The Hillside Festival is seeking an artist to create the artwork for our 2018/2019 festival. This is a paid commission that requires the conception of two pieces that form a unified collection. The main artwork will be for the summer festival (July 2018), with the supplementary piece for our winter festival (February 2019).

The selected artwork will be utilized throughout all marketing efforts, including posters, website, advertising, promotional products, merchandise, etc, in both print and digital formats and serves as the central image for the festival. At this stage, we encourage interested artists to submit a concept in the form of a rough sketch; a polished, final illustration is not required. We will work with the selected artist to craft the final product. 

Our core values here are altruism, equality, environmentalism, and peacemaking and we seek to promote these values through artistic expression, community engagement and environmental leadership. We are a community festival built upon the idea of belonging, volunteerism, and, of course, great music. 

We want something original, so be creative. To quote Ms. Frizzle, "take chances, make mistakes, get messy!"  Be bold and adventurous with your ideas.

Please refer to the timeline below to ensure you will be available during the creation and consultation period.



The call is open to anyone who is interested; illustrators, painters, graphic artists, printmakers, photo artists/manipulators, etc. Students, hobbyists, and professionals are all welcome to submit concepts and all will be given equal consideration. Please, no conventional photography submissions; we aren't planning a photo-based poster for 2018. Easy translation of your concept into a vector illustration (no tones; strong, high-contract lines or solids) for merchandise will be considered an asset. 



The artist selected will be expected to work in consultation with the Festival in accordance with the following schedule: 

A decision will be made on the art selection in early October, with the artist being then notified. For the remainder of October and November, the artist will work with the Festival to finalize the artwork for the summer festival, with a final submission being due on December 8th. The process will then repeat throughout January and Februrary for the winter 2019 artwork, with a final submission deadline of March 9, 2018. 



1. Email to: [email protected];

2. Or you can mail/drop-off your submission to The Hillside Festival, 341 Woolwich St., Guelph ON N1H 3W4.

We will not return submissions—please provide a self-addressed, stamped envelope, if you would like your work mailed back to you. (Hillside's office hours are 10am-5pm, Monday to Friday.)



- bio and/or artist statement;

- link to your online portfolio and/or up to 5 images of your work (if emailing, please ensure your email is less than 2.5MB total; larger files may be sent via google drive or dropbox)

- a concept sketch, including notes about your idea and intended style, if needed for clarity

Finished art or fully-developed concepts are not required at this point in the process. The artist selected will work with us and our designer to develop the final images, so expect your concept and illustration to be subject to revisions. The development of Hillside's graphic is a collaborative process.



Submissions must have arrived in the office or in our email by midnight on Wednesday October 4, 2017.



Any questions can be directed to [email protected]






top photo by Dan Hauser