Calls for Artists! Exhibitions, Residencies, Grant Programs and Professional Development Opportunities for you to apply to!

The John Willard Fibre Arts Residency at the Art Gallery of Burlington - Deadline December 15

John Willard (1939-2014) in front of one of his quilts, 2014

John Willard (1939-2014) in front of one of his quilts, 2014

To celebrate the remarkable life of quilt maker, fibre artist, and community leader John Willard and to continue his legacy as a fibre art teacher, the John Willard Fibre Arts Residency Fund will enable artists access to one of the AGB resident fibre studios to develop a body of work for a solo exhibition. This exhibition will benefit from a small brochure including curatorial text, and will be presented in the RBC Gallery at the Art Gallery of Burlington.

The residency will provide a $2000 honorarium, a solo curated exhibition with publication, 10 days in one of the fibre studios (dates to be confirmed), as well as curatorial mentoring in person to the successful candidate from the beginning of the residency to the opening of the exhibition and potential invitation to teach in our hands-on program or a specific workshop.

Trinity Square Video call for video art - Deadline December 15, 2017


Trinity Square Video is proud to announce the sixth annual juried student video screening event, Video Fever.

If you are or have been an undergraduate student at a Toronto or surrounding area post-secondary institution (as far out as London and Kingston) in 2018 and you make videos, you qualify. Submissions must be single channel videos under 10 minutes in length and will be selected for screening by the Video Fever jury. Videos will be judged solely according to their artistic merit: we are looking for works that offer conceptual and formal innovations in their investigation into video as a critical medium. This is a professional, juried screening and all chosen artists will receive a screening fee and a free one-year membership to Trinity Square Video.

Toronto Employment & Social Services 'Art Connections' Professional Development Program - Deadline ASAP


Beginning January 2018, attend professional development workshops, connect with industry experts within the arts sector and participate in art exhibitions Learn about funding sources, The program includes information on grant writing, professional associations, creating online portfolios and more.

Art Connections candidates must:
• be foreign-trained professional visual artists
• wish to pursue a creative career in Canada
• be able to communicate in English, and
• commit to a series of group meetings/workshops over a period of two months

Call Aleksandra Molnar: 416-392-2869 for further information.

Fogo Island Arts Residency Program - Deadline December 21, 2017


Fogo Island Arts residencies provide opportunities for artists to live and work on Fogo Island for one to two months. Artists-in-residence are provided with a studio, accommodation in a traditional Newfoundland home, a vehicle for on-island use, and a weekly stipend to offset the costs of materials and day-to-day living expenses. Most travel expenses are covered. Artists-in-residence must give one public presentation, performance, workshop, or similar event during their residency.

Glenfiddich Call to Canadian Artists for the Coveted 2018 Glenfiddich Artists in Residence Prize - Deadline January 25, 2018


This is an Open Call to Artists currently living and working in Canada to enter the internationally renowned competition for the prestigious 2018 Glenfiddich® Artists in Residence Prize. The three-month summer residency is valued at over $20,000 CDN per artist. Now in its 17th year, the program covers the cost of travel, living expenses and materials throughout the residency.

The Canadian winner will be one of eight artists worldwide to be awarded the coveted prize to live and work at the Glenfiddich Distillery in Dufftown, Scotland. While living in crofts (traditional small Scottish farm houses), artists are encouraged to take inspiration from the unique setting in the beautiful Scottish Highlands. The experience provides an opportunity unlike any other for artists to work in an international community, share in a dialogue with other artists and foster cross-disciplinary ideas.

ArtReach 2018 Granting Program for Youth Art Projects in Toronto - Deadline February 1, 2018


ArtReach is a funding program designed to support youth arts initiatives in Toronto that foster youth engagement and provide high quality arts opportunities. $300,000 in grants are available to support youth arts projects, thanks to our amazing partnership with the Toronto Arts Council.

ArtReach aims to support meaningful engagement of Toronto youth (13-29), who have experienced and/or are experiencing exclusion from active participation in quality arts opportunities.

Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition - Deadline March 6, 2018

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Visual artists and makers in craft & design are invited to apply for the 57th Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition at Nathan Phillip’s Square on July 6 - 8, 2018! A perfect chance to showcase your work to over 115,000 art lovers and buyers at Canada’s largest contemporary outdoor art fair.

Where to find Akin Members at the One Of A Kind Show this week!

This time of year we start to feel a robust urge to get cozy and spread the love to family and friends. From baking cookies to decorating and spending quality time together, the cold makes us want to connect with each other, and for those who are organized it also means the beginning of the gift-giving season!!

So why not buy from our very own local hand-makers at Akin?! You'll get an opportunity to see some of the products Akin members make on December 16th at the Akin Holiday Party Market (there's still time to apply!). But there are many Akin members at the One Of A Kind Show this year as well! Check out these amazing makers: 

KAROLINA-ANNA HAJNA: Akin Ossington          OOAK Booth A23


Karolina Hajna is currently an Akin Ossington member who makes beautifully delicate cast spheres which are then hand-carved and drilled, or otherwise altered. Her forms often play with the shadows cast by lights shone from within or without. Check her out at booth A23 at the furthest West Wall. 



Karolina-Anna Hajna

JANET HINKLE: Akin Ossington          OOAK Booth P22

Janet Hinkle is the star behind Hinkleville Handmade, a super trendy and ultra sweet little company that has taken Toronto by storm! Lovely soft colours and speckled clay with stenciled shapes are trademark techniques, as well as her popular sleepy-eyed pots.




Hinkleville Handmade


LEORA ISRAEL : Akin Dufferin          OOAK Booth C52

The Otter Potter is Leora Israel from Akin Dufferin. She is in the Rising Stars section this year, offering a variety of gorgeous glittery treasures from cute christmas tree and cat pins to the most adorable mini marbled vases. Visit her at Booth C52 to take one home!



The Otter Potter


ALLIE CROZA: Akin Ossington          OOAK Booth D63

Allie Croza runs Your Pal, Al and works out of Akin's Ossington and Dupont location. Her elegant but accessible concrete planters and cacti are a great gift for anyone and everyone. Each piece is slightly different and affordable for all budgets. Go visit her against the far wall near the Flavours section.

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Your Pal, Al


KATE MIOR: Akin Dufferin          OOAK Booth Q45

Currently operating out of a store front on Queen West, Kate has been a tenant at Akin for 5 years. Her business Bone & Busk (previously named Totally Waisted) has steadily grown and she is now operating at full production for custom and off-the-rack corsets and couture. Visit her in the Fashion District at OOAk Booth Q45 at the North end. 



Bone & Busk


Paralia Newcomer Arts Network - Support for newcomer and refugee artists


Paralia supports and promotes newcomer artists as well as encourages their self-sustainability by providing them with the skills and resources needed in order to establish an artistic presence in Canada.

Toronto Arts Council has announced two new granting programs for newcomer and refugee artists. Individual artists working in any discipline can apply to develop their arts practice with the help of a mentor through the Newcomer and Refugee Artist Mentorship program. Organizations and collectives that are engaging newcomers and refugees through the arts can apply for funding through the Newcomer and Refugee Arts Engagement program. For more information about these programs, visit:

Newcomer and Refugee Artist Mentorship
For individuals
The total grant is $10,000. $5,000 is paid directly to the applicant and $5,000 is paid directly to the mentor.

Newcomer and Refugee Arts Engagement:
For organizations and collectives
The set grant amount is $20,000. This grant may cover up to 100% of project costs.

Save Inspirations Studio!


Inspirations studio is a unique hybrid social enterprise/self-employment program for women who have been impacted by poverty, trauma, homelessness, mental and physical health or addiction issues. Through the making and selling of their pottery, members gain stability, a sense of community, supplemental income, a creative practice and a new way to see themselves.

We are heartbroken to share that Inspirations Studio is facing imminent closure.  For 23 years, the ceramics-based program has supported hundreds of low-income women who have been impacted by poverty, homelessness, addiction, trauma, and mental health issues. Please consider supporting Inspirations Studio on their CandaHelps fundraising page: 

The fundraising campaign will raise funds for rent and studio supplies so the members can continue to access a creative space, generate income and maintain a sense of meaning and purpose. Inspirations Studio is a one-of-a-kind program and has provided scores of women with a lifeline for 23 years. It would be a tragedy to let it come to an end in such a short time.  Thank you for your support and for spreading the word!