Upcoming Calls for Artists: Exhibitions, Grant Opportunities, Workshop Instructors and More!

For resources on writing your application check out ArtReach’s Grant Writing 101 Toolkit, Videos (Good HabitsTop TipsThe Basics), or Resources Page.


What: The 58th Toronto Outdoor Art Fair (TOAF): Canada’s largest and longest-running juried outdoor art fair.

When: July 12-14, 2019

Where: Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto

Who can apply: Individual visual artists from anywhere in the world and makers working in an array of mediums, at any stage of their careers with formal or informal training.

Deadline to apply: March 6, 2019

How to apply: The TOAF website has comprehensive information about application guidelines, selection criteria and process as well as loads of useful tipsFAQs and resources.

Questions? Feel free to email or call them at 416-408-2754 if you have more questions. 


What: John B. Aird Gallery is seeking works from 5 to 8 emerging artists that deal with themes of displacement, home, and migration. They are also open to artists wishing to do performance art in the space. They are committed to paying exhibition and royalty fees in accordance with the CARFAC 2019 Minimum Fee Schedule.

When: February 26 - March 22, 2019

Where: John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto

Who can apply: Ontario based artists

Deadline to apply: January 4, 2019

Application fee: $35

How to apply: Complete this form and send an e-transfer payment for the application fee.

Don’t hesitate to get in touch by email to unless.artexhibit@gmail.com


What: ArtReach 2019 Granting Program with support of the Toronto Arts Council is distributing $300,000 in grants to youth arts projects in that foster youth engagement and provide high quality arts opportunities.

When: 2019

Where: Toronto

Who can apply: Youth ages 13-29 in Toronto (individual artists, and organizations/collectives). New and emerging art forms will be considered, and are encouraged.

Deadline to apply: February 1, 2019

How to apply: All applications will be submitted through the online platform, Jotform. Click here to read ArtReach’s application resource guide. You are required to submit both a workplan and budget with your application.

First time applying for a grant? Accessibility needs? Want to set up time to talk with a grants manager? Email grants@artreach.org! If you’re planning on applying for the upcoming deadline and think you could use some extra support, they are host a Grant Writing 101 Workshop in January 2019.


What: Burlington Royal Arts Academy seeing workshop instructors for visual arts programming for general artists ages 12 and up. Pays $300. Supplies provided (if simple) by the artist with funds for supply purchase if required.

When: April 4, 2019 for 1.5 hours in the evening

Where: Burlington Royal Arts Academy, Burlington

Who can apply: Visual artists

Deadline to apply: ASAP

How to apply: Send a general description of workshop and resume to nupi@burlingtonroyalartsacademy.ca


What: Gallery 1313, an artist run centre and a charitable not for profit organization has a number of calls for submission for planned exhibitions as well as a few slots for proposed exhibitions.

When: Winter Emerging Artists Exhibition: January 2-13, 2019 / The Portrait Exhibit: January 2-13 2019 / The Sex Show: February 13-24, 2019

Where: Gallery 1313, Toronto

Who can apply: Visual artists. The Gallery has some video equipment for video presentation.

Deadline to apply: Winter Emerging Artists Exhibition: December 21, 2018 / The Portrait Exhibit: December 21, 2018 / The Sex Show: February 1, 2019

Fee: Artists that are selected will pay an admin fee of $50 per accepted work.

How to apply: Artists are asked to submit via email to director@g1313.org. Artists should send a current CV, an artist statement , 3-5 jpegs (no larger than 700kb) and an image list with titles, sizes, and mediums. The artist is responsible for delivery of the art works and any shipping costs.


What: The Ontario Science Centre is seeking artists and makers to create two sculptures with kinetic elements themed on the following topics: ‘Boredom’ and ‘Emotional baggage’. You can submit an application to create one or both sculptures. A fee of $18,000 will be paid to the artist or artist collective for each of the two sculptures. An additional supplies fee of $2,000 is also available for each sculpture.

When: These kinetic sculptures will be part of a travelling exhibition, The Mind, which will open at the Ontario Science Centre (accessible venue) in August 2019 for 6 months and then travel across North America for approximately five years.

Where: Travelling international exhibition starting at the Ontario Science Centre.

Who can apply: This call is open to artists, makers, artist collectives, and innovative entrepreneurs and groups/collectives.

Deadline to apply: January 7, 2019

How to apply: Submit application by email to Rich.Vieira@osc.on.ca or send by courier to the Ontario Science Centre.


What: The Salt Spring National Art Prize is a biennial competition and exhibition of Canadian visual art. Approximately 50 finalists will be selected from across Canada to participate in the Finalists’ Exhibition on Salt Spring Island. Finalists may be selected to win one of nine awards, totalling $40,000. All finalists will be featured with their entries in a professional exhibition catalogue. All finalists’ works will be available for purchase during the exhibition.

When: Exhibition September 21 through October 21, 2019. The Gala Awards Night will be on October 19, 2019.

Where: Salt Spring Island

Who can apply: Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada who are eighteen years of age and older as of January 1, 2018 are invited to submit their two- and three-dimensional work for consideration. 

Deadline to apply:
Online Submissions open Jan 10 - May 31, 2019

How to apply:
Applications are submitted online here. They will be accepting applications starting on January 10, 2019.

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.

FORGE Workshop: Grant Writing 101 with the Ontario Arts Council


FORGE: Grant Writing 101 with the Ontario Arts Council 

September 2, 6:30pm
Ontario Arts Council- 151 Bloor Street West5th Floor Toronto, ON


Writing grants is a significant part of many artist's careers- so let's how to do it properly! This interactive workshop will explore the process of planning, writing and submitting grant proposals to different governing bodies

As a major funder themselves, the Ontario Arts Council provide clear examples of the grant writing process and the various the dos and don'ts of everything from creating your budget to organizing your support material and work plan.

Afterwards, participants will form a 'mock jury' and look at real examples of successful (and unsuccessful) grant applications. Join us and learn how to get grants from the people that give them at their own office!


Janice Lambrakos is Information Services Coordinator with the Ontario Arts Council.
Janice Lambrakos takes pride in having worked for the Ontario Arts Council for the past 25 years. She has provided administrative support in a number of program offices, including Community Arts, Film, Photography and Video (now Media Arts), and Literature, giving her an in-depth knowledge of many of the OAC’s granting programs. In 2000 Janice was promoted to Information Services Coordinator within OAC’s Outreach and Development section. This role has taken her to communities throughout Ontario, where she conducts information and grant application-writing sessions with individual artists. She also maintains relationships with other funders and business enterprise centres. Janice very much enjoys helping artists and arts organizations access OAC programs to support their activities. She is also a member of the OAC’s Disability Arts Committee.



ArtReach is distributing $270,000 in the form of grants to youth arts projects in Toronto. If this sounds like something that could support your work, or the work of someone you know, we want to hear from you! Request an application by June 15th!

Please help us get these funds to the young people who can make the biggest impact by sharing this opportunity with those in your community, or contact us now to get started on an application.

We want to hear from young people running projects in Toronto that: 
  • Increase access to quality arts opportunities that encourage creative expression and involve meaningful engagement of youth (ages 13 – 29) in Toronto
  • Promote social inclusion and provide opportunities for youth to develop leadership skills, capacity and opportunities within their communities and the initiatives they lead
  • Provide opportunities for youth to benefit from both the intrinsic (e.g. enjoyment, creative expression) and instrumental value (e.g. community engagement, skills development, social change) of the arts
  • Involve youth in project development, implementation and evaluation
  • Involve artist(s) with relevant experience and reach into participating communities
Available funding includes:
  • $5,000: Pilot Projects (funds to try out a new idea, or a smaller-scale or first-time project)
  • $10,000: One Phase Projects
  • $15,000: Two Phase Projects (Available to previous ArtReach grant recipients)
Once you've read them over, contact Paulina O'Kieffe, Director/Grants Manager
at grants@artreach.org to get an application.

This funding is available thanks to ArtReach Toronto's partnership
with the Toronto Arts Council. For more info, click here
If you've never written a grant before (or if you have, but weren't successful in getting the grant you applied for) have a look at our resources. We have grant writing 101 workshops, a toolkit and a  video to help you put together a strong application.

If you are planning on applying for the upcoming deadline register here for the next workshop:
May 28th Grant Writing 101 (highly recommended for applicants to the June 19th deadline) 

**ArtReach is committed to increasing accessibility and breaking down barriers to accessing funds. If you would like us present to youth in your community, please email us.**   

Have a look at some previously funded projects to to get a sense of what we fund.

Fright Film School
Fright Film School will give 25 low income Hispanic youth in the West end of Toronto (Dufferin – Kipling) the chance to make a series of short horror films. Over the course of 4 months, participants will learn film, Super 8 film, digital video, writing, drawing (story boards), sound and music, and produce films to be screened at the Revue Cinema.

Toronto Emerging ARTivists - Enviro ARTivism Installations 
The Toronto Emerging ARTivists will install 3 eco-art installations within Thorncliffe/Flemingdon Park. Our proposed projects include: a series of pop-bottle planter and stencilled moss art installations as well as an environmentally themed mural.

Say Word Media - Say Word Magazine Issue 5
This project would bring together five to six alumni of the Say Word program, to facilitate media arts workshops/programming to young people interested in journalism, creative writing, photography and graphic design in Scarborough's underserved neighbourhoods who face multiple barriers, to create another issue of the Say Word Magazine, to be distributed as Scarborough's only for-youth, by-youth magazine for the community.

Baby Steps Parenting (BSP) – Turn The Page
Turn The Page program is a 15 week interactive storytelling workshops for young mothers and their children in the Lawrence Heights neighborhood. Participants will create a storybook for their child that will be published in a collective of short children stories. Final event will be a small intimate event inviting friends and family to read their section of the book.

Bay Mills Youth Centre– Access Art
Access Art is a media arts program where groups of youth from each of Chester Le, Malvern, Galloway/Danzig, Bay Mills Blvd. will be provided with mentorship and skill building opportunities to direct a short film highlighting artists from their communities.

Power To Girls Foundation - Untold Stories Through My Lens
The Untold Stories-Through My Lens program is a 12-week creative self-expression program for girls between the ages of 14-20 using photography and story telling. This program is designed to provide girls in the Rexdale community with a supportive space to share their thoughts and emotions in a fun and imaginative way.

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Limited space! RSVP: forgeworkshops@gmail.com or https://www.uniiverse.com/grantworkshop

You want to know how to get grants. The funders want to show you how to get their grants. It's a match made in heaven. 

Join us Wednesday, June 11 at 6:30pm for our latest Forge Workshop: OAC Grant Writing Workshop 2

The Ontario Arts Council will guide us through the application process and build on last winter's presentation with even more do's and don'ts as you review real applications like jurors and discuss where people go wrong in grant writing.

Hope you can join us- bring your friends!



Ontario Arts Council, 151 Bloor St. West, 6th Floor, Toronto