Call For Works: feelSpace

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Monday, October 21, 2019 - 11:45pm

Call for Works: feelSpace
Deadline: Oct 21st, 2019, 11:59pm

feelSpace is an interdisciplinary curatorial collective. We are creating an interactive online environment to engage with artists at all stages of their careers. This co-curated online exhibition explores intimacy in/and/on/through the internet. 

feelSpace is seeking artworks for our inaugural online exhibition that deals with connections and relationships in digital spaces. The exhibition will consider how we perceive, or “feel” the internet.

feelSpace welcomes submissions from a variety of mediums that must be accessible to an online audience without the use of any specialized equipment. We encourage submissions from BIPOC, Queer, and Two-Spirit artists from every nation. A small honourarium will be awarded to exhibiting artists. 

Submission Requirements:
Please prepare the following materials for the online application:

Label all files in the format: lastname.firstname.title.year 
Accepted image formats: PNG, GIF and JPEG (max 144 dpi)
Accepted video formats: Vimeo and YouTube links 

  • Artwork description (300 words max)
  • Online installation requirements (200 words max)
  • Artist biography, written in third person (200 words max)
  • 5-10 images (xGB max)
  • CV (3 pages max) (optional)

intimacy: for the show we are primarily considered with three different kinds of intimacy; with others (romantic, familial, friendly), with ourselves (leading back to ego, self, persona, identity), and with materiality (with digital devices & spaces, art & art practices/endeavours). All three forms come back to desire -- what leads us to seek out intimacy: in the context of our interests how/where do we seek digital intimacy?

refraction: the fact or phenomenon of light, radio waves, etc. being deflected in passing obliquely through the interface between one medium and another or through a medium of varying density. 

disconnection & reconnection: the internet can lead us to connections that otherwise may not have been possible. It can create disconnections with our physical surroundings, body (persona) and technical disconnections like lost internet connections, broken phones, computers, and whatever else can go wrong with technology! Does technology create a digital extension of the self?  

feelSpace is made up of 13 OCAD University MFA candidates. We come from a variety of educational, professional, and artistic backgrounds, making interdisciplinary practices integral to our collaborative practice.  


Call for Applications - 2020 Artist Project Career Launcher

The Artist Project Contemporary Art Fair and The Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers are excited to announce the return of the Artist Project Career Launcher for an upper year OCAD U student or recent graduate with a performance-based practice (such as, but not limited to, Integrated Media, Digital Futures or Sculpture/Installation). 

Call for Applications - 2020 Artist Project Career Launcher

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Monday, September 30, 2019 - 4:30pm to Sunday, October 27, 2019 - 12:00am


The Artist Project Contemporary Art Fair and The Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers are excited to announce the return of the Artist Project Career Launcher for an upper year OCAD U student or recent graduate with a performance-based practice (such as, but not limited to, Integrated Media, Digital Futures or Sculpture/Installation). 

Students and recent alumni are invited to apply for this paid opportunity which provides a professional venue and large public audience for their work. The successful applicant will participate in the 13th annual Artist Project Contemporary Art Fair; held at the Better Living Centre, February 20 to 23, 2020. Dimensions of the project space are roughly 200 square feet in size. 

The Show Director will select a successful applicant and The Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers will provide a $2,000 production grant towards the realization of this outstanding opportunity. 

Tips for a successful application: 

  • The space provided at the fair is located among other exhibiting artists, as such it is important to keep the sound levels of the proposed project minimal. 
  • The fair hall is lit with overhead lighting and high ceilings. Creating an enclosed dark space would be difficult. 
  • The suspension of materials from overhead is not possible in the fair hall. 
  • The fair is family friendly. Therefore project content should not include nudity or profanity. 
  • A changing and/or staging area will be provided as needed. 


  • Must be an OCAD U student or recent graduate (from 2018 and 2019)
  • A priority will be given to performance-based proposals, over more static sculptural installations. 
  • A consideration of the successful application tips mentioned above. 


Sunday, October 27, 2019 at midnight (EST) 


Apply though Typeform here

  • Full contact information (Name, phone, and email) 
  • Current CV listing relevant creative experience 
  • A link to your online portfolio
  • Direct links to recorded portfolio material on a host page (Vimeo, YouTube etc.). Please do not include video files in your application; only links. 
  • A brief artist statement that contextualizes your overall practice and communicates your interest in the opportunity and a very clear expression of your project proposal. 


If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact Zviko Mhakayakora, with the subject line "Artist Project 2020"

Venue & Address: 
The Artist Project 2020 Contemporary Art Fair February 20 - 23, 2020 Better Living Centre Exhibition Place, Toronto

Call for Submissions: Exhibition Proposals for the Learning Zone

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Friday, December 6, 2019 - 9:00am

The Learning Zone is currently accepting submissions for exhibitions in our gallery space between February 3rd and March 18th 2020. We are looking for two exhibitions, each installed for approximately three weeks. The deadline for submissions is Sunday January 19, 2020.


With a large glass wall facing the first level of Village by the Grange, the Learning Zone Main Space provides an excellent opportunity to have your work seen by the OCAD U community and the general public. Due to the flexibility of our space, we can accommodate a broad variety of formats: two dimensional, three dimensional, installation, performance, audio or video work.


The Learning Zone encourages submissions from all areas of study at OCAD University, including undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and alumni. We accept proposals for solo and group exhibitions. Students who wish to curate an exhibition of student work are also encouraged to apply. Don't be intimidated, we're here to help make your exhibit idea a reality! We can provide support in exhibition planning, installation and more.


Our application process is simple and easy. Students or Faculty interested in planning an exhibit in the Learning Zone should contact LZ Librarian, Marta Chudolinska at with the following information: Medium and theme of work to be exhibited, Approximate number of pieces to be installed, Potential dates of interest, Program of Study & Year Level.


For more information on how to submit an exhibition proposal, please refer to our submission guidelines:

Venue & Address: 
113 McCaul Street, Level 1 Also accessible from 122 St. Patrick Street
416-977-6000 ext. 2529

Call for Applications - Longos Liberty Village Wall Mural

Call for Applications - Longos Liberty Village Wall Mural
Friday, August 2, 2019 - 3:00pm to Sunday, August 18, 2019 - 12:00am

Design Brief Scope of Work

The opportunity seeks a large-scale interior art mural that features as a focal point of a dining hall located in the Liberty village. The dining hall is part of a new concept store format that has been designed by ampersand studio for Longo’s opening on November 01, 2019. The dining hall is a gathering space for people to come together for breakfast, lunch or dinner to celebrate food, grab a drink at the bar, grab a gourmet cup of coffee at the coffee truck and enjoy the wide selection of globally inspired locally sourced meals. The dining hall wall is the focal point of the seating area. Wall measures 16’ H x 29’ wide constructed of concrete block. The final artwork will be produced in a digital format, printed as wallpaper and installed on the wall in full scale. - The selected artist(s) will submit a series of preliminary work to the review panel for approval - Preliminary work to be adjusted based on the review panel’s comments - Final draft to be submitted to the review panel for final approval before production of the final artwork. - The final artwork will be submitted to the printer as a high-resolution full scale digital artwork for print on adhesive vinyl, no later than October 15th.


Community, Liberty, the liberation of food and life, The goal of the Mural is to bring art and creativity to the space in an imaginative way considering this theme. About Longo’s: Longo’s is a family-run grocery chain in the GTA founded in 1956 by Italian immigrant brothers Joe, Tommy and Gus Longo, who immigrated to Canada in 1951 from Termini Sicily. They established their first store in Toronto and had eight family members working there. Today’s Longo’s represents an evolution of fresh food experiences based on a tradition of quality, service, and value that started in 1956. Now, three generations later, Longo’s has grown its footprint to encompass 24 conventional stores, five smaller urban format stores branded The Market by Longo’s, and an online grocery business dubbed Grocery Gateway. Longo’s recently opened Canada’s first net-zero supermarket in in Stouffville.

Artist Qualifications

  • Open to current OCAD U students or recent grads (up to 5 years out of school)
  • Experienced in producing large-scale works, such as art murals, for clients
  • A short written statement (400 words max) outlining their interest in the project and their proposed concept for the mural 
  • A creative CV - A short bio (250 words max)
  • A PDF portfolio including 3-5 relevant projects
  • For group submissions, please submit all material in one combined PDF document.

Submission Instructions

Please submit completed applications, by Sunday August 18th at midnight, to the attention of OCAD U Career Development, with the subject line: "Longos Liberty wall mural"

Call for Applications - Longos Liberty Village Wall Mural.pdf

Venue & Address: 
1100 King street west, Toronto, Ontario

Call for Applications - Design4

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Friday, August 2, 2019 - 2:15pm to Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - 12:00am

DEADLINE: Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at midnight


Design4 is an externally funded initiative that introduces principles of experiential learning into the realm of paid professional opportunities for upper-year design students in their third or fourth year at the Undergraduate level (BDES). Students can also be studying in the Faculty of Design at the Masters level (MDES).


Students will be selected out of a pool of applicants and will have the chance to work part-time in small multi-disciplinary teams for up to 6 months, with the goal of addressing design challenges proposed by employment partners.

Throughout this experience, students will have direct support from The Centre of Emerging Artists and Designers, while receiving critical guidance from project mentors.

Employment partners will be drawn from among four distinct groups, hence the name Design4:

• New start-up ventures
• SME private enterprise
• The cultural sector/ The Arts
• Social innovation/ not for profit


OCAD U’s principles of decolonisation, diversity & equity, sustainability and health/wellness are guiding considerations for the Design4 program.

The Centre for Emerging Artists and Designers will be prioritizing support for the Indigenous & Black Youth Design Initiative developed by the Faculty of Design within the context of Design4.


• Deep industry insight and the chance to build meaningful creative professional relationships that will enhance future employment outcomes
• The opportunity to put discipline-specific design skills into practice and reflect on the portfolio-worthy work that gets produced
• The creation of an institutionally supported community of practice on campus


Current upper-year students in the Faculty of Design in their third or fourth year at the Undergraduate level (BDES) or at the Masters level (MDES)


  • Resume that includes full contact information (name, phone number and email)
  • Links to online portfolio
  • Cover letter


Please send your application to Zviko Mhakayakora,
If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact Zviko Mhakayakora at the above e-mail address.


Toronto Animated Image Society at OCAD U

Toronto Animated Image Society at OCAD U
Tuesday, April 16, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Calling all animators!

Join us for a presentation by Mariam Zaidi, Managing Director of Toronto Animated Image Society to learn more about their residency programs, membership and Anijam call for submissions.

The Toronto Animated Image Society - TAIS’s Anijam call features 10-second-long animated films submitted under a theme, which are compiled and screened at the TAIS Annual Animation Showcase.

The Showcase Jury’s pick for Best Anijam will be awarded a cash prize and in-kind studio use toward production of a short-animated project for presentation at TAIS Showcase in 2020. The 2019 Anijam is High Tension. Artists are invited to submit 10-second-long mash-up masterpieces, creative never-before-seen combos, or unique universes populated by well-known characters.

Deadline: June, 23, 2019 (midnight)
More information:



As a non-profit, charitable, artist-run production centre, TAIS is dedicated to exploring and promoting the art of independent animation through production, screenings, workshops, and exhibitions. Founded in 1984, today TAIS’ artistic vision is shaped by support for the ever-broadening multidisciplinary and global context of the animated arts. Annually, TAIS programming seeks to prioritize diverse, intersectional, and progressive artistic and community-based interests that maintain support for the traditions of the discipline while also reflecting an evolving, expanded definition of animation.



Established in 2013, the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers (CEAD) sits alongside the other student-focused departments in the portfolio of the Vice-Provost, Students & International at OCAD U.

The CEAD is committed to supporting the early-career advancement of all students and recent alumni at OCAD U. Our team delivers specialized programs and services that connect individuals to
meaningful opportunities, communities of practitioners, skill-building resources and facilitated learning experiences.

The work of the CEAD is delivered across our Career Development and Experiential Learning Program portfolios. We are located on level 3 of OCAD University’s newly renovated Rosalie Sharp Pavilion for Experiential Learning at 115 McCaul Street.

Venue & Address: 
Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers, Level 3, Rosalie Sharp Pavilion, OCAD University

Call for Submissions: Toronto Queer Film Festival Student Program

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 12:00pm

TQFF is showcasing student work again this fall!

Who can submit? Any student living in Toronto/GTA
What exactly? We are seeking film + video work under 20 minutes in length. Preference for work created in or after 2017.

Since 2016, the Toronto Queer Film Festival has showcased the film and video art of queer and trans creators. We celebrate vigour, resistance, and defiance over nationalism and assimilation. We elevate Indigiqueer/Trans/2 Spirit filmmakers and filmmakers of colour where others erase or tokenize.

This year, we celebrate the anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall riots with our festival theme ‘Stonewall 50.’ As ever, TQFF’s mandate remains to decolonize queer and trans art histories and practices. This year, we especially seek projects that embody the spirit of the legacy of the Stonewall riots against police violence and/or center a commitment to decolonizing queer and trans liberation histories and art. We take the opportunity of the 50th anniversary of Stonewall to not only reflect on where we have been, but how we want to imagine queer and trans liberation for the next 50 years.

How do we remember Stonewall, the site of such a fundamentally impolite and uncompromising defiance? More importantly, to whom does Stonewall belong? The Stonewall uprisings were led by trans and gender non-conforming people of colour. Yet most mainstream portrayals erase these very same people. How can we reclaim spaces and art lost to homonormativity? How do we remember the legacy of Stonewall outside of “progress” narratives? Things look very different now than they did a half-century ago, but what does progress mean? Is it a straight line or a pendulum? If things get “better,” do they get better for everyone?

Stonewall is often discussed as “the beginning” of the global movement for LGBTQ+ rights, but this is a US-centric point of view. What, if anything, does Stonewall mean in a global context? We want to hear about queer and trans liberation struggles from all around the world!

This is an artist-run festival. At TQFF, we commit to ethical treatment of artists in two concrete ways: we do not charge submission fees, and pay all artists who have their films selected screening fees according to IMAA & CARFAC standard rates.

TQFF is generously funded by the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Canada Council for the Arts.

DEADLINE: May 1st, 2019, 11:59pm
Extended Deadline: May 21st, 2019, 11:59pm

Where to submit:

There is no submission fee.

If you have any questions, comments or accessibility notes, please contact Amanda or Jeremy at

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Call for Submissions: Exhibitions at the Toronto Public Library

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Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 11:30am

Calling all artists! Submit your artwork* for the library’s 2019-2020 art exhibit season. If selected, your work will be on display at one of 16 library branches across the city.

*A committee will consider works prepared for hanging in all media including photography (no sculptures).


Submission deadline: April 26, 2019

Exhibit Locations: Agincourt, Albion, Bloor/Gladstone, Deer Park, Don Mills, Fairview, Leaside, Mimico Centennial, North York Central Library, Northern District, Oakwood Village Library and Arts Centre, Richview, Runnymede, S. Walter Stewart, Woodside Square, Yorkville

For information on current and upcoming exhibits at the Toronto Public Library, please visit:

Download the application available on this page or visit: for more information on applications and exhibitions. 

Questions? Email:

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Call for Submissions - Submit by April 1, 2019 - Students Only

Students - Call for Submissions
Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 12:15pm





Beyond Borders is a curated exhibition of OCAD University student work from the Faculties of Art and Design. These moving and still images all defy or define boundaries, borders, margins, and edges. A lens inherently serves to create a border between artist and subject. Simultaneously, it provides a platform to describe and/or transcend and transgress physical, societal, political, personal, historical, cultural, racial, gendered constructions. While some choose to bridge borders, others may examine their defined edges. The still and moving images in this exhibition flirt with thresholds of the borders we so often struggle to define.