Call for Submissions! Student Run Pop-Up & Networking event: O-POP

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Friday, November 25, 2016 - 8:00pm to Saturday, November 26, 2016 - 2:00am

Call for Submissions!

Hello! We are a group of students hosting a Pop-Up & Networking event, called O-POP, on November 25th, 2016.  We are currently looking for potential vendors and anyone interested in submitting their work for the gallery (to be put up on display)! We are also providing a space for vendors to sell their products, which will allow you to potentially make some money. You will be a key part of our event, as it is a one-night pop-up shop. We are providing a space for you all to display your work, get your name out there, and advertise your business. This event is for students and anyone else would would like to get some networking experience.

*Deadline for a completed application AND payment to secure your table is November 4th, 2016.

We will be charging a fee of $25 to any vendor or displayers interested in getting their name out there with our event. Come out and network, as there will be food and drinks!

Venue & Address: 
49 McCaul St, Toronto, ON

GradEx 2017 creative – Call for submissions

GradEx 2017 Call for Creative
Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - 4:00am

Open to all current OCAD University students

Showcase your talent by submitting an application to design the creative concept for GradEx 2017. The selected design will be used on posters, the event website, ads and other promotional materials. This is a great opportunity to have your work featured at one of Canada’s largest art, design and digital media exhibitions, and for your design to capture the energy, creativity, and hard work of the 2017 graduating class.

It’s simple:

  1. Send us a written proposal that outlines your approach in terms of design process and inspiration (one page maximum), include your current resume and examples of your work. The selection committee will be judging your application based on your existing work, only.
  2. Three selected students will receive $500 each to develop their approach. Selections will be made based on your ideas, resumes and existing work.
  3. The student whose work will be used in GradEx 2017 promotional materials will receive $2000 for their concept. OCAD U will be responsible for producing the promotional materials (posters, ads, etc.) and will cover associated costs.

Submit your concept by November 1, 2016

Submission details at


Submission Key Dates

Stage 1: Proposal Outline
Deadline date for submission November 1, 2016.


Stage 2: Jury Selection of Three Submissions
Three students will be selected and notified by phone and email by November 9, 2016


Stage 3: Further Development
Each of the three selected students will be paid $500 to further develop their approach which will be due for submission November 23, 2016. Further briefing details around the creative development will be provided at this time and the three selected student will be asked to sign a participation agreement.


Stage 4: Final Jury Selection
Upon further review of the concepts developed by the three selected students, one of the three will be selected by the jury to be used in promoting GradEx 2017 and the student will be paid $2000. This selection will be made by November 30, 2016.


Selection Criteria and Process

All proposals will be evaluated based on creativity of approach (submission), experience and qualifications (resume), and previous works (submitted samples of existing work). A jury comprised of faculty, students and external industry members will make up the selection committee. Following selection of the three students, they will be asked to mock-up the final design which will then be presented for final selection by the Jury.  OCAD University has the right to refuse the final design.


Submission Details
Full info, including how to submit can be found at:


Open to all existing OCAD University students

Venue & Address: 
GradEx 2017 Call for Creative

Yorkville Village Arts Festival Pop Up shop - Call for submissions

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Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 5:00pm to Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 4:00am

Yorkville Village Arts Festival Pop Up Shop 

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: OCAD U Students, Alumni & Faculty


We are looking for a diverse selection of artworks (ceramics, prints, jewellery, illustrations, textiles, artist multiples, bags, cards, paintings, small sculptures…) that showcase the talents of the OCAD U community.  The selected work will be sold at the OCAD U Pop Up Shop in Yorkville Village from Nov 3-13th as part of the Yorkville Village Arts Festival. 


Each artist will set their own price.  We recommend submitting work priced between $2 to $50 and framed/large-scale work that is under $1000.  Please note that 10% of the sales price will be deducted to cover the costs of shop staffing and management.  (Example, if you price your work at $20.  You will receive $18 and the Pop Up Shop will keep $2.)

Selected artists will be notified by Tuesday, October 18th.  

Display ready prints and objects must be delivered to the Faculty of Art Office located in room 401, 4th floor of 100 McCaul before FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28TH before 4:00 pm.

Pieces accepted for the shop will require the following:  

*Each work must have a business card/artist information securely attached

*A price list/removable price tag for each object.

*A list of all work and supplies delivered

*Packaging materials:

  • Fragile items (ceramics, 3D objects…): bubble wrap/boxes
  • 2D prints:  each image packaged in a clear bag with a white backing board.  (These are available at Aboveground Art Supplies.)
  •  Textiles (scarfs, bags, shirts…) please let us know if your works require hanging or if they can be displayed on tables.
  • Small objects: bags/specialized displays if needed
  • Note: the Pop Up Shop will provide medium-sized bags for customers

* Unsold work will be available for pick up the week of Nov 14th and payment for sold works will be distributed in mid-December – mid-January.


*In a Dropbox folder, please include the following:

  • Up to 10 jpgs (1024 pixels on the longest side) of the objects you are proposing for the sale.  Files should be titled as follows: File number_1st FirstInitial_Last Name_Student/Alumni/Faculty.jpg  Example: 01_A_Hup_Student.jpg
  • Info sheet (.doc) that contains:  Your name and contact info (email and phone number), Image list (title/object, size, medium, date and price.  Please include framing/display information for large-scale pieces.)

*Share this Dropbox folder with

*Works for the Pop Up Shop will be selected by a diverse jury with representatives from the Faculty of Art & Design.

*Please note: Although we will not be able to confirm receipt of the work, we will contact all that applied with the results. 

ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS?  PLEASE CONTACT Jenn Long at or Jennie Suddick at  Please include “Pop Up Shop” in the email title.

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Opening the Universe: Call for Submissions

Opening the Universe
Friday, November 21, 2008 - 5:00am to Friday, January 16, 2009 - 5:00am

The year 2009 marks four hundred years since Galileo first observed the night sky with a telescope. These observations ultimately transformed the scientific worldview of that time, as well as the understanding of our human context within the universe. To celebrate this anniversary, 2009 has been denoted by the United Nations as the "International Year of Astronomy", when many astronomically themed events in Canada and around the world are planned.

In the spirit of the multidisciplinary nature of the International Year of Astronomy, students from the Ontario College of Art & Design are invited to create art in any medium (including digital images and video), inspired by concepts, ideas, themes as well as images from astronomy. The work will be shown at the Idea Gallery at the Ontario Science Centre ( The work will be on display to the general public at the Ontario Science Centre from May through September, with the opening planned for Astronomy Day on May 9, 2009.

Please direct questions about the show, or the submission process, to Robin Kingsburgh (, Rm 304, 100 McCaul St.)

Submission Process and Deadline:
Jan 16, 2009: Submit piece, and attach a 1-page artist’s statement (hardcopy; include your name and contact information) to Rm 304, 100 McCaul St, between 1 and 4 p.m.
Final decisions for pieces to be included in the show will be made by early March 2009, by members of the OCAD and Ontario Science Centre communities.


Awards Program Application Deadline

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 - 4:00am

Applications must be received by March 18, 2009, 4:00 p.m. (extended from March 2, 2009) at the Financial Aid & Awards Office.
Students in Years 2, 3, 4 are eligible to apply.

Venue & Address: 
Financial Aid & Awards 51 McCaul St., Level 1, Toronto, Ontario

Orangina Originals Competition

Orangina Originals
Thursday, October 16, 2008 - 4:00am to Thursday, November 6, 2008 - 5:00am

Since its introduction in the 1930s, Orangina has become a cultural icon. As one of Europe’s favourite sparkling citrus beverages, Orangina is celebrated as much for its distinctive taste as for its rich, artistic heritage.

In fact, in the 1950s French artist Bernard Villemot was so inspired by the joie de vivre of Orangina that he put his paintbrush to work, creating a collection of lively Orangina advertising posters. His work gained international fame, elevating the brand’s iconic status and creating a cult-like following for Orangina artwork that continues today.

Building on this tradition, Orangina is searching for original, one-of-a-kind, Canadian artwork through its first ever Orangina Originals student competition. The Ontario College of Art & Design (“OCAD”) students are invited to follow in the footsteps of Villemot and submit original Orangina-inspired artwork for a chance to win.

One artist will receive a grand prize of $15,000 which includes a bursary prize and purchase of the original artwork plus exclusive reproduction rights buy-out. The winning artist will be revealed at OCAD Whodunit? on November 19 and limited edition reproductions of their work will be sold throughout December 2008 to benefit OCAD.

A secondary prize bursary of $1,000 will also be awarded on November 22, 2008.

About Orangina
Comprised of the combination of orange, lemon and mandarin juices, Orangina blends juice and real pulp with pure sparkling water for a fresh taste that has made it one of Europe’s favourite beverages for more than 70 years.

To enter, visit during the Competition Period, print and complete the Competition Entry Form in full and submit with your entry to Orangina Originals, Attention: Rebecca Crittenden, c/o 184 Front Street East, 4th Floor, Toronto, Ontario, M5A 4N3. A short paragraph/bio about the entrant must also be included with the entry and completed entry form.

A separate entry form must accompany each piece submitted.

Entries must be two-dimensional and should be completed on an 11x17 inch surface. Work of any other proportions, or that is not two-dimensional will be disqualified and will not be accepted. Two-dimensional pieces can be horizontal or vertical. All works should be unframed and without mats.
Artwork must be Orangina-inspired.

Limit five (5) entries per person during the Competition Period.

All eligible entries submitted into the Competition will be judged by a panel of OCAD and Orangina representatives (the “Judges”) between November 6, 2008 and November 12, 2008. The first prize winner will be determined based on the following criteria:
• Expression of the Orangina spirit: 40 per cent
• Overall creativity: 15 per cent
• Technique: 15 per cent
• Artistic merit: 15 per cent
• Originality: 15 per cent

For complete contest details visit:


Submissions Call: MASK at Gallery 1313

Mask at Gallery 1313
Wednesday, August 27, 2008 - 4:00am to Friday, September 5, 2008 - 4:00am

Since its creation in 2002, the Love Exhibition has worked to raise awareness about the privilege that surrounds us and our responsibility to support others. Each year, proceeds from the show are used to support community- based organizations that combat violence and encourage self-esteem. Each of us has infinite abilities of kindness and love.

LOVE 2008 SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: Artwork is to relate to this year_s theme of “Mask”. How do we hide or portray ourselves to others? All artwork must be 8 x 8 inches and ready to hang.
Deadline for submissions is September 5 -23, 2008.

Your artwork (8 x 8 inches, ready to hang; CV and Artist Statement;contact information; $10 fee for each submission payable to: Lonsdale - Love Show 2008. This year_s proceeds will go towards helping Nomads. Art by street youth receiving support from organizations that help kids find answers. Affiliated with the Love Show, Nomads intends to raise awareness about organizations that help street youth in our city.

Venue & Address: 
Lonsdale Gallery 410 Spadina Road, Toronto, ON

Submission Writing Workshop

Floor Plan
Tuesday, May 27, 2008 - 10:00pm to Wednesday, May 28, 2008 - 12:00am

XPACE is currently accepting submissions for the programming period from November 2008 to January 2009. The deadline is May 30, 2008. We will be holding a workshop May 27 to go over our application and selection process. While this information is transferable to other grant and programming submissions, this workshop is specifically designed for XPACE programming submissions. Students and emerging artists are encouraged to bring submissions in progress or exhibition ideas to discuss with staff.
Please RSVP to, walk-ins welcome.

Venue & Address: 
XPACE 58 Ossington Avenue, Toronto, Ontario

Call for Submissions: LuminaTO at OCAD

Monday, April 14, 2008 - 4:00am to Friday, April 18, 2008 - 4:00am

This year's LuminaTO festival (June 7, 2008) will focus on Queen West's artistic contribution from the mid 1970s to the mid 1980s... with a special focus on OCA (now OCAD), music, and performance arts. One of my tasks is to help organize the display of artifacts from the day: posters, photos, album covers, newspaper items, weird objects ... all the things that might contextualize the time.

We have the use of the "Great Hall" at OCAD for the day of June 7 for this exhibition of what production creator Martin calls "memorabilia". I am asking for contributions to this exhibition... anything that might evoke the period that you would be willing to share for a day.

If you are interested in submitting an artifact, please obtain a form for acknowledgment and return information from Kym Pruesse, Professor, Liberal Studies, OCAD at, and drop off your submission in an envelope clearly marked with the lenders’ name and contact information to the LuminaTO box in the Faculty of Liberal Studies office, Room 315, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto. The office is open Monday Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. All artifacts will be returned!

Also, any volunteer help in managing the installation and take down would be welcome. Alumni and student involvement would be very helpful.

More info:
Kym Pruesse, Professor, Liberal Studies OCAD,
Henry Martinuk, Continent Productions,

Deadline: Friday April 18, 2008


Call for Submissions: Lynn Donoghue Artist in Residence Program – Spadina Museum

Friday, March 28, 2008 - 4:00am to Friday, April 25, 2008 - 8:00pm

The Museum Board of Colborne Lodge, Mackenzie House and Spadina Museum, as part of Toronto Culture, City of Toronto, and in partnership with the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) and Romspen Investment Corporation is pleased to present the third annual Lynn Donoghue Artist in Residence Program.

The residency is open to emerging artists creating two-dimensional paintings or drawings.

The 2008 residency will run from September 28 to November 2, 2008, at Spadina Museum.

The successful candidate will be required to be on site each Sunday September 28 to November 2, and present at an exhibit opening within two weeks of the end of the residency.

The program provides an opportunity for an emerging artist to explore the legacy of the museum site and express his or her vision for a 21st century audience.
The successful applicant can be any age, but may not be a student.

The program has been developed with the assistance of faculty and staff of Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD). The program's jury will include representation from OCAD.

The deadline for applications is 4 p.m. on Friday, April 25, 2008. Please note email or late submissions will not be accepted.

The recipient will be awarded:
- An honorarium of $2,500
- The use of a studio during museum hours
- Exhibition space for work already completed (subject to review), in addition to the work being produced for this award and
- Promotion of the final exhibition

This annual program commemorates Lynn Donoghue, who was a respected and critically acclaimed artist and portraitist. A member of the museum board, Ms. Donoghue was a strong supporter of the three historic houses – Colborne Lodge, Mackenzie House, and Spadina Museum: Historic House & Gardens. The Lynn Donoghue Artist in Residence Program continues the legacy initiated by John Howard of Colborne Lodge, founding member of the Society of Artists and Amateurs (1834); William Lyon Mackenzie’s printing endeavours; and the Austin women of Spadina through their patronage of the arts as members of The Women’s Art Association of Canada, Toronto.

Spadina Museum: Historic House & Gardens was built in 1866 and occupied by the Austin family until 1982. The house is set on six acres of beautifully landscaped grounds including rolling lawns, an intimate orchard and one of Toronto’s finest restored Victorian and Edwardian Gardens. The furniture, art and decoration are original to the house and reflect the Toronto art scene of the late 19th and early 20th century and its Victorian, Edwardian and Art Nouveau influences.

The requirements, obligations and parameters of the program are outlined in detail in the Call for Submissions document. The Call for Submissions document may be requested by email to or by phone by calling Karen Edwards at 416-392-6910 x303. Spadina Museum is located at 285 Spadina Road, Toronto next to Casa Loma. A guided tour of the site can be arranged by calling Spadina Museum.

Venue & Address: 
Auditorium 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario