The Art Gallery of Peterborough is located on the traditional territory of the Michi Sagiig Anishinaabe in the territory covered by the Williams Treaty, Treaty 20.

We are a non-profit public gallery with an over forty year history of groundbreaking exhibitions and programs. Located in the City of Peterborough, we are rooted in the Kawartha region and make significant contributions to local culture while actively participating in the broader national discourse.


Our goal is to present contemporary visual art by artists from the region and across the nation. Some historical and international works are also shown. The exhibitions are supported by programs including lectures, workshops, and publications. We make curatorial choices in selecting the work for each particular exhibition, whether it is featured in the main gallery or in the smaller exhibition areas.


A gathering place that engages the community and promotes the arts as a cornerstone of community creativity and development.


As an exhibition venue with educational programs, the AGP will present a variety of visual art experiences and explorations to stimulate and expand public perception of art as a part of our life and community.

37th Annual Kawartha Autumn Studio Tour

September 25 & 26, 2021

About the Kawartha Autumn Studio Tour—now celebrating its 37th Anniversary!

The Peterborough-Kawarthas region is rich with talented artists practicing in a range of styles and media. Each year, the Art Gallery of Peterborough (AGP) presents the Kawartha Autumn Studio Tour (KAST) as a part of its commitment to art education and support for local artists.

KAST offers the public a chance to view art in the working spaces of artists, while artists get the opportunity to share their practice, connect with potential supporters, and promote their work. The two-day Kawartha Autumn Studio Tour is self-driven, and admission is free. The AGP also mounts a supporting exhibition to preview the outstanding quality, spirit, and variety of artists on the Studio Tour.

Application deadline: Tuesday February 16, 2021 @ 11:59 pm via Submittable.

Please note: This call is open only to artists living and working in the City of Peterborough and Peterborough County (south of Burleigh Falls).

Application Process:

Applications are reviewed by a Jury composed of artists, AGP staff, and AGP board members. Jurors select each artist and consider the quality of work, the studio (location, accessibility, and presentation), and the public experience (balance and variety of media representing the region, studio demonstrations, drivability, etc.).

Artists will be notified of results by the end of March 2021.

Jury decisions are final. Not all applications are accepted.

Please note: We do not accept hard-copy or emailed submissions. If you are unable to submit your application through Submittable, and you need to make other arrangements, please contact the Education and Programming Coordinator, Andrew Ihamaki (see below for contact information).

Application Fee:

There is no fee to apply.

If accepted, artists will be required to pay a participation fee of $180 and must be an active member of the Art Gallery of Peterborough for the duration of the studio tour.

Selected artists are responsible for:

  • Delivery and pick up of artwork for any related exhibitions and displays.
  • Distribution of artist’s share of promotional material.
  • Posting and subsequent removal of studio directional signage.
  • Ensuring studio space is safe and prepared to welcome visitors.
  • Ensuring liability insurance for studio.
  • Selling own artwork, accepting commissions, etc.
  • Offering demonstrations.
  • Maintaining open studios for both days from 10 am to 5 pm.
  • It is mandatory for artists to always have additional support/assistance at their studio for monitoring crowds, rest breaks and general safety.
  • Recording and reporting visitor statistics and sales to the AGP Education Program Coordinator within 10 days of the tour's conclusion.
  • Adhering to the AGP Communication Plan and Schedule, which includes, but is not limited to, branding for social media posts and online promotion.

The Art Gallery of Peterborough is responsible for:

  • Managing applications and the Jury selection of tour participants.
  • Recruitment and management of sponsors and advertisers.
  • Producing all promotional and marketing materials and managing communications (which may include, but is not limited to, web, social media, brochure, printed materials, newspapers, radio, TV).
  • Distributing information and promotional materials to media, other galleries, and Tourism offices.
  • Production and allocation of directional signs.
  • Managing related exhibitions, openings, and receptions.
  • Managing the budget and payments for KAST related activities.
  • Compiling and presenting statistical data to KAST participants.

Please note: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the status of and information related to the 2021 Kawartha Autumn Studio Tour may be subject to change in accordance to public health guidelines and restrictions.

Contact Information:

Andrew Ihamaki

Education and Programming Coordinator

705-743-9179 ex. 2025

"Applications are for internal use only. No information will be published without the artist's approval."

Apply to exhibit in the Main or Ramp galleries

Application deadline: ongoing

The Art Gallery of Peterborough is located on the traditional territory of the Michi Sagiig Anishinaabe in the territory covered by the Williams Treaty, Treaty 20.

We accept submissions on an ongoing basis from artists and guest curators for the main and ramp galleries. A floor plan of the main gallery is available for download on our website here. Exhibitions are reviewed on an on-going basis and the process can take time. We recognize and appreciate the work required to prepare submissions. Studio visits may be part of the selection process.

Selected artists are supported in the development of their exhibition by the Curator and provided contracts, CARFAC fees that meet or exceed minimums, letters of support for funding applications, fine art shipping, insurance, travel, hospitality, hotel, promotional materials, and documentation. Artists are encouraged to be involved in the exhibition installation plan which is completed by a trained professional installation crew. 

We present approximately 16 exhibitions per year: 4 are developed for the main gallery, 8 for the ramp galleries, and 4 from the Permanent Collection of work by established and emerging artists.

The AGP strives to reflect the whole of our community through our programs and operations. We continue to seek major exhibitions and projects that support the work of BIPOC artists, curators and performers.

Please note:

Due to higher than normal volume of submissions, responses may take several months. 

Art Gallery of Peterborough