Call for Submissions: 2021 RISE Emerging Artist Program
Call for submissions closes Feb 1, 2021

  December 22, 2020 — February 1, 2021

Program Fee: There is NO submission fee for this application

The artsPlace Hub Gallery is now accepting submissions for the 2021 RISE Emerging Artist Program.

The aim of RISE is to cultivate Alberta’s emerging artists by pairing an exhibition opportunity with mentorship by a local art professional. Participating artists will build experience in exhibition design, installation, and professional practice.

This program fosters community awareness of contemporary arts and prepares emerging artists for a professional career in the arts.

Submission Deadline: Monday, February 1, 2021
Notification of Acceptance: Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Exhibition Dates

Slot 1
March 10 –  April 10

Slot 2
May 17 – June 17

Slot 3
July 26 – August 26


  • An emerging artist is defined as: someone who is in the early stage of their career (less than 5 years), has specialized training in their field (not necessarily gained in an academic institution), and who has created a modest independent body of work.
  • Emerging artists may include students, recently graduated students from a post-secondary institution, or someone who has made a recent career change or decision to prioritize their art practice.
  • The artist cannot be exhibiting work with a commercial gallery, and MUST be a resident of Alberta for at least a year prior to the application deadline date.
  • Calls for submission are open to ALL visual art disciplines, individual and collective projects.

RISE Emerging Artist Program

The exhibition is approximately four weeks long, allowing the selected emerging artist the opportunity to educate, exhibit, sell, and promote their artistic practice within the Bow Valley. When accepted, the emerging artist will be paired with a local artist mentor that will help guide the artist through preparation and planning for the exhibition, the installation of the exhibition, and the artist talk for the opening reception. Selected RISE artists receive a $1,500 honorarium.

  • A virtual tour of the artist’s exhibition will be created which will be shared on the artsPlace website.
  • artsPlace does not guarantee that it will be open to the public during the time of the artist's exhibition. The gallery may need to close based AHS restrictions or our interpretation of maintaining a safe facility. If the gallery is closed to the public, a great focus will be placed on sharing the artist’s work through artsPlace social media and webpage, and with the use of the virtual tour of the gallery.

See the application requirements and additional information in the attached pdf.