National Ceramics Exhibition – Proposals

Call for Submissions

The AX National Emerging Artists Ceramics Exhibition 2023: Plasticity

AX is seeking applications for the AX National Emerging Artists Ceramics Exhibition 2023: Plasticity. Please submit your application by February 21, 2023. This exhibition is for emerging artists working in all clay/ceramics.

Emerging ceramists around the country are invited to make a submission to a jury of respected professional ceramists who will select 20 artists to take part in the exhibition. The exhibition and selection process will offer up-and-coming artists an opportunity to have their work recognized and promoted in a juried exhibition.

In selecting the 20 artists, the jurors will choose work that has significant impact and depth of meaning, pushes boundaries, and creates a conversation.

We will notify successful artists by March 2, 2023, and artists must deliver work to AX no later than April 2, 2023. Artists are responsible for the shipping arrangements (both ways), with AX reimbursing the costs up to $600. 

AX will pay artist fees to the 20 selected artists. Fees will be based on national Canadian Artists’ Representation/Le Front des artistes canadiens (CARFAC) standards.

The jury will also select submissions to receive an additional cash prize.

Deadline for applications: February 21, 2023

All artists interested in submitting an application should also refer to the AX National Emerging Artists Ceramics Exhibition 2023: Plasticity artist agreement before submitting; it clarifies the requirements associated with exhibiting your work at AX.

Eligibility criteria

  • Applicants must be an emerging artist. An emerging artist is defined as: 
    • Artists of any age who are in the early stages of their professional career, have completed specialized training or have equivalent experience, and have presented their work publicly. Age is not a determining factor.
  • Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents over the age of 18.
  • Applicants must choose one piece of work to submit for consideration, not multiple pieces.
  • The primary medium of submitted work must be clay/ceramics.
  • Submitted work must be no larger than 3 feet square and no taller than 6 feet.
  • Submitted work can be freestanding or wall-hanging.
  • Work must have been created in the last two years.
  • ​​Work must not have appeared previously in any juried exhibition.

Artists must submit applications through the online form HERE.

If you have any questions about the submission process, contact:


We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.