We are now accepting submissions for engaging activities to participate in Happenings 9: Heritage and Canadian Dreams on Monday, August 18th from 6-9pm at Arts Commons.

Submission Deadline: July 7th
Happenings at Arts Commons in an art event unlike anything in Calgary! Held at Arts Commons, Happenings are free art parties and artist receptions where artists and audiences are able to engage with art in both meaningful and fun ways. These events celebrate the exhibiting visual and media artists, as well as featuring art activities, live performances, experimental panel discussions, film screenings, and more. Each Happenings is themed and no two are alike. Happenings # 9 theme is Canadian heritage, multiculturalism, identity and celebration.

Arts Commons is seeking proposals for art activities, short workshops, live artistic demonstrations, performers, photo booth installations, and more. A successful art activity should be suitable for all ages and take no longer than 10 minutes per participant. If you are submitting an activity, ideally it would allow participants to customize their creations.
Submission criteria

1)            500 word (max) proposal about what you would like to do at Happenings and how it connects to the current exhibitions. 
2)            List of technical support (what you would need to complete your art activity at Happenings)
3)            Budget (how much will your supplies cost?)
4)            Artist CV or resume
5)            5-8 Images (JPEG)

Please email your submission to

Feel free to check out past Happenings for inspiration!

Arts Commons presents Visual and Media Arts 

There a currently no calls for submissions for the Arts Commons Galleries. Interested? Please check back later!

Submissions for Broadcast Lab: 

Broadcast Lab (formerly Gallery of Alberta Media Arts) is an exciting micro-cinema programming at Arts Commons in Calgary, Alberta.  Through a peer assessment selection process, Broadcast Lab 
programs up to 24 media artists annually running three months in duration. The media art appears on three television monitors located throughout Arts Commons. This project reaches a diverse audience of all ages; content must be suitable for public spaces. Broadcast Lab supports experimental films, video art, animations, and short documentaries and the selected artists will be compensated by industry standards. 

Submissions for Ledge Gallery/Window Galleries/Lightbox Studio: 

Ledge Gallery: is the most conducive to sculpture, installation and performative pieces – please note that the work is viewed from outside of the windows looking in unless the artist is present (performative piece). To view examples of current Ledge Gallery programming go to the Arts Commons website HERE

Window Galleries: are seven window spaces located across from the Max Bell Theatre. Four of the windows are conducive to sculptural/installation work, three of the windows are more suited to 2D artwork (drawing, painting, photography etc.). Each window is painted white; all have varied measurements, and some are equipped with lighting and power sources. To view examples of current Window Galleries programming go to the Arts Commons website HERE

Lightbox Studio: is a 17’x9’ site specifically for local artists, designers, writers and cultural producers to exhibit works in progress, ideas that are in the middle stages of development or a place to experiment with visual culture. These works in progress take form through an artist in residency format where the space is provided to be used as a studio and exhibition space. To view examples of current Lightbox Studio programming go to the Arts Commons website HERE