Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Grant Writing Workshop / Calls for Submissions

Xpace's External Space has a new exhibition, beginning friday February 15 until March 19, 2013


Curated by: Jennifer Simaitis

Artist: Sona Safaei

Media, as a controlled application dependent on geographical and political situations, is deconstructed in Decenter. The looped video exposes and pokes fun at the conventions and production of 24-hour news coverage. Through the use of jump shots, green screen, and scrolling text bars, Decenter directs the viewers’ attention back and forth between silent talking heads, revealing how news is delivered without delivering any news.
Sona Safaei’s video and installation work explores the notion of self and otherness, the linkages between one and many, and part /whole relationships in a decentralized global situation. Safaei studied painting at Azad University (Iran) and moved to Canada in 2006. She is a current OCAD University student.

Grant Writing Workshop, February 16 at XPACE

Xpace is pleased to present a workshop/discussion with Peter Kingstone (Acting Visual/Media Arts Officer at Toronto Arts Council). He will lead an informal discussion on what is needed for a grant, and will address specific questions on difficulties with translating work to a jury. There will also be tips on how a grant could be written highlighting things like storytelling, audience, history, and documentation.

We will follow with one on one workshops, so feel free to bring a proposal or an idea/project you are working on.

The workshop is free, but please RSVP as space is limited. Email to reserve your spot. 

Peter Kingstone is a Toronto-based visual artist and curator, working primarily in video and photography. As an independent artist, Peter’s installation pieces have been shown across Canada and internationally, and he was awarded the Untitled Artist Award in 2005 for his installation The Strange Case of peter K. (1974-2004). Peter holds a degree in Philosophy/Cultural Studies from Trent University in Peterborough and a Masters of Fine Art focussing on video and new media from York University in Toronto. Peter has presented at many conferences on the ideas around storytelling and social engagement. Peter started in September 2012 as the Acting Visual/Media Arts Officer at Toronto Arts Council.


Mercer Union, Toronto ON - March 1rst 2013

Mercer Union accepts exhibition and curatorial submissions from artists and curators for its Front or Back Galleries, with an emphasis on new work.

They support artists through the payment of artist and copyright fees according to the guidelines established by CAR/FAC (Canadian Artists’ Representation/Fronts des artistes canadiens), and provide installation assistance, insurance, documentation, promotion, and commissioned critical essays on selected projects.

All submissions must include electronic documents on Mac-friendly CD or DVD, including:
• An artist statement (PDF preferred)
• An exhibition proposal including technical/installation needs, time-frame, etc.
• A current CV with full contact information
• A numbered image list
• Ten to twenty images of current work or work intended for exhibition. Images should be JPEGs (1024×768 pixels max.), named and numbered consistently (e.g. 01Smith.jpg, 02Smith.jpg, etc.)
• Other support material such as reviews and catalogues (print examples accepted)
(Note: they do not return submissions)

Submissions should be mailed or delivered in person. Mercer Union does not accept submissions by e-mail. Exhibition submissions which arrive after the due date will be held over until the next deadline.

1286 Bloor Street West
Toronto Ontario Canada M6H 1N9

Deadline: March 1rst 2013

Whippersnapper Gallery  SPACE AVAILABLE: Discussion Den, Feb-Apr 2013

From February to April 2013, Whippersnapper Gallery is The Discussion Den.

The Discussion Den is open for use by anyone for the purposes of private meetings, private discussions, public discussions, reading groups, or any other form of use you'd like to propose. Since the Whippersnapper is 11x11ft, they only have seating for up to 15 people.

They are opening up this space up for use by the public in order to encourage people to have discussions on topics that are important to them. They hope that the small, informal 
environment will encourage facilitators and participants to feel more comfortable in an intimate atmosphere in order to ask ambitious questions, and have challenging conversations. For public discussions or reading groups, They suggest taking RSVPs 
so that people aren't left out in the cold due to lack of space. They are open to any other strategies or formats you'd like to propose.

The Discussion Den is a space, not a curated program. Whippersnapper is making this space available because they are lacking funding to be able to support artist fees for our regular programming. They don't want their space to go to waste while they raise funds for future programs. Whippersnapper regrets that we are unable to supply a budget/fee to the facilitators of public events. They will however, support facilitators of public events in asking for PWYC contributions from participants, the entirety of which would go to the facilitator.

There is no deadline. Space will be given on the basis of 1st-come-1st-serve. They suggest contacting them 2-3 weeks in advance of the date that you'd like to use the space. If you would like to use the space, please email with 
the following information:

1. Tell them what you'd like to use the space for: A meeting? 
What's the group? A discussion? What's the content?
2. Tell them when you'd like to use the space. Please list 2-3 
date/time options if possible.
3. Is phone a good way to reach you? What's your phone #?
4. Tell them a bit about yourself in whatever form you prefer (No 
pressure! Just write a note, link to a website, send a CV)

Accessibility Info and Calendar of Availability here:

LIFT/imagineNATIVE Mentorship for Indigenous Artists, February 15 2013

Do you have a great idea for a 5 minute short film? Explore 16mm filmmaking through LIFT's workshops, equipment and facilities (other mediums may be employed). Shoot and edit your ideas on film, and see them on screen at the 14th annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, which will take place in Toronto from October 16-­20, 2013!

You will be provided with a LIFT Membership, and be eligible to enroll in any training workshop offered during their Winter and Summer 2013 calendar. You will be paired with LIFT's knowledgeable staff and a specially selected mentor to help you through your various development, production and post-production stages. imagineNATIVE will subsidize some additional costs related to your project, and facilitate aspects of 
your post-production stages.

This call is open to Indigenous (First Nation, Metis, Inuit, other international Indigenous) candidates living in or near the GTA only.

Deadline: February 15 2013

Complete application and eligibility details:

The Toronto Fringe Festival, Call for Artists: The Visual Fringe

Now in its third year, The Visual Fringe is back, part of the 25th anniversary of the Toronto Fringe Festival. Once again the alleyway behind Honest Ed's will be transformed into a vibrant pedestrian art-market where Visual Fringe artists will sell their wares. In addition to visual delights, AlleyPlays (micro-plays curated in small, unconventional spaces around the alley) will be presented alongside the visual arts pop-up shops, adding to the charm and bustle of the Fringe Club.

The Visual Fringe welcomes visual artists, performance artists and all those in-between. The  tents Fringe will provide can be transformed into classic gallery spaces or interactive performance venues; cabinets of curiosity or quirky general stores. Although the venue is simple (it's a 10' by 10' tent) and technical support is very limited, the space for imagination is vast. The Fringe Club behind Honest Ed's can expect foot traffic of over 35,000 people. The Fringe does not interfere with your art and 100 % of sales are returned to artists. You will be featured in the Fringe Program which is distributed to 15,000 people. 

Entry is first-come, first served. Between 12-24 artists will be accepted. The Visual Fringe runs every day of the festival (July 3 to 14, 2013) from late afternoon to last-call. Artists can apply solo, or as part of a collective. If successful, each artist/collective admitted to the festival can opt for a full tent ($150 fee) or a shared tent ($100 fee) and will be scheduled for 8 days of programming.

Applications open: Wednesday March 6th at 11 am (Note: Slots always fill on the first day)

Contact Claire at or 416.966.1062 with any questions.

Roadside Attractions - Spring 2013 - Winter 2014 Programming, March 10, 2013

Roadside Attractions is accepting proposals for art projects and installations for their spring 2013 to winter 2014 exhibition schedule. Roadside Attractions is a storefront window exhibit space located at 911 Davenport Road in Toronto, Canada. The space is used for site-specific installations and other visual art projects, each running in 6-week intervals.

spring/fall schedule 2013: March 10
winter/spring schedule 2013/2014: June 15

They accept submissions for projects in any media with the provision that it is suited to the confines of the space with preference given to new work. 

Window space dimensions: 152cm x 203cm (tapering to 177cm) x 53cm (H x W x D)

Please Include in submissions:
  •  A project proposal describing the intended work
  • An artist's statement
  • 5 to 10 jpeg images of recent work (72 dpi, 1024 x 768 pixels max.)
  • Details regarding media, dimensions, date for each images.
  • CV is not necessary, but will be looked at if sent.
Submissions are accepted by email only, they will send an email confirming receipt of your submission.

For submission details and other information contact us at:
Roadside Attractions is located at 911 Davenport Road (at Christie Street), Toronto, Canada

Gallery Connexion, Fredricton NB, 2014 programming year

Gallery Connexion is now accepting proposals for upcoming exhibitions in the Rick Burns Gallery, Gallery Connexion's main exhibition space.

Proposals will be for the early 2014 programming year. Proposals must be arrive at Gallery Connexion by 11 March 2013. Proposals can be sent via e-mail.

Exhibition proposals should include the following:
  • 10 – 20 images of proposed project or recent work (JPEG; max 1 megabyte each). 
  • Numbered image list, including title, medium, dimensions, year (Word or PDF).
  • Curriculum vitae (3 pages maximum; Word or PDF).
  • Artist statement (250 words maximum; Word or PDF).
  • An exhibition proposal including space and equipment requirements and description of proposed work (250 words maximum; Word or PDF).
  • Optional Press Kit, including publications, reviews, et cetera (PDF or hardcopy; a
  • self-addressed, stamped envelope must be included for return of materials).
Proposals can be emailed to: with "Proposal – Rick Burns Gallery" in the subject line. Proposals can be sent via post to: Gallery Connexion, P.O. Box 696, Fredericton, New Brunswick , E3B 5B4, CANADA

Gallery Connexion welcomes submissions from artists of any discipline regardless of educational background, gender, race, or sexual orientation. The gallery also welcomes proposals from independent curators. Gallery Connexion does not show undergraduate student work, but emerging artists should be encouraged to apply.

Gallery Connexion is committed to paying artist's fees as outlined in the CARFAC fee schedule.The current rates are as follows:

$1700 for a solo show
$150 for a Talk or Workshop under 2 hours
Up to $200 for return shipping

Proposal Deadline: 11 March, 2013

For more information please contact Gallery Connexion's executive director, John Edward Cushnie at 506.454.1433 or

Centre3 for Print and Media Arts, Hamilton ON, March 8 2013

Centre3 for Print and Media Arts (formerly The Print Studio) invites Canadian artists and curators to submit proposals that explore the creative use of print media (experimental, traditional or digital print) and/or media arts.

Only electronic submissions will be accepted, whether e-mailed or submitted on CD or DVD. Text is to be in Word documents.

Selected artists will be presented in the Main Space in 2014 - 2015.

Each submission must include:
  • A brief description of the specific proposal (thesis, relation to your art practice, etc.)
  • Support material: up to 12 digital files (labelled J-peg maximum 1 MB each) with corresponding list describing title, dimensions of work, media and year of production. Any emailed media arts proposals should be in Quick Time but private website pages may also be referred to giving the exact connection information.
  • A list of any equipment needs.
  • A brief (40-word) biography of the artist
  • The artist's CV including contact information (name, e-mail address, full mailing address and telephone contact).
* CD and DVD support material should be labelled with marker not sticker. CD /DVD's will be returned only if an appropriately-sized SASE (Self Addressed Stamped Envelope) is provided. Otherwise it will be destroyed after a decision is made.

CARFAC fees will be paid to the artist(s) selected to be exhibited.

Send submission to: (Subject line: General Submission)

or, if in CD or DVD format, to:

c/o Centre3 for Print and Media Arts
173 James St. N.
Hamilton, ON
L8R 2K9

DEADLINE: March 8, 2013

La Centrale, Montreal QC - March 15 2013

Founded in 1973, and having emerged from the feminist art movement, La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse is one of the oldest artist-run centers in Quebec. Our mandate expands on a history of feminist art practices and thought. La Centrale welcomes proposals from artists and their projects which may be underrepresented within established art institutions. As the center also aims to encourage intergenerational dialogue, they work with artists at all stages of their careers. The centre's objective is to provide a platform for contemporary art in dialogue with feminist thought, gender theory, as well as intercultural and transdisciplinary practices.  We invite proposals for exhibitions as well as performance projects that respond to these aims.
Projects are selected by the Programming Committee, which is composed of artist members of La Centrale and programming staff. Results will be mailed or e-mailed up to 3 months after the submission deadline.

Before submitting a project proposal, artists are strongly encouraged to consult our mandate, submission guidelines and gallery plans. Briefly dentifying why the project relates to La Centrale's mandate will strengthen your proposal.
Please include the following with your application:
  • A proposal including artist statement and project description (500 words maximum).
  • Briefly (min.50 words) identifying why the project relates to La Centrale's mandate will strengthen your proposal.
  • A description of the technical requirements of your project..
  • A curriculum vitæ.
  • Visual and/or audio support material for your proposal :
    • Visual documentation (if applicable) 10 to 15 digital photos
    • Video documentation (if applicable) NTSC VHS or DVD only (10 minutes max).
    • Soundtrack (if applicable)
    • CD or DVD (10 minutes max).
    • Interactive digital or web-based project (if applicable) Website, interactive portfolio or other digital material. CD or DVD-ROM
      * All material must be Mac OSX compatible.
  • A list describing all your support material and visual documentation including title, media, dimensions of work and year of production.
  • A press kit (if applicable).
  • A SASE for the return of your support material. All applications without SASEs will be available for pick-up during gallery hours for no longer than 6 months after the Programming Committee’s final decision and response.
More information and application forms can be found at

Deadline: March 15, 2013

ArtRage Gallery, Syracuse NY - March 15 2013

ArtRage Gallery in Syracuse, New York, a non-profit art organization, is currently seeking fiber art dealing with social justice issues from CNY artists for a group exhibition on “craftivism” set for November/December 2013. We are looking for fiber work of all shapes and sizes and on a wide range of social/environmental issues.

The term craftivism was coined in 2003 by writer Betsy Greer in order to join the separate spheres of craft and activism.  Greer’s self-created definition of the term states, “craftivism is a way of looking at life where voicing opinions through creativity makes your voice stronger, your compassion deeper & your quest for justice more infinite”

If you would like your work to be considered for this group exhibition please email with the subject: CNY craftivism

In your email include either a website link where they can view your work, resume and artist statement or attach your resume, artist statement and up to five low resolution images. Please include title, medium and dimensions with your submissions. 

Selected artists will be responsible for delivering and picking up their art from the gallery before and after the exhibition. The artist may decide if the work is available for sale. This has no bearing on the selection process as our mission is to exhibit art, not sell it. However, ArtRage does require a 40% commission from sales of artwork. These funds go towards the operation of the organization.

Deadline: March 15, 2013 

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