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Are you looking for opportunities in Toronto to create and share your work?

Illustration by Kevin Moran

For those of you in the Toronto area looking for opportunities to make and share your work, below are just some of the upcoming dates for submissions to residencies, exhibitions and competitions. There are plenty more opportunities out there for artists in this area, so if you know of something missing from this list, email me at and Ill be sure to add it!


The Public Studio - Parkdale Artist Residency

Deadline: April 14th 2017

We’re looking for artists of any age and stage of career, who are from, live in, or are involved in the Parkdale community to create work under the theme of “Resilient Communities.” The artist’s exhibit should honor and celebrate Parkdale’s ongoing histories of resistance and resilience, engage or relate to the neighbourhood, and be rooted in principles of social justice and anti-oppression. The Parkdale Artist Residency program running from May 1, 2017 – June 5, 2017, culminating in an exhibit for the gallery, which will be on public display through June and July 2017.

Open Studio - Don Philips Scholarship

Deadline: May 1st 2017

The Don Phillips Scholarship is for 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 the year of application and who will not be returning to studies full-time in September.

Open Studio - Jean Thib Mentorship Residency

Deadline: May 1st 2017

The Jeannie Thib Mentorship Residency is given to an artist in the early stages of their professional career, who has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to their practice within the last one to five years. Submissions much reflect the applicant’s recent professional development initiatives in one or more of the following areas: active exhibiting practice, participation in artist residencies, or successful grant awards.

DRAKE AV Video Artist Residency

Deadline: May 5th 2017

In partnership with Trinity Square Video, the Drake AV is a unique opportunity to connect, collaborate + create progressive video content with access to inspiring guest speakers, workshops, equipment + spaces. Kicking off its second year, the selected group of emerging video artists will develop original video art that will premiere on Drake TV + at Nuit Blanche 2017.

Roundtable Residency 2017 (Theme: CARE)

Deadline: May 7th 2017

In its fifth year, The Roundtable Residency continues its focus on fostering emerging artists. We encourage artists to create networks that will lead to an enriching experience, by working alongside the residency facilitators - as a means of peer-to-peer mentorship and community feedback - while developing distinct, well-rounded art projects throughout the course of the residency.

How do you define 'care'? Where does 'care' fit (or not fit) into your daily life? When you think about 'care' who or what comes to mind - yourself, others, community, the world at large? How does this affect the work you create? And in turn, consider as well how the work you create might affect those beyond your own practice. Consider how art might be the ultimate act of self-care and/or a way of connecting through 'caring'.

Living Arts Centre Resident Artist Fellowship Program 2017 – 2018

Deadline: May 24th 2017

The Living Arts Centre in Mississauga, Ontario offers professionally-equipped studios for emerging and mid-career artists to develop their practices in a collaborative environment.

Stories My Body Told Me Residency Program - Artscape Gibraltar Point, Toronto Island

Deadline: June 6th, 2017

Through a partnership between The Social Good and Walnut Contemporary gallery, Artscape Gibraltar Point is pleased to announce the call for applications: Stories That My Body Told Me, a residency that aims to encourage artists to connect with their inner self and then transcribe their embodied memory of migration and immigration into an artistic body of work.

Spark Box Summer Artist Residency

Deadline: Ongoing

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.


Call for Entries: Photophobia: Contemporary Moving Image Festival

Deadline: April 30th 2017

Photophobia is the 11th annual festival of short-format contemporary media, film, video and moving image hosted in partnership between the Art Gallery of Hamilton and Hamilton Artists Inc.

HARD TWIST 12 – Yarn

Deadline: April 30th 2017

The twelfth annual edition of the Gladstone Hotel’s signature show of textile-based art, invites artists to explore the art of narrative through textile.

A Space Gallery

Deadline: May 31st 2017

A Space Gallery is accepting submissions to our Main Gallery for exhibitions in the 2018 and the 2019 seasons. This call is for artists working in all media and is also open to curatorial proposals.

Applicants should consider that our programming mandate focuses on work that is politically engaged, oriented around non-dominant communities, and supportive of innovative curatorial and technical practices. We are interested in ways that artists and curators can create a space for different readings or experiences of culture and identity, in issue-based projects and in multidisciplinary projects that create a forum for dialogue and collaboration between diverse communities, including youth cultures and communities in transition.

Gallery 44

Deadline: June 1st 2017

Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography is a non-profit artist-run centre committed to photography as a multi-faceted and ever-changing art form, offering a unique platform for reflection and dialogue on contemporary photography and its related practices.

Canadian Craft Biennial Emerging Exhibition: Nothing is Newer Than Tradition

Deadline: June 9th, 2017

The Art Gallery of Burlington, in collaboration with Craft Ontario, is pleased to announce the inaugural Canadian Craft Biennial, August 19 to October 29, 2017. As part of Biennial programming, Nothing is Newer than Traditionwill present the work of emerging Ontario makers that reflect a dedicated engagement with specialized skills and materials. The exhibition will explore how craft materials, tools and processes are creatively reiterated through the hands of a new generation of makers.

Artspace Call for Submission

Deadline: June 16th 2017

Submissions from emerging, mid-career and senior artists whose works is alternative, experimental and/or critically engaged are welcome. The centre welcomes submissions from individual artists, curators, and collectives to apply with new or existing exhibition proposals

Come Up to My Bedroom

Deadline: June 18th 2017

Come Up to My Room (CUTMR) is the Gladstone Hotel’s annual 4-day alternative design exhibition. Each year CUTMR provides artists and designers the opportunity to take risks, to push their ideas, to evoke meaning not just function.

Inter / Access

Deadline: Ongoing

Interaccess exhibits original projects from artists, curators, and collectives. Keeping with our mission to expand the cultural space of technology, we support electronic, interactive, and new media works in sculpture, installation, video, software, sound/music, and performance.



Deadline: April 9 2017

The Art Gallery of Guelph welcomes submissions for the fifth annual Middlebrook Prize for Young Canadian Curators until April 9, 2017.

The Middlebrook Prize invites curators under the age of 30 to submit an innovative proposal for an exhibition that will be presented at the Art Gallery of Guelph from September 14 to December 17, 2017. By supporting and mobilizing Canadian creative talent, the Middlebrook Prize aims to inspire positive social change through creativity and connectedness in an era of ongoing and unprecedented economic, environmental, social, and cultural challenges

RBC Canadian Painting Competition

Deadline: May 3rd 2017

As part of the RBC Emerging Artists Project, the RBC Canadian Painting Competition – now in its 19th year – seeks to give exposure and opportunity to Canada’s next generation of visual artists, in addition to a total of $85,000 in prize money to the finalists.

The winner will receive a prize of $25,000. The two honorable mentions will receive $15,000 each and the remaining 12 finalists receive $2,500 each.

2017 Burtynsky Grant

Deadline: May 15th 2017

A $5,000 annual grant to support a Canadian artist in the creation of a photobook. This grant is intended to support artists who are in the advanced stages of developing a photobook.


Deadline: May 17th 2017

Idea Exchange is excited to present our third annual installment of The Brush Off – a live-painting competition. This continued partnership with THEMUSEUM (Kitchener), who developed The Brush Off in 2012, is a collaboration that celebrates the brilliant artistic talent in Waterloo Region and the surrounding area while fundraising for both not-for-profit organizations.

Twelve talented artists will be selected to participate in two rounds of live-painting. After each 30 minute round, the audience votes to declare a winner who will move on to the main event at THEMUSEUM in January of next year.

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