Event Category: Call for Submissions

Art Encounters 2020

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Application deadline: March 9, 2020 at 11:59 PM (EST)

The Art Encounters program provides a select group of artists or makers who are deaf and/or disability identified, assistance to offset the costs and pressure of participating in the Fair. Through this program, we provide an in-depth professional development opportunity in the form of mentorship sessions and group workshops that equip the selected artists with tools for success during the 2020 Fair.

At Toronto Outdoor Art Fair, we have established a rich tradition of launching successful careers and providing a highly accessible venue for artists and the public to meet face-to-face. For the past 58 years, we have aimed to remove barriers to the arts from the perspective of cost, approachability and by welcoming diverse artists and audiences.

Who is Eligible?

Every year, through our Art Encounters program we provide limited subsidized booth spaces, accessibility support, professional development and at times financial assistance (funding permitting) to visual artists and makers who are in OAC defined priority groups. We are currently accepting applications from the priority groups listed below. All artists are subject to the same jury. It is possible that you may be accepted into the Fair, and not the Art Encounters Program due to limited program capacity.

  • Deaf artists and/or artists who identify as having a disability
  • Indigenous Artists
  • Newcomer artist (less than 3 years in Canada)

More information and how to apply

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Call for Installation & Performance – Rendezvous With Madness 2020

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Deadline for Submissions: Friday, February 28, 2020

The Rendezvous with Madness Festival (RWM) is the first and largest art and mental health festival in the world, hosted each year by Workman Arts in Toronto, Canada. The festival presents local, national and international work exploring themes of mental health and/or addiction issues.

In summer 2020, Workman Arts will move from 651 Dufferin Street (our home for the past 10 years) to the brand new McCain Complex Care and Recovery Building at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). This world-class facility will feature a 300-seat auditorium that will be the new home for the Rendezvous with Madness Festival.

Please note that 651 Dufferin is not a wheelchair accessible space. 1001 Queen Street West (CAMH location) is wheelchair accessible.

More information and how to apply

Who can Apply

Individual artists, artist collectives, artist run centres, galleries, festivals, theatre companies, community groups, mental health service organizations and collaborative community projects are all welcome to apply. Projects must specify how many members of the artistic team identify as having lived experience. You do not have to be a member of Workman Arts to apply.

Applications can include proposed or completed work in film, new media, visual art, installation, sculpture, textile art, craft, photography, performance, theatre, dance, music, sound art, socially engaged practice, workshops or lectures all of which can be permanent, semi-permanent, durational, accumulative, time based, single events and/or a series.

Workman Arts is committed to creating opportunities for marginalized people. We encourage applications from artists with disabilities, Indigenous and racialized people, trans and non-binary individuals as well as those living on ODSP or OW and/or who experience precarious housing.

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Geoff McMurchy Artists Development Grant

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Application deadline: March 1, 2020

Geoff McMurchy (1955–2015), Kickstart’s founding Artistic Director, was a pioneer in the local and international disability arts community. Anyone who knew him will tell you that he was an amazing Artist, and a trailblazer in the disability arts and culture community, who influenced a huge number of people. Geoff’s dream was that disability art be considered on the same level as all art.

Kickstart wants to keep Geoff’s voice and spirit alive by announcing the first annual Geoff McMurchy Artists Development Grant! The grant will be given annually to an Artist that identifies as living with a disability, working in any media, to support them directly with marketing and financial support.

More information and how to apply

The grant recipient will receive:

  • $500 cash award for artistic related costs;
  • $250 Opus Gift card
  • One meeting with an Artist or Mentor working in the recipients field;
  • 500 full colour customized marketing postcards;
  • 250 full colour business cards with braille

Must be a resident of British Columbia.
Must identify as living with a disability, self-identification.

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Call for Applications: Executive Director

Deadline to apply: January 10, 2020
Anticipated Start date: February 3, 2020

Cool Arts Society (CA) is a registered charity, that provides equitable artmaking opportunities to adults with developmental disabilities. Our staff and volunteers are strongly committed to providing its members with a means of self-expression, creativity, exploration, exhibitions and art sales. We offer six different types of programs, such as the Regular Weekend Program, Advanced Artist Program, Midweek Programs, Young Adult Program, Outreach and Open Studio.

The Executive Director of the Cool Arts Society represents and leads the organization. The ED is committed to the organization’s vision and principles. The ED is passionate about their job and aims to enhance and showcase the established organization with their leadership and management skills. The ED provides leadership, direction and guidance of Cool Arts’ activities; and analyzes and evaluates the effectiveness of all organization operations. They develop and maintain organizational structure and effective personnel.

More information and how to apply

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Call for Applications: 2020 Victoria Fringe Theatre Festival

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Deadline: January 13, 2020

Applications for the 2020 Victoria Fringe Theatre Festival main lottery, site-specific shows and the Fringe Indigenous Artist Program open Oct 23. The 2020 festival runs August 26 – September 6, 2020.

Victoria is home to one of the oldest Fringes in Canada. We accept about 45-50 indoor shows in this 7-8 venue, 2-3 site-specific show festival, all within an 11 day event in downtown Victoria (located on the southernmost tip of Vancouver Island, 2.5 hours from Vancouver, or 2.5 hours from Seattle, by ferry.) Last year’s Fringe attracted about 23,000 audience members and $136,000 was paid out to participating artists.

More information and how to apply

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Wheel Voices TuneIN! Round Table

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Wheel Voices TuNeIN! is a response to YOUR enthusiasm to create a new large-scale community show integrating music in all kinds of ways!

Professional artists – with and without disabilities – will lead twice-weekly participatory workshops over a 15-18-week period, culminating in a three-night production at the Roundhouse Performance Space (May 28-30, 2020).

Create your own original scene work, monologues, rap, spoken word, etc. and we’ll seamlessly integrate musical elements (choral work, drumming, potentially producing loops, clips, samples, or rhythms), mixed together to create ‘mash-up’ compositions that support stories rooted in the disability experience.

Our Wheel Voices projects are transformative! We build new social bonds, engender pride in the disability identity, and impact audience perceptions about disability. We harness theatre-based tools to unite community and foster increased empathy, social connection, and cooperation.

How to get involved
In early 2020, we’ll host round tables with the community to bounce ideas and clarify expectations. Email us if you’d like to participate in a round table (the best way to learn what this project will be about), and we’ll send you an invite.

More information
Online registration

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QueerCab Project Application

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If you would like to be considered for the March 12 QueerCab, submit your project by January 6, 2020.

QueerCab is a curated evening of performance, theatre, music, dance, multimedia, lewks and everything in between that showcases young and emerging 2SLGBTQ+ artists in the community.

Projects can involve any of the following forms or mediums: theatre, performance art, music, dance, film/multimedia, photography, live art, installation, writing, singing, poetry, costume/looks/lewks, audience participation, one-on-one performance – and anything in between or not listed here (within reason, of course).

We are looking to build a platform for young and emerging artists to expand their experience, take risks, and reimagine the possibilities of their work.

Want to get involved but not sure where to start? Chat about an idea/ a project/ or some good starting points – feel free to email: queercabbuddies@gmail.com

Apply online (Google form)

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Call for Applications: Akin X Collision Gallery Residency

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Deadline to apply: January 10, 2020 at 5:00 PM

The Akin X Collision Gallery Residency is a public opportunity open to art practitioners, curators, artist groups and writers (hereafter referred to as artists) to lease shared studio space in the heart of Toronto’s financial district, an area so often void of artists and cultural activity. As part of a six-month studio space rental, in what would otherwise be vacant space, selected artists will be immersed within a community of peers and the broader public, with potential opportunities for engagement with a huge number of daily passers by. Studio members will be encouraged to develop and expand their individual practices while engaging with the public in new ways. We encourage applications from artists and creatives who recognize the potential of making work in this unique space. Thank you for your interest in this opportunity.

Studio Rental Program Start Date: March 1, 2020
Studio Rental Program End Date: August 31, 2020

More information and how to apply

Within the building, there is elevator access to all floors as well as AODA (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act) compliant and gender neutral washrooms and an accessible kitchenette. Please let us know should you require any additional information.

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Call for Applications: ARTISTA

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Deadline: December 20, 2019

ARTISTA is a free theatre program for young women for young women* 16 to 21 years old who are interested in theatre.

*Imago Theatre promotes an inclusive definition of woman which includes all people who experience the world as women; trans women, cis-women, people who identify as femme, who are feminine-of-centre, and feminine presenting people.

More information and how to apply

What to Expect
ARTISTA welcomes youth with and without theatre training.

If you don’t have theatre training, you can expect to use theatre tools to connect with other performers, gain physical and vocal confidence, and experiment with storytelling. You will learn to give and receive feedback on your work, and practice collaborating with others to present your work.

If you have theatre training, you can expect to deepen your physical and vocal confidence, hone your ability to express your thoughts and ideas, broaden your capacity for collaboration, and learn new entry points into creating and performing original work.

All participants will be pushed outside of their comfort zones.

ARTISTA welcomes people of all linguistic backgrounds. Programming is operated in English, but all participants’ writing and creations can manifest in participants’ mother tongue.

Physical Access
ARTISTA is hosted by the Georges-Vanier Cultural Centre, a physically accessible community space. There is ramp to enter the building and elevators to mobilize inside the building.

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Call for Submissions

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Deadline: January 12, 2020

Hamilton Artists Inc. (The Inc.) is seeking dynamic proposals from artists, collectives and curators at various stages of their careers for its exhibition platforms and public programs. The Inc. exhibits a range of artistic disciplines and welcomes proposals from artists at all stages of their careers from local, regional and national communities. Our exhibition platforms include the Cannon Gallery, James Gallery, Cannon Project Wall, and ArcelorMittal Dofasco Courtyard. We also accept proposals to our public programs such as Photophobia: Contemporary Moving Image Festival and Special Projects.

More information and how to apply

As an artist-run centre, we are interested in works/projects that push boundaries and engage with critical, conceptual and/or experimental thinking from diverse perspectives. We encourage independent projects that activate our audiences and exhibition spaces in unique ways. We are committed to providing platforms for risk-taking and creating an inclusive space for exploring expanded art practices. In addition to our galleries, our Special Projects stream invites projects that do not take the form of regular exhibitions. The Inc. supports submissions that showcase artists and curators’ most recent endeavours as well as works that incite conversation and promote a range of intersectional narratives. We pay artists and curators based on the CARFAC fee standards.

We welcome submissions from artists of all backgrounds including, but not limited to, Indigenous, Black, and racialized persons; refugee, newcomer and immigrant persons; two-spirit, LGBTQ+ and gender non-binary persons, persons with disabilities, and those on low-incomes or living in poverty. Please advise us of any accommodations needed to ensure you can access and complete the submissions process.

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