Celebrating visual art of the human form

2016 Call for Artists

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 seventh annual juried award show from November 22nd until December 4th, 2016 at Saint Brigid's Centre for the Arts, 310 St. Patrick Street, Ottawa, ON, Canada.

Submission Guidelines


The submission deadline is October 7th, 2016. Submissions arriving after the October 7th deadline or without payment will not be accepted, no exceptions.

Making Your Submission

2016 Submission Form

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

Image submissions seen to include a high quality image 1-2 MB in size that is a minimum of 1280 pixels wide. Here is a video from Saatchi Online on how to photograph your artwork.

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

Artists unable to create an electronic file or appropriate quality photograph of their work can ask Hilde Lambrechts for help, in exchange for a donation to Figureworks.

Our Evaluation Process

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

We're proud to announce our 2016 Jury:

Tom Campbell

Stephen Frew

Katherine McNenly

Our Jury will perform two levels of evaluation;

  1. Round 1: the first round is electronic and the results of which will be the selection of works that will move into Round 2.
  2. Round 2: the Jury will convene together to view all the works in person and establish the final selections for the show and prizes.

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

Round 1 Winners

The jury will make its final selections for the show and prizes at the Shenkman Centre, 245 Centrum Boulevard, Ottawa on Sunday November 6th 2016. Artists are asked to bring their selected work to the AOE Arts Council office on the Centre's main floor (near the entrance) between 9:00 and 10.30 a.m. Work must be picked up between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m. that day. Artists not residing in Ottawa who are unable to present their work on that day are asked to contact Hilde Lambrechts for another delivery date.

International Shipments

International shipments should be sent to:

Hilde Lambrechts
100 Rothwell Drive
Ottawa, ON K1J8L9

They must arrive no later than Nov 2nd 2016.

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 art work, the gross and net weight of the package, the selling price as well as the value for insurance purposes. The artist should state in which country the materials were bought and the work was produced.

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.

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.

Important dates:

October 7th, 2016 Electronic submission deadline
October 26st, 2016 Notification of jury's first round decision by e-mail.
November 6th, 2016 Delivery of selected works to the AOE office, 9:00 to 10.30 a.m., pick up from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
November 21st, 2016 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, 2016 Vernissage from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m., prize winners announced at 7.30 pm.
December 4th, 2016 Pick-up art works 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 Hilde Lambrechts at hilde@figureworks.org or by phone at 613.741.7646