Noticeboard - CALL FOR ART: Fundraising Art Auction

The Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre is looking for artists to submit their artwork for the Niagara Pumphouse Fundraising Art Auction taking place on August 17-31, 2020.

Artists have the option to help this fundraising initiative in 2 ways:

OPTION 1: Donate an artwork for the auction and receive a charitable tax receipt for 100% of the auction sale price;

OPTION 2: Submit artwork for the auction and split the auction sale price 50%/50% with the Pumphouse.


Submissions are open to all practising artists in Ontario.

Only original artwork by the artist making the submission will be accepted. Submitted works must have been created within the last 3 years. No giclee prints or prints on canvas allowed.

Maximum 2 submissions per artist.

Artworks can be in a variety of mediums, such as drawing, pastel, watercolour, acrylic, oil, woodblock or linocut prints, or mixed media; fine art photography; sculpture; pottery; and stained glass.

All 2D artworks must be ready to hang, with hanging wire attached.

Maximum size of artworks: 3 feet by 4 feet (36 X 48 inches). Sculptural pieces shall weigh no more than 30 lbs.

The minimum value of artwork accepted is $100 (CDN). Artists are urged to set a realistic price for their artwork, taking into account what they normally would sell the work for. The Pumphouse reserves the right to review the price and may reject an artwork with an artificially high price. NOTE: The Pumphouse will set a reserve price of 70% of the value to start the bidding.

Five (5) good quality digital photos of the artwork, including the work in its frame, the overall artwork, and closeups of the signature and several other areas. Images should be a minimum 1MB and maximum 2MB in size. The Pumphouse may use photos of submitted artwork to promote the art auction.

How to enter:

Complete the form (do not leave out any information requested)
Upload the required images


All submitted artworks will be reviewed by a 3-person jury, consisting of:

GEOFFREY JOYNER, one of Canada’s most respected art dealers/auctioneers with Sotheby’s, Joyner and Joyner Waddington’s;

DAVE ANTSCHERL, artist, instructor, theatrical designer, writer and model shipbuilder;

MARK SKEFFINGTON, Pumphouse Exhibits Chair and owner of


Deadline for submissions: July 20, 2020
Notification to the selected artist: TBA
Auction Dates: August 17-31, 2020


The Pumphouse reserves the right to decline submissions for any reason.
Artists who have artworks chosen for the art auction will be asked to keep their art until the auction. If an artwork sells, they will be asked to bring the artwork to the Pumphouse by appointment only so it can be picked up by the buyer. Alternatively, the artist may wish to have the buyer pick up the artwork directly from them.
Artist must be prepared to handle the packaging and shipping of the artwork, whereby the cost incurred is the responsibility of the buyer.