Artist Opportunities

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CURRENT OPPORTUNITIES (listed by category & deadline date):


* EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: Event Sales Manager (Crow’s Theatre)
Crow’s Theatre seeks an Events Sales Manager to join its team, specifically to drive sales of venue for weddings, social, and corporate events. This position will consistently strive to maximize revenue and promote relationships with social/corporate clients. You will target and win business via proactive outside sales calls, hosting tours, networking, and attending industry and association events. While the majority of your role will be focused on sales, a flexible portion of your schedule will, on occasion, be utilized for on-site and day-of event coordination and implementation. Read the full job description HERE.
Deadline: December 15, 2017

* EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: Outreach and Events Coordinator (Neighbourhood Arts Network)
Toronto Arts Foundation is seeking a part time Outreach and Events Coordinator for the Neighbourhood Arts Network. Neighbourhood Arts Network is a network of over 1,700 community-engaged arts members including artists, arts organizations, and community that catalyzes new discussions and relationships, collects research, shares information, and helps artists and community organizations. The role will include event coordination, community engagement, and administrative work. Read the full job description HERE.
Deadline: January 3, 2018 at 5pm

* EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: Director of Operations (Business for the Arts)
Business for the Arts is looking for an Operations Manager who is highly professional, organized, and detail-oriented. The ideal candidate will have strong experience in the financial and administrative management of a non-profit, particularly with budgeting, grant reporting and accounting, human resource management, and general office administration. Read the full job description HERE.
Deadline: January 3, 2018

 * EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: Art Instructor and Studio Assistant (Fresh Paint Studio + Cafe)
Fresh Paint Studio + Cafe is seeking an experienced Art Instructor and Studio Assistant. The selected candidate will have experience teaching art to adults and children, with teaching experience in art workshops or art classes. The selected candidate will have an artistic specialty or specialties which they can also introduce to the studio, and will be required to provide support for the lead instructor for art workshops, corporate painting events, and art parties for children and adults in the form of set-up, clean up, and general support, etc. Read the full Job Description – Fresh Paint Studio + Cafe – Art Instructor & Studio Assistant.
Deadline: until filled


The East End Arts Advisory Board invites applications for Nominations to the East End Arts Board of Directors. East End Arts serves the east end of Toronto, defined by City of Toronto Wards 29-32. The Board of Directors provides strategic leadership, governance, establishes policy, and oversees the operations and financial performance of East End Arts. Participation on the Board is voluntary and there is no remuneration for service. Full details HERE.
Deadline: December 15, 2017


* CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: The Waterfront: The Artists’ Vision (Gallery 1313)
Gallery 1313 invites submissions for The Waterfront: The Artists’ Vision, a group exhibit curated by Phil Anderson examining the possibilities for Toronto’s waterfront as seen by artists that will be on display from January 3-14, 2018, with a Reception on January 4. With this exhibition, artists have the opportunity to present their own vision for what might be an accessible and inviting part of their city. Artists may choose any media to present their art works. Full details HERE.
Deadline: December 15, 2017

* CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Through a Lens: Our Female Gaze (Connections Gallery)
Connections Gallery is looking for submissions for a February photography group show. Through a Lens: Our Female Gaze will examine how women and trans women view their world and present their stories through the medium of photography. Each photographer will have approximately 7 feet of wall space to display their work. Along with the opening reception, there will be an opportunity for the artists to lecture about their work or themes found in their work. Full details HERE.
Deadline: December 18, 2017

Fashion Art Toronto invites designers and artists to show their work from April 17 – 21, 2018. The 12th edition of Fashion Art Toronto, titled CONNECT, looks at the modern social environment and explores communication, connecting and relationships in the face of technology and global exchange. Throughout 5 nights of programming, the festival will explore how we create links, webs and bonds through fashion and with one another. Full details HERE.
Early Deadline: December 22, 2017; Late Deadline: January 20, 2018

* CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Art & Mindfulness Student Exhibition (Master of Museum Studies, University of Toronto)
Students in the Master of Museum Studies program at UofT invite submissions for the Art & Mind Student Exhibition. For their thesis project, they are curating a year long exhibition about art, student experience, and positive mental health. The show opens in April 2018 at the Claude T. Bissell Building in Robarts Library (St. George campus). They are seeking artwork in any 2D medium (drawing, painting, photography, etc.) created by current or former students in any discipline, who use art as a form of therapy and resilience. Full details HERE.
Deadline: January 5, 2018

* CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: The Textile Show (Gerrard Art Space) 
Gerrard Art Space invites submissions for The Textile Show exhibition, which will be on display from January 10-28 with an Opening Reception on January 13 from 3-6pm. The cost for Gerrard Art Space members is $25 and $50 for non-members for a maximum of 4 pieces per artist, with a maximum size of approx. 24″ x 24″ for each piece of art. Please send an email to to request submission forms. Full details HERE.
Artwork Drop-Off: January 7, 2018, 4-6pm

* CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: The Tech Art Fair (Ontario Science Centre)
The Ontario Science Centre invites tech-focused artists who wants to showcase their work in a diverse and dynamic public venue to apply to The Tech Art Fair at the Ontario Science Centre. This call is open to artists, artist collectives, innovative entrepreneurs, and interdisciplinary makers. Original art made in any of the classical or digital media will be considered. In this juried competition, up to 20 participants will be awarded an opportunity to demonstrate, exhibit, and sell their work. Full details HERE.
Deadline: January 10, 2018

* CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: What’s Your Story? Short Prose and Poetry Contest for Emerging Writers (OBPO) 
Ontario Book Publishers Organization (OBPO) invites submissions for the What’s Your Story? Short Prose and Poetry Competition for Emerging Writers. This writing competition is part of What’s Your Story?, a series of events that celebrates the literary communities in four different community hubs: East Toronto, Etobicoke, North York, and Scarborough. In the spring of 2018, literary events will be held in each of these neighbourhoods featuring two winning emerging authors and their works (along with two established writers). The competition is open to writers who are over 16 years-old, are Toronto residents, and have not had a book published. There is a $1,000 prize for each winning author. The author will be featured at one of the What’s Your Story? literary events in the spring of 2018, published on, and published in an anthology of all winning works. Full details HERE.
Deadline: January 15, 2018

* CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Beach Metro News Winter Writing Contest
Beach Metro News invites amateur and aspiring authors to enter its annual winter writing contest. This year Beach Metro News has partnered with Community Centre 55 and writing coach Patricia McCully, who will judge the winning entries together. Writing submission less than 1,000 words are accepted including fiction, non-fiction, micro-fiction, memoir, poetry, dream journal entries, a scene from a screenplay, a teleplay, using the holiday-inspired prompt “What’s the best gift that you’ve ever given or received?”as a guide. The contest winner(s) will be published in an upcoming edition of Beach Metro News, and prizes will be awarded. Full details HERE.
Deadline: January 15, 2018

* CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Outdoor Sculptures (Oeno Gallery)
Oeno Gallery‘s Sculpture Garden at Huff Estates opened on June 25, 2011 as a place dedicated to the exhibition of high-quality outdoor sculpture. The 4-acre garden is a prized feature of the property and receives thousands of visitors yearly. The gallery invites artists to submit proposals for the garden’s continuing outdoor exhibition. The property offers a wide variety of sites for placement. The artist is responsible for the transportation, installation, and removal of their work. Sculptures must be able to withstand extreme year-round weather conditions and tolerate strong winds. Sculptures must be original, durable, and safe for viewing by the public in an unsupervised natural area. The work must also be available for sale. Full details HERE.
Deadline: January 24, 2018

* CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: The Heart Show (Gerrard Art Space) 
Gerrard Art Space invites submissions for The Heart Show exhibition, which will be on display from January 31 to February 18 with an Opening Reception on February 3 from 3-6pm. The cost for Gerrard Art Space members is $25 and $50 for non-members for a maximum of 4 pieces per artist, with a maximum size of approx. 24″ x 24″ for each piece of art. Please send an email to to request submission forms. Full details HERE.
Artwork Drop-Off: January 28, 2018, 4-6pm

* CALL FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST: StreetARToronto Underpass Program – StART UP (City of Toronto)
The City of Toronto invites artists to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to participate in StreetARToronto (StART)’s Underpass Program, StART UP. StART UP will endeavour to provide opportunities for artists to create works of art that contribute to the program mandate to make our City’s underpasses safe, walkable, and beautiful. Qualified artists will be selected to be part of the StART UP Artist Roster, and the commission for each underpass mural will be awarded following a two-stage selection process. Full details HERE.
Deadline: January 29, 2018 at 4:30pm

* CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Toronto Sculpture Garden (City of Toronto)
The Toronto Sculpture Garden Request for Proposals is a one-stage, national competition, open to artists who reside in Canada. The projects for the Toronto Sculpture Garden will be selected by a specially-convened, independent selection panel, which will meet in February of 2018 to choose both projects for 2018. The Toronto Sculpture Garden is located at 115 King St. east, just east of Church St., directly across the street from St. James Cathedral and between two of the oldest buildings in the city, dating from the 1840s. Although the historical aspect of the area is evident, artists are not required to incorporate this into their projects. The Sculpture Garden is an invitation to let the imagination roam and an opportunity to dream and experiment. Full details HERE.
Deadline: January 29, 2018

* CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Doris McCarthy Symposium (Doris McCarthy Gallery, University of Toronto Scarborough)
The Doris McCarthy Gallery at the University of Toronto Scarborough invites proposals for a November 2018 symposium that will offer fresh perspectives on the life and work of Doris McCarthy. Proposals may represent a broad spectrum of disciplines that include, but are not limited to, those working in the fields of: visual studies, music, film, history, women’s studies, theatre, and performance. This public program will be presented in conjunction with a major exhibition of Doris McCarthy’s work, curated by Stuart Reid, opening in November 2018. Full details HERE.
Deadline: March 1, 2018

* CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
The Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Canada’s largest contemporary outdoor art fair, invites visual artists and makers working in all mediums, to submit applications. Artists can submit a total of 3 applications (fees apply) in 3 different categories including: 2D Works, 3D Works, Painting, Craft & Design, Photography, and Digital Media. The exhibition dates are July 6-8, 2018 Full details HERE.
Deadline: March 6, 2018 (Applications are open from December 1, 2017 – March 6, 2018. Late fees apply from March 1, 2018)

* CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: The Big Picture – Collective Art Project
The Big Picture is a collective art project where people around the world are collaborating to create a big mosaic picture from thousands of drawings. This project outlines the connections between individuals from all around the world and can be seen as a giant conversation taking place between all the participants through a dynamic and monumental art work. Full details HERE.
Deadline: Ongoing


* CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards 
The Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards celebrate achievement in all forms of the performing arts in Canada, including Dance, Film, Theatre, Popular Music (i.e.: Jazz, Rock, Folk), Classical Music, and Broadcasting (both radio and television). The Award for Lifetime Achievement is granted to established Canadian artists who have made a marked contribution to the performing arts in Canada, and in some cases, internationally, and who have developed a significant body of work. Full details HERE.
Deadline: December 15, 2017

* GRANT OPPORTUNITY: Visual Artists Program (Toronto Arts Council)
Toronto Arts Council‘s Visual Artists program provides support to visual artists who have a professional independent art practice for the creation/production of new work or the completion of works in progress. Funds are intended to cover direct costs of creation/production, subsistence and materials. Visual Arts includes drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, mixed media, printmaking, bookworks, performance art, installation and fine crafts. Full details HERE.
Deadline: ongoing between January 2 to November 15, 2018

* REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS: SPARK Partnership Project (Cultural Hotspot)
The Cultural Hotspot enables new, emerging or established local arts and community organizations to develop and carry out programming in the Hotspot through participation in a SPARK Partnership Project. Organizations interested in these partnerships have access to seed funding, ranging from $500 ‐ $5,000 to carry out their projects. SPARK Partnership Projects encourage artists, participants and community to explore, discover, and enjoy art and art‐making by and for community members in the area where they live, work and play. In 2018, the Cultural Hotspot will celebrate the vibrant arts, culture, and community in centre/north Scarborough. Full details HERE.
Deadline: January 19, 2017

* CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: Agnes Macphail Award (City of Toronto)
The City of Toronto invites nominations for the Agnes Macphail Award, which is given each year to an East York resident who is an outstanding volunteer, advocate, and contributor to community life. Community groups in the former Borough of East York are encouraged to nominate a candidate who meets the criteria and espouses Agnes Macphail’s tradition of leadership. Click to be directed to the Nomination Form. Full details HERE.
Deadline: January 25, 2018

* CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Culture Build Investment Program (City of Toronto)
The Culture Build Investment Program provides matching funds to assist the City’s not-for-profit cultural sector with funding for state-of-good-repair and minor capital projects for their facilities. Funding for feasibility studies may be provided to those organizations that meet the existing eligibility criteria. The program does not support regular building maintenance costs and cost of purchasing or building a facility. The maximum allocation available and recommended through the Culture Build Investment Program is $100,000. Full details HERE.
Deadline: February 3, 2018
(Information session on December 13, 2-4pm at Toronto City Hall. RSVP at 416-392-9863 or to

* CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: Toronto Arts Foundation Awards
The Toronto Arts Foundation Awards are presented to artists, cultural leaders, and businesses in recognition of artistic excellence, cultural leadership, and contribution to the arts. The Toronto Arts Foundation Awards consist of two award streams: The Signature Awards and the Vision Awards. Any person may submit a nomination including arts champions, fellow artists, arts managers and leaders, and board directors. Full details HERE.
Deadline: February 7, 2018


* CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Music 311 and Live from City Hall (City of Toronto) 
City of Toronto brings the music of Toronto artists to the public through the Music 311 and Live from City Hall initiatives. As part of the Music 311 program, in-queue callers will hear recorded music from local artists while they’re waiting to speak to a customer service operator. Live from City Hall is a music showcase series that features local artists performing in the first-floor rotunda of one of Toronto’s most iconic buildings. Toronto-based artists are encouraged to apply for both opportunities to share their music. Full details HERE.
Deadline: Ongoing

* CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Connections Gallery
Connections Gallery invites submissions for its upcoming Group and Solo shows in 2017. Each Group Show exhibition will be a curated eight person show. Solo Show space can be used to launch a new body of work or provide a more formal presentation for gallery’s and curators. Full details HERE.
Deadline: Ongoing

* CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: 2017-2018 Exhibition at Queen/Saulter Library
The Queen/Saulter Library is pleased to provide space for art exhibits in a beautiful historic building. Artists are invited to submit their work for possible exhibition during the 2017-2018 exhibit season. Works in all media, including photography (no sculptures) will be considered. Selected artists are given three-month showings. Artists or groups of artists selected to exhibit will pay a $20 plus HST exhibition fee at the time of installation. Please contact the Queen/Saulter Library for more information or email
Deadline: Ongoing

The Music Project offers non-profit music education for east end kids. With increased enrollment, more children are learning music but there is a great need for additional instruments (keyboards, hand drums, bongos, guitars, and ukuleles). Learn more about The Music Project and how to donate HERE.

Are you planning a performance? Are you looking for a great space for your class or workshop? The new Crow’s Theatre performance facility is booking rentals. Conveniently located at the corner of Dundas St. East and Carlaw Ave., in the heart of Leslieville, the new home includes three dynamic space suitable for performances, events, weddings, classes, workshops, meetings and rehearsals. Visit the Crow’s Theatre website HERE to learn more about the new venue and how it might suit your upcoming performance, event or workshop needs. For more information, please email margaret(at)crowstheatre(dot)com.

* CALL FOR ARTISTS: Office of Beaches-East York MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith
The MP of Beaches-East York, Nathaniel Erskine-Smith invites artists to display their artwork in his constituency office at 1902 Danforth Avenue (btwn Woodbine & Coxwell). The wall space is as follows (ideally one artist per room): Meeting room A: 1st wall (100”l x 60”h); 2nd wall (80”l x 60”h); 3rd wall (88”l x 60”h). Meeting Room B: 4th wall (88”l x 60”h); 5th wall (88”l x 60”h); and addition wall space, max size of 30”l x 30”h. No commission will be taken for sale of the work. Artists are encouraged to provide a price card with contact information, local art group (if applicable), and price of the piece. Art work will be displayed in meeting rooms where clients, community members, and leaders will be invited on a regular basis. Artists are asked to send pictures of their work via email for a preview (with sizes), though there is no jury selection process. Artwork will be displayed in quarterly installments (3 month period), and is to be hung and removed by the artist. Artists are welcome to visit the space beforehand, and are invited to contact the office to make arrangements for displaying their work. Call Diana at 416-432-2572 or email: Nathaniel.Erskine-Smith.C1(at)parl.gc(dot)ca

* CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS: Young People Making a Living in the Creative Industries
The Young People Making a Living in the Creative Industries project will assess the incomes streams and revenues of youth creative workers, focusing on the transition period between youth leaving formal education and becoming established in the field of creative work. If you are 18-35 years old, working in a creative field either for yourself or for a creative industries company, supporting yourself strictly from creative work or complimenting your income with outside work, and are not enrolled in full-time studies, you are invited to volunteer in this study of young people making a living in the creative industries. Click HERE for more info and to take the survey.

* CALL FOR ARTISTS: Artisans At Work
Looking for a beautiful gallery to hold your accessible east end show? Look no further! Artisans At Work offers reasonable rates for 1-4 week show periods and is accepting art show proposals for 2016. There is also a monthly call for artists to display during the First Fridays exhibitions. Click HERE for more details, and email artisansatwork(at)yahoo(dot)com for inquiries.

* CALL FOR PITCHES: Flying Pony Gallery
Flying Pony Gallery would like to hear from emerging and mid-career artists specializing in painting who are interested in having a show during 2015 at Flying Pony Gallery, located at 1481 Gerrard St E. in Toronto. An artist run space with very artist-friendly rates, the gallery is looking for new work to show in two large well-lit gallery spaces that receive lots of traffic and are open 7 days a week. Send your creative pitch with a few images or a link to your work to: flyingponycafe(at)gmail(dot)com.

* CALL FOR ARTISTS: The Kingston Social
The Kingston Social is a gallery/creative workspace with an ongoing call to artists for various group and solo exhibitions, seeking both emerging and professional artists in any medium, for individual work as well as larger show ideas. Rental opportunities are also offered. If you are interested in running creative workshops, lessons or events in a beautiful gallery setting with kitchen facilities at affordable rates, visit Please send all inquiries and submissions to: tracey(at)thekingstonsocial(dot)com.

* CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Solo/Group Art Exhibit Proposals for 2017 (Artisans At Work)
Artisans At Work is an east end Toronto community retail and working arts centre that represents over 100 local fine craft and gift makers and 50 fine art members. Artisans At Work invites proposals for its 2017 Solo/Group Art Exhibits for artists to use a 650 sq. ft. open concept gallery space, within an established 2700 sq. ft. fine art and gift shop with studios. Promotion will be provided to your event along with posters and postcards; plus social media coverage and assist in hanging your works. Dual/group proposals are allowed. Full details HERE.
Deadline: Ongoing

* EXHIBIT OPPORTUNITY: Art Exhibit Space (Toronto Public Library)
Toronto Public Library is pleased to provide space for art exhibits which reflect the diverse cultural interests of the City and its neighbourhoods. Artists are invited to submit their work for exhibition at one of 12 possible Toronto Public Library branch locations. An Art Selection Committee considers works in all media, including photography (no sculptures). Selected artists are given one-month showings. Preference will be given to exhibitors who live or work in the City of Toronto. Click HERE for full details.

* EXHIBIT OPPORTUNITY: Pape Danforth Library
Pape Danforth Library has exhibit space available for artists, including a series of picture rails on the main floor, in the stairwell, and on the second floor. Interested artists should complete the application/insurance form (link below), show a sample of their work to branch contact (jpeg or actual work), and be responsible for the physical work of hanging and removing their exhibit. Artists are welcome to include an artists profile/statement, contact and price information as part of the exhibit, and leave cards for members of the public to pick up. The exhibit time frame is generally 1 month, and there is a small fee of $20 + HST. There is currently availability in 2016. Click for a PDF of the Pape Danforth Library – Exhibit Contract application form. For further information please contact Pat Biros pbiros(at)torontopubliclibrary(dot)ca at the Pape Danforth Library at 416-393-7728.

* CALL FOR ARTISTS: Toronto Digital Projects
Toronto Digital Projects is a new curated virtual gallery for emerging artists creating digital paintings, animations, videos, GIFs and other forms of Post-Internet art.

* FUNDING/GRANTS: Ontario Arts Council Theatre Creators’ Reserve

* FUNDING: The Arts Access Fund
Scholarships are offered in visual art, drama, music, dance and film making. Candidates must be between the ages of 6 to 19 years.

* Display at AboveGround Art Supplies’ Beach Location Showcase
No fees, take no commissions on sold work, and receive selected artists’ discount coupons for participating. Contact: beach(at) / 416 694 0440

* Making Space for Culture 
As a part of the City of Toronto’s ongoing initiative to make data public and available, artists and art organizations are encouraged to check out the Making Space for Culture project’s data. The info has been added to City of Toronto’s open data website, and as well is displayed on a map (choose display option “Recreation” and select “Cultural Spaces”).

* SpaceFinder Toronto 
The SpaceFinder Toronto project connects and matches up people who are looking for space and people who have space to rent. The service is free to use.


Find artist calls, job postings, grants, networking events, workshops, and more information, resources, and opportunities for artists:

Canada Council for the Arts
City of Toronto – Arts Services
City of Toronto – Music
Live With Culture
Neighbourhood Arts Network
Ontario Arts Council
The TAPA Blog
Toronto Arts Council
Toronto Arts Foundation
Toronto Arts Online
Work In Culture

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