Ends on March 30, 2019

$25.00 CAD

A juried competition with $3,000 in total cash prizes!
This competition is open to emerging and established artists anywhere in Canada.

Deadline for submission is March 30, 2019.

Entries will be judged on:

  • originality and strength of concept
  • composition
  • technique/handling of medium
  • clarity of expression

Artists may choose their medium and subject matter. Painting, sculpture and pottery are welcome.

A jury of six renowned experts in the Canadian art field will select the top 25 finalists for a one-month gallery show at the Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre during the month of July 2019, in conjunction with the 14th annual Art at the Pumphouse Original Art Show and Sale, August 3 and 4. The decision of the judges is final.  If you are selected as a finalist, you will be able to offer your entry for sale during the one-month gallery exhibition. Terms and conditions will be provided on June 15, 2019. 

Finalists are responsible for delivery and pick up of their works to and from the Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre, 247 Ricardo Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0.


  • Top prize of $2,500
  • Second prize of $250.
  • Third prize is a “People’s Choice” award of $250, with the winner to be selected by secret ballot of guests to the gallery and Art at The Pumphouse Original Art Show and Sale.

How to Enter: 

  • Complete the application including payment of C$25.00 by March 30, 2019. No extension will be granted.
  • One entry maximum per person.
  • Include 1 to 3 images of the entered piece of work, as well as a brief bio and an artist’s statement (100 to 200 words each).

Finalists will be notified by email by June 15, 2019. 

Acceptable dimensions of entries: 

  • Two-dimensional art must be no smaller than 8” and no larger than 36” in any dimension.
  • Three-dimensional art must be no larger than 6 ft high X 2 ft long or wide.

Image requirements for entries: 

  • JPG files should be under 5 MB. Please ensure image is clear and has no distracting elements (like walls, furniture, etc.).
  • For promotional purposes,  finalists will be required to send a hi-resolution print-quality replacement file by June 15, 2019 – for example, 300 dpi when saved at approximately 8×10 inches (2400×3600 pixels), ideally, and 5×7 inches (1500×2100 pixels) at minimum.

Employees of the Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre and Walker Industries, and their immediate families, are not eligible to enter.