Artist Opportunties

For artists of various disciplines and experiences

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Interested in creating with us? Take a look at some of the opportunities that we have to see where you might be able to contribute. Make sure to bookmark this page to see how you can collaborate with us.

Future Grounds Public Art Call

Calling all artists! We need your creativity to contribute to a visual dialogue that highlights how we can shape a more inclusive, empathetic, and just world

We extend a warm invitation to artists (aged 16-24) of diverse backgrounds to participate in our public art call, with a dedicated emphasis on prioritizing applicants in equity-seeking groups.  

To celebrate the opening of Aurora Town Square in 2024, eight (8) youth artists will be selected to ornament the new facilities with a series of temporary public art installations. The artists will work with Toronto-based public art collective, Oddside Arts, to design a large-scale banner with an augmented reality (AR) component that will be exhibited in the Square during its opening months. For their individual contributions to the project, selected artists will receive an honorarium of $175.00 from the Town of Aurora.  

At the core of our initiative lies the conviction that art possesses an extraordinary potential for positive societal transformation. We seek artists who recognize art’s unique power to challenge stereotypes. In the final artwork, we would like to see a piece that aspires to educate or raise awareness about the unique and vibrant cultural aspects of the community of Aurora. This design must foster inclusivity, and also aim to give voice to historically marginalized communities.     

All levels of artistic experience welcomed, and experience working with AR is NOT mandatory.  Interested artists must complete an online submission form which will ask for:  
  • Your contact information 
  • Your artist statement / expression of interest  
  • A minimum of two (2) image uploads of recent artwork as part of your portfolio submission (art submitted does not have to reflect the theme, but it should reflect the artist’s skill.  
  • One reference (ie: your schoolteacher, organization leader, mentor, etc.)  
Interested applicants must have a connection to the Town of Aurora.

Other artist calls that we believe are great opportunities for emerging and established artists.

Bodies in Play: Bodies in Residency Open Call

Bodies in Play: Inclusive Co-Creation for Wearable Technology and Extended Reality (XR) is a two-year feminist research-creation collaboration between OCAD University’s game:play Lab, Social Body Lab, and DMG. This initiative unites academics, cultural professionals, and community experts to collectively generate knowledge aimed at promoting more inclusive and cutting-edge design approaches centered around the human body within immersive interfaces. Achieving this goal involves a combination of game jams (BiW Nov 2022, BiVR Aug 2023 and BiX Jan 2024) and a residency program (BiR Feb 2024), fostering a synergy of creative, technical, and conceptual exploration in the realms of wearable and XR technology (AR/VR/MR).

DEADLINE: November 24, 2023 at 11:59 PM EST

Yonge-Dundas Square & Black History Month Digital Exhibition Call for Artists

Yonge-Dundas Square and the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers are excited to announce the return of the annual Black History Month Digital Exhibition Career Launcher, providing an exhibition opportunity for three (3) artists from the OCAD U community to exhibit their work on the square’s digital screens. Artists are invited to submit artworks to be displayed across the Square’s digital screens for the duration of Black History Month in February 20244

DEADLINE: Monday, November 27, 2023 at 8 AM EST

People of the Downsview lands Past, Present, Future Mural

Northcrest Developments and Canada Lands are seeking artists, or teams of artists, to explore the social and cultural histories of Downsview in a major mural work that will be painted in spring 2024. The mural should respond in some way to the social and cultural histories and/or possible futures of these lands.

The mural will be painted on a brick wall that measures approximately 45 feet wide by 15 feet tall. It is located by the Bombardier hangars on the Northcrest land.

The total budget for this project is up to $25K

DEADLINE: Tuesday, November 28 2023 at 11:59 PM EST

Call for Indigenous Artists: Town of Whitby Sports Complex

The Town of Whitby is seeking to commission a landmark public artwork from a professional Indigenous artist or artist team from currently called Canada to be placed within and adjacent to the forthcoming Whitby Sports Complex. This major public art project builds on the Town of Whitby’s commitment to create awareness of the Indigenous cultures, peoples and heritages. 

The Town of Whitby is seeking expressions of interest and qualifications which will see an Indigenous artist/artist team selected through an open, two-stage process, with a total budget of approximately $150,000 CAD.

DEADLINE: Thursday, November 30, 2023 at 4 PM EST

CreateSpace Public Art Forum

CreateSpace Public Art Forum will see the presentation of 10 pre-recorded talks/workshops created by professional public artists and cultural workers that participants will engage with and respond to through creative design.  Programming is from January 8-31, 2024.
Up to 50 participants will be selected for this opportunity. This opportunity is open to those who:

  • identity as early-career Canadian-based visual and/or media artists interested in building or growing their public art practice;
  • identify as Black, Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit and Métis), racialized, rural, and/or youth with disabilities;
  • are between the ages of 18-25;
  • are a Canadian citizen, or Permanent Resident.
DEADLINE Extended: Friday, December 1, 2023 at 11:59 PM EST

Western University: Indigenous Artist-in-Residence

The Department of Visual Arts at Western University is seeking applications from emerging to established Indigenous artists, including individuals and collectives, for the one-year Indigenous Artist-in-Residence (IAiR) program. This program will support a First Nations, Métis, or Inuk artist in the research, creation, and production of new artistic work.

The residency will be situated in the Department of Visual Arts for a period of 8 to 12 months beginning August 1, 2024 (negotiable). The stipend for this position is $50,000 (inclusive of taxes) regardless of the length of the residency, number of individuals involved (in the case of a collective), and is intended to cover support materials, travel, accommodation, artist fees and costs related to the residency, although additional funds can be applied for through the Department.

DEADLINE: Monday, January 15, 2024

Nuit Blanche: Independent & Open Call Projects

The theme for Nuit Blanche 2024 is Bridging Distance: looking at the ways we understand distance and how we can bridge it through art.

Independent projects: self-produced and self-funded led by Toronto-based practicing artists & collectives. Must a strong visual art component. Selected artists will receive an honorarium of $1750.

Open Call projects: local, national and international practicing artists and arts collectives that transforms public space. Will receive funding up to $15,000. 

DEADLINE: Sunday, January 21, 2024 at 11:59 EST

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