Reclaim Artist Residency, Haliburton School of Art + Design

Reclaim Artist Residency is an opportunity for established artists to work in the Haliburton Highlands for a 6 - 8 week period between June and August.

Interested artists are invited to submit proposals that will detail how they plan to work with the local landfill as part of their art practice. Reclaim Artist Residency hopes to attract artists seeking to create art that shares their knowledge, respect and understanding of recycling and waste management. The residency is also intended to educate the greater community on the impact of the landfill on our environment. How this will be achieved should be included in the submission.

The selected artist will be provided with a studio space at the Haliburton Campus. The studio will be open to the public enabling the community to visit the artist’s studio, view work in progress and ask questions. Artists are welcome to access college equipment. Artists are responsible for their own consumable supplies. Artists are also expected to provide one public lecture to the college community.

Concluding the residency, there will be a public display of the artist’s work in the community and one piece will be donated to HSAD’s annual Faculty Art Auction. All proceeds from the Art Auction are directed to bursaries for students attending arts programs at the Haliburton Campus.

Deadline is April 24, 2017

Call for Submission: Deaf, Mad and Disability Artists

Tangled Art + Disability is currently accepting applications from Deaf, Mad and disability-identified artists to create new work for an upcoming series of exhibitions which will run from September 2017 to April 2018 at Tangled Art Gallery in Toronto.

Tangled Art + Disability invites proposals for projects in any artistic discipline that reflect the expansive dimensions of disability arts and culture. For this exhibition Tangled is seeking creative works that explore Canada’s past, present and future, centering the experiences of Deaf, Mad and disabled people, and responding to the following questions:

  • In what ways has Canada historically included or excluded us?

  • How do we navigate the current realities of living and being in this country?

  • How might we shape a future that truly embraces us?

Responses that relate to crip theory, intersectional identities and community-driven moments are welcome.

Tangled Art + Disability intends to reveal, celebrate and promote the work of diverse Canadian artists from Deaf, Mad and disability communities, and to bring attention and visibility to the contributions these artists are making to Canadian arts and culture. Tangled Art + Disability will support artists in developing thoughtful community-centered interactions and integrating inclusive practices of access and accessibility. Submissions from diverse communities and cultural backgrounds including Black, Indigenous, POC & LGBTQQIP2SAA are encouraged

Only submissions from Deaf, Mad and disability-identified artists will be considered. Written applications, as well as ASL video responses are accepted. Assistance in filling out the written application form is available, or applicants can respond to the questions in person if needed.

Applications will be accepted between March 9 and May 5, 2017. Contact Sean Lee at (647) 725-5064 to schedule an in person application or to book application writing assistance.

Spark Box Studio Summer Artist Residency 2017

Spark Box Studio Residency is now accepting Summer 2017 applications!

Artists-in-residence stay in a charming country farm house located by historic Prince Edward County, Ontario, surrounded by the beautiful landscape of rural Ontario. Each resident is given studio space and access to our printmaking equipment. Trained technicians work at the studio to assist residents.

This is an opportunity to focus on a new body of work, meet practicing artists. Spark Box Studio’s Artist Residency Program provides live/work space to accommodate both emerging and professional printmakers, photographers, painters, illustrators, and writers. Artists-in-residence have access to our professional studio and resources. The Residency Program affords artists with space and time to support the advancement of their careers and to strengthen their practice.

Interested artists may apply to live and work at Spark Box from one weekend to 2 months.

For additional information, please contact Chrissy Poitras, Executive Director at or 613.476.0337

Camp Wavelenght Call for Submissions

Camp Wavelength, Toronto’s Island Slumber Party is back! Presented by Wavelength Music, Toronto’s non-profit, DIY community hub, Camp Wavelength 2017 is seeking the best in independent music and the arts from Canada and around the world. 2017 Theme is “Total Eclipse of the Heart” because this year’s festival dates line up with an actual SOLAR ECLIPSE (on the Monday, August 21). Things are going to get cosmic!

Wavelength is seeking submissions from artists in the following disciplines, VISUAL & MEDIA ARTS, DANCE & PERFORMANCE, GAMES & ACTIVITIES and MUSIC.

Submission Deadline is April 14, 2017

There is no submission fee. All accepted artists will be paid an honourarium to participate. All visual & media arts projects must work outside and during daylight and nighttime hours. All submissions will be evaluated, but due to very limited space, only a small number of submissions will be accepted. Only successful applicants will be contacted, no later than May 15.

Camp Wavelength takes over the grounds of Artscape Gibraltar Point on Toronto Island, transforming it into a magical dreamland of creativity and community. Camp Wavelength is the alternative to the summer music-festival experience, part beach vacation, part sleepaway camp, and part arts happening.

Camp Wavelenght: August 18-20, 2017, Artscape Gibraltar Point, Toronto Island

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Some Rules for Students and Teachers (and Artists)

At Akin we find a lot of inspiration in Some Rules for Students and Teachers commonly attributed to John Cage. Choreographer Merce Cunningham, Cage’s longtime partner and the love of his life, kept a copy of it in the studio where his company rehearsed until his death. The list, originates from celebrated artist and educator Sister Corita Kent and was created as part of a project for a class she taught in 1967-1968. It was subsequently appropriated as the official art department rules at the college of LA’s Immaculate Heart Convent. It appears in Stewart Brand’s cult-classic Essential Whole Earth Catalog, published in 1986, the year Kent passed away. The list, which can be found in Sister Corita’s Learning by Heart: Teachings to Free the Creative Spirit, touches on Bertrand Russell’s 10 commandments of teaching, the importance of embracing uncertainty, the pivotal role of work ethic, the intricate osmosis between intuition and intellect. Take from it what speaks to you.

Introducing Akin Sunrise!

Akin Sunrise sits on the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee, the Métis, and most recently, the territory of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation. We are grateful to have the opportunity to work on this land.

Akin Sunrise, the newest Akin Collective studio located at 100 Sunrise Ave in North York, has 11 studios ranging from 58 square foot to 196 square foot as well as a private office and a large, beautiful dedicated programming space where we will soon begin introducing a wide range of public programming. Akin Projects would like to thank G&N Developments Inc. for their special collaboration on this space.

Photography by Akin Sunrise member Katie Sadie.

We would like to invite you to join us at Akin Sunrise on March 29 for our first official event at this location, the Akin Show & Tell! This is a time for Akin members and other Toronto artists to show completed works or works in progress and get friendly feedback and answers from their peers in a casual studio setting. Everyone is welcome! Feel free to bring art to share, bring a friend or two, bring snacks or drinks or just bring yourself! Come for the conversation or just to meet people and hang out.

Toronto: Tributes + Tributaries, 1971-1989 featuring work by June Clark of Akin Sunrise


Exploring the experimental energy of an era, Toronto: Tributes + Tributaries, 1971-1989 brings together more than 100 works by 65 artists and collectives to highlight an innovative period in Toronto art history. The exhibition is curated by Wanda Nanibush, assistant curator of Canadian and Indigenous art. The title of the exhibition—a reference to the city’s many buried waterways—serves as a visual metaphor for the diversity of the cities art scene and its similarly buried histories. The exhibition will be accompanied by a live performance series, a film and video festival, as well as satellite installations throughout the AGO.

Amidst the social and political upheavals of their time, the generation of artists that emerged in Toronto during the 1970s and 1980s pushed the boundaries of conventional painting, sculpture and photography, exploring new ways of art making including video, installation and performance. This is the first time since the AGO’s reopening in 2008 that many of these seminal works have been on display. Organized thematically and punctuated by references to Toronto and its cityscape, the exhibition highlights the era’s preoccupation with ideas of performance, the body, the image, self portraiture, storytelling, and representation.

Toronto: Tributes + Tributaries, 1971-1989, 

September 29, 2016 – May 22, 2017

Contributor and influential photographer June Clark is an Akin Sunrise member. June Clark was born in Harlem, NYC and moved to Toronto in 1968. When she moved to Toronto she used a camera and walked the streets to search for “familiar” images in which to re-live and savour the richness of Harlem she missed. Clark describes it as both the discovery of the unfamiliar and memory of the known that captured her imagination.

Created in 1989, Clark’s Formative Triptych “feels fresh, urgent and, sadly, timely, which it surely was when it was made” (Toronto Star). When asked “Do you feel more in step with the current art scene today than in the late ‘80s?” Clark responded  “...I believe that one will always be behind if one is trying to be ‘in step’. Formative Triptych feels new and relevant and that helps me to know that it is successful.”

The late ‘60s and early ‘70s in Toronto, when many activities centred on Bathurst Street (Queen to Dupont), Baldwin Street and Kensington Market. Baldwin Street was where Clark found a family of like-minded women who embraced and helped her develop her photographic skills. They were called the Women’s Photography Co-op. The Baldwin Street Gallery, owned by Laura Jones and John Philips, was a welcoming place to learn and work.

Clark and her peers were able to mobilize across the country on issues that affected artists, like grants, artists’ fees, and jobs, the same issues still affecting artists. Clark says that “at one point I knew roughly 90% of the practicing artists and photographers across the country. I’m not sure this is the case today.”Like most of us Clark believes “that artists do not have a choice but to just do the work and to find ways to make it happen.”

Gallery Talk with Nathaniel Brunt

Nathaniel Brunt is the recipient of the 2016 Portfolio Reviews Exhibition Award. He will discuss his work in the Kashmir Valley, and his current exhibition #shaheed.

Saturday March 18, 2pm, CONTACT Gallery

#shaheed explores the evolution of photojournalism and its current role in documenting conflict, while seeking to visually unpack the complex war in the Kashmir Valley. The exhibition is comprised of black-and-white photographs taken in the region by Canadian photographer Nathaniel Brunt, and nearly two hundred colour images and videos that Brunt was given by Kashmiri families and that he collected online from social media. Brunt exhibits these varied forms of photography and video together, thereby expanding his role from photographer to collector and archivist. The adjacency of the images gives viewers the opportunity to see multiple subjectivities at play and to discover more nuanced connections, while their placement speaks to the enormous quantity of images created and shared online daily. By including photographs created by non-professionals who are actively and intimately involved in the Valley's conflict, Brunt steps away from the hierarchical distribution of photojournalism, presenting a much more progressive and horizontal manner of contextualization and visual storytelling.

BURTYNSKY GRANT: Supporting the Creation of Photobooks

Renowned Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky and the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival are accepting submissions for the 2017 Burtynsky Grant - a $5,000 annual grant to support a Canadian artist in the creation of a photobook. Burtynsky generously donated his 2016 Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts of $25,000 to create the grant and foster the careers of Canadian artists.

This grant is intended to support artists who are in the advanced stages of developing a photobook. The jury is looking for submissions from those that have created a book dummy, are currently seeking funding to work with a publisher or to self-publish, and who have had little to no prior experience publishing a photobook. The winner will be announced at the end of May 2017.

Deadline: May 15, 2017

CONTACT 2017 Portfolio Reviews

CONTACT is now accepting submissions from photo-based artists with well-developed projects to participate in the 2017 Portfolio Reviews program.

International curators, directors, publishers, and photo editors are brought together during CONTACT to review work by emerging artists, with a focus on documentary, photojournalism, narrative or photo-based art practices. Those with projects at an advanced stage of development who are seeking opportunities for publishing and exhibiting nationally or internationally, as well as looking for guidance on conceptual approaches or career development advice are encouraged to participate.

The Gladstone Hotel, Sunday, May 7 and Monday, May 8, 2017

Registration closes April 24, 2017. Please note that due to limited space, all submissions will go through a selection process to ensure that a high caliber of work is presented in this program.

Don Phillips Scholarship

The Don Phillips Scholarship is given to a student currently enrolled in an undergraduate art program (full or part-time) with a printmaking major at an accredited Canadian institution who will be graduating in the Spring of 2017 and who will not be returning to studies full-time in September of 2017. A jury comprised of artists, curators, educators and/or arts administrators selects recipients.

This scholarship includes, rent free access to the studio facilities for a period of one year, materials assistance and Professional development assistance. Over the course of the year scholarship recipients will receive tuition free access to Open Studio workshops, and exhibition and artist fees.
Deadline for scholarship submissions is 11:59PM EST May 1, 2017

Jeannie Thib Mentorship Residency

Jeannie Thib (1955-2013) was a talented artist and cherished member of the Open Studio community. This mentoring focused residency is a fitting way honour Jeannie Thib’s legacy. Jeannie was a great supporter of other artists, long established and emerging. This residency is open to a printmaker in the early stages of their career, who has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to their practice within the last one to five years.

Residency includes:

  • Rent free access to the studio facilities for a period of two consecutive months between September in the calendar year the residency is awarded and June of the following year.

  • Up to 16 hours of mentoring with an established print media artist to hone the recipient’s technical skills and provide career development support.

  • Materials up to $300, to be purchased through Open Studio.

Submissions must be received by Open Studio by 11:59 pm EST (GMT -5) on May 1.