ACWR’s “New Voices” OPEN CALL!
The Arts Council Windsor & Region (Windsor, Ontario) is welcoming proposals for its New Voices billboard exhibitions for...

The Arts Council Windsor & Region (Windsor, Ontario) is welcoming proposals for its New Voices billboard exhibitions for the first semester of 2022.

4 artists will be selected from this open call that will be assessed by a group of emerging and established artists from a variety of disciplines. This call is open to all artists across Canada and Ontario. We encourage artists from all disciplines of the arts, languages and backgrounds to apply.

The New Voices program was initiated in July 2021 as an alternative to the limitations of having access to physical spaces for displaying and encountering contemporary art. The program emphasizes language-based installations from underrepresented and marginalized communities, including new generation artists, new immigrant artists, artists of colour, indigenous artists, artists with disabilities, francophone artists, and 2SLGBTQ+ communities. The 6×6-feet billboard with interchangeable letters offers the possibility to develop site-specific installations that consider the nature of the sign and the materiality of language as opportunities to reflect on our current times.

The jury will be assessing the way in which the proposal challenges the notion of the billboard (space, letter restrictions, location, outreach etc.) and the site-specific meaning and context of the work.

ACWR is committed to promoting the exhibitions on all its social media channels and paying each artist a professional fee-based on CARFAC standards. If you are a selected artist, you do not have to be present for the install. The installation will be completed by the ACWR staff for non-local artists.

Submission Specifics:

Applications are open from Nov. 1 and close on Nov. 21 at midnight and sent to
Please specify “New Voices 2022” in the subject line.

What to Submit: 

  • Name
  • Bio 
  • Proposal Description
  • Example of potential New Voices installation
    • We have provided the New Voices Exhibition Planner for you to create your potential installation for you to use! However, you are not limited to this platform as you may create your example with whatever platform you are most comfortable with. 

For more specifics about the billboard’s restrictions and letter quantities download the file below!


1. Jan 15 – Feb 15, 2022
2. Feb 15 – Mar 15, 2022
3. Mar 15 – Apr 15, 2022
4. Apr 15 – May 15, 2022

Please note that the ACWR is an equal opportunity employer. We provide equal opportunity for all applicants and artists and do not discriminate on the basis of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, family status, disability or any other characteristic protected by local law.

If you have any questions and/or need assistance please contact Alejandro at

To learn more about the New Voices program and past installations click HERE