Welcome to the City of Hamilton's Public Art and Projects Online Submissions page.  Please select the Public Art Project or Arts Award Nomination Category that you wish to submit to below and follow the instructions for submission. 

Established Artist Nomination Form

Please use this form to nominate an artist for an Established Artist Award.  This includes the following categories:

  • Arts Management
  • Arts Education and Community Arts
  • Dance and Performing Arts
  • Fine Craft
  • Media Arts
  • Music
  • Theatre
  • Visual Arts
  • Writing

Important!  Please read the complete nomination package prior to submitting a nomination package online.  The nomination package can be downloaded by clicking this link (pdf) or by visiting www.hamilton.ca/artsawards.

If you are nominating the same artist in more than one category, you must submit a complete nomination package for each category.

Eligibility Criteria 

Please read the following guidelines to ensure that your nomination package meets all eligibility requirements.

  • Individual artist who is 18 years of age or older (artist collectives, bands, duos, etc. are not eligible).
  • Nominee must be actively producing work.
  • Current resident of Hamilton (including Ancaster, Dundas, Flamborough, Glanbrook, Stoney Creek, Waterdown) who has lived in Hamilton consecutively for the past two years or longer. 
  • Must be a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident (Landed Immigrant) or have an application pending for Permanent Residency.
  • Nominee may be self-taught or have art training through formal education, apprenticeship, or with a mentor or elder.
  • Full-time students are not eligible (high school or post-secondary).
  • Past City of Hamilton Arts Awards recipients cannot be nominated again in the same category.
  • Artists who have previously received an Emerging Artist award may be nominated in the Established category. 

Nominators

  • 18 years of age or older.
  • Can be an individual, organization or business residing in any city.
  • Cannot be an immediate family member of the nominee.
  • Cannot be recognized as an Emerging Artist by the Established Artist that they are nominating.
  • Artists cannot self-nominate.
  • Cannot be a member of the Arts Advisory Commission, Arts Awards Steering Committee, City of Hamilton staff, elected officials of the City of Hamilton or representatives of their offices.

Arts Community Leadership Nomination  

These awards are presented to artists and arts professionals who have either displayed exemplary accomplishments in their field or have made a significant contribution to the advancement of the arts in Hamilton.  Individuals can be nominated in the following two categories:    

  1. Arts Innovation Award: Recognizing an arts leader who currently demonstrates exemplary vision, innovation, creativity, and excellence in their field.  This person has expanded the impact and fostered the growth of Hamilton’s arts sector.  Professional artists and arts managers can be nominated for this award.
  2. Lifetime Achievement Award:  Recognizing the long-standing and significant achievements of artists and arts managers over the course of an entire career.  Past award winners (in other categories) may be nominated for a Lifetime Achievement Award. Lifetime Achievement may be awarded posthumously.  

Important!  Please read the complete nomination package prior to submitting a nomination package online.  The nomination package can be downloaded by clicking this link (pdf) or by visiting www.hamilton.ca/artsawards.

Eligibility Criteria 

Please read the following guidelines to ensure that your nomination package meets all eligibility requirements.

  • Individual artist who is 18 years of age or older (artist collectives, bands, duos, etc. are not eligible).
  • Nominee must be actively producing work (with exception of Lifetime Achievement Award).
  • Current resident of Hamilton (including Ancaster, Dundas, Flamborough, Glanbrook, Stoney Creek, Waterdown) who has lived in Hamilton consecutively for the past two years or longer. 
  • Must be a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident (Landed Immigrant) or have an application pending for Permanent Residency.
  • Nominee may be self-taught or have art training through formal education, apprenticeship, or with a mentor or elder.
  • Full-time students are not eligible (high school or post-secondary).
  • Past City of Hamilton Arts Awards recipients cannot be nominated again in the same category.
  • Artists who have previously received an Emerging Artist award may be nominated in the Established Artist or Arts Community Leadership categories.

Nominators

  • 18 years of age or older.
  • Can be an individual, organization or business residing in any city.
  • Cannot be an immediate family member of the nominee.
  • Artists cannot self-nominate.
  • Cannot be a member of the Arts Advisory Commission, Arts Awards Steering Committee, City of Hamilton staff, elected officials of the City of Hamilton or representatives of their offices.

Shirley Elford Emerging Artist Prize Nomination 

The Shirley Elford Emerging Artist Prize, presented by the Hamilton Community Foundation, is to be awarded in memory of the late Shirley Elford, a Hamilton artist celebrated for her excellence in glass work and her work giving back to the local arts community and community at large. 

The prize recognizes artistic excellence, and is intended to help support emerging artists in furthering their work and to provide opportunities for artists to promote and showcase their work. The Prize is presented annually, in conjunction with the City of Hamilton Arts Awards and will award between 1 - 2 prizes of $2,000 (per category). The 2019 Prize will be awarded in two categories: Dance and Performing Arts, and Music. Prize categories will change annually.

Important!  Please read the complete nomination package prior to submitting a nomination package online.  The nomination package can be downloaded by clicking this link (pdf) or by visiting www.hamilton.ca/artsawards.

Eligibility Criteria 

Please read the following guidelines to ensure that your nomination package meets all eligibility requirements.

  • The 2019 Prize will be for Dance and Performing Arts, and Music categories ONLY.  Please note – the award categories will change annually.
  • Individual artist who is 18 years of age or older (artist collectives, bands, duos, etc. are not eligible).
  • Has been practicing professionally for less than five years (full-time students are not eligible).  
  • Nominee must be actively producing new work and is perusing a career in the arts.
  • Current resident of Hamilton (including Ancaster, Dundas, Flamborough, Glanbrook, Stoney Creek, Waterdown) who has lived in Hamilton consecutively for the past two years or longer. 
  • Must be a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident (Landed Immigrant) or have an application pending for Permanent Residency.
  • Nominee may be self-taught or have art training through formal education, apprenticeship, or with a mentor or elder.

Nominators

  • 18 years of age or older.
  • Can be an individual, organization or business residing in any city.
  • Cannot be an immediate family member of the nominee.
  • Artists cannot self-nominate.
  • Cannot be a member of the Arts Advisor Commission, Arts Awards Steering Committee, City of Hamilton staff, elected officials of the City of Hamilton or representatives of their offices.