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144 Queen St. Dunnville, ON N1A 1H7

November 3rd - 17th 2018 in the Heart of Haldimand County


Submit Your Visual Art, Film or Apply to Perform


Call to Artists

Visual artists of all mediums are invited to submit up to 3 artworks, flat and 3-dimensional work welcome. 

All non-youth/student entries will be juried for acceptance for exhibition over the full length of the Festival, November 3–17, 2018.

The exhibition is part of a two week multidisciplinary celebration of the arts, offering a free opportunity to show and sell your best work to a wide audience. 

There is no exhibit fee, but a 15% commission fee applies to any work sold. 

Commission is paid to the hosting venue or business. 

Commissions from artworks exhibited and sold in the Main Gallery will be paid back to River Arts Festival. 

Work MUST be ready-to-hang (If pieces are not properly framed AND wired, they will not be exhibited.) 

Frames with only small built-in hooks for hanging will NOT be accepted. 

Please wire all pieces to be hanged, before submitting.
Submissions will be accepted ONLY at LVW Creative Barracks, 125 Queen Street, Dunnville and ONLY over the following periods:
Fri. Oct. 26th, 10am- 5pm

Sat. Oct. 27th, 10am-4pm

Sun. Oct. 28th, 10am-1pm

Mon. Oct. 29th, 10am-5pm

Tues. Oct. 30th, 10am-5pm.

Pieces that are not juried into the show will be stored and may be picked up at the close of the Festival. 

All pieces (including those that were not juried in to the show) must be picked up at Haldimand Art Works: 

Sunday, November 18, 2018, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 

Monday, November 19, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 

Unless prior arrangements are made, artists who do not pick up their work on November 18th & 19th are subject to a $5/day storage fee for their pieces. 

For more information email



Film makers are invited to submit films (5m-90m) to our first annual River Arts Film Festival taking place on Sun. Nov. 4th. Our Film Festival will feature a full day, of 2 hour blocks based on specific themes. Films can be of any genre or medium, but we will be focussing on the following themes: youth, marginalized voices, documentary, horror and culture.
There is no fee for submitting content. Submissions must be received by 11:59 p.m. Sept 30th, 2018. To submit, email an unpublished Youtube/Vimeo link to



The River Arts Festival is looking for talented performers of all ages. Our annual variety show will take place on Thursday November 15th, 2018 at Dunnville Secondary School. We want to see what unique and exceptional talent Haldimand county has to offer (singing, dancing, playing an instrument, skipping, hula hooping, juggling, magic etc.). If you are an individual, group, organization or business and would like to participate in our variety show email

Submit an Event Proposal

Do you have an idea for a fun, interactive event or workshop? Are you willing to put in a little elbow grease to make it happen? Do you want to partner with Haldimand's only Art-focused festival? Do you want to benefit from Festival marketing campaigns and be featured in our Festival Program?


If you answered 'yes' to any of these, questions there may be an opportunity for you to participate in River Arts Festival 2018. We are inviting local artists, musicians, performers and creatives of all shapes and sizes to share their ideas with us. 

Submit an event proposal with an artist bio, a short description, and a budget. 

Our River Arts Festival Planning Committee will review all proposals and select projects that diversify The Festival and fit our budget. 

To submit a proposal to