Submissions 2023-12-02T21:51:47-05:00



DEADLINE: Sunday, February 4, 2024, by midnight

All accepted artworks will be included in an online slide show with a playlist and a downloadable publication.

The John B. Aird Gallery is celebrating its 25th edition of this annual juried exhibition showcasing drawings by contemporary artists from immediate locations and beyond. For this exhibition, a drawing is defined as an art form used to create a finished work or draft ideas that are further developed in other media. This broad definition is intended to open the exhibition to entries reflecting a wide variety of contemporary drawing materials, techniques, and practices from anywhere in the world that you draw. All accepted artworks will be published as part of an online slide show with a playlist and downloadable PDF publication.


Jamie Whitney is Directing at Guru Studios. He recently worked as a creative lead of Development for Boat Rocker Studios and as an Executive Producer at Spin Master Entertainment.

In 1983, Whitney pursued animation studies at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario. By 1991, he worked at Nelvana, a Canadian animation company, developing and Directing several shows, including the prime-time series ‘Bob and Margaret’ for Comedy Central and ‘Maggie and Ferocious Beats’ for Nickelodeon. Whitney developed and directed the animated show Max & Ruby at Nelvana for Nickelodeon/ Nick Jr. In 1998, he joined 9story Entertainment, developing, designing, and acting as animation director on ‘Peep and The Big Wide World ‘ for PBS.

In 2011, Whitney joined Guru to develop and direct the first three seasons of PAW Patrol and is credited for his work on the first PAW Patrol movie, Pups to the Rescue. The accomplished creative is also known for bringing the animated series True and the Rainbow Kingdom to life for Netflix as well as leading on the following projects: Beetlejuice, Eek! the Cat, Foolish Girl, The Dating Guy, and World of Quest.

Just recently, Whitney directed A Tale Dark & Grimm for Netflix, where the animated Hansel and Gretel step out of their story into a winding, wickedly witty tale of surprises.

Several times, he has been nominated for and won the Canadian Screen Award for Best Direction in an Animated Program or Series. Whitney has also been nominated twice for an Emmy award in Best Direction.

You can find him working or playing from his home/offices in Toronto and on Georgian Bay.


Sunday, February 4, 2024, by midnight

May 2023

*Note: Due to the volume of submissions we apologize in advance for any inconvenience caused by our delays. Our juror(s) review every submission carefully and we ask for your patience during this process. Only selected artists will be contacted. Thank you for your understanding.


  • Artists can submit up to two works.
  • Image files must be as follow:
    • File names must be labelled Last Name_First Name, Title.jpg
    • Example: Smith_Jane, Morning Doves.jpg
    • Images can be in jpeg/jpg/png format.
    • Should have a max dpi of 200.
    • File size cannot exceed 2MB
  • Submit original works only.
  • Please note that improperly named files may not be recorded or will be lost in our system.

The entry fee is $50 and covers entry up to 2 works per artist. It is non-refundable and can be paid upon submitting your application. Funds collected go towards making this exhibition possible.

Artists will be informed of sales. The gallery asks for a 30% donation/commission on all sales.

The John B. Aird Gallery is not accepting submissions at this time.

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We welcome applications from local and international artists and curators.

W I L D L I F E 

This project aims to expand the concept of WILDLIFE Art.


All accepted artworks will be included in an online slide show with a playlist and a downloadable publication.

The Aird Gallerys CALL for WILDLIFE invites entries from contemporary artists from anywhere in the world to submit artwork that kicks at our moment using historical or contemporary art technologies.

For this CALL, we loosely define WILDLIFE as both a broad description of the natural world (flora and fauna) and a source of wonder and inspiration partly because of its mystery and aesthetic value.

Artists are invited to submit works that depict wildlife as a complex natural resource, render the beauty of individual animal species, and/or represent a fluid perception of sexuality through the lens of wildness by exploring how art objects, similar to natural objects, can be more or less wild.

Submissions may include media/techniques as wide-ranging as drawing, painting, sculpture, assemblage, collage, or text. Photo/digital documentation of the natural world seen directly out of cars, trains, or airplanes, or works made using taxidermy and natural materials are welcome, too.


André Laroche studied Art and Communications at McGill University, then moved to New York City in 1982 to complete a BFA in Cinema Studies from New York University TISCH of the Arts. After returning to Montréal, he was a painter for 15 years before starting a gallery in Montréal.

He is the first/principal co-owner of Galerie Laroche/Joncas, established in October 2005 under Projex-Mtl, a two-artist venture by André Laroche and Louis Joncas. In September 2010, the gallery changed its name to Galerie Laroche/Joncas. In July 2023, the gallery decided to move its gallery space at the Belgo for their apartment to rethink the dynamics of their gallery space experience and present art in a more intimate context, working with fewer artists with a more personalized and modest approach.

Their contemporary art gallery was located for 15 years amongst many of the most vibrant Montreal Galleries in the Belgo Building and is renowned for representing influential artists such as Jana Sterbak, Lynne Cohen, Stephen Lack, and Anna Torma. The gallery also presented numerous exhibitions with emerging artists and plans to continue supporting emerging artists along with established ones.

Louis Joncas is a conceptual photo-based artist born in 1959. He holds a BFA from the University of Ottawa and an MFA in photography from Concordia University in Montréal. He is known for utilizing common detritus to create still-life/nature morte tableaux, incorporating advertising lighting and product placement techniques. His photographic Vanitas has been exhibited in Quebec, at the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada, New Orleans, and in Aix-en-Provence during the Rencontres de Arles photo festival in France. His work can be found in institutional collections such as the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the New Orleans Museum of Art, and numerous private collections. Joncas shares his time between Montreal and Gabarus, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, where the gallery has a project space called La Shed, which presents seasonal exhibitions while co-directing Galerie Laroche/Joncas.