MAR 1 – JUN 30

Quinte Arts Council brings you Virtual Art

With the rapidly changing events related to COVID-19, and out of caution for the health and safety of all, many arts events are being postponed or cancelled. From live theatre to concerts, gallery openings to museums, the most moving of art experiences involve being in a crowd. At this time, social isolation is encouraged by Health Canada to slow the spread of this pandemic which poses a challenge to the art world - postponing or cancelling events in the effort to contain the spread of the virus is commendable.  The Quinte Arts Council shares concerns for the artists in this community and across the globe. As of Monday March 16th, the QAC will be closed to the general public until further notice. Event organizers can still submit future events that comply with all restrictions related to COVID-19. The QAC will monitor the events and publish them as soon as we are all able to safely celebrate the arts once again together! At this time we are publishing virtual live, simulive, or on demand presentations for your enjoyment. Stay safe and stay well.    

APR 5 – JUN 8

Call for submissions: 1X1 Heart of Community Art Project

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic we've learned about the power of creation and collaboration to bring joy during these uncertain times. With this in mind, the QAC is thrilled to be a part of the 1 x 1 Heart of Community District Art Project! Join us in celebrating the light and positivity that has shone through in spite of COVID-19. The spirit of the project is to allow the arts community an avenue to infuse the downtown with creativity during this difficult time and fill the main floor windows with images that reflect resiliency and community!
To participate, create a 1'x1' art piece that will be shared in the windows of the Downtown District main level windows. DETAILS: Dimensions: 1'x1' piece Surface: wood board or canvas on frame (no wires or hooks needed) Medium: Paint with outdoor weather protectant (e.g. varnish) Deadline for submission: EXTENDED TO Monday June 8. Deliver your finished piece(s) to the BIA office in Downtown Belleville at 1 Bridge St E (call 613-968-2242 during regular business hours or email to arrange) OR to Gourmet Diem at 213 Front St, Belleville (open Monday through Friday 9:00 - 4:00 and Saturday 10:00 -2:00). All 1x1s will be displayed in the Downtown District main floor windows starting June 12 and into July. In August, artwork will be moved to an outdoor display. Please note: this is limited to Bay of Quinte artists. This is not a competition and there is no compensation for the artist. There is, however, the opportunity for artwork to be sold or sponsored for a set price of $100.

Downtown Belleville

APR 6 – JUL 31
12:00am - 11:59pm

Inspiration from Isolation – Online Fine Art Competition

Agora Gallery is pleased to invite artists from across the globe to enter the FREE art competition ‘Inspiration from Isolation’. Selected artists will receive prizes and opportunities that will grant invaluable exposure and promote their careers. Inspired by the spirit of our founder, Miki Stiles, Agora Gallery is responding to the challenge faced by artists during these unprecedented times. We are creating an opportunity for everyone to engage in a digital platform. For more than thirty-five years, Agora Gallery has been driven by the goal of creating opportunities for emerging artists, allowing them to exhibit their work in the gallery.


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MAY 21 – JUN 30
12:00 am - 11:59 pm

Art United – Artists Relief Art Competition

In loving memory of former Executive Director Eleni Cocordas, who passed away due to complications from COVID-19, Agora Gallery announces a charitable call for artists: “Art United – Together We Stand”. Fine artists worldwide are invited to submit works for a chance to be selected for promotional awards designed to boost careers. Accepted mediums are painting, sculpture, photography, drawing, mixed media, and print. Deadline for entries is June 30th. The entry fee starts at $15 and 100% of proceeds will be donated to the partners of our initiative: Japan Society and the New York Foundation for the Arts.

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MAY 25 – JUN 25

Out of the Vault: Pandemics in Quinte

Yourtv has a special production of Out of the Vault telling the history of pandemics in the Belleville area. The program traces the history of pandemics from the Black Plague through the several Cholera pandemics of the 1800s to the Spanish Flu in 1918 and then the more recent epidemics, HIV/AIDS, SARS and Swine Flu.

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JUN 1 – JUN 30

Call for submissions: 2nd Annual Everyone Under the Rainbow Show

June is Pride month, a time when LGBTQ+ communities around the world celebrate the freedom to be themselves. And so the Quinte Arts Council is proud to host the second annual Everyone Under the Rainbow (Virtual) Show.

While the QAC gallery is still closed, we invite you to a virtual celebration to share your photographs or art that reflects, respects, features and speaks to the LGBTQ+ community.

Submitted images will be featured online throughout the month of June.

Our intention is to foster new connections with artists in the LGBTQ+ community in Quinte to provide a place for them to showcase and celebrate their art. Because everyone deserves a place under the rainbow.

To participate, please complete this form and upload your images here.


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JUN 1 – JUN 30
10am - 5pm

Glanmore National Historic Site – Virtual Tour

Take a tour through this amazing homestead. Glanmore was built in 1882-1883 for wealthy banker J.P.C. Phillips (1842-1912) and his wife Harriet Dougall Phillips (1839-1915). The grand interior features beautiful hand-painted ceilings and ornate woodwork. Many of Glanmore’s rooms have been restored to the 1890s.

Glanmore National Museum

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JUN 3 – JUN 28

Virtual Guided Exhibition Tour – McMichael Canadian Art Collection

Follow along on a virtual guided tour of “A Like Vision”: The Group of Seven at 100. Event Details Revisit old favourites and experience new surprises as you are guided by an expert McMichael Docent. This new interactive experience provides our visitors with the opportunity to examine images of artworks up close while remaining responsibly distanced in their own homes. The virtual tours are offered weekly every Wednesday and Friday at 12:30 pm. Each 60-minute virtual tour will be limited to 20 participants per session to allow for questions and discussion, so please register to ensure your spot. Requirements An internet connection, microphone and camera-enabled computer, tablet or smartphone is required. The virtual tour will be delivered via the video conferencing app Zoom. You do not require a Zoom account to participate; the link to access the class will be sent to you in advance. How to join: Once you have registered for the tour you will be sent an email with all necessary information and details about how to access the class online. If you have any questions please contact our Creative Learning Department at


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JUN 3 – JUN 3
10am - 10pm

Downtown District Virtual Shop Hop – WIN

Join in and support local artists in this Virtual Shop Hop. Check out all of the one-of-a-kind works in the Gallery section - then move on over to support all of the many small local businesses in our community. From 10am-10pm make a purchase of at least $50 on the Downtown District Marketplace and you'll be entered to win a $50 eGift Card AND $50 to send to the downtown business of your choice! It's a win-win!


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JUN 4 – JUN 4
10am - 5pm

Virtual painting tutorials by Back Porch Originals

Come paint with us!! Join our FREE event to paint online with Lori. At 7pm just log into FB and go to our page. You will see the Live Video there to join the class. We will be painting a Monstera plant as pictured. Supplies will be listed in the event. Lori Meeboer hosts virtual painting tutorials for kids and adults FREE - check it out on Facebook or on instagram @BackPorchOriginals


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