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2017 Call for Artists
Submission Guidelines

Figureworks.org is a not-for-profit organization promoting art of the human form. Figureworks.org is calling artists in all media to participate in its eight annual juried award show from November 22nd until December 2nd, 2017 at Saint Brigid's Centre for the Arts, 310 St. Patrick Street, Ottawa, ON, Canada.

Although based in Canada we accept artworks from anywhere in the world. Please see the section on International Submissions to understand your shipping obligations.

Sections: Eligibility | Entering | Submission | Contact

Eligibility of the Artwork

Entering the Competition


Submission Deadline October 8, 2017
Artwork Dropoff November 20th, 2017
See full list of dates.

Submission Fees

Artists are limited to two submissions. The entry fee is as follows:

1 Artwork 2 Artworks
$50 (CAD) $70 (CAD)
Student: $25 (CAD) Student: $35 (CAD)

Size Restrictions

The following are the size restrictions for Figureworks:

Framed Artwork Maximum Height: 72 in
Maximum Width: 60 in
Maximum Square Inches: 2400 square inches
Maximum Weight: 100lbs
Sculpture Maximum Height: 72 in
Maximum Width: 48 in
Maximum Depth: 48 in
Maximum Weight: 100lbs

Ready to Hang

Artworks need to be ready to hang in a professional manner.

If framed, the frame is clean, undamaged and suitable to the artwork and has a wire for hanging on the reverse. It is preferably archival, and if it is a work on paper, it is protected by glass or plexiglass. (International submissions may want to use conservation-grade plexiglass to avoid possible damage.) All paper or embroidery works will be framed.

Works that don't require a frame, such as gallery wrapped paintings, will come with a wire on the back. Other media that is unsuitable to framing, such as wall hangings, will come ready to hang in a manner that does not require extra hardware and can be hung with a hammer and nails, which is what the Figureworks hanging team have available.

Figureworks will not pin works to the wall. We do not accept rolled up paper works, embroidery or photos unless they are properly framed.

Artworks that do not comply with our hanging standards will be refused and the submission fee will not be returned.


Figureworks will take all due care with all artworks received, but will not be responsible for any loss or damage to artworks whatsoever, however caused, while in its custody. Each entrant is responsible for maintaining his/her own insurance coverage.


Works may but do not have to be for sale. Neither Figureworks nor Saint Brigid's Centre for the Arts charge a commission. Figureworks will reserve works for interested buyers but all sales are to be conducted directly between artist and buyer.

Making Your Submission

Electronic submission and online payment via Paypal are primary means of submission for Figureworks.

Image submissions must include a high quality image 1-3 MB in size that is a minimum of 1280 pixels wide.

Should electronic submission not be possible, you may make arrangements to submit via mail. Please email submissions@figureworks.org with your request.

By submitting to Figureworks you agree to our Submission Guidelines.

2017 Submission Form

Jury Process

The Figureworks competition is evaluated by a jury of peer professional artists representing a broad range of media and forms of art.

Our Jury will perform two levels of evaluation;

Electronic Round 1: The jury will conduct two initial rounds of reviews electronically. The end result will be the shortlisted selection of works that will move onto Round 2 and be presented in the Figureworks 2107 exhibition.

Artists will be notified of the jury decision by e-mail.

Round 2: The Jury will convene together to view and rank all the artworks in person for the Figureworks 2017 prizes.

International Submissions

International and Domestic shipments to be sent to:

Mark Stephenson
93 Thornbury Crescent
Ottawa, ON K2G 6C4

They must arrive no later than November 16th, 2017.

Please indicated that a signature up receipt is required, this will ensure that the package either delivered at the door or picked up at the depot and avoid any packages being left unattended at the delivery address.

Proforma Invoice. The shipment must include a proforma invoice stating the name, address, phone and email of both the sender and receiver, the title of the artwork, the year it was produced, the materials used, the size of the artwork, the gross and net weight of the package. The artist should state in which country the materials were bought and the work was produced.

Custom Payments. To avoid custom payments the artist needs to contact the customs agency in the country of origin and send the necessary customs forms with their shipment. This may include a temporary export permit and an art declaration.

Return Shipment. Artists must pay for the return shipment and include the necessary documents to do so. Most convenient is to open an account with Fedex and include the return shipment documents with your Fedex account number and return address.

Labels should state that the artwork will be returned to the artist after the show and that the work is not for sale.

Return labels for artwork from the US or other countries only are accepted by FedEx if FedEx Express is used, not FedEx Ground.

Failure to arrange for return shipping within 30 days of last day of the Figureworks exhibition will result in the artist receiving a monthly bill for artwork storage.

Important Dates

October 8th, 2017 Submission Deadline
October 30th, 2017 Announcement of list of finalists selected for exhibition.
November 16th, 2017 Deadline for International Shipments
November 20th, 2017 Delivery of accepted works to the Kildare Room at Saint Brigid's Centre for the Arts, 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Please be on time. The show will be set up between 1:00 and 6:00 p.m.
November 22nd, 2017 Vernissage from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m., prize winners announced at 7.30 pm.
December 2nd, 2017 Pick-up artworks at Saint Brigid's from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Contact Information:

For PR and Communications: communications@figureworks.org

For technical issues: website@figureworks.org

For all other inquires please contact Mark Stephenson at submissions@figureworks.org or by phone at 613-797-7192