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Thursday, April 16th, 2015

YOU + ME

Opening April 16, Navillus Gallery presents YOU + ME. Featuring the works of several young artists the exhibit presents fresh and interesting approaches to portraiture and the human body.

Featured artists:

ROSALIND BREEN
OLIVIA BOUDREAU
STELLA CADE
KIRK MECHAR
MIKE RACHLIS
ELLY SMALLWOOD


6PM – 8PM
Navillus Gallery
110 Davenport Road, Toronto,
Ontario M5R3R3
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Join us for RECESS @ Artscape Youngplace

– Join artist Huda Eldardiry in creating a collaborative community mural at the entrance of AYP. Markers, crayons, and pastels provided until 6 pm.
– SKETCH’s Enviro-Arts & Industrial Arts programs are collaborating to create a new planter box system as a site for rest, relaxation and community building. Stop by their Urban Oasis Community Consultation Table in the Urban Living Lounge to share your ideas about the design until 7:30 pm
– Papermaking Drop-in @ Paperhouse Studio: this experimental studio rooted in paper and print media welcomes you to drop into their fun and playful learning environment to explore new ideas and materials. Studio 102 until 7:30 pm
– Create a better Toronto! The Artscape Youngplace Youth Advisory presents a hands-on CITY BUILDING workshop for all ages with the Invention Squad and the City of Toronto Planning Department until 7:30 pm
The Koffler Centre for the Arts present a short film series in the Small World Music Centre Studio 101 until 7:15 pm
– Printmaker Carolyn Riddell’s solo exhibition exponentia explores geographical displacement, history, memory, identity and culture in the Second Floor Hallway Gallery until 7:30 pm
– MAKE YOUR MARK! Come create a massive collaborative wall artwork with local artists Melissa Fisher and Murat Saman. Get inspired by the dynamic and idiosyncratic lines, patterns, and planes of pure colour that make up the striking artworks in TYPOLOGY’s current exhibition FLIGHTS & LANDINGS. Then make your own mark using colourful self-adhesive vinyls and tapes on the expansive walls and quirky recesses of the Third Floor Hallway Gallery. Check in at Suite 302 to receive exhibit info and art-making materials until 7:30 pm
– Miriam Grenville hosts Numeric Identities, a workshop where participants create an individual identity piece based on their design of a colour/numeric code & their 10 digit telephone number. All information will remain private and only the maker will understand their coded identity. Third Floor until 7:30 pm

430PM – 10PM
Artscape Youngplace
180 Shaw Street,
Toronto, Ontario
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15 PAINTERS

From April 16-22nd Project Gallery will host a pop-up preview exhibition of standout artworks by 15 Toronto-based painters who are on the rise. Each artist has an upcoming solo or duo exhibition at the gallery in 2015/16.

These are committed and incredibly talented contemporary artists who each work with paint in a different way to create imaginative, precise, and evocative results. Navigating diverse subjects, themes, and styles – this will be a dynamic exhibition that reflects bold explorations in the contemporary aesthetics of paint through the works of 15 up-and-coming artists you should know about.

6PM – 10PM
Project Gallery
1109 Queen St E,
Toronto, Ontario
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Friday, April 17th, 2015

ARIES 27°

416 Gallery + Lexiquette present ARIES 27°

“Through imagination, lost opportunity is regained.”

This is the phrase that corresponds to the Sabian symbol of April 17th: Aries 27, or Aries in its twenty-seventh degree. Failure, in any shape or form, is the enduring challenge to the emergence of a new capacity, a fresh opportunity, a creative imagination.

Taking place in the midst of spring, ARIES 27° is a curated group exhibition which explores this challenge in celebration of the rapidly growing creative emergence and diverse angles of imagination Toronto and Montréal hold close.

6PM – 12AM
416 Gallery
404 queen east, Toronto,
Ontario M5A 1T3
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THREE


Autumn Toronto Gallery invites you to ‘Three’, a collaborative show featuring the works of a trio of extremely talented young artists, each under the age of 20. Based in Toronto, Ethan Tennier-Stuart, Nadiya Svirsky and Nigel Westgate each approach the practice of creation through a multitude of contextual perspectives and media. ‘Three’ is the creative culmination of the group’s shared vision, that of life as a temporally distorted experience. Perception, memory, transformation, religion, spirituality, media, romanticism and objectification all help to distort this experience and weave their way into the group’s work. The works comprising ‘Three’ emphasize the repetition of thoughts and their evolution over time. The acts of rumination and repetition twist ideas and patterns away from their original forms. These looping thoughts and perceptions can have a drastic effect on how we perceive the world.


7PM
Autumn
478 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto,
Ontario M6R 2N5
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Visual Studies Thesis Exhibition 2015


Graduating students of the Visual Studies program at UTSG present their Thesis Exhibition. Using a range of media, including painting, drawing, video, installation, and photography, the works in this exhibition examine childhood, memory, advertising, real and imagined histories, violence and loss, the subconscious, and more.


7PM – 10PM
North and South Borden Buildings
563 Spadina Crescent
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Saturday, April 18th, 2015

How Many Performance Artists Does it Take to Eat Brunch

Join Jess Dobkin and Martha Wilson for an intimate conversation and reflection on the performance, How Many Performance Artists Does it Take to Change a Light Bulb (For Martha Wilson) and discussion of the relationship between contemporary live performance and documentation.

As the founder of the Franklin Furnace, a pioneering artist-run space that has led the exploration, promotion and preservation of performance art, Wilson has been a trailblazer in preserving the history and documentation of live art practices. Speaking to the role of documentation in live art.
This event is being co-presented by The Images Festival April 9 – 18, 2015. Please visit http://imagesfestival.com/ for more information.

11AM – 1PM
Onsite [at] Ocadu
230 Richmond Street West, Street Level,
Toronto, Ontario
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AKIN SPRING GALLERY CRAWL


Akin Spring Gallery Crawl

Saturday, April 18: 1-5pm

1. MEET AT AKIN COLLECTIVE (87 WADE AVENUE- STUDIO 101) FOR FREE BEER AND TREATS.

2. HEAD TO MECER UNION

3. HEAD TO DANIEL FARIA GALLERY

4. HEAD TO CLINT ROENISCH

5. HEAD TO DIVISION GALLERY

6. JOIN US FOR MORE FREE BEER AND TREATS

Please join us for a private tour of the current exhibitions at some of Toronto’s best and brightest galleries.

Bring friends!


1PM – 5PM
AKIN Collective
87 Wade Avenue, Toronto, Ontario
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Still Life, Still Living


David Armstrong Six, Sarah Cale, Kristan Horton, Brad Phillips, Jon Sasaki, Derek Sullivan, Zin Taylor, and Margaux Williamson

The still life genre evokes a range of images from mass-market decorative reproductions to the meticulous depictions of flowers and fruit in historical paintings. This exhibition explores the concept of still life through visual processes and propositions in contemporary works that include elements of time, life, organic matter and consumable objects.

In a recent video Jon Sasaki coaxes a faulty electrical connection to briefly illuminate a common pendant lamp, whereas in David Armstrong Six’s new work surreal vegetable and mineral forms embody an organic process of sculptural composition. The delicate beauty of Brad Phillip’s conventional floral watercolours is wryly countered with abject elements, while the mundane objects on a table in a painting by Margaux Williamson suggest a narrative of artistic production. Kristan Horton’s digital assemblage depicts the construction of a fictional generator whose source is the studio seen in the background. In a different manner, Derek Sullivan’s assemblages of objects on a peg rail are material manifestations of concepts with potential for movement. Also included in the exhibition are new works by Zin Taylor and Sarah Cale that combine photographs, drawing and painting in dynamic compositions.

Still Life, Still Living marks the eighty-third exhibition mounted at Jessica Bradley Gallery since it was established ten years ago.


3PM – 6PM
Jessica Bradley Gallery
74 Miller Street, Toronto,
Ontario M6N 2Z9
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Claire Greenshaw: It’s the truth, even if it never happened

The recent drawings and sculptures that comprise It’s the truth, even if it never happened, explore perception and the nature of representation. Using humor, appropriation and abstraction, Greenshaw’s artwork aims to examine and destabilize knowledge, systems of value and the gaze.

Probing the boundaries between surface, material, and space, Greenshaw’s drawings are an immersive investigation into the primacy of drawing and the production of image making. Taking wrinkled, punctured and cut out forms in paper as subject matter, these drawings obscure the status of what is depicted and call attention to the process of their own making as well as the tenuous nature of perception. The sculptures employ bronze and mass-produced objects, exploring modes of representation, reproduction and value.

Claire Greenshaw received an MFA from the Glasgow School of Art in 2009 and a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, Canada in 2002. Greenshaw has shown in many group exhibitions across Canada, and internationally, including shows at Night Gallery, Los Angeles, Neon, Brosarp, and The Royal Standard, Liverpool. Her solo exhibitions include Sweet Geranium, Glasgow, Helen Pitt Artist Run Centre, Vancouver and The Khyber Arts Centre, Halifax. Greenshaw has upcoming exhibitions in Kansas and Toronto.

4PM – 7PM
Hide Map
Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects
1086 Queen Street West ,
Toronto, Ontario
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Jason Van Horne: The Beginning of The End


This series, a collection of miniature dilapidated buildings and piles of debris, depict an urban landscape after a catastrophic event has decimated the world’s population. Devoid of people, the structures crumble and collapse while the natural environment slowly regains its foothold on what has long been the domain of humans.

Inspired as much by the miniature sets used in disaster flicks of a by-gone era as by biblical warnings of the end times and current concerns of environmental disaster, these models are meant to invoke our ongoing fear and fascination with the end of the world as we know it.

As a scavenger (some may say hoarder) of “found objects” van Horne enjoys finding little bits and pieces that can double as other things when playing with scale. Obsolete products and consumer waste provide almost all the building materials needed. Cardboard, plastic product packaging, advertising fliers, business cards, bits of old toys and electronics, along with handfuls of twigs and dirt are combined with some traditional scale modelling accessories to create scenes of urban decay.

Jason van Horne is a Toronto based artist who loves playing God by systematically building and destroying little worlds. His small scale depictions of large scale disasters are created out of the waste of a consumer based society, reusing old products and their packaging to cobble together vistas of post-apocalyptic wastelands. He is a co-founder of the Soft City, a craft based community arts project that collaborates with the public to fabricate an ideal -and ultra comfy- plush city. He is also a co-founder of the City Beautification Ensemble, a group of colour specialists dedicated to the visual enhancement of Toronto’s many dull and forsaken urban spaces. He graduated from the Sculpture/Installation program at the Ontario College of Art & Design in 2002.


4PM – 7PM
NO Foundation
1082 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario M6J 1H8
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Sunday, April 19th, 2015

TALK SHOW @ The Drake Hotel

The Drake Hotel and Studio Beat want to help you.

We know you’re a goddamn mess. It’s ok. Who isn’t? That’s why we put together a panel of experts that can answer all of your questions about being a creative person in the modern world.

((Art World Sally Jesse Raphael))

Struggling to balance your day job and artistic pursuits? Competitive with your friends? Not sure how to get paint stains out of your silk pants? Submit your question and at 5pm on April 19th at the Drake Hotel, we’ll have your answer.

Panel: Talwst Santiago, Luke Painter, Rosie Prata, Tara Tarot Greene

The Drake Hotel
North Lounge
5-8pm
Get drinks & food & advice

http://www.thedrakehotel.ca/happenings/2015/4/19/talk-show/
5PM – 8PM
The Drake Hotel
1150 Queen Street West, Toronto,
Ontario M6J1J3
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Monday, April 20th, 2015

META Thirdspace 2015

META
Is an annual exhibition that showcases the production and curatorial thesis work of 4th year new media students from Ryerson. Each year, it provides a platform for displaying emerging artists’ work that combines contemporary art practice with limitless technological innovation. Audiences are invited to perceive new media art in a way that inspires ideas, questions, and revelations about contemporary culture, technology and our future.

THIRDSPACE
Exhibits selected artworks that include digital or computational components integrated in their process or final product. Thirdspace explores the experience of the body being immersed in this hypothetical space when interacting with digital artworks. The intersection of objects, information and space invites artists and audiences to question their occupancy of physical and virtual environments in the gallery, and evaluate the impacts of technologies on our post-postmodern society.

6PM – 8PM
99 Sudbury Gallery
Toronto, Ontario M6J
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Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

FORUM: Aisha Sasha John and Jacob Wren | Why Do We Do Things?

Mercer Union is delighted to announce that our eighth fORUM of the season will be a conversation between Aisha Sasha John and Jacob Wren.

In both art and in life, why do we do the things we do? As Aisha wrote to Jacob: what might it mean to be wholesomely, hungrily ambitious – ambitious for life? And how might this connect to the multiple identities and self-questionings we often call art.

Aisha Sasha John is a poet and dance artist. Her publications include THOU (2014) and The Shining Material (2011). VOLUNTEER, John’s solo, improvised dance show, premiered at the 36th Rhubarb Festival in February 2015. In 2014, she was one of four Canadian poets to participate in Princeton University’s “A Rhythm Party” and was a UNESCO-Aschberg Laureate Artist in 2013. John lives and works in Toronto.

Jacob Wren makes literature, performances and exhibitions. His books include: Unrehearsed Beauty (1998), Families Are Formed Through Copulation (Pedlar Press 2007), Revenge Fantasies of the Politically Dispossessed (2010). Most recently, his book Polyamorous Love Song (2014) was a finalist for the 2013 Fence Modern Prize in Prose and one of The Globe and Mail’s 100 best books of 2014. Wren is co-artistic director of Montreal-based interdisciplinary group PME-ART.

Free admission

fORUM is a monthly series of talks, lectures, interviews, screenings and performances held in the gallery at Mercer Union. The series is generously supported by The Hal Jackman Foundation

7PM
Mercer Union, a centre for contemporary art
1286 Bloor Street West, Toronto,
Ontario M6H 1N9
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Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

AFRIKA GALAKTIKA | TORONTO

The internationally shown series AFRIKA GALAKTIKA debuts in Toronto at Videofag in a completely artist-produced, artist-curated one week long exhibition. AFRIKA GALAKTIKA is an exploration of the strength, power and meanings implied by the coloured female body and person through the lens of science fiction. The exhibition includes both digital and giclée limited edition prints for retail sale.

Please join us for the reception on April 23rd from 6PM – 10PM.

Gallery hours post-reception are 10AM – 4PM daily until May 1st.

This body of work has been funded by the Toronto Arts Council.

AFRIKA GALAKTIKA
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Cross-translating between the visual languages of Indian miniaturist art, Blaxploitation, and the images produced by the Hubble Deep Field Telescope, Rajni Perera’s work takes on science fiction elements inspired by Afro-Futurism, a movement that critiques and re-imagines the experiences and future of Afrodiasporic peoples. The central themes of Neo-exoticism, or perceptions of ethnic female sexuality prevalent in Western culture – a set of (mostly manufactured) ideas used to market products to wealthy Anglosaxon consumers, as well as perpetuate an exoticized, idealized image of ethnic female sexuality – are explored further. This revolt on the picture plane is personified by the image of AFRIKA GALAKTIKA, a black heroine who travels through space and takes up arms with other warriors in displays of brutal, dynamic and arousing power – a counterbalance to white military spectacle as portrayed in propaganda on screen, print and other advertising media. The body shapes are in opposition to contemporary notions of beauty, and an overt sexiness, both in pose and proportion, and the cultural implications thereof, are brought to the surface. The styles of armor and weapons are referential to and derivative of ethnographic photographs of tribal women still being published today; the legacy of colonial ethnography used to objectify and categorize what is known as the ‘less civilized’ portion of the human population. Deep-space images and the influence of Afrofuturism go hand in hand as an inspirational launchpad. As these images begin to saturate global media, they also crystalize into the imaginations, hopes and dreams of displaced peoples. Other futures beg to unravel; fantastic and explosive, filled with revolution and paradigm shifts of thought and vision.

6PM – 10PM
Videofag
187 Augusta Avenue, Toronto,
Ontario M5T 2L4
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Perspective Exhibition & Publication Launch


Come by the OCAD U Student Gallery to celebrate the annual first generation publication and exhibition. Work from the publication will be on display and you can learn how each artist and designer interpreted this year’s theme, Perspective. Everybody is welcome!

Exhibition will run from April 23rd to April April 25th

Artists include:

Brandon Jones
Brenda Tse
Caitlynn Fairburns
Courtney Gillatly
Eva Reimann
Jacob Willow
Jeffrey A. Woodrow
L.E. Frost
Lindsay Quentin Hersenio
Lucas Johnson
Lula Lumaj
Martin Godin
Megan Mare
Mehrnaz Rohbakhsh
Scott Youdale
Taliesin L. Smith
Treva Michelle Pullen
Wilhelm Brask
Witney Dunn


6PM – 9PM
OCAD U Student Gallery
52 McCaul Street, Toronto,
Ontario M5T1W1
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SUBMISSIONS




BRINKS BUILDING: CALL FOR SUBMISSION
Deadline: Sunday, April 19th, 2015 (midnight)

60 McCaul, also known as the Brink’s building, has been sold. The looming eviction and demolition set for the near future is sad for students, alumni and faculty alike; We are intending on using every crevice of the space for an exhibition that will last 3 weeks in May and another exhibition in November, 2015. We are accepting submissions in any artistic discipline as long as you have an association with OCAD U (previous students, alumni, faculty and current students).

If you are interested in applying you must:

1. Email us a 250-500 word proposal and if you are interested in a specific space in the Brinks building specify. Also include any specific equipment that we need to provide. projectors, speakers, etc.

2. 3 – 5 images, video or a sketch of intended or of previous work.

3. email us before April 15, 2015 at [email protected] with proposals or any questions you may have.

Additional Information:LINK HERE



HARD TWIST 10 – Memory
Deadline: April 30th, 2015

Hard Twist 10 – Memory, the tenth annual edition of the Gladstone Hotel’s signature show of textile-based art, invites artists to explore the many and complex relationships between cloth and memory.

Memory winds its way through textiles, a constant thread that runs through the earliest archeological fragments, the latest experimental synthetics and everything in between. Textiles hold memory, recall memory, record – and occasionally obscure – memory. In some recent incarnations they even have memory.

There are only three criteria; work must:
• be textile or fibre related
• explore or express ideas connected to this year’s theme
• be designed to hang on a wall or be lightly suspended from a ceiling – we are unable to accept free standing work due to the nature of the exhibition space

Hard Twist has become an important annual event within the Canadian textile art community as well as being a signature event for the Gladstone.

Hard Twist 10 Jurors:
Melanie Egan – Head of Craft, Harbourfront Centre
Elizabeth Elliott – Textile Artist, Toronto
Sarah Quinton – Curatorial Director, Textile Museum of Canada
Helena Frei and Chris Mitchell – Hard Twist curators
Britt Welter-Nolan – Managing Director Artistic Projects, Gladstone Hotel (ex-officio)

Hard Twist Hanging/Installation – Physical Criteria:
• All pieces must be able to be hung/installed securely – the gallery space is part of a fully functioning hotel
• The hotel’s cable-and-hook security mounting system can accommodate most work that is designed to be wall-hung.
• Artists whose work is accepted for the show must follow the exhibition guidelines of the Hotel as it it is a heritage space.

Additional Information: LINK HERE



DRAKE LAB
Deadline: May 1st, 2015

CALL FOR ARTWORKS

Drake Lab, originally founded in 2011 is reopening this February to bring the latest in Canadian and international emerging artists. Our unique artist-in-residence space with a store front location, can be found just two doors east of The Drake Hotel. Drake Lab is committed to providing a home for a diverse mix of artists.

Drake Lab is looking for emerging, mid-career and established artists to exhibit in our unique store front artist in residence space. Each exhibition/residency will span the duration of one month and will require the artist(s) to be on site 4-5 days per week. There are no fees associated with applying or exhibiting.

Deadline for Submissions: Ongoing

Submissions must include:

Full contact information
Artist Statement or proposal
Short Bio
CV (not required)
Image list of works submitted (Artist Name, Title, Date, Materials, Dimensions, Brief description of the work)
Up to 10 JPGs of artwork (please label each image with # corresponding to the image list, and last name of the artist)
Up to 5 minutes of video for time-based proposals.

Please submit all documents and images to [email protected]

Please make sure that all works submitted are ready and available for exhibition between March 1 and December 1 2015.

For more info contact Marra Katz: [email protected]

Additional Information: LINK HERE



Slut Island Festival
Deadline: May 1st, 2015

THE SECOND YEAR OF SLUT ISLAND FESTIVAL WILL QUEER UP THE CITY IN THE MONTH OF JULY 2015!

ATTENTION ALL SELF IDENTIFIED FREAKY FEMMES, QUEERS, SLUTS & FREAKS. SLUT ISLAND FESTIVAL IS A **FEMINIST** SATANIC, INTERGALACTIC FEMME FEST AND WE ARE LOOKING FOR SUBMISSIONS. THE FESTIVAL WILL SPAN 4 DATES WITHIN THIS HOT AND STEAMY SUMMER MONTH.

DEADLINE: MAY 1ST.
IF YOU WANT TO APPLY,
PLEASE SEND AN E-MAIL TO
[email protected]
PLEASE INCLUDE:
SUBJECT “[YOUR BAND] FOR SLUT ISLAND FESTIVAL 2015”
E-MAIL SHOULD HAVE A SMALL BLURB ABOUT WHO YOU ARE AND ANY LINKS YOU CAN SEND US TO GIVE US AN IDEA ABOUT YOUR MUSIC. **YOUTUBE VIDS ARE OKAY**
YOU CAN E-MAIL US AT THE SAME PLACE FOR WITH ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE.

AFTER MAY 1ST THIS PAGE WILL TURN INTO THE OFFICIAL SLUT ISLAND FESTIVAL EVENT PAGE. THIS MEANS WE WILL UPDATE YOU WITH ALL THE DATES, LINEUPS, AND LINKS TO SEPARATE EVENT PAGES.

SEE YOU ON THE OTHER SIDE
SLUT ISLAND ♥

Additional Information: LINK HERE



Open Studio Scholarship For Emerging Print Media Artists
Deadline: May 1st, 2015

Open Studio – one of Canada’s leading print media centres – awards annual scholarships to emerging artists of merit. A jury comprised of artists, curators, educators and/or arts administrators selects recipients. The Don Phillips Scholarship is given to a student currently enrolled in an undergraduate art program (full or part-time) with a printmaking major at an accredited Canadian institution who will be graduating in the Spring of 2015 and who will not be returning to studies full-time in September of 2015.
Benefits include:
• Rent free access to the studio facilities for a period of one year
• Materials assistance
• Professional development assistance
• Tuition free access to Open Studio workshops
• Exhibition and artist fees


Additional Infortmation: LINK HERE

Artspaces Annual Call for Submission
Deadline: June 5th, 2015 (5PM)


Artspace is dedicated to presenting work from contemporary artists working in a variety of disciplines. The centre strives to present art that reflects and promotes the diversity of cultural and political perspectives that shape contemporary art practices. Submissions from emerging, mid-career and senior artists whose works are alternative, experimental and/or critically engaged are welcome. The centre welcomes submissions from individual artists, curators, and collectives to apply with new or existing exhibition proposals.

With two gallery spaces available, we invite artists to apply to the following:

GALLERY 1: Gallery 1 (1500 sq. ft.) is Artspace’s fully accessible main gallery and features 12-foot ceilings, hardwood floors, and a 40’ wall of street facing windows. The space is designated for the presentation of solo and group exhibitions, as well as performances. We invite artists, collectives and curators to apply with new or existing exhibition proposals.

GALLERY 2: Gallery 2 (500 sq. ft.) is a black box style gallery suitable for smaller installations, experimental work from regional artists, workshops, and and a variety of media installations. Gallery 2 is equipped with an A/V projection system. Unfortunately, Gallery 2 is not an accessible space.


Additional Information: LINK HERE



INTERACCESS CALL FOR SUBMISSION
Deadline: May 18th, 2015

In its 14th year, the InterAccess Emerging Artists Exhibition, curated by a selected emerging curator, features new media work from local and national early career artists, artists transitioning to new media/technology practices and upper year post-secondary and graduate students. InterAccess is a leading voice on the international new media arts stage and this exhibition offers artists a platform for early professional development. Former participating artists and curators have gone on to work and exhibit at such institutions as the Doris McCarthy Gallery, The Walter Phillips Gallery, Western Front, Trinity Square Video, Plug In Institute for Contemporary Art, Space Media Arts in London UK, FACT, Liverpool, and Transmediale in Berlin.
The 2015 selected curator is Amber Christensen, a researcher and curator who studies feminist/queer curatorial and media arts practices. She has recently curated film/video for Vtape and Neutral Ground and is a member of the Pleasure Dome Film and Video Curatorial Collective, and an organizer with the Feminist Art Conference.
This year’s premise, proposed by the emerging curator, is inspired by the intersection between queer/feminist/transgender/genderqueer art practices and technology. Submitted work does not have to explicitly address feminist and queer subject matter in its content; the call asks for work that is produced by artists whose practices and/or approaches are in some way informed by feminist/transfeminist/queer philosophies, in whatever way the artist defines this for themselves. The call is open to artists of all genders/sexualities.
We encourage submissions of new media works in the form of sculpture, installation, immersive environments, video, audio, performance, interactive art, and web-based projects. All works submitted must be exhibition-ready. Submissions must be received byMonday, May 18, 2015 at 11pm EST.
InterAccess is dedicated to expanding the cultural space of technology and we explore the impact of technology on the social, political and cultural aspects of contemporary life, and encourage audiences to see anew their relationships with interactive artworks. Since 1983, InterAccess has been on the forefront of electronic and new media arts in Canada. We fulfill our mandate through our internationally renowned exhibition programmes, media production studio, and innovative educational activities.

Additional Information: LINK HERE


Summer Residency Program 2015: VSVSVS
Deadline: May 17th, 2015

Our annual residency program will be held at the VSVSVS warehouse over the summer of 2015. We will work with the selected artist(s) to determine exact dates for the residency within the months of August and September. We are looking specifically for dedicated artists to produce some cool shit while making a valuable contribution to our collective environment. The residency is intended for experimentation, research, and production and favours an open-endedness in approach.  

The residency is offered to any practicing artist(s) in any media from in Canada outside of Toronto (groups or collectives are also considered). The length of the residency is negotiable ranging anywhere from one week to two months, depending on the wants and needs of the artist(s). The artist’s stay will culminate in a show or event (or workshop, or screening, or performance, or whateva…) at the VSVSVS Gallery. The residency provides 24 hour access to the 14 ft. x 20 ft VSVSVS Gallery which will serve as studio space and the exhibition space, as well as access to the fully equipped woodshop and our developing 3d imaging and printing suite. It is mandatory that the artist utilize the space: you gotta be there or we will be sad and miss you.   Studio visits with other local artists, curators and VSVSVS members are strongly encouraged (we love an open dialogue). We are pleased to be able to offer exhibition and travel assistance as well as accommodations (if you can handle living with all of us) at the VSVSVS warehouse. Guess what else? We are paying artist fees and transportation.

VSVSVS will help with promotion and documentation of the residency program and the subsequent exhibition/event, etc. We are super excited to facilitate selected artist(s) with any pursuit/event coordination/writing/exploration. Project proposals do not have to include a specific end-point. Actually, we think it’s important that the experience of being here can help guide the work, so some open-ended-ness is encouraged.    

If you’re interested, send us some stuff!

For past residents go HERE HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE.

MOST IMPORTANT: We are able to pay travel expenses and artist fees! There is also living accommodations provided.

Submission packages – Suggested format for submission packages is one PDF* containing:

• A short introduction outlining the individual’s past artistic experience, a brief proposal for the residency, and any other relevant information. This part of the submission should be no more than 500 words..
• A curriculum vitae. No more than 3 pages
• Images of past work (JPG, 1024×768 pixels, 72 dpi)
• Videos can be provided as links
• OPTIONAL: A link to something awesome
• All files should be MAC and PC compatible.

*For those unfamiliar with PDFs, you can use Google Docs, Microsoft Word, or Open Office and export as a PDF.

DEADLINE: May 17/2015

We look forward to hearing from you
We only accept submissions via email
Please send submission packages to [email protected]

VSVSVS would like to acknowledge the generous support of The City of Toronto through The Toronto Arts Council
Additional Information: LINK HERE



Submissions: External space

Our External Space is located on the OCAD University Campus in the Learning Zone. The External Space offers opportunities for media based works, with an emphasis on video, animation, or sound pieces. Screened on a video monitor in the Learning Zone, and hosted on the homepage of our website, exhibitions typically last 6 weeks.
Xpace Cultural Centre is looking for submissions of new or existing video work to be exhibited in our External Space during our 2014/2015 Programming Year.
Xpace does not accept submissions over email.  Please make sure to include hardcopies of all written material and a clearly labeled disk or USB drive with support images.
Submissions to the External Space will be accepted on an ongoing basis. Applicants will be notified within a 2-3 month period.
Submissions must include:
1. Description of the proposed work (Maximum 300 words).
2. Statement (250 words max): The statement should give a description of your overall practice as it relates to the specific project you are proposing for your exhibition in the External Space.
4. Curriculum Vitae (Max 3 pages): Your CV should include education and exhibition history, as well as any relevant experience, reviews, etc. Xpace only shows the work of student and emerging artists/curators/designers – Please make sure that you fall within our mandate before submitting.
6. Visual Support Material with accompanying Support Material List (5-10): Please maintain consistent labeling of your image files (Ex. JSmith_FlowerPainting.jpg). We do not accept Power Point files for image submissions. Video and audio files should be a maximum of 3-5 minutes in total. Please make sure that all files are Mac compatible.
Mail or drop off proposals to:
Xpace Cultural Centre, 303 Lansdowne Ave Unit 2, Toronto ON M6K 2W5.
Make sure that everything you submit is clearly labeled with your name and contact information.
If you have any questions about the proposal process please contact either Adrienne Crossman at [email protected] or Brette Gabel at [email protected]
Please note that applications will not be returned. Applicants will be notified within 3 months of their proposal’s status.  Xpace thanks all applicants for their interest.
Submissions to the External Space will be accepted on an ongoing basis. Applicants will be notified within a 2-3 month period.


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