Artsweek 2018
SEPT 21 – SEPT 30, 2018
Deadline: January 3, 2018 at Midnight



Artsweek is Peterborough’s “festival of the arts – an extravaganza of music, literary and spoken word arts, puppetry and kid’s programming, media arts, visual arts, dance, theatre and performance of all kinds, unfolding in public spaces and established art venues across the City.  Beginning in 2018, Artsweek takes place every other year.

Since its beginning as part of the City of Peterborough’s Centennial Celebrations in 2005, this event has brought new work to new audiences in unexpected ways, supported original creation by local artists, and celebrated Peterborough as an innovative, creative community with a vibrant arts scene.  Artsweek is produced by the Electric City Culture Council (EC3).

Call for Proposals

Instructions: If you would like to apply to be part of Artsweek 2018 and receive funding to support your project, please read all the information below before completing the application form at the end of this package.  Please use the checklist on the final page to ensure you have included all the required information.

Timeline / Deadlines:

  • November 1, 2017 – Call for Proposals
  • January 3, 2018 – Call for Proposals Ends (midnight)
  • January 10, 2018 – Artsweek Internal Review of Proposals
  • January 12, 2018 – Results Announced
  • September 21 – 30, 2018 – Artsweek
  • October 22, 2018 – Final Reports Due

Programming: This is an Open Call for innovative projects from any artistic discipline, for any location within the city.  This Call for Proposals includes, but is not limited to performance (dance, theatre, multi-disciplinary), visual art (installations, interventions, exhibitions), media arts, writing/spoken word, and any form of music or sound.  Individual artists, collectives, ad hoc groups, or arts organizations may propose projects.  Pop-ups, one time, continuous or short run project proposals are all eligible.  Partnerships and collaborations with other organizations are welcome.  Artists are encouraged to explore ideas taking place anywhere in the City.

Artsweek encourages artists working in a variety of disciplines to submit their original ideas for funding to create new work.  The overarching programming theme for Artsweek 2018 is “art in unexpected places”.  There are no pre-established programs.

Artsweek welcomes submissions from individual artists, curators, and collectives to apply with new project proposals.  The festival strives to present projects that reflect and promote the diversity of Peterborough and Canada today.

The programming for the 2018 Festival will remain focused on the downtown core, however Artsweek looks to include some projects located outside of the downtown as well.  There are a number of sites that Artsweek is interested in programming, such as the London Street Footbridge, Riverview Park and Zoo and the Peterborough Lift Locks among others.  Artists are encouraged to summit site specific ideas for these locations or suggest other potential sites/venues for their projects. Artsweek 2018 will feature fewer projects of a larger scale than in previous years.   Artists are invited to submit ideas for art interventions that transform and activate city spaces.  Project proposals may include the work(s) of one artist or several.

Financial Support: Artsweek will contribute between $2000 – $5000 towards projects, however, artists are highly encouraged to seek out other funding sources to help contribute to the full cost of their projects.  Artsweek will support artists in their applications to other funding sources.  Most Artsweek events should be free to the public or include a free component.

Eligible Applicants: Applicants may include individual artists (emerging to established), collectives, ad hoc groups, or arts and culture organizations etc. from the City of Peterborough and surrounding area. Projects must be presented within city limits during the week of September 21st – 30th, 2018.

Artsweek & EC3 are committed to equity and inclusion, and welcome applications from diverse cultural communities within the City of Peterborough including people who are Deaf, hard of hearing or people living with disabilities.  If you are a first-time applicant and need assistance with the process, please contact the Artsweek team at:  Please watch social media for an announcement of a public information workshop about applications to Artsweek 2018.

Assessment of Applications: A Programming Committee selected by the EC3 Board of Directors will review applications/proposals.  Projects will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Artistic merit of the project
  • Clarity of artist’s statement and project description
  • Project feasibility (budget and demonstrated ability to carry out the project)
  • Available funds, potential impact, and fit with Artsweek’s mandate will also be important criteria.

Notification: Artsweek will email you a notice acknowledging receipt of your submission shortly after the final application deadline.  Acknowledgment indicates that your application has been received, not that it is eligible or approved.  You will be informed of the results by January 9, 2018.

Successful Applicants: If your application is successful, EC3/Artsweek will send you a Letter of Agreement.

Application Form: ArtweekApp2018r2