8×10: 2019 Amateur Photography Contest

Deadline to Enter: Fri Dec 14, 4pm
Drop off your best 8×10″ printed photos in the categories of: Wildlife, Smartphone Photography, Buildings. Prizes in each category! No limit on the number of entries. $10 for members/$12 non-members per photo. As part of your entry fee, your photo will be professionally matted and displayed in the LAC gallery for the month of January, then it will be returned to you to keep after the show. See submission form for more details. Generously sponsored by Framing by ANNA and SPEEDPRINT
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Deadline to Enter: Mon Jan 21, 4:30pm
Zip Code is an exhibit of selected works from the region by a guest curator. The exhibit’s focus is to bring together a collection of efficacious works in a variety of mediums and subject matter throughout artist’s careers. The LAC is proud to feature and welcome new exhibiting artists to the LAC and our region.


Deadline to Enter: 

25 reasons to make art this Winter! The LAC offering 25 free canvas to 25 artists to create 25 finished works with 25% off art supplies for the TWENTYfive% exhibit to be featured February 5 through March 2. And the winner of the people choice votes will receive a $25 Gift Certificate for Art Supplies at the LAC.

WFCU CREDIT UNION:  painting competition + exhibit

Deadline to Enter: Sat Feb 16, 5pm
The WFCU Credit Union Painting Competition + Exhibit is an incredible opportunity for emerging, mid-career and established artists to present their most accomplished works at the LAC for a chance to win cash prizes. The exhibit’s focus is highlight and celebrate the arts in our region and to offer financial support and an audience for artists. $1200 in cash prizes generously sponsored by the WFCU Credit Union
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Deadline to Enter: Sat Mar 30, 5pm
The LAC presents the 21st Annual Juried Student Art Show featuring works by Secondary Students from across Essex County. Categories include: Acrylic Painting, Oil Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Mixed Media, Photography, Digital Media and Film.
$2120 IN CASH PRIZES will be awarded in EACH Category with a People’s Choice Award at the end of the month. Also, as a part of this event, a $100 “Future Artist” Award will be granted to the graduating student who showcases the most artistic potential.
Sponsored by: Rotary Club of Leamington & the Kiwanis Club
Flock Fest 2019


Deadline to Enter: Sat April 27, 5pm

The Flock Fest is an annual arts event which brings the community together to embrace the arts. The Flock Fest is an exhibition of works representing the journey of creative exploration, connecting and soring past our personal limits. It is an exhibit of new, inspirational and stimulating artwork that highlights artist’s feats and flights through the thrills of personal and spiritual migration and growth.

The theme of this  year’s exhibit is “Incubation”. The process of incubating: to maintain under conditions favorable for hatching of development. To cause or aid in the development of an idea.  

This exhibition is non-juried and open to ALL amateur and professional artists. All works submitted will be displayed. All mediums are accepted. All ages and artistic experience are encouraged to participate. There is NO submission fee to enter the exhibit, courtesy of the 5th annual Flock Fest. 


Deadline to Enter: Sat. April 27, 5pm 

Artists, this is your chance to clear out that packed studio to make room for new work! Do you have old artwork that has been around for years, work that your are tired of shuffling around to make space in your studio? Don’t hold on to it any longer… the spring studio clear out exhibit has low entry fees so you can enter a lot work and get back that studio space you need!


Fri. May 3, 5-10pm 
Fri. June 7, 5-10pm 
Fri. July 5, 5-10pm 
Fri. August 9, 5-10pm 
Fri. September 6, 5-10pm 
Fri. October 4, 5-10pm 
Sat. November 30 (Location TBD), 4-10pm 

The Mill Street Market is the only monthly market in Windsor-Essex County that is specially curated to serve delectable street food while you shop for handcrafted items, vintage clothing, and antiques. Lining the modern, reinvented, Mill Street in Leamington, you’ve never experienced a night market like this!
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U19: 2019 SEAA/LAC Members Show & Sale

Deadline to Enter: Sat May 25, 5pm

The 2019 annual members show and sale celebrates the strength, vitality, creativity and wealth of talent found within the Leamington Arts Centre (LAC)/ South Essex Arts Association (SEAA). Each year, the diverse and outstanding works by our members creates an exciting and engaging exhibition whereby artists are able to showcase, share and sell their work.

The exhibition creates a platform for artists to network with peers to develop their skills and experiences. Open to all media, any subject matter. Please see submission form for more details.


Deadline to Enter: Sat July 28, 5pm

Shop Local? Buy Local? Love Local? This exhibit is for the do-it yourselfers out there who create handmade, unique and one of a kind arts and crafts from driftwood to fabricated steel furniture, wearables like clothing or jewelry, textiles and housewares… if you make it, you can enter it! Show off your creativity and unique style for doing things in this celebratory DIY exhibit.


Deadline to Enter: Sat Sept 21, 5pm


The Breaking Barriers exhibition’s focus is to create an understanding of lived experiences. The exhibition seeks to highlight resilience and resourcefulness in coping with barriers. A barrier can be anything that one must overcome to reach a goal, even if the goal is simply to survive. Breaking Barriers is an exhibition for creative expression that empowers, builds awareness, and facilitates partnerships and collaborations.  

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Deadline to Enter: Sat Oct 19, 5pm


This exhibition’s focus is to highlight and showcase those offbeat, avant-guard, radical and/or extreme works of art that make us all think outside the box and push the limits of expressionism in contemporary art.

Signature Christmas 2019


Deadline to Enter: Sat Nov 16, 5pm

The LAC presents a Signature Christmas indoor Artist Market. This annual arts and crafts show offers perfect unique and beautiful gifts for everyone on your list! Come see a festive presentation of jewelry, pottery, ceramics, driftwood and woodworking arts and crafts, acrylic, oil and watercolour paintings, photography and much more; handmade items to fit every budget from stocking stuffers to signature gifts. Everyone is certain to enjoy shopping in a warm Christmas setting in this month-long “holiday store” with free visitor admission!

Solo Exhibition Submissions

The LAC is a 10,000 sqaure foot state of the art facility. Our 4 large galleries offer 400 linear feet of continuous wall space and 3000 sq/ft of floor space for a perfect setting for exhibitions and many other community based events and receptions. Our building situated in the heart of downtown Leamington at 72 Talbot Street West offers three floors of galleries, meeting rooms, workshop and studio space, plus, its fully accessible!

LAC Forms:
Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance

Program for: Individuals

Purpose: The program provides grants of $500 to $1,500 to assist individual artists with costs related to presenting their work in an exhibition.

Grant decisions are made through third-party recommenders (public art galleries, artist-run centres and arts service organizations) throughout the province. Artists must apply directly to a recommender located in the zone in which they live. Approved applications are forwarded to OAC by the recommender once the decision to award a grant has been made.

Eligibility: This program is open to Ontario-based professional visual artists, craft artists and media artists who have a confirmed, upcoming public exhibition. Exhibitions in Ontario, in other Canadian provinces and in international locations are all eligible.

Deadline: Recommenders establish their own application deadlines for Exhibition Assistance, or may decide to accept applications on an ongoing basis. Please refer to Recommender Deadlines and Contacts (below) for further information.