Call for Artwork

Hillside Festival is seeking an artist to create the artwork for our 2024-25 festival branding! 

This is a paid commission that requires the conception and execution of two pieces that form a unified pair with similar looks and concepts. The main artwork will be for the summer festival (July 19-21, 2024), with the supplementary piece for our winter festival (Hillside Inside, first weekend of February, 2025).

Deadline for submissions: October 15, 2023.


The selected artwork will be used throughout all marketing, including posters, website, social media, advertising, T-shirts, and other merchandise. We will help direct the selected artist to craft the final product.

Hillside’s core values are creativity, altruism, equality, environmentalism, and peacemaking. We seek to promote these values through artistic expression, community engagement, and environmental leadership. We are a festival built upon belonging, volunteerism, and, of course, great music. We are also a community festival, so themes related to the creation of ties and bonds are also of importance. In the past, many artworks have highlighted the festival’s natural location, on an island at Guelph Lake Conservation Area, but this is not necessary. We are looking to evoke some aspect(s) of the festival. For 2024, we have in mind the theme of singing together or raising our voices in song together.

Because the artwork will be used in many media and sizes, a simple, iconic graphic would be an asset. It should work well when screen-printed with a single colour on T-shirts – either as is or as a variation to be supplied by the artist. The designer can assist in this process. Please refer to the timeline below to ensure you will be available during the creation and consultation period. 

The selected artist would receive $1,500 plus two weekend passes (valued at $418), a sales space in our Merch Tent at the summer festival, a campground campsite for the summer festival weekend, and admission to ticketed shows at Hillside Inside.


The call is open to anyone who is interested – illustrators, painters, graphic artists, printmakers, etc. Students, hobbyists, and professionals are all welcome to submit concepts, and all will be given equal consideration. Your artistic style’s suitability to translate well into a single-colour vector graphic for screen-printing will be considered an asset, but is not a requirement.


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

  • Due date for submissions is October 15, 2023.
  • A decision will be made on the art selection in November, with the artist being then notified.
  • The artist will work with the Festival to finalize the artwork for the summer festival. The final submission deadline is December 16, 2023.
  • The process will then repeat in January and February for the winter 2025 artwork. The final submission deadline is March 31, 2024.  


  • Email to: [email protected]
  • OR, you can mail your submission to: Hillside Festival, 341 Woolwich St., Guelph ON N1H 3W4.


  1. Bio and/or artist statement.
  2. Link to your online portfolio and/or up to 5 images of your work (if emailing, please ensure your email is less than 2.5 MB total; larger files may be sent via Google Drive, Dropbox, or WeTransfer).
  3. NO CONCEPT IS NECESSARY. We select artists based on their portfolio. However, if you have an idea and would like to share it with us as a verbal description or rough sketch, we would be happy to consider it as well.
The selected artist will work with the Hillside Festival Marketing Committee and graphic designer to develop the final artwork.
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