Call for Submissions: Scarborough Arts’ 35th Annual Juried Exhibition + BIG ART BOOK – “Beloved Community”

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Scarborough Arts produces the Annual Juried Exhibition, yearly, as a showcase of visual artworks created by artists in response to a theme. For Scarborough Arts’ 35th Annual Juried Exhibition, visual artists, writers, and poets, are invited to submit works in painting, illustration, photography, sculpture, printmaking, video, installation, poetry, and short story, that respond to the theme and title of “Beloved Community.” 

Pieces are selected by a panel of Jurors based upon a combination of quality, technical execution, conceptual strength, originality, and impact. 

Our 35th Annual Juried Exhibition will take place from November 29th-December 17th at Cedar Ridge Creative Centre. This exhibition will be in person, and will involve visitors and artists abiding by regulations in accordance with Cedar Ridge, Scarborough Arts, and the City of Toronto COVID-19 safety protocols including: limited viewing times, restrictions on numbers of people entering the gallery, mask wearing, and social distancing.

Selected winners will get the opportunity to be featured in our 2020 online edition of the BIG ART BOOK (check out our last publication here)!



The many challenging events of the past year have reminded us all of the responsibility to care; for ourselves, for each other, and the environment around us. Through our landmark 35th Annual Juried exhibition we wish to highlight the necessity for collective care and the ways in which we enact this care, especially during times of great need. 

The title of our 35th Annual Juried Exhibition, “Beloved Community” derives from Martin Luther King Jr.’s concept of all individuals in society working towards the attainable eradication of racism, violence, suffering, and oppression. On beloved community, author bell hooks further notes that: “beloved community is formed not by the eradication of difference but by its affirmation, by each for us claiming the identities and cultural legacies that share who we are and how we live in the world.” Thus, through the example of “Beloved Community,” we are individually called to personal accountability in achieving the collective goal of wellbeing for all. 

In thinking about this title, theme, and bell hooks’ quote on “Beloved Community,” we invite artists, writers, and poets, to consider how art acts as a mechanism for collective care, through individual responsibility. We encourage submissions by artists that reflect questions such as: How does art play a role in communities in time(s) of need? How does art connect us as individuals and communities from various walks of life? How does art act as a mechanism for raising awareness of injustices, to relay collective joys, to embody communal celebration, and to express demands for change? 

To submit to the 35th Annual Juried Exhibition and to have your work featured in this years online BIG ART BOOK please fill out the following application form here and follow the payment instructions. Once your payment and application has been received you will receive notice of confirmation. Those chosen to participate in the Exhibition will be contacted by November 10th, 2020 with further instructions on installation dates, times, BIG ART BOOK submissions, and COVID-19 protocols.

Thank you for your interest and looking forward to viewing your work! 



  1. Submissions are open to Scarborough and Greater Toronto Area residents, only.
  2. Submissions will only be validated upon receipt of payment.
  3. All submissions must be original and must be the creation of the entrant. Plagiarized works will be disqualified.
  4. All submissions must be completed works of art and writing; works in progress will not be considered.
  5. Artwork must be family-friendly and appropriate for the general audience. 
  6. We do not tolerate racism, discrimination, hate speech, bullying or harassment of any kind. We will not accept works that exhibit or promote these qualities.
  7. All completed submissions will go through a jurying process; decision of the jury is final. No telephone inquiries, please. We regret that we cannot offer feedback due to the volume of submissions.
  8. Scarborough Arts has one-time print, electronic, and excerpt rights for promotional purposes of this exhibition. You retain all ownership and future publication rights to your work.
  9. Artists assume all liability for the damage or theft of artwork during transportation, installation, and exhibition. The artist is liable for any damage to an artwork that is not properly protected, hard-wired or affixed for presentation.
  10. Artists waive all claims or causes of action against Scarborough Arts and Cedar Ridge Creative Centre.
  11. Artists, writers, and poets, with accepted works will be notified via email. Selected art works must be ready with fixtures, wires, and hanging mechanisms attached to the artwork prior to the time of drop-off. Artists must ensure that name, contact information, and title of the piece is affixed to the back of every submission. Scarborough Arts reserves the right to exclude artwork that is not “hang-ready” with fixtures, wires, and hanging mechanisms at the time of drop-off/delivery.
  12. All free-standing works must be on pedestals with suitable plastic coverings that can be secured and must be provided by the artist in the event that Cedar Ridge is unable to provide the pedestal.
  13. All two-dimensional artworks must be glazed or behind glass to protect artwork surface from damage by other events and activities taking place in Cedar Ridge Creative Centre. 
  14. Artworks selected must be dropped off to Cedar Ridge on Friday, November 22, 2019, from 12–4 PM (subject to change and to be confirmed).
  15. Artworks must be retrieved from Cedar Ridge Creative Centre (225 Confederation Drive, Scarborough) on Friday December 13, 2019 anytime between 10AM and 4PM. Scarborough Arts and Cedar Ridge Creative Centre are not liable for any artworks that are not retrieved after this date.
  16. Should a work of art, which has been accepted into the program, become unavailable, it is the responsibility of the artist to notify Scarborough Arts.
  17. All accepted artworks must remain in the gallery for the entire duration of the exhibition.
  18. There is a limit of up to 3 art works/ writing submissions that can be submitted per payment. 
  19. Writing pieces must be limited to up to 3 pages per piece, or 1500 words. 



$20 for student / youth entry (Youth ages 16-24), $30 for adult entry (25-54) Senior 55+ $20, Members $15.

As we are producing an online version of our BIG ART BOOK this year, there is no separate cost to have your work featured in the BIG ART BOOK. Should your work and/or writing be selected to be in the Annual Juried Exhibition, your work will be automatically eligible to be featured in the BIG ART BOOK.  

Payment can be made via PayPal (either by clicking the button below or visiting Cheques can also be mailed to the following address:

Scarborough Arts 

1859 Kingston Road

Scarborough, ON M1N 1T3 art 





$500 – 1st Place Prize In Visual Arts

$500 – 1st Place Prize in Writing and Poetry

$250 – 2nd Place Prize In Visual Arts

$250 – 2nd Place Prize in Writing and Poetry 

Four “Staff Picks” will also win a Prize Bag (Including prizes Scarborough Arts merchandise, local community business merchandise, and printed Certificate). 

Jurors: TBA!




Due to COVID restrictions, we are trying to limit submissions to digital submissions only through our Digital Application, available below. 

Special arrangements can be made for physical submission drop-offs at our Scarborough Arts location, under certain circumstances. If you need accommodations around this, email us at with the following information. Drop-off submission forms can be found and printed below by clicking the “Drop-Off Submissions Form” button. 

Please chose your submission option below. 

For drop-off submissions only you will require the following information: 

  1. One completed printed copy of a “Drop-Off Submission Form.”
  2. Separate high-resolution JPEGs of each visual arts piece being submitted or digital documents of each literary piece being submitted on a USB, or other method. 
  3.  A copy of a Curriculum Vitae (C.V.) or Portfolio and/or website.
  4. Submission fee

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