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

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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.

The Artist Project opens this Thursday featuring work by many talented Akin artists!

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This year The Artist Project contemporary art fair Feb 22-25 at the Better Living Centre and will feature work by over 250 incredible artists from Canada and abroad including some Akin Collective studio members!

Today only you could win two free passes to the early access preview party which is happening on Thursday! Follow us on Instagram and comment on the Artist Project post we put up today with which friend you'll bring along and at the end of the day we'll pull a name from a hat! 

Click here to visit the Instagram post and participate in the ticket giveaway competition. 

The Artist Project is a four day contemporary art fair. From collectors and curators, to gallerists and designers, visitors can explore and discover works of art from over 250 top contemporary artists from Canada and abroad. This is a unique opportunity to meet and buy art directly from artists. We encourage you to check out the fair this week and while you are there please visit our talented Akin artists and chat with them about their artwork! 

Kayla Polan of Akin Dupont - Booth U-6 (UNTAPPED Emerging Artist)

Monique Resnick of Akin Lansdowne - Booth U-15 (UNTAPPED Emerging Artist)

Nancy Bennett of Akin Sunrise - Booth 514

Laura Kay Keeling of Akin Dupont - Booth I-11

Nicole Krstin of Akin Dupont - Booth 812

Chris Harms of Akin Dupont - Booth 340

Thursday February 22: Opening Night Party  7-10 PM
Friday February 23: 11 AM-10 PM
Saturday February 24: 11 AM-8 PM
Sunday February 25 11 AM-6 PM