Artsweek Results Extended to January 29th

Artsweek Applicants: We had an overwhelming response to the 2018 Call for Proposals. Thank you all so much for your applications. Due to the volume, our decision-making process has been extended. Please expect results on Monday, January 29, 2018. Both successful and unsuccessful applicants will be notified by email.

Looks like it is going to be a great festival!

Application Tips & Tricks

Thank you to everyone who attended the Artsweek Information Workshop on Thursday, December 16th, 2017. Please find the 12 Application Tips & Tricks that were included in the presentation below.

Questions while writing your application? Get in touch at 249-357-7774 or

Artsweek 2018 | Tips & Tricks

Artsweek Info Workshop | Presentation


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 12, 2018.

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

Application Form: ArtweekApp2018r3


Artsweek 2018 \\ Information Workshop

Date: Thursday, December 14 at 7:30 PM – 9 PM

Thinking about applying to Artsweek 2018 for project funding? Looking for partners and collaborators? Not sure how to build your budget…..

Join us at Artspace for a discussion on applying to the Artsweek Call for Proposals. Members of the Artsweek team outline how to compose a strong application, provide tips on writing a project proposal, discuss how to find other funding sources and much more. This is a great opportunity to ask questions and receive advice.

In conjunction with this talk, there will be the opportunity to meet and network with other artists to talk about potential collaboration opportunities.

So, jot down your project ideas or bring a draft of your application, and come talk to the Artsweek team about how to put together your strongest application.

The talk will be held at Artspace, a physically accessible space and seating will be provided.

For more information on application guidelines and the application form,
please visit:


 The Board of Directors of the Electric City Culture Council (EC3) is very pleased to announce that Bridget Love has been appointed as Artistic Producer of Artsweek 2018. Artsweek is Peterborough’s biennial festival of the arts and takes place next year from September 21th through Sept 30th 2018.

Ms. Love brings an extraordinary level of festival production experience to Artsweek, having developed and delivered events for the City of Toronto – including projects for Nuit Blanche, Canada 150 and Doors Open. She has curated and delivered a summer-long concert series for Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall, directed the planning and execution of multiple summer festivals at Harbourfront Centre and served as Programming Supervisor, Project Coordinator, and Artistic Associate for some of Canada’s most important arts organizations.

EC3 Board Chair Bill Kimball says: “Bridget Love’s events management, logistics and artistic development skills will be an enormous asset to Artsweek which typically includes more than 100 artists presenting work in over 30 locations around the City of Peterborough. We are very fortunate to have her as part of the Artsweek 2018 team.”

Bridget Love says: “I am very excited to work with EC3 on Artsweek 2018. Peterborough has an extraordinary artistic community with incredible talent and I look forward to working on this event as it highlights our City’s immense creativity.”

Born and raised in Peterborough, and a graduate of the PCVS Arts Program, Ms. Love has a Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Western Ontario and is an accomplished flute player.

Artsweek News – August 2017

Click HERE for an update.


Artsweek 2016 exceeded all of our expectations. More than 30 projects, over 100 artists in 40 locations around the City. Audiences were bigger than ever and stayed the course – rain or shine. More than 80 sponsors and partners joined the fun and made the Festival possible. It was 10 glorious days of dance, music, poetry, sound, film, painting, performance, sculpture and circus arts. Windows, lampposts, bridges, gardens and parks, office buildings, stores, markets, malls – even parking lots – were alive with creativity, as Peterborough’s artists kicked up their heels and brought us a truly magnificent event. EC3 would like to thank each and every one of them, all of our Funders, Partners and Sponsors and the entire extraordinary Artsweek 2016 Team for doing such a wonderful job. Watch the EC3 and Artsweek web sites and FB pages in the coming weeks for video and photos. Artcity, you are the best!



BOLD quiet INTENSE playful SERIOUS mysterious
curious DEMANDING rewarding…
ARTSWEEK IS a thought-provoking, soul-evoking, journey
into the heart and soul of Peterborough.


September 23 – October 2, 2016

Artsweek is Peterborough’s annual festival of the arts, a 10 day, multi-disciplinary showcase of creativity that began as part of the City’s Centennial Celebrations in 2005. This annual event continues to bring new work to new audiences, support original creation by local artists, and celebrate Peterborough as a creative community.

Artsweek 2016 features 30 projects involving almost 100 outstanding artists in a celebration of original, home-grown artworks showcased in many exciting Artsweek Signature Programs.

Stay tuned! Bookmark this page and return for daily updates from the Artsweek strategic response team.

EC3 and Artsweek are grateful to the the following for their support.


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