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.

Art Hear @ TOAE

Akin Collective



Akin Collective is  thrilled to present 

a unique series of free panel discussions and artist talks at The Toronto Outdoor art Exhibition 2015.

Talks will span topics and themes including the role of public art and the ownership of public spaces, shifts in the Toronto art world, the internet as artistic space, the benefits of outdoor art, and new methods of engaging public spaces all centered around the theme of “expectations”.

Art Hear Tent at City Hall! 100 Queen Street West.

Friday, September 18:

12:30 pm

: “Art and the Internet”

Alex Mcleod, Artist

Benjamin Bruneau, Artist and critic

Tough Guy Mountain, Artists.

4:30 pm

: “Claiming Public Space: Who does Public Art belong to?”

Ben Mills, Vice President, Public Art Management

Lilie Zendel, Manager, StreetARToronto (StART)

Laura Berazadi, Metrolinx Senior Advisor, Integrated Art

Lara Tarlo, City Planning, City of Toronto

Saturday, September 19:

2:00 pm

: “Outdoor Spaces: Activations, Interventions”

VSVSVS, Artists

Tania Thompson, Founder, 


 Drive Art Projects

Sean Martindale, Artist

3:00 pm

: Performance Art: “Audiences and Attention”

Bridget Moser, Artist

Shannon Cochrane, Artist/Director of FADO Performance Art Centre

Basil AlZeri, Artist

Sunday, September 20:


: “Collectives and Collaborations: The Shared Spaces”

Oliver Pauk, Founder and Director, Akin Collective

Adil Dhalla, Director of Culture, Centre for Social Innovation

Ashley Proctor, Founder, Creative Bluerprint & Foundery


:“Popular Commentary: Topics in Toronto’s Art Scene”

David Liss, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art

Shari Orenstein, Conversations from Toronto Art World

Jamie Angell, Director, Angell Gallery






Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
Nathan Phillips Square
September 18-20, 2015


NEW DEADLINE - Artist Exhibitor Applications

The application period has been extended to accommodate this change in dates.

Artist exhibitor applications are due 11:59pm on Monday, May 18.

  • Artists can apply in up to 3 categories (fees apply):
    Ceramics, Digital Media, Drawing, Fibre, Glass, Illustration, Jewellery, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Print Making, Sculpture, Watercolor, Wood
  • Artists have a choice between two booth sizes – 10x10 or 10x20
  • Artists retain 100% of all sales;
  • Accepted artists are automatically entered into the Best of Exhibition Awards, with over $25,000 in prizes;
The 2015 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition has been invited back to Nathan Phillips Square by the City of Toronto, September 18-20, to accommodate changes in road closure policies that prevent the use of Queen’s Park Crescent, and to accommodate the logistics of the Pan Am / Parapan Am games over the summer months. The Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition is grateful for the support of the Mayor, City Councillors, and City staff in bringing the exhibition back to Nathan Philips Square for 2015.

The 2015 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition will take place September 18-20 at Nathan Phillips Square, 10:30am – 7:30pm Friday and Saturday10:30am – 6:30pm Sunday. More details to be announced.


For information on applying as an artist, please contact:

Rachelle Sabourin
Exhibitor Relations Manager

The Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition is a charitable non-profit organization supported by a volunteer Board of Directors. The organizers take no percentage of the artists’ sales. The Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition gratefully acknowledges the support of its many sponsors and award donors.

The Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition was founded in 1961 by Murray and Marvelle Koffler. Taking place that first year in the parking lot of the Four Seasons Hotel on Jarvis St, the exhibition quickly outgrew its space and moved to Nathan Phillips Square in 1967 to become the first event ever held on the then-new civic square.

For additional information, please contact:

Mark Teeple
Executive Director
416- 408-2202

The Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition gratefully acknowledges the support of all of its sponsors and donors.

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