Call for Submissions: Feminist Art Conference

Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 4:00am to Friday, May 15, 2015 - 4:00am

Submission Deadline: May 15, 2015

Feminist Art for Social Justice

The third annual feminist art conference will provide an opportunity for feminist issues to be explored and communicated artistically in a unique and creative space that encourages sharing, creating and discussion.

Our Vision

The mission for the Feminist Art Conference (FAC) is inspired by attacks on women’s and transgender rights in Canada, the US and abroad. Issues such as rape culture, trans phobia, racism, violence, media and political representation, cultural appropriation, online harassment, environmental degradation and impact on Indigenous lands, missing and murdered Indigenous women, and Islamophobic policies are areas of deep concern. These infringements on our right to agency and independence have been occurring in alarming numbers in our governments, in the media and in our communities. This conference provides an opportunity for these issues to be explored and communicated artistically in a unique and creative space that encourages sharing, creating and discussion. In the centuries old tradition of people organizing we believe that by coming together and communicating about these issues through our artistic practice, that we can initiate progressive change and spark collaborations accross disciplines.

Our Mission

We are looking for multidisciplinary art and workshop submissions including: visual art, film, theatre arts, music, dance, design, spoken word and literature. We will create a space that is celebratory,positive, intellectually engaging and provocative. We are committed to this space being trans inclusive, anti-racist, and intersectional. Furthermore, by providing an opportunity for feminist artists to meet and share their work, we believe we can provide opportunities for networking and future artistic collaboration that can inspire social change and empowerment. We have the vision that the ripple effect from this type of artistic sharing and learning can provoke positive transformations in both our communities and our minds.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto  
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OCAD U Student Gallery: Fall 2015 Call for Submissions

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Friday, April 24, 2015 - 4:00am

The OCAD U Student Gallery is now accepting submissions for the Fall 2015 exhibition program. There are three exhibition slots up for grabs. You can download an application from our website. The deadline for submissions is Friday, April 24! Please note that emailed submissions won't be accepted.

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Venue & Address: 
OCAD U Student Gallery, 52 McCaul Street
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Call for Submissions: Scotiabank Nuit Blanche Projects

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015 - 5:00am to Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 5:00am

Independent Projects

The Independent program has been assigned a curator for the first time in its 10-year history.

Toronto artists, museums, galleries, cultural and educational institutions, neighbourhoods and BIAs are invited to submit their proposals to be an Independent Project under the curatorial vision of "Memory Lane."

Watch Curator Che Kothari explain his curatorial vision for "Memory Lane" in a new video , visit the FAQs, Independent Projects 2015 Application Guidelines and Independent Projects 2015 Application for more details.

New this year - "10 for 10th"

To celebrate the 10th edition of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, the City of Toronto is engaging major cultural organizations across the city and creating a City co-produced exhibition area that responds to the curatorial vision, "Memory Lane" for the Independent Project program. "10 for 10th" is an application process within the Independent Projects program where artists can apply to have their project situated in one of the participating partner venues with funding and production support provided.

The "10 for 10th" venues are listed in the Independent Projects Application form.

How to Apply:

  • Download the event GUIDELINES (PDF) and appropriate APPLICATION form.

  • Read the Guidelines before completing the Application.

  • For the "10 for 10th" and Independent Projects you can choose to apply to one or both programs using the same Application form.

  • Complete all fields within the Application form. If you're not able to access the Word forms, please email to request assistance. (Please note that in order to be considered you must fill out the relevant Application form and adhere to all programming criteria and submission requirements).

  • Email your Application and attachments to Please label your email subject heading as "Independent Project Application" and add your ARTIST/ORGANIZATION NAME. e.g. Subject: Independent Project Application - from Art Group Name.

  • You may send email attachments including PDF, jpg, mp3 and avi files. Please do not send eps or psd files. This mailbox can only accept attachments up to 5MB in total size. Please label all attachments with your name and your project's title.

  • If your Application was submitted successfully, you will receive an email response within two business days. If you do not receive this message, your Application was not submitted successfully.

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

Submission Deadline - "10 for 10th" and Independent Projects:

Tuesday, February 17, 2015.
Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.
For more information, email:

Applicants should be aware that their participation in Scotiabank Nuit Blanche's Open Call, Independent Projects and "10 for 10th" is not automatic solely on the basis of meeting the general eligibility requirements. All Applications are curated/juried against the criteria outlined in the Guidelines and selected based on artistic merit and project feasibility.

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Black Future Month 3015 - Call for Submissions

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Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 9:00pm to Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 9:00pm

Black Future Month
3rd annual afrofuturism exhibition – 3015
A collective look into our distant future

The Black Future Month 3015 exhibition is a platform for artists who identify as black to explore the infinite expressions of afrofuturism and other expansive themes like black identify and existence in the future.

Submissions in all mediums accepted. Space is limited. Submission deadline: January 31st 2015

Email us your submission at

Curated by Danilo McCallum as part of Black History Month at OCAD U.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 100 McCaul Street Toronto, ON M5T 1W1

Monitor 11: South Asian Experimental Film + Video Call for Submissions

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - 4:00am to Monday, November 3, 2014 - 5:00am

Deadline: November 3, 2014, 5:00 p.m.


Submissions are now open for our annual experimental film and video screening program, Monitor 11.

Monitor is dedicated to the presentation of experimental short films and videos by and/or about South Asians from Canada and around the world. We invite independent and innovative short films and videos that explore the aesthetic and form of the moving image and its relation to narrative. Monitor encourages new, experimental and risk-taking work that challenges the viewer’s active engagement.

For Monitor 11, curators Leila Pourtavaf and Azar Mahmoudian invite filmmakers and artists to submit work based on the theme, “These Monsters are Real”, a nod to riot grrrl band Heavens to Betsy. The theme can be read as a playful insistence on fantasy as a legitimate mode of operation, but also question how we can still claim a space for the imaginary, and the make-believe, when the most monstrous acts have become a part of our everyday reality.

How do we realize and name trauma to normalize it? How does it haunt us? How do our fantasies return as the real? How do we build fictions that tell the stories of our lived realities? And finally, how do we fantasize our way out?


Works must be under 20 minutes and produced during, or after 2012.
Submissions from first time directors, and students are welcome. Artist fees will be paid.

Submissions must include all of the following:

• Name of artist or director
• Full contact information (address, phone, email, website)
• Title of work
• Date of production (No earlier than 2012)
• Brief synopsis of the work (300 words max)
• Brief biography of the artist (150 words max)
• Artist CV
• High-resolution production stills (300dpi)

Venue & Address: 
Mail-In Submissions: SAVAC – MONITOR 11 401 Richmond Street West, Suite 450 Toronto, ON&nbsp;M5V 3A8 Canada
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OCAD U Student Gallery Call for Submissions

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 4:00am to Friday, April 18, 2014 - 4:00am

Now accepting submissions for the 2014/15 exhibition period

The OCAD U Student Gallery is accepting submissions for the 2014/15 exhibition period. We accept both group and individual applications, as well as curatorial proposals. Students from all disciplines are encouraged to apply. To download an application form, visit the Student Gallery web site.

Deadline: Friday, April 18 2014

The OCAD U Student Gallery is an exhibition venue funded by OCAD University and by the undergraduate students by way of an Ancillary Fee. The gallery exists to serve the campus community including students, alumni, staff and faculty. The gallery showcases in-house talent, provides professional practice training, and serves as an on-campus social space.

Two Programs Coordinators manage the annual schedule of exhibitions and events with the support of its Advisory and Selection committees. The Advisory Committee meets twice per year; and the Selection Committee meets in the springtime, after the gallery’s annual call for submissions.

Venue & Address: 
Student Gallery 52 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario

Retrospective Show 2014: Call For Submissions

Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 4:00am to Monday, March 31, 2014 - 4:00am

An annual end of year exhibition sponsored by the Student Union

The Retrospective has been successfully mounted at OCAD University for the past 6 years. The show is entirely produced, curated, juried, and installed by students, featuring works from all years and disciplines. The Retrospective is an exciting opportunity to showcase and juxtapose art and design practice at OCAD U.

(Limit 4 pieces per person created within the past year)

Submission Form

Important Dates

Submissions Accepted: Thursday, March 13 to Monday, March 31

Jury Period: Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Confirmation Email: Wednesday, April 2

Collection of Work: Accepted work will be handed in on Monday, April 7 in Room 287 from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. Hanging will take place Tuesday April 8 in the Great Hall. All students with entries are encouraged to help hang and prepare the exhibit.

Show Dates: Wednesday, April 9 to Thursday, April 18, 2014

Opening Reception: Wednesday April 9

Remove Work: Work must be removed on the final day of the show, Thursday April 18. Any work not picked up will be brought to the Student Union Office. Any work not removed from the office within the following week will be disposed of.

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OCAD University Digital Painting Atelier

Image: Alex Fischer, Garden Spell 4, 2014
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 3:30pm

Call for Submissions

“The Digital Painting Atelier has been a terrific opportunity for artists to experiment with the various expanding practices that connect with the mediums of drawing and painting. Over the past few years it has been a distinct pleasure to have artists engage with the OCAD U community and grapple with contemporary issues related to the hand made and the digital.”
Luke Painter. Chair, Contemporary Painting and Printmedia

Artists are invited to submit proposals to the Digital Painting Atelier. Artists are selected through a jury process. This opportunity provides an artist with one-week access to technology and technical support offered through the Digital Drawing and Painting Lab for creative experimentation and expansion of their practice. The artist will produce a new and original edition of artwork/digital prints and interact with the community of the Drawing and Painting program. The artwork produced during the residency will benefit both the visiting artist and the Drawing and Painting program. The artist maintains majority ownership through a 60/40 split of a minimum edition of 5 prints. The Faculty of Art will exhibit, auction and archive the remaining 40% of the edition. This will in turn offsets the cost of running the Digital Painting Atelier and help raise funds for other initiatives in the Faculty of Art.

OCAD University students will have an opportunity to interact with the artist in residence as well as assist in the development of artist’s project. The visiting artist will be expected to lecture on their work, conduct informal presentations, critiques and/or workshops to students and faculty. Moreover, the artist will be entitled to an honorarium, travel expenses and accommodations during the residency. Please see the application form for more details.

Previous DPA Residency participants: 
Kate Wilson (Toronto), Alex Fischer (Toronto), Leah Beeferman (Brooklyn, New York), Danielle Tegeder (New York City), Jon Rafman (Montreal), Pia Myrvold (Paris), Alex McLeod (Toronto), and Alex Livingston (Halifax)

We are currently scheduling for October 2014, January 2015 and March 2015.

Please visit the Digital Painting Atelier web page for more information and a submission form:

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Faculty of Design Competition

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 5:00pm to Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 5:00pm

Annual Faculty of Design Competition Exhibition in the Great Hall

Design Competition open to all OCADU students.

Launch - Friday, November 7, 2014 10:00 am Room 190

Sign-Up - Friday, November 7, 2014 11:00 am Room 175b (Lobby)

Competition Exhibition Set-up Tuesday November 11th 12:00 pm in the Great Hall

Awards Night: Thursday, November 13th at 4:30 pm The Great Hall

Competition runs Tuesday, November 11 to Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Venue & Address: 
Great Hall 100 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario
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Faculty of Design Competition - LAUNCH

Friday, November 7, 2014 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Launch - Faculty of Design Competition

Taking place in the Auditorium the Faculty of Design Competition Committee will review the Brief, have a presentation and disclose the topic. At the end of the Launch, students will sign-up for the Competition in the Lobby.

The Competitors will set-up in the Great Hall on Tuesday, November 11th at 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Awards Night is Thursday, November 13th at 4:30 pm

Take Down is Wednesday, November 19th at 12:00 pm

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