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This board broadcasts call for submissions for all artistic disciplines and is updated regularly. Are you looking to participate in a festival, exhibition, contest, creative collective, or art project? Scroll through the posts below for all kinds of open calls. Are you looking to list your opportunity for artists? To add a Call, visit our Contribute page or click the link below.

The Town of Banff through the Community Art Committee is seeking Expressions of Interest (i.e Request for Qualifications) from midcareer and senior professional artists to create a permanent work of art in a newly re-envisioned public space in downtown Banff. This call is open to mid-career and established Canadian artists or artist teams possessing a demonstrated capacity for working effectively on public art projects and adhering to project timelines and budgets. Applicants from all backgrounds, identities and geographical locations across Canada are encouraged to apply

Submission Form

Call Posted by:
Emma Sanborn
Contact Information:
Call Deadline:
July 23, 2021
Province/Territory:
National (All)
Artistic Discipline:
Architecture, Visual Arts

City of Regina Neil Balkwill Civic Arts Centre Musical Artist in Residence 2021

A strong theme in Regina’s cultural planning process is the belief that the greatest opportunities for progress involve supporting cultural resources and activities that promote intercultural conversations and exchange. To actively facilitate this conversation, The City of Regina, in partnership with SaskMusic, will contract a Regina-area artist to create music, songs, sound art or musical material that speaks to their lived experience as an ethnocultural minority in Canada. The residency will provide the opportunity for a sound artist or musician to explore themes such as cultural heritage, cultural identity, traditions, customs, storytelling, racism, equality and diversity. The residency is supportive of Regina’s Cultural Plan goals of ensuring resources are supportive of Regina’s Immigrant history, and further addressing the cultural needs of newcomers while promoting intercultural relations.

Residency Requirements:

  • The 2-month residency will contract a Regina-area musician, sound artist, performer or songwriter that self-identifies as an equity-seeking ethnocultural minority. (The term ethnocultural minority is intended to respectfully identify racialized groups that correspond to “visible minorities” under the Employment Equity Act of Canada, which include people of African, Asian, Latin American, Middle Eastern and mixed ethnocultural heritage who have been historically disadvantaged as a group, and may experience discrimination and oppression based on racism.)
  • The contracted musician or sound artist can work in any musical genre or medium (instrument) and will be required to compose, arrange and develop music or sound experience equivalent to 4-8 songs (or 20-30 minutes of musical content).
  • The musician or sound artist will be required to submit a detailed project budget and project timeline.
  • The musician or sound artist will be required to supply their own sound-making equipment/instruments/technology.
  • The musician or sound artist will be required to host 1 public engagement session/ workshop that invites members of the public to learn about the artist’s work in an educational and interactive way.
  • The musician or sound artist will be required to provide 1 public performance showcasing their work at the end of the residency. This performance will be held at the Neil Balkwill Civic Arts Centre, or virtually, pending COVID-19 protocols at the time.
  • The artist will professionally record 1 of the residency works, to be accessioned into the City or Regina Civic Art Collection.

Project Description:

The Artist in Residence will operate out of the City of Regina’s Neil Balkwill Civic Arts Centre, September 1-November 1, 2021. The artist will be expected to dedicate a minimum of 30 hours per month (7.5 hours per week) over two months to develop musical content for the residency. The artist can work in any genre and may also work remotely. The artist will receive an artist fee (contract payment) of $3000 for the two-month period paid in two parts. Half upon the completion of the public engagement session/workshops portion, and the remaining portion paid at the end of the residency upon the completion of the public performance. The artist will also have the option of receiving up to an additional $1000 paid directly to a studio to support expenses related to the professional recording and production of one song created during the residency. This song will then be licensed to the City of Regina Civic Art Collection as part of the residency for exhibition purposes. Any further usage of the artist’s work will be on a case-by-case basis and subject to the artist approval. For more details on the City of Regina’s Civic Art Collections, see the link here: City of Regina | Public Art & Collections

To apply you will need to submit the following at the link below:

  • 1 artist photo that can be used in public posts about the project
  • Artist biography (250-word minimum) and/or an artist CV/Resume outlining past awards, accomplishments, experience
  • At least 1 recorded song or demo (professional or demo quality, or live footage with high-quality audio) showcasing the artist’s genre, instrument of choice (which can include voice), and demonstrating artistic and cultural merit
  • 250 words answering one of the following questions:

a) how does your work contribute to a vibrant, inclusive, attractive Regina, where people live in harmony and thrive in opportunity.
b) how does your work promote increased understanding of the needs of ethnocultural minorities in Regina and promote intercultural relations.

Applications should be submitted by 5 pm June 30, 2021. The successful applicant can expect to be contacted within 3 weeks of the closing date and may be required to complete an in-person interview.

Click here for the Application Form

Call Posted by:
Dagan Harding
Contact Information:
Call Deadline:
June 30, 2021
Province/Territory:
National (All)
Artistic Discipline:
Performing arts - Other, Music and Sound
Priority Community:
New Generation Artists
Language:
English (Anglaise)

CMHC Artwork Opportunities – Request for Interest

CMHC seeks artist professionals or artist teams to submit qualifications for the opportunity to design, fabricate and install permanent artworks. This is a two-stage competition managed through an internal selection committee at CMHC, this call for submissions provides information, details and submission requirements. CMHC is a Crown Corporation of the Government of Canada. Its superseding agency was established after World War II, to help returning war veterans find housing. It has since expanded its mandate to assist housing for all Canadians with ongoing efforts being made to establish healthier relationships with many communities. The organization’s primary goals are to provide mortgage liquidity, assist in affordable housing development, and provide unbiased research and advice for both governments and the housing industry. The establishment of commissions for artworks aligns with the ongoing vision for CMHC making effort to create spaces of respect and reciprocity. These requests for qualifications are equal opportunity processes, open to artist professionals and teams with experience in creating art. We strongly encourage artistic applications from self-identifying Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit and Métis), Black, Persons of Colour (IBPoC), persons from LGBTQ2+ communities, persons with disabilities and marginalized groups not currently represented. We encourage self-identification during our selection processes as a way of increasing representation, understanding and to ensure organizational strategic priorities are being met as we strive towards higher levels of equity.

This call for submissions represents several opportunities for artists divided into 4 components:

A) Opportunity #1: C1 Entry Rock Garden

This component, tentatively called the “Entry Rock Garden”, encourages a story of coming together. It is a permanent, major contemporary work of art to occupy an indoor portion of the north entrance and atrium of the building. As a focal point, this major work of art will occupy a centralized space creating an environment that both welcomes guests and provides a visual landmark for the building and location. Applicants are strongly encouraged to explore concepts of community voices, conveying larger actions, celebrating artistic vision and share a story of coming together through Indigenous involvement. The total budgeted value of this opportunity is $120,000 CAD.

B) Opportunity #2: C1 Innovation Graphic Panels

This component, tentatively called the “Innovation Graphic Panels” is a wall-mounted artwork intended to explore innovation and the future of housing in Canada. Positioned near the Innovation Hub, Innovation Centre, Housing Knowledge Centre, and the primary south entry for CMHC staff, this opportunity is intended to be a catalyst, supporting aspirational dialogue and encouraging staff to think differently as they use the adjacent spaces and move in/out of the building. The total budgeted value of this opportunity is $30,000 CAD.

C) Opportunity #3: C3 Mural

This component, tentatively called the “Mural” is intended to be photographs of homes of people of Canada (or, what home means), assembled in a collective mural. Specifically, the intent of this opportunity is to support inspirational dialogue between CMHC and the community it serves across the country by exploring what “home” is to everyone, importantly as CMHC continues its work to ensure that: “By 2030, everyone in Canada has a home that they can afford and that meets their needs.” (Evan Siddall, Feb 7, 2019)”. Curation of the photographs is required by the proponent. The total budgeted value of this opportunity is $30,000 CAD.

D) Opportunity #4: Distributed Works

These components, tentatively called “Distributed Works” are intended to be various wall-hung pieces distributed throughout various locations at CMHC’s Ottawa office. Exact locations TBD. These components are intended to align with one or more components of the Project Vision: (a). Home: The roof under which our shared values, culture and expertise live; (b). Earth: The center of gravity and the driver for a sustainable future; and (c). Canada: The open and inclusive society we reflect and serve. The total budgeted value of this opportunity is $60,000 CAD.

Each component has its own budget and project priorities. Applicants are encouraged to submit to all components while understanding that only one component may be awarded to an applicant. Submissions from artist professionals and artist teams are asked to submit a cover letter, resume, CV and/or biographies as well as samples of existing artworks for consideration by the CMHC selections committee. Qualifications will be evaluated by a peer assessment committee consisting of artists, curators with public art experience, community representatives and representatives from the Design Team. To receive additional information and the application form for these opportunities, please email CMHCArtwork.Program@bgis.com. Application deadline is July 16, 2021 at 5:00:00 PM EST.

 

Estimated Contract Value $240,000.00 CDN

Estimated Project Completion: May 31, 2022

RFI Closing Date: Application deadline is July 16, 2021 at 5:00:00 PM EST.

Call Posted by:
Philip Berman, BGIS
Contact Information:
Call Deadline:
July 16, 2021
Province/Territory:
National (All)
Artistic Discipline:
Visual Arts
Language:
English (Anglaise), Francais (French)

DesignTO Symposium
‘No Such Thing as Normal’

What is the new “normal” when there is no such thing as “normal”? In a post-pandemic world, how can we design to meet diverse needs?

“Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.”
– Dr. Margaret Mead, pioneer in cultural anthropology

With over 7 billion people on earth, there are many different kinds of human beings in the world, each unique. As designer Kat Holmes describes in her book Mismatch, “[design] solutions need to work across a wide range of human diversity. But that’s easier said than done. People can be highly unpredictable. How do we design for so much complexity?”

As discussed at last year’s DesignTO Symposium ‘Towards Inclusive Design’, all design can and should be inclusive. Through participatory design, we can actively involve stakeholders and users throughout the design process to ensure the results meet their diverse needs. By decolonizing design, we can make space for unrepresented voices, truly value diverse perspectives and experiences, and design beyond only human needs.

Designing for an ideal is no longer a desirable outcome. Rather, this approach has proven harmful, contributing to systems of oppression that are intolerant of diversity, including race, culture, disability, gender, and sexual orientation. For many people, not feeling “normal” can be both a point of pride and a source of anguish. Canada’s forcible assimilation of Indigenous peoples is exemplary of the violence that “normal” can inflict.

This symposium invites designers and thinkers to explore how we can dismantle the long-accepted idea of “normal,” in order to design for diversity. How can we create great designs for both the individual and the masses? How can we present human-led solutions that move beyond the oversimplified average by designing “with, not for”? What tools can we use to build “one-size-fits-one” solutions rather than “one-size-fits-all”? What have we learned during the pandemic about systemic inequality? Has the pandemic created or revealed opportunities for change? How do we design a post-pandemic world that, to quote author and activist Sonya Renee Taylor, “fits all of humanity and nature”?

Sub-themes:

  • Design with, not for
  • Designing for health
  • Data bias
  • Gender data bias
  • Inclusive fashion
  • Human-centred design
  • Decolonizing design education
  • Designing for neurodiversity
  • Participatory design
  • Pandemic design
  • Post-pandemic design
  • Systems design

Talks may be about current research or case studies, new products or technologies, spaces or experiences, speculative design or strategies, or new processes or policies.

All submissions must include the following:

  • A description of your talk topic (max. 500 words), including target audience, format (keep in mind that the symposium will be online), and length/timing (15-20 minutes preferred);
  • a short bio on you and/or your creative practice (max. 150 words);
  • 1-3 visuals of your work (max. 1MB per image), or a link to a video (if available); and
  • Your contact info (name, email, phone number, mailing address), a CV, and website URL, Twitter and Instagram handles (if available).

Deadlines

All submissions are due Friday, September 24, 2021 by 11:59pm EDT.

How much does it cost to submit?

There is no fee for this submission. All successful applicants are required to cover their own transportation to and accommodations in Toronto for the Symposium date. A modest speaker’s fee will be paid to successful applicants.

When and where is the Symposium?

The Symposium runs during the DesignTO Festival, January 21-30, 2022. The dates for the Symposium are Tuesday, January 25 and Wednesday, January 26, 2022 from 6-8pm. Due to COVID, this event is to be held virtually. We reserve the right to modify dates, times or delivery methods if required.

What happens next?

Successful submissions will be notified by email in mid-October 2021.

Questions?

Email any questions to Safoura Zahedi, Programs Coordinator, at safoura@designto.org with the subject line: Symposium + your name.

Going into its seventh year, the Symposium is a signature program of DesignTO, a non-profit arts organization that produces Canada’s largest and leading annual design festival.

Call Posted by:
Safoura Zahedi, Programs Coordinator
Contact Information:
Call Deadline:
September 24, 2021
Province/Territory:
National (All)
Artistic Discipline:
Architecture, Visual Arts, Media Arts, Crafts/Artisan, Music and Sound
Language:
English (Anglaise)

FLDWRK x DesignTO Residency

6ft

(a)part

How _____________________________________ ?

will you shape 6 feet from within and beyond its boundary

Context

2020 surfaced many challenges in our society that have called for systemic change. In hand with the pandemic, these systemic issues (of racism, inequity, climate crisis, polarization, displacement, mental wellness, food and housing insecurity, and violence) have become more apparent and more urgent.

Being apart from one another has highlighted our interdependence and connectedness. As communities begin to optimistically strategize what post-pandemic life could be after more than a year of living 6 feet apart, we ask designers to reconsider, reframe and remake what’s around us to have a positive and long-lasting impact on society. ‘6ft (a)part’ calls for a new spatial contract that will reshape our everyday life.

6 feet is as much a spatial definition as a social and political notion of an invisible boundary within society. This distance between individuals has always been there. But the fact that it is now quantified behooves us to address its conditions and consequences. As much as it is a quantitative measure of distance, it is also a qualitative measure of our immediate environment. It dictates how we are to be in relation with others.

How will you shape 6 feet from within and beyond its boundary?

Brief

Design is fundamentally projective and generative. The design process leads us to observe, question and propose alternative realities, positing ideas that, with purpose, can confront the status quo and inspire change or resilience.

This residency invites designers to propose ideas that can meaningfully impact their communities, through investigation, speculation and production. These ideas can be small or large, intimate or urban, digital or analog. They can stem from ongoing research or a new line of inquiry.

How can reframing the space between us address social inequities? What political and social impact can be made through the generative process of design? How can the shared and inherent hopefulness of design and activism be manifested into real change for the better? How can design help us envision new systems of relations? What part do we play in these possible futures?

Residency Details

The residency will take place from mid-October 2021 to mid-January 2022, culminating in a public presentation as part of the 2022 DesignTO Festival (January 21-30, 2022). Residents will come together online, meeting every 3 weeks with their cohort of 3 designers and representatives of FLDWRK and DesignTO. In between meetings, residents will be working independently on their proposed projects. Residents will participate in the program remotely, providing their own computer and internet access.

All submissions must include the following:

  • A description of your proposed residency project as it connects to the context and brief (max. 500 words);
  • A description of the format of your proposed public presentation (e.g. research paper, online article, public presentation/talk, installation, website, podcast, photo series, drawing set) (max. 250 words);
  • A short bio on you and/or your creative practice (max. 150 words);
  • 3-5 visuals of your work (max. 1MB per image)
  • Up to 2 links to a video or websites; and
  • Your contact info (name, email, phone number, mailing address), a CV, and website URL.

Deadlines

All applications are due Friday, September 24, 2021 by 11:59pm EDT.

How much does it cost to apply?

There is no fee to apply. A residency stipend of $1,500 CAD will be paid to successful applicants. A production allowance will be available to successful applicants.

What happens next?

Successful applications will be notified by email in mid-October 2021. Details will be provided and a schedule of interaction will be mutually agreed upon.

Questions?

Email any questions to Robyn Wilcox, Head of Programming, at robyn@designto.org with the subject line: Residency + your name.

About FLDWRK

Fieldwork is a research and design collective investigating current systemic transitions of our society. We believe that our current societal context calls for a need to engage physical space through new lenses. We establish co-labs to apply design thinking and research to holistically respond to society’s challenges. We produce narratives on how to best operate in and help mold our changing context with the aim to design new strategies that fully support our collective aspirations for positive futures.

Call Posted by:
Robyn Wilcox, Head of Programming
Contact Information:
Call Deadline:
September 24, 2021
Province/Territory:
National (All)
Artistic Discipline:
Architecture, Visual Arts, Media Arts, Crafts/Artisan, Music and Sound
Language:
English (Anglaise)

Prototype Exhibition
‘Purpose & Play’

Going into its seventh year, ‘Purpose & Play’ is a new edition of the annual prototype exhibition organized by DesignTO in partnership with Umbra. A dozen new prototypes by Canadian designers are shown each year at the Umbra Store during the DesignTO Festival. ‘Purpose & Play’ invites any Canadian designer (living here or abroad) to submit to this open call for submissions.

About the exhibition

Showcasing the work of Canadian designers, ‘Purpose & Play’ is an exhibition that explores fresh and original housewares and working products for contemporary life. Previous editions were ‘Work/Life’ and ‘Compact Living’.

‘Purpose & Play’ will run during the annual city-wide DesignTO Festival, January 21-30, 2022. All selected prototypes will also be considered for addition to Umbra’s growing roster of quality products, to be manufactured, distributed, and sold through the Umbra brand, with royalty. For example, The Bolo Planter by Simone Ferkul, a prototype from the 2017 exhibition, is now produced by Umbra and available for purchase globally.

Call for submissions

The past year has been hard. The effects of the ongoing global pandemic have been felt in almost every aspect of life, with serious illness and loss of life threatening communities, social isolation and stress damaging mental health, and restrictions jeopardizing livelihoods.

Throughout this year, we have been asked to stay at home as much as possible. Many activities previously spread across different locations and environments — live, work, play, learn, socialize — are confined to one space. The monotony of lockdown is contributing to brain fog and boredom.

In a time when everything can feel the same, how can we inject colour and levity into our lives? Where can we find moments of joy and spontaneity? How can we experience our environments anew after so much time in confinement? In contrast to restrictions, essentials, and necessity, how can we carve out opportunities for frivolity and play?

Drawing upon these conditions, the exhibition invites designers to explore new designs for the coming year. How can we create a “new quality of life” through prototypes? Consider opportunities for joy, humour, play, multiple functions, adaptability, personalization, entertaining, and other ways domestic objects can be fun to use and fun to own. The exhibition invites designers to think about the whole environment that we live and work in, and welcomes creative responses to the theme.

Design considerations

  • An understanding of Umbra’s core values: modern, original, casual, functional, and affordable
  • Opportunities for joy, humour, play, multiple functions, adaptability, personalization, entertaining, and other ways domestic objects can be fun to use and fun to own. (See Umbra’s Strumba Kalimba as one example.)
  • Anticipate or integrate technological developments
  • A product that can be used in multiple contexts
  • A product with a long lifeline
  • A product that you want, and that you can afford
  • Aesthetics, functionality, manufacturability
  • Global appeal

Submissions of new work are preferred and strongly encouraged; however, we will consider submissions of work that have not been publicly displayed before. Applicants can submit more than one entry using one submission per form.

All submissions must include the following:

  • A description of the product (max. 150 words) — please be sure to include the following details: title, function, materials, dimensions;
  • A short bio on you and/or your creative practice (max. 150 words);
  • 2-3 images of the prototype, such as a digital rendering, drawing, or sketch (max. 1MB per image);
  • Your contact info (name, email, phone number, mailing address), and website URL and/or social media handles (if available);
  • Signed copy of Umbra’s Design Submission Agreement (in PDF format).

Deadlines

All submissions are due Friday, September 24, 2021 by 11:59pm EDT.

How much does it cost?

There is no fee for this submission or for participating in the Prototype Exhibition. However, if selected, you will be responsible for arranging drop-off and pick-up of your prototype to the Umbra Store, 165 John Street, Toronto, at your own cost. Artist fees will be paid to designers selected for the exhibition.

When does the prototype need to be done?

The prototype does not need to be made when submitting to the call. Designers who are selected will be required to produce a prototype of their submitted design and ship the prototype to Toronto by January 3, 2022 latest. Additional details will be sent to successful applicants.

Who can apply?

All Canadian designers can apply. This includes Canadians living abroad, and anyone currently living in Canada. Students can apply as well.

When and where is the exhibition?

The exhibition will open Friday, January 21 and run until Sunday, January 30, 2022. An opening reception will be held during Festival Week if permitted by pandemic protocols. The exhibition and reception will be held at the Umbra Store, 165 John Street, Toronto. We reserve the right to modify dates and delivery formats if required.

What happens next?

Successful submissions will be notified by email mid-October 2021.

Questions?

Email any questions to Robyn Wilcox, Head of Programming, at robyn@designto.org with this subject line: Prototype Exhibition + your name.

Call Posted by:
Robyn Wilcox, Head of Programming
Contact Information:
Call Deadline:
September 24, 2021
Province/Territory:
National (All)
Artistic Discipline:
Architecture, Visual Arts, Media Arts, Crafts/Artisan, Music and Sound
Language:
English (Anglaise)

Group Exhibition
‘Shared Terrain’

‘Shared Terrain’ is a group exhibition that will be presented as part of ‘Nordic Bridges’, a year-long initiative led by Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre fostering cultural exchange between the Nordic Region and Canada.

This exhibition seeks to explore collaboration between Canadian and Nordic artists and designers. It is structured around an exchange and conversation between creative thinkers from distant locations. Five selected Canadian artists will be paired with one of five Nordic artists. An introduction will be made. Over three months this fall, the pairs will collaborate remotely on a collaborative work piece generated through conversations between them.

Collaboration allows for further investigation into one’s personal practice while learning about another individual approach to creative thinking and making. The process will provide an inventive space to create and ask various questions. How can similarities and differences build a connection between the pairs? How can each artist benefit from this cross cultural exchange? What relationship can be formed through these dialogues between creators? How can they inspire one another? What can one discover about their own practice through engagement with different perspectives?

Artists are invited to explore ties between their creative practices in many ways, but also with respect to their geographical locations and cultural histories. Canada and Nordic countries share similar qualities that may reveal connections among artistic approaches. While the Nordic regions may greatly vary from each other, some commonalities to Canada are: Indigenous knowledge, sovereignty and land rights; interest in sustainability and the preservation of natural landscapes; relationships with materials available in the regions; and range of experiences found in urban and rural environments.

Artists will be invited to explore these ideas through a series of online engagements. The outcome of this collaborative process is a collaborative work which will be exhibited during the 2022 DesignTO Festival. This may take the form of a conversation, a physical work, or an alternate approach that responds to the experience of sharing.

Nordic artists and designers participating in the exchange are:

Wednesday Architecture – wednesday-architecture.com
Teemu Salonen – teemusalonen.fi
Randi Samsonsen – randisamsonsen.com
Katarina Spik Skum – duodjebykss.com
Lillian Tørlen – lilliantorlen.no

Call for submissions

We invite submissions from artists and designers working in all mediums and formats. Artists or designers working in long-term collaborative pairs may apply as a collective.

The exhibition will be featured as part of the DesignTO Festival, January 21-30, 2022, and co-presented with Harbourfront Centre.

All submissions must include the following:

  • Bio on you and/or your creative practice (max. 100 words);
  • Artist statement (max. 150 words);
  • Description of why you want to participate in this collaborative project (max. 150 words);
  • Description of your previous experience with working collaboratively (max. 150 words);
  • 5 images of past projects or work (realized or speculative, jpg format, no larger than 1MB each) with image descriptions; and
  • a CV.

Deadlines

All submissions are due Wednesday September 1, 2021 by 11:59pm EDT.

How much does it cost to submit?

There is no fee for this submission or for participating in the Group Exhibition. However, if selected, you will be responsible for arranging drop-off and pick-up of your work to Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto. Artist’s fees will be paid to artists selected for the exhibition.

When and where is the exhibition?

As permitted by pandemic protocols, the exhibition will open Friday, January 21 and run until Sunday, March 20, 2022. An opening reception will be held during Festival Week if permitted. The exhibition and reception will be held at the Artport Gallery, Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto. We reserve the right to modify dates and delivery methods if required.

What happens next?

Successful submissions will be notified by email by mid-September. Each Canadian artist will be paired with a Nordic artist to begin the exchange program. The exchange will be facilitated by DesignTO’s programming team. Details will be provided and a schedule of interaction will be mutually agreed upon.

Questions?

Email any questions to Olga Klosowski Schellenberg, Programs Coordinator, at olgas@designto.org with this subject line: Group Exhibition + your name.

Going into its eighth year, the group exhibition is a signature program of DesignTO, a non-profit arts organization that produces Canada’s largest and leading annual design festival. This exhibition is co-presented with Harbourfront Centre.

Call Posted by:
Olga Klosowski Schellenberg, Programs Coordinator
Contact Information:
Call Deadline:
October 8, 2021
Province/Territory:
National (All)
Artistic Discipline:
Architecture, Visual Arts, Media Arts, Crafts/Artisan, Music and Sound
Language:
English (Anglaise)

The DesignTO Festival brings people together to celebrate contemporary design across the city January 21-30, 2022.

DesignTO Festival is Canada’s leading (and largest) annual design festival that celebrates design as a multidisciplinary form of creative thinking and making, with over 100 exhibitions and events forming Toronto’s design week each January. Since 2011, we have welcomed over 600,000 visitors, worked with over 5,000 artists and designers, and reached over 475 million users through print and digital media.

Independently-produced projects are integral to the Festival’s structure. We welcome all who want to present, discuss, demonstrate, or exhibit design in any field and/or related disciplines.

Exhibitors include artists, designers, design firms, local businesses, academic and cultural institutions, and students. Exhibitors are responsible for arranging their own venue in Toronto, including spaces such as galleries, studios, workshops, cafés, schools, lobbies, and businesses. We also welcome online events and exhibitions.

Your project listing includes:

  • A listing on the online Festival Schedule (one page with up to 6 images, 300-word description, and associated reception or other events)
  • A listing on the Festival mobile app (one page with up to 6 images, 40-word description, and associated reception or other events)
  • Inclusion in one ‘What to do’ daily e-newsletter
  • DesignTO venue signage (e.g. Festival window cling, not project-specific)

Deadlines

Apply by Tuesday, August 31, 2021 to receive $25 off your registration fee.

Application Deadline
Friday, October 8, 2021 by 11:59pm EDT.

Content Deadline (for all listings)
Friday, October 22, 2021 by 11:59pm EDT.

Categories

  • Window Installation
  • Event (online or in-person)
  • Exhibition (online or in-person)

Fees

Solo designer or ad hoc collective
$225 + HST

Small businesses
(including shops, artist-run centres, and private galleries)
$275 + HST

Large businesses and institutions
$350 + HST

All applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please expect confirmation by email within one week of submission. Once accepted, payment is required by e-transfer within two weeks to confirm participation. Institutions have the option to pay by cheque.

Definitions

  • A window installation runs the whole duration of Festival Week, and is visible to the public 24 hours a day from the outside of your venue. Depending on the space, the installation may also be viewable from inside your venue during regular business/gallery hours.
  • An event runs one day during Festival Week, for a set period of time, taking place online or in-person. For example, a talk, tour, product launch, webinar, film screening, party, or workshop.
  • An exhibition runs more than one day during Festival Week, and can take place in-person or online. It is open to the public during regular business/gallery hours, and may include a window component. It can start before Festival Week, and end after Festival Week. It may also include an opening or closing reception, artist/designer’s talk, or tour.

Why Participate?

  • Be a part of Toronto’s vibrant art and design community
  • Show your work to an enthusiastic audience of designers and design-lovers
  • Get exposure through the Festival’s website, mobile app, social media, press releases, and e-newsletters
  • Meet and build relationships with new artists, designers, educators, curators, and manufacturers
  • Explore new ideas
  • Add to your brand capital by self-producing your own programming
  • Engage with a captive audience for less than standard advertising rates
Call Posted by:
Robyn Wilcox, Head of Programming
Contact Information:
Call Deadline:
October 8, 2021
Province/Territory:
National (All)
Artistic Discipline:
Architecture, Visual Arts, Media Arts, Crafts/Artisan, Music and Sound
Language:
English (Anglaise)

This annual juried exhibition, open to both members and non-members of Leighton Art Centre, with a nominal per-piece submission fee, honours the practice of creating art outdoors, in the moment.

Leighton Art Centre’s 2021 ‘In The Open Air’ juried plein air exhibition will be held September 11 – October 24, 2021. The exhibition format(s) will depend on the current state of health regulations at that time but, as of now, is anticipated to be held in person, with an online catalogue and online sales (within Canada) also available.

Important Dates:

  • August 16, 2021 (4 pm MDT): Deadline to submit.
  • August 20, 2021: All artists will be informed by end of day about the status of their submission.
  • September 4, 2021: Final day to deliver accepted pieces to Leighton Art Centre. Centre closes at 4 pm.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Open call: submitting artist is not required to be a Leighton Art Centre member.
  • Pieces must have been created en plein air. Touch ups in studio perfectly fine, but the spirit of the genre is for the bulk of the work to be done outdoors, in the moment. Please do not submit pieces created from photos or entirely in studio.
  • Maximum 6 pieces per artist. All submitted pieces must be for sale, with the price selected by the artist.
  • There is no size limit for submitted pieces, but please realize that the exhibition will be curated with available gallery space in mind.
  • Accepted pieces must arrive at Leighton Art Centre ready to hang (or be placed on a table or plinth in the case of fine craft such as ceramics, textiles, jewellery or sculpture). No sawtooth hangers.
  • Please check all your artwork information carefully before submitting. We are dealing with large quantities of data and will have very limited capacity to fix any errors. No art substitutions, or title or price changes will be accepted after the fact.
  • Any submitted piece may not be sold by the artist between the time of submission of this form and the date that either (a) the artist receives notice of said piece’s rejection or (b) the exhibition ends (October 24, 2021). Failure to abide by this rule will result in the artist being excluded from the exhibition.

IN THE OPEN AIR SUBMISSION FORM

Call Deadline:
August 16, 2021
Province/Territory:
National (All)
Artistic Discipline:
Visual Arts
Language:
English (Anglaise)

The Leighton Art Centre invites submissions from artists, artist groups, and curators of all artistic backgrounds working in all genres, styles, and mediums for exhibition in 2022. We endeavor to provide a platform for artists at all levels of their artistic careers, as well as present diverse programming and a stimulating exhibition schedule that challenges, and appeals to, a wide audience.

Deadline for submissions: 12 pm (noon) on Monday, July 5, 2021.

Artists will be notified of their result by July 30, 2021.

GALLERY EXHIBITION POLICIES

The Leighton Art Centre preference is for exhibitions that are for sale, however, we are willing to work with artists and curators to pursue grant funding to cover fees for projects such as installations and non-commercial exhibitions. The LAC takes a commission of 40% on all sales. All exhibitions are organized by the LAC in coordination with the artist. Exhibitions generally run between four and eight consecutive weeks.

SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSAL

SUBMIT A SOLO EXHIBITION PROPOSAL

SUBMIT A GROUP EXHIBITION PROPOSAL

For more details or assistance please contact our Manager of Exhibitions, Events & Volunteers, Lindsay Corbet at lindsayc@leightoncentre.org or 403.931.3153.

Call Posted by:
Lindsay Corbet, Manager of Exhibitions, Events & Volunteers
Contact Information:
Call Deadline:
July 5, 2021
Province/Territory:
National (All)
Artistic Discipline:
Visual Arts, Crafts/Artisan
Language:
English (Anglaise)
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