about applying for the job are here.
Want to learn more about our employment opportunity happening this summer? Tune in to our informal Q&A session over Zoom Wednesday, April 26th, 7pm AST!


Info Session! Third Shift Festival Associate. Wednesday, April 26, Zoom Q & A, 7pm.


Learn what it’s like to be a Festival Associate and how you get to contribute directly to the arts and culture community of Saint John 🌙✨ Visit this link to register.

Governor General’s Awards: Call for Nominations 💫

Members of the visual arts, media arts and fine craft communities: Submit a nomination to the GGArts—and join the Canada Council for the Arts in celebrating the exceptional careers of artists from Canada. The nomination period is now open.

Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts

Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts: Up to eight awards are distributed every year: six awards recognize artistic achievements, one award recognizes significant contributions to fine crafts (Saidye Bronfman Award) and one award recognizes an outstanding contribution to contemporary visual arts, media arts or fine craft.

Value: Up to eight awards of $25,000 each
How to nominate: Candidates are nominated by specialists from Canada in visual arts, media arts or fine craft through an individual, a group of co-nominators, or the representative of an organization.

Deadline: June 1, 2023

Details are here.

Fostering Diversity: Developing Policy for Inclusion ✐

New Course Offering from the UNB Centre for Musical Arts, Arts and Culture Management program. Attention all arts and culture leaders!

Fostering Diversity: Developing Policy for Inclusion

This course is a starting point for your inclusion efforts – you will be equipped with an understanding of key terms related to diversity and with specific tactics to create more inclusive policies for your organization. As a leader in an arts and cultural organization, you know that fostering diversity is an important part of creating an inclusive and productive environment. Despite good intentions, it can be very challenging and overwhelming to get started.

Fostering Diversity: Developing Policy for Inclusion will allow you to reflect and challenge your current beliefs, while moving your organization towards inclusivity.

  • Understanding unconscious bias, equity versus inclusion (and other important terms)
  • The business case for diversity
  • Self-reflection
  • Setting policy goals and objectives
  • Key components of a diversity policy

The course is delivered online for two weeks in a hybrid synchronous and asynchronous format, combining self-paced independent work with interactive seminar and discussion opportunities. There are deadlines for readings and exercises.

Date: April 28 to May 12, 2023 – Live online hours take place on May 5 & May 12.
Price: $250 (+HST)

For more information and to register, go here.

Savvy Sessions: Export USA Market 🇺🇸

Are you an Export-ready artist? New to the U.S market and wondering where to start? Join our panelists for this session- they will share their experiences and answer your questions! This session hosted by Musique NB Music will help you dismantle the mechanics of touring in the United States.


Savvy Sessions Export, USA Market, April 25, 12pm - 1pm
Bring your questions!
*Cette session se déroulera en anglais.
Register here.
  • Penelope Stevens – Motherhood
  • Liana White – CFM
  • Jeff Beam – USA, Venue Manager

Inclusive Leadership Training 📝

Don’t forget to register for this Musique NB Music Inclusive Leadership Training that will take place on April 26 and May 3rd, 2023, all ONLINE!

Inclusive leadership training

This workshop will cover topics such as:

  • Power & privilege
  • Diversity beyond the observable
  • Unconscious bias
  • Emotional Intelligence & self-awareness
  • Tips to foster an inclusive work environment
  • Understanding equity- discover the true meaning of equity that goes
  • beyond “sameness”
  • Top leadership qualities- Leadership has to do with people.
Register here.
This project has been made possible by the Government of Canada.

Mount Saint Vincent Art Gallery Seeks Director 📣

The Art Gallery invites applications for the position of Director.

If you require an accommodation at any time during the application process, please let us know.

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Applications should include a cover letter and resume. This competition closes on May 10, 2023.

The Director of the Art Gallery is responsible for providing strategic leadership to the Art Gallery and the campus community through their specialized knowledge of visual art. Reporting to the Dean of Arts and Science, the Director has overall responsibility for the Gallery operation, including management of the budget; hiring, training, and full supervision of personnel; maintenance of Gallery facilities; and oversight and care of the University’s permanent collection. The Director plans and implements the annual program of exhibitions, publications, and special events, and secures external funding to support these initiatives. They also consult and collaborate with the internal university community, as well as with external individuals and groups to support the mission of the Gallery and the University. The Director develops and enacts Gallery-specific policies, with the approval of the Board of Governors.

Full details are here.

Jane LeBlanc Film Post Award 🎞️

An award from the Jane LeBlanc Legacy Fund for emerging New Brunswick filmmakers to assist them with their post-production and distribution.

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Eligible Post & Distribution Activities:

  • Sound Design
  • Music Score
  • Colour Correction
  • Dialogue Replacement
  • Picture Edit
  • Festival Fees

Awarded filmmaker must hire New Brunswick resident creatives to do the post-work on a project.

All submissions can be emailed to catmaryleblanc@gmail.com

Full details here.

Fredericton Expands Temporary Public Art Program: Phoenix Square and Beyond 🔥

The City of Fredericton invites proposals from professional artists to install temporary public artworks at Phoenix Square in front of City Hall as well as at alternate city-owned locations.

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The temporary public art program is meant to contribute to a welcoming and vibrant space for the community and visitors to enjoy throughout the summer and fall. Although the public art is only intended to last for a short time, designs should be well constructed, vandal-resistant, and able to withstand summer and fall weather.

Each location will have variable conditions that the artist must consider.  Proposals will be reviewed through a lens that includes public safety, sturdiness, public engagement, and how well it fits with the environment, while not posing an impediment to public use of the space.

Phoenix Square in the heart of downtown Fredericton is enjoyed by tourists, locals, and office workers, many who use the nearby benches or bistro tables. Applicants should note that in addition to seating, there is a prominent water fountain, large umbrellas, garden beds, large flowerpots, and other immovable objects that will need to be considered in the design process. Applicants are advised to examine the detailed site drawing here.

Eligibility: Open to professional artists in the greater Fredericton region.

Full applications details are here.

Submissions to be sent to culture@fredericton.ca by May 5, 2023.

Arts Culture NB Grant Programs Open for 2023-24 🗓️

The 2023-2024 grants programs are now open!


Arts Culture NB. Our grant programs are now open.


If you’re an arts and cultural organization, cultural industry, artist, municipality with a cultural policy or First Nation community with an innovative project or initiative, we’d love to hear from you!

Upcoming deadlines:

April 26 

  • New Brunswick/Québec Cultural Cooperation Grant

May 15 

  • Arts in Communities Program
  • Book Publisher Operations
  • Book Publishing (Periodicals)

View full Grant Programs and Deadlines for 2023-2024.

Sunbury Shores Call for Board Members 📣

Catherine Hamilton, President of Sunbury Shores Arts and Nature Centre Inc., is actively seeking individuals who may be interested in serving on the Centre’s Board of Trustees.


Sunbury Shores Call for Board Members


Sunbury Shores is an essential cultural hub for Charlotte County, NB. Over its nearly 60-year history it has continuously fostered artistic development and arts education for adults, seniors, youth, and children in the region, delivered in the Centre’s studios, in the field, and in school classrooms.

Ideal board candidates should have an interest in promoting the arts and education, a passion for regional cultural development, and bring valuable organizational experience to the board.

The board is most interested in filling the Treasurer’s position as well as an arts-related position, although all applications rae valued and will be considered.

Please respond in confidence via email to Catherine Hamilton, Board President, at board@sunburyshores.org


Fruit of the Loop: Fruit Loops III 🍇🍉🍓

A collaboration between Galerie Sans Nom & Struts Gallery.


Fruit of the Loop. Call for Submissions


Deadline: Sunday, May 7 – 11:59PM ADT

Galerie Sans Nom and Struts Gallery are seeking video art submissions for the newest iteration of FRUIT LOOPS, a series 2SLGBTQIA+ videos and filmed performances exploring queerness, gender performativity and celebrating masquerade, drag, personas, and other fluid forms of identity.

Galerie Sans Nom and Struts Gallery welcome submissions from artists at any stage of their career, both completed and works in-progress will be accepted. Submitted works must be under 15 minutes long. FRUIT LOOPS III will take place in September with screenings in Moncton and Sackville, New Brunswick, and livestreamed online. In-progress works must be completed no later than August 31st, 2023.

Full details are here.

interConnect Call for Participants ✻

imaa/aami is excited to announce the interConnect call for participants!

Apply for this paid co-learning opportunity about digital transformation.


interConnect is looking for members of the visual and media arts community who have worked on or are preparing for a digital initiative to be part of a series of co-learning groups. These groups will explore discussion areas based on feedback from the broad visual and media arts community about what aspects of digital transformation are relevant today.

If you are interested in being part of a collaborative project where you can network with other visual and media artists from across the country about digital transformation and innovation, we want to hear from you!

This is a paid opportunity! The deadline to apply is May 5, 2023.

Full details are here interConnect call for participants.