OPEN CALL: Keeping Dreams

The Women’s Art Association of Canada (WAAC) invites artists based in Canada from all backgrounds and disciplines to submit their work for consideration in our upcoming curated group exhibition, Keeping Dreams. The exhibition will run from Friday, March 22, to Saturday, April 13, 2024, in WAAC’s Dignam Gallery at 23 Prince Arthur Ave. in Toronto, Ontario.

The group exhibition Keeping Dreams will explore the multifaceted experiences of resilience in the face of adversity, along with themes of home, migration, and the pursuit of happiness.

Through various mediums including, but not limited to, drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, mixed media, installation, and video, we seek artwork that engages with the complexities of navigating challenges, embracing change, overcoming obstacles, finding moments of relief, and maintaining hope. Whether through personal narratives of migration and displacement, symbolic representations of resilience and adaptation, or explorations of the intersections between comfort and discomfort, distance and closeness, freedom and control, we encourage artists to share their personal stories and histories.

Some questions to think about when considering your artwork submission:

1. How does the concept of resilience resonate with you?
2. How has keeping a dream alive impacted you, your family, or your community?
3. What dreams are you keeping in your pursuit of happiness?
4. What stories have motivated you to overcome adversity?
5. How do you find strength in moments when it is difficult to dream?
6. How have perceptions of your family history shifted from childhood to adulthood?

The exhibition aims to create a welcoming space for dialogue, reflection, and connection, where diverse perspectives converge to illuminate the strength inherent in the human spirit. Through this exhibition, we hope to inspire viewers to consider their journeys of resilience, find solace, understanding for one another, and inspiration in the power of storytelling through art.

Keeping Dreams is curated by WAAC’s Head of Program Development and Exhibitions.

This call is exclusively open to artists of 18 years or older, based in Canada, and all WAAC Members.


* Artists may submit up to two pieces of original artwork for consideration.
* Artwork dimensions are variable but cannot exceed 48” on any side (including frame). Small to medium sized works are encouraged.
* Artwork must be exhibition ready, dry, and available for sale.
* You will be asked to include a brief artist statement (maximum 250 words) outlining the conceptual framework and inspiration behind submitted artwork(s).
* Images of artwork(s) must be included in the submission, along with dimensions and medium specifications.

All artwork must be available for sale. A 20% commission applies on all sales, including work that is sold between the submission date and the installation date, plus up to two weeks after the show closes.


Non Member: $15.00

WAAC Member: $10.00

Payable by e-transfer to upon submitting your application.

* Please note, submissions with unpaid fee will not be considered.
* Submission fee is non-refundable.
* If selected, the artist must pay a $30.00 hanging fee.
* If selected, the artist is responsible for all costs related to the shipment of their artwork to and from the gallery.
* Artists may submit only one submission form.
* Artists of selected artworks will be notified by Tuesday March 12, 2024 and will be required to deliver their artwork ready for installation to the gallery by Wednesday March 20, 2024.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Sunday, March 10, 2024 — 11:30pm ET
SELECTION RESULTS: Tuesday, March 12, 2024
ARTWORK INTAKE: Wednesday, March 20, 2024 — 11:00am to 4:00pm ET
SHOW INSTALLATION: Thursday, March 21, 2024
EXHIBITION RUN: Friday, March 22, to Saturday April 13, 2024
RECEPTION: Saturday, March 23, 2024 — 1 to 4pm ET
ARTWORK PICK-UP: Tuesday, April 16, 2024 10am — 1pm ET

If you require clarification or support in completing your application, contact us at: