Artist Opportunities

EEA artisTOpportunities_webAn online resource listing current opportunities for Artists in Toronto, including: Calls for Artists and Submissions; Awards and Nomination Calls; Professional Development, Training, Volunteer and Employment Opportunities; Workshops; Grant and Funding Opportunities; and more.

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CURRENT OPPORTUNITIES (listed by category & deadline date):


* EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: Technical Assistant (Toronto Arts Council)
Toronto Arts Council seeks a Technical Assistant to provide technical and online-system support for TAC’s grants management system, and also to provide general office IT support as required. In addition, the Technical Assistant helps to monitor, document and refine TAC’s grant processes, and assists in grant related data generation and analysis. Full details HERE.
Deadline: November 3, 2017


* WORKSHOP OPPORTUNITY: Show Planning (Artists’ Network)
Artists’ Network presents a workshop all about Show Planning on October 17. With so many art shows and exhibition opportunities for artists in Toronto and beyond, it can be daunting to choose and manage the shows you are accepted into. This seminar is presented by landscape oil painter Jamie MacLean, who will focus on how to find shows, application processes, preparing submissions, artist’s statements, bio and images, along with planning and budgeting. Attendees are encouraged to share their personal experiences, good and bad, with the group. Full details HERE.
Workshop: Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 6:30-8:30pm, Dark Horse Cafe, 638 Queen Street East

* WORKSHOP OPPORTUNITY: Making a Living Making Art: Designing & Marketing a Creative Enterprise (Neighbourhood Arts Network)
Neighbourhood Arts Network presents Designing & Marketing a Creative Enterprise workshops as part of Making a Living Making Art, a professional development series for creative entrepreneurs. The workshop on October 19 will cover website and social media management using tools such as WordPress and Hootsuite. On November 2, the workshop will focus on developing a song advertising and marketing strategy for creative entrepreneurs. Led by facilitator Fatou Seck. Both workshops are free but registration is required. Full details HERE.
Workshops: October 19 and November 2, 2017, 6-9pm, Rogers Communications Centre, 80 Gould Street, Room: RCC 359 A, Toronto

* WORKSHOP OPPORTUNITY: My Art My New Land (Airsa Art & Thought Association) 
Airsa Art & Thought Association presents a free workshop for newcomer artists on October 20 to learn how to draft an artist statement and artist bio. This is a follow up workshop to the My Art My New Land series of workshops, and will be held in partnership with Tapestry Opera and facilitated by Hasti Havarinasab. Register and get full details HERE.
Workshop: October 20, 2017, 4:30-6:30pm at 9 Trinity Street

* CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Emergence (Connections Gallery)
Connections Gallery invites submissions for the Emergence group photography exhibition that will take place December 1, 2017 to January 8, 2018, with an Opening Reception on December 15 from 6-9pm. The exhibition will be a curated eight person show. Each photographer will have five feet of wall space to showcase their framed images. ​Photographers can book more than one spot. Spots are booked on a first come first served basis. Full details HERE.
Deadline: October 23, 2017

* CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Toronto Roald Dahl Day Short Story Contest (Small Print Toronto)
Small Print Toronto invites writers aged 6-12 to craft their entries to the 8th annual Toronto Roald Dahl Day Short Story Contest, based on Dahl’s beloved novel MATILDA. An all-star judging panel will read aloud and award cool prizes to the top stories before a special screening of Danny Devito’s film adaptation of Dahl’s novel, MATILDA, on Saturday, November 18 at The Ted Rogers Hot Docs Cinema (506 Bloor St West – at Bathurst). Full details HERE.
Deadline: October 27, 2017

* CALL FOR PROPOSALS: WinterStations 2018 Design Competition
WinterStations is now embarking on its fourth year, again opening an international design competition to bring temporary public art installations to The Beaches for an exhibition to celebrate Toronto’s winter waterfront landscape. The temporary art installation will transform up to six lifeguard stands, including an additional three by invited universities, across Balmy, Kew and Ashbridges Bay beaches. The exhibition is to run February 19 until April 6, 2018. This is a single-stage open international competition, welcoming artists, designers, architects, and landscape architects to submit concept proposals for WinterStations’ temporary artwork installations. Full details HERE.
Deadline: November 3, 2017

* CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Precious Snowflakes – Holiday Art Sale and Festival (Yellow House Gallery and Cobalt Gallery)
Yellow House Gallery & Framing and Cobalt Gallery and Clay Studio are teaming up again to bring awesome art to Kingston Road Village in East End Toronto. They invite submissions from artists for ‘Precious Snowflakes – Holiday Art Sale and Festival’, happening November 17 to January 20. All mediums, styles and themes accepted. Full details HERE.
Deadline: November 6, 2017

* CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: SNAP Contemporary Photo Competition (ACT)
SNAP is one of ACT’s two annual fundraising events. A photographic fundraiser featuring a Live and Silent Art Auction, and a photo competition, SNAP is an opportunity to bring together those who have a passion for the arts and those who support the work of ACT. Selected entries will become part of the Silent Auction at SNAP 2018, Toronto’s most exciting contemporary art auction, taking place Thursday March 22, 2018. All proceeds of the Silent Auction support the programs and services of the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT). All photographers and photo-based artists are welcome to participate. Full details HERE.
Deadline: November 8, 2017

The Artist Project provides independent, contemporary artists with a professional platform to showcase and sell their work. This application is open to all artists working within visual fine arts, who are invited to enjoy and participate in an exciting program of art lectures, docent-led tours, special feature exhibits, digital art, and installations. In 2018, the Artist Project presents the 11th edition of the fair featuring original works of art from over 250 carefully juried, contemporary artists. Artists will have the chance to connect with over 15,000 visitors, from seasoned collectors and first time art buyers, to gallerists and interior designers. Full details HERE.
Deadline: November 10, 2017

* CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Featured Exhibitions (Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival)
The Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival invites participation from photographic artists for May 2018. The Featured Exhibitions program showcases high-calibre exhibitions and recognizes exceptional photo-based projects. CONTACT welcomes proposals from emerging, mid-career, or established Canadian and international artists and curators. The call is open for solo or group exhibitions on any subject matter, and to all photo-based practices. Featured Exhibitions are subject to a juried submission process, and are eligible for The Gattuso Prize, a $5,000 award that acknowledges an outstanding exhibition in this program. All artists/organizers must have a confirmed exhibition space in order to participate in CONTACT. A participation fee applies. Full details HERE.
Deadline: November 13, 2017 at 5pm

* CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: The Matador Review
The Matador Review, an online alternative art and literature magazine, is now accepting submissions for the Winter 2018 publication. The Matador Reviews publishes poetry, fiction, flash fiction, and creative non-fiction, inviting all unpublished literature written in the English language (and translations that are accompanied by the original text) as well as many forms of visual art. In each issue, there is a selection of work from both emerging and established artists, as well as exclusive interviews and book reviews from provocative creators. Full details HERE.
Deadline: November 30, 2017

* CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Open Exhibitions (Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival)
The Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival invites participation from photographic artists for May 2018. The Open Exhibitions program provides a valuable opportunity to have photographic work exhibited in conjunction with other emerging and established artists, and to inspire and engage with the city through photography. This non-juried category is open to all, encouraging a variety of photographic practices. Open Exhibitions can be held in any type of venue, from conventional gallery spaces to unconventional venues such as community centres, cafés, or retail shops. All artists/organizers must have a confirmed exhibition space in order to participate in CONTACT. A participation fee applies. Full details HERE.
Deadline: December 4, 2017 at 5pm

* CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Outdoor Sculptures (Oeno Gallery)
Oeno Gallery in Prince Edward County invites artists to submit proposals for the garden’s continuing outdoor exhibition. Proposals will be reviewed and selected by the gallery. 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: February 28, 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 REGISTRATION: Music Lessons – East End Music Project
East End Music Project (EEMP) is a non-profit music school whose goal is to give every child the very best music education. Registration for September 2017 to May 2018 is now open. EEMP provides instruments, curriculum, instruction from professional musicians, ensemble work, and performance opportunities in piano, guitar, ukulele, percussion, music foundations, and choir. All music lessons are subsidized on a sliding scale based on your income and all families are eligible. Lessons are Tuesdays and Wednesdays at Secord Elementary School, on the second floor, 101 Barrington Avenue. Lessons fill up quickly and are first-come, first-served. Full details HERE.
Deadline: Ongoing

Artisans At Work has a 600+square foot gallery/studio available for those looking for an amazing space to teach your creative classes and workshops. With flexible hours, the space can be made available on weekdays, evenings, or weekends for weekly classes, monthly events, and one-day Workshops. Fees of $90/3 hour class (+hst) includes: easels, tables, chairs, studio sinks, material storage (for repeat classes), washrooms, and Social Media promotion provided in tandem with your promotion. Full details HERE.
Available now


* GRANT OPPORTUNITY: Neighbourhood Grants Program (City of Toronto)
The City of Toronto‘s Neighbourhood Grants program aims to support the delivery of local actions identified by residents and community partners involved in Toronto Strong Neighbourhoods Strategy (TSNS 2020). The Neighbourhood Grants program will make available small grants of $1,000 to $3,000 to resident-led groups to help them inspire their neighbourhoods with events held between February and July, 2018. Funding will be available for events that take place in the 31 Neighbourhood Improvement Areas (NIA) and the 8 Emerging Neighbourhoods between August and December, 2017. This fund is for resident-led groups only. Non-profit organizations need not apply. Full details HERE.
Deadline: November 1, 2017

* GRANT OPPORTUNITY: Animating Toronto Parks (Toronto Arts Council)
Toronto Arts Council‘s Animating Toronto Parks grants program provides funding to professional artists, organizations and artist collectives to create and present free arts programming in selected Toronto parks located outside the downtown core, including the presentation of dance, literary arts, music, theatre, visual arts and media arts, community-engaged arts and any combination of the above. Animating Toronto Parks is a component of the Arts in the Parks initiative which is managed by Toronto Arts Foundation and Toronto Arts Council in partnership with City of Toronto Arts & Culture ServicesParks, Forestry and Recreation and community partner Park People. Full details HERE.
Deadline: December 4, 2017


* 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 East End 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). To donate, please contact Miranda at: eastendmusicproject(at)gmail(dot)com

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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