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Snapshots: The Week of April 22

Snapshots is your overview of the week in the Hamilton arts and entertainment community. From the movers, shakers and moments that matter- and opportunities that could- Snapshots is everything you need to know at a glance to stay connected to the Hamilton arts sector.

Hamilton Happenings

  • April 23 is record store day in Hamilton! Support your local music stores today, including Dr. Disc, The Beat Goes On, Into the Abyss and more.
  • Centre [3] opens a new show, curated by Sally Frater. Anthea Behm: Sloth Pants, Doom Clock, Hand Occulding Face brings together photograms from an ongoing series which began in 2016. Running from April 22 – May 28, the show will feature a reception on May 13 at 7pm.
  • The Hamilton music community is mourning the deaths of three members who passed away over the last week, including Hamilton-raised JUNO winner Jerry Doucette; frequent local performer (and JUNO winner) Bill Bourne; and Hamilton bassist/singer Brad Hill
  • Hamilton Ladies of Film and Television (LOFT) encourages applications for their Intro to Filmmaking Workshop series. This free workshop is open to female-identifying/non-binary creatives who have zero-to-a-little-bit of filmmaking experience, are 18+ and live in the Hamilton area. The 3-day workshop (June 3-5) has a limit of 10 participants and covers the basics of pre-production, production and post-production. Visit their website for an application form, due on May 1.

Awards Season is Upon Us

  • Congratulations to Erin Szikora, a former McMaster Museum of Art curatorial mentee, who has been awarded the Middlebrook Prize for Young Canadian Curators!
  • Congratulations to Hamilton-based artists Iskwe and Marilo Nunez. Both artists have been long-listed as two of fifteen finalists for the 2021 Johanna Metcalf Performing Arts Prizes. Five winners and their proteges will be announced on May 19, with each winner receiving a prize of $25,000 and naming a protege as a way to celebrate early career artists.
  • The Canada Council for the Arts is seeking nominations for the Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts. In 2022, this prize will recognize a professional artist in dance from Canada. The deadline to submit a nomination is April 30.
  • The 2022 Siminovtich Prize is accepting nominations to celebrate the transformative and influential work of directors working in English or French. The successful prize winner will receive national recognition as recipient of the prestigious award, $75,000 and the opportunity to support an emerging artist with mentorship and $25,000. Nominations may be submitted here until July 4, 2022.

Here & There

  • The Art Gallery of Ontario invites emerging artists to submit proposals for a paid mentorship program to pursue research into museum practices, audience engagement or the AGO collection. Month-long mentorships will take place between June and August 2022. The deadline to apply is April 25 at 11:59pm.
  • The Fresh Ideas in Puppetry Festival showcases artists taking new and ground-breaking directions in puppetry. They are looking for artists to demonstrate a new idea in puppetry, or present a short innovative piece for their evening cabaret on June 5. Learn more, register and apply here by April 30. 
  • Red Betty Theatre is now accepting submissions to IBPOC women playwrights for their second Decolonise Your Ears New Play Festival. Two playwrights will be selected to receive a commission of $1,000 to develop their work with dramaturgical support, culminating in a staged reading in October 2022. Submissions are due to submissions@redbettytheatre.org by April 30.
  • Art in the Workplace is now accepting entries for their 34th exhibit. Submissions will close on May 9, 2022.
  • Craftadian is seeking artists, artisans and designers to participate in their August 20 juried summer market at McMaster Innovation Park. Applications are available online and due May 13, 2022.
  • Submissions are now open for the Playwrights Guild of Canada’s 2022 Tom Hendry Awards honouring Canadian playwrights in a wide range of categories. Learn more and submit your work by May 16th here.
  • Supercrawl is seeking submissions for music, fashion, theatre, dance, performance, talks and spoken word for the 2022 festival (September 9 – 11). The deadline for submissions is May 20, 2022. Find out more here.
  • The Carnegie Gallery is accepting exhibition submissions in all media of fine art or craft for its 2023 programming year. Established and emerging artists are welcome to apply by May 31, 2022. Find out more here.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Doors Open Hamilton is seeking volunteers to act as Site Ambassadors for May 7-8, 2022. Site Ambassadors will be positioned at historic sites across Hamilton to greet, distribute materials and direct visitors from 10am – 4pm (3 hour shifts). 
  • Open Heart Arts Theatre is looking to expand their Board of Directors. View their position information sheet for more information and instructions on how to apply.

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