Calls for submissions

Calls for submissions:

Unless otherwise noted, all shows held at the QAC Gallery at 36 Bridge St. E., Belleville.
Visit the Virtual QAC Gallery here.

February 1, 2021: Expressions is now open for entry!

Expressions, the Quinte Arts Council’s Biennial Juried Visual Art Show + Sale, hosted by the J.M. Parrott Art Gallery, Belleville, features the work of artists and artisans from throughout the Quinte region. The next Expressions will be held from May 6 to June 3, 2021. For more information and/or to register, visit here.

October 21: Call artists and artisans for 2020 Virtual Holiday Market

Given the uncertainty of COVID-19 and the potential resurgence during this second wave, we’re excited to announce that we’ll be hosting our Holiday Market virtually in the QAC shop on the Downtown District Marketplace!

We remain committed to promoting local artists and artisans and nurturing a sense of community and connection – while keeping everyone safe.

We invite all QAC members to be a part of it! Let’s create a beautiful virtual marketplace together.

Complete terms and conditions available here.

Welcome message and information for registered vendors available here.

To express interest in being a vendor, simply complete this online form before October 30. EXTENDED TO NOVEMBER 6.

Nov 9 update: This call for submissions is now closed.

July 30: Call for proposals to create awards for 2020 Arts Recognition Awards ** This opportunity is now closed **

For over 25 years, we’ve hosted a Luncheon for the Arts/Arts Recognition Awards ceremony to recognize and celebrate those who have made a difference in our community. Without exception, these individuals are making Quinte a destination for those craving a vibrant arts and culture scene.

In 2019 we awarded five recipients beautiful glass creations from Mark Armstrong of Armstrong Glassworks in Wellington, Ontario.

We are requesting proposals from Quinte artists for the design and creation of this year’s awards. The successful applicant will be asked to design and create five awards in advance of the Luncheon for the Arts/Arts Recognition Awards this fall. (Exact date TBD)

The award can be a two or three-dimensional artwork in any medium, including wood, glass, copper, metal, ceramic, framed drawings or paintings, and should have presence and visual impact. While individual awards do not need to be perfectly identical (although they may be), the design should be consistent enough to appear cohesive.

We are open to new and creative ideas, but the following criteria must be followed:

  • The commission will be awarded to one (1) artist or artist group
  • Award design should consider placement of engraving/plaque/recognition for award recipient’s name
  • Budget for awards is $500 ($100 per award)
  • Commission preference will be given to current QAC members
  • Deadline for RFP submission is August 17, 2020
  • Deadline for award delivery is September 30, 2020

While completing your submission form, please be sure to:

  • Outline your inspiration and intent for the award, including size and materials to be used. The successful applicant must be able to demonstrate that they have the capacity to produce awards within the time frame and budget indicated.
  • Include up to five photos of your artistic works that speak to your ability to create an award for this call.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

The application form is available here.

Please contact: with questions.

Month of June: 2nd Annual Everyone Under the Rainbow (Virtual) Show ** NOW LIVE HERE **

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 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.

Work should be original, current/on theme and completed within the past five years. Submitted images will be featured online throughout the month of June. (Please upload high res images.)

Our intention is to foster new connections with artists in the LGBTQ+ community in Quinte to provide a safe 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

Open until June 8 : 1 x 1 Heart of Community District Art Project ** VIRTUAL SHOW HERE **

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.

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 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.

Open until June 1: Umbrella Cover Art Contest ** CHECK OUT THE WINNER AND RUNNERS UP HERE **

The QAC has an open call for visual artists and photographers to submit to our Cover Art Contest for the Summer 2020 issue of Umbrella magazine.

The theme of the issue is Art in the Time of Isolation (aka The COVID-19 issue), and we invite applicants to submit images (photographs or art work) that reflect your experience during this time of social distancing and widespread lockdowns.

The winner will be featured on the cover of the next Umbrella and will receive a $100. The winning submission will also be displayed at the QAC gallery once we reopen.

Please email your submission(s) to with the Subject: ART COVER CONTEST and include your name, artist bio and a one to three-sentence statement about each submission.

DEADLINE IS: June 1, 2020 AT 12:00PM


  • You must be a current member of the Quinte Arts Council
  • Submissions are vertically oriented (in other words, portrait not landscape)
  • Artwork must be scanned or well photographed. No flash.
  • Images must be high resolution (min 2 MB)
  • Maximum number of submissions: 3
  • You must be the owner/creator of each submission.

Failure to adhere to all criteria is grounds for disqualification.

All contestants acknowledge that submitted images becomes the property of Quinte Art Council for the purposes of use in digital and print promotions.

April: Win $500 for #QuintePerforms Facebook Home Video Contest

To help break the isolation of COVID-19 The Quinte Arts Council will be holding a new arts competition from April 14th to April 21st and April 28th to May 5th to facilitate connecting Quinte artists with audiences online via our #QuintePerforms community on Facebook. At the end of each of the 7 days the video with most “likes” and “shares” will receive a cash prize of $500. Videos can be from any artistic discipline: for example, a live music performance, a photography or painting montage, dance, a poetry reading, a time-lapse video of art being created, or even a puppet show. Be creative!

How To Enter
To enter the contest, join our Facebook group #QuintePerforms and then post a video with the hashtag #QuintePerforms. Please include your name, community where you live and one or two sentences about your video. Once your video has been approved by a group admin, it will go live and be shared to the Quinte Arts Council’s Facebook Page. Videos will not be accepted via other channels. Videos will not approved until contest opening dates (April 14th to April 21st and April 28th to May 5th).

This contest is now closed.

Congratulations to winners Michael Faulkner and Danielle Edwards!

March 1 – 31, 2020: RISE : Because We Are Equal  *** DUE TO COVID-19 THE SHOW IS NOW VIRTUAL! ***

International Women’s Day (IWD) on March 8 is a global day honouring and celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women all over the world. The IWD campaign theme for 2020 is #EachforEqual.

To honour the day, Quinte Arts Council is posting a call to members for submissions to the RISE : Because We Are Equal show to celebrate the voices and aesthetics of women artists. This show is open to all who identify as women, working in painting, photography, mixed media, illustration, textiles, sculpture, and more.

Drop off: February 27 and 28

Please have art ready to hang and marked with your name, title of the piece, and price (if for sale).

** PLEASE NOTE: To assist with art intake, kindly complete this form and submit it electronically prior to drop off. **

Opening reception: Thursday March 5, 2020 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm


Check back for more upcoming announcements

2020 shows:

June 2020: Second Annual Everyone Under the Rainbow Virtual Show

March 1 – 30: RISE: Because We Are Equal Virtual Show

2019 shows:

November 1 – 30, 2019: Portrait of the Artist Through Their Own Eyes self-portrait show

September 19 – October 18: Fall Photography Show featuring Mark Hopper and Ash Murrell

July 25 – September 13: The QAC hosts the Belleville Art Association

July 5 – July 19: Everyone Under the Rainbow

June 1 – July 4: Arts en Plein Air Student Art Show

March 28 – May 31: Larger than Life featuring Robert Tokley

Jan 30 – March 15: Open Your Mind Through Art