Artist Resources

Supporting Indigenous Artists is a critical part of what we do at Woodland Cultural Centre.

We exist to present, encourage and promote contemporary Indigenous art to all members of society by showcasing the unique voice of Indigenous artists with exhibits that teach, provoke, and impact.

Our team is working on gathering resources, grants, and all information that could help Indigenous Artists on their journey.

We invite you to check back to this page often for any updates.

Costumed male performer in motion

Kaha:wi Dance Theatre in partnership with National Arts Centre/Centre National DesArts and Woodland Cultural Centre, Continuance: Yonkwa’nikonhrakontáhkwen –Our Consciousness Continues Unchanged, 2020

Ontario Arts Council

Ontario Arts CouncilIndigenous Visual Artist Materials

The program supports Ontario-based First Nations, Inuit and Métis artists working in the visual arts, crafts or traditional/customary Indigenous art forms to create artwork. Grants of $500 or $1,000 help cover the cost of buying art materials and supplies.

This is a third-party recommender program. Using Nova, OAC’s online grant application system, an artist applies to an Indigenous organization designated as a recommender for the program. These recommenders assess applications and submit grant recommendations to OAC. Click the Learn More button to see About Recommender Grants below for more information on the grant application process.

Deadline Dates
The 2024-2025 program is open from September 2024 until January 31, 2025, 1:00PM ET.

Exhibition Assistance

The program supports Ontario-based artists and artist collectives working in visual arts, craft and media art practices in the presentation of their artwork in a confirmed public exhibition.

This is a third-party recommender program. Using Nova, OAC’s online grant application system, artists apply to the galleries and organizations designated as recommenders for the program. These recommenders assess applications and submit grant recommendations to OAC. Click the Learn More button to see About Recommender Grants below for more information on the grant application process.

Deadline Dates
The 2024-2025 program is open from early June 2024 until January 15, 2025, 1:00PM ET.

Canada Council for the Arts

Canada Council for the Arts

Creating Knowing and Sharing: Up to $300,000

This program supports Indigenous individuals, groups, Indigenous-led arts organizations and arts/cultural sector development organizations that foster a vital and resilient Indigenous arts ecosystem.

First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals, groups and organizations may apply to Creating, Knowing and Sharing (or to the other 5 Canada Council programs) for funding for artistic and cultural activities. Canada Council stands by Indigenous artists through a variety of programs and initiatives, such as {Re}conciliation. This program functions using a self-determined, Indigenous-centred approach. This means that it will be guided by Indigenous values and worldviews, administered by the staff of First Nations, Inuit and Métis heritage, and assessed by First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals.

Collaborations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists, that are led by Indigenous artists/organizations are encouraged and facilitated in Creating, Knowing and Sharing.

Dundas Valley School of Art

Call for Submissions

DVSA invites applications from artists at various stages of their careers working in a variety of media, both individual artists and collectives are welcome to apply.

Artists interested in submitting an exhibition proposal should submit the following information:

  • Artist statement (maximum 500 words)
  • Artist bio (maximum 150 words) Up to 10 images of your work
  • Digital images should be JPGs no larger than 3MB or a link to view on an external site
  • CV (maximum 3 pages, optional)
  • Additional support material such as video and/or audio may be included. Please provide links for viewing up to 15 minutes of material such as artist website, Vimeo or YouTube and include passwords if required

DVSA is committed to providing equitable access for all artists with particular emphasis on the following priority groups: BIPOC artists; 2SLGBTQIA+ artists; refugee, newcomer and immigrant artists; and artists living with disabilities. Priority will be given to artists from equity-seeking communities. BIPOC artists; 2SLGBTQIA+ artists; refugee, newcomer and immigrant artists; and artists living with disabilities are all especially welcome to apply.

Submissions should be sent to:
Alicia Orr
Events & Program Coordinator
905-628-6357 ext. 208

Submission Deadline:
All submissions must be received by 5pm EST on May 30th, 2024 for the Gallery Committee’s consideration.

Indigenous Voices of Canada:

Heart, Hope and Land

The International Human Rights Art Movement’s publishing initiative, IHRAM Press, is accepting submissions for Indigenous Voices of Canada: Heart, Hope and Land, a print anthology of Indigenous culture and experience in light of Indigenous history in Canada, highlighting Indigenous authors and artists.

Submission Guidelines:
We would like to invite you to submit your unpublished works in one of the following categories, and we ask for first world rights.

  • Authors and artists may submit poetry or fiction, and essays up to 2500 words each or digital images of visual art.
  • All written work must be submitted in English; however, submissions originally written in other languages will be considered in tandem with its English translation.
  • Authors may submit (1) piece of written prose work or up to 3 poems in .doc or .pdf format, Times New Roman, Font size 12, Double spaced.
  • Artists may submit up to (5) pieces of visual art in .jpeg, .jpg, or .png format in hi resolution (300 dpi).


Culture Days on the Trails 2024

Call for Submissions

Are you a local Brant Region artist? The City of Brantford is looking for singers, dancers, poets, spoken word artist, musicians, theatre performers, live painters to submit their proposal to showcase their amazing skills on this year’s ‘Culture Days on the Trails’.

Culture Days is a national celebration of arts and culture. At the end of each September, millions of people attend thousands of free participatory arts and culture events across the country both in-person and online. Culture Days programs invite the public to get hands-on and behind-the-scenes to highlight the importance of arts and culture in our communities.

The next national Culture Days celebration will take place September 20st through October 13th, 2024 for three glorious weeks of colour, creativity, and community.

This year Brantford is hosting ‘Culture Days on the Trails’, which will take place on Saturday September 21st from 10am-1pm (rain date Sunday September 22nd). The festivities will take place along the SC Johnson Trail, starting from the Hardy Road parking lot and ending at the Lafayette Ave. and SC Johnson trail junction. Trail users will be invited to walk along the SC Johnson Trail and attend 10-12 mini concerts and performances along the trial.

  • Artists will be paid $250.00 for the three hour performance time.
  • Artists will be stationed outside along the trail to showcase their talents for 3 hours

Please note due to the outdoor nature of this event, there will not be any power or water supply. Shade will be limited, but performance sites have been selected based on shade and performance space. Artists will be selected through a jury-led review panel.

Please submit your proposal for Culture Days on the Trails using the online form. Submissions are due June 28th 2024 by 4.30pm.

Call for Exhibition Proposals

Exhibits for the Centre’s art collection must have material significance, historical and contemporary, with a particular interest in works of art from our support communities, reflecting the community’s diversity. In a period when theory has dominated contemporary art, our exhibitions often represent the First Nations community in Canada and the personal relationships that the artists have with history and their surroundings, be it a reserve or urban setting.

We believe our exhibitions are more compelling than ever before and with the creation of multi-media surrounding the works, our objective of bringing art to a wider public is further enhanced.

First Nations artists wanting to exhibit their works at the Woodland Cultural Centre should espouse high standards of excellence and meet the following criteria in a submitted proposal.
The proposal should include:

  • Statement of intent
  • 10 current visual representations of the artwork (slides, photocopies, computer prints or CDs – NO original artwork please)
  • Resume and any other relevant materials about the work such as critical reviews, catalogues, etc.
  • Also include an appropriately-sized self-addressed stamped return envelope if you are mailing in your submission and wish them returned

The Centre also accepts email proposals, but please ensure the application is in PDF format, and images are no larger than 1000 x 1000 pixels at 100 dpi.

Be aware that we receive numerous exhibition requests throughout the year and while they are considered on a quarterly basis, responses to proposals may take up to 3 months due to the volume of submissions. Ordinarily, the Woodland Cultural Centre plans its exhibitions well in advance and aims to have an upcoming exhibition schedule in place for the next 3 years. This provides us with sufficient time to plan and organize major exhibitions as well as related educational, marketing and fundraising initiatives.

If you would like to submit your works for consideration for exhibition at Woodland, please submit a written proposal to:

ATTN: Patricia Deadman, Curator
Woodland Cultural Centre,
184 Mohawk Street, Brantford, ON N3S 2X2.
Phone: 519-759-2650 x255

Woodlands Exhibition 2018

Installation View, Indigenous Art, 2018

Contact Information

Phone: 519-759-2650 ext. 255
Curator: Patricia Deadman