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The Town of Uxbridge is planning an Outdoor Carving Symposium consisting of 1 - 3 pieces of work to be executed in a park setting that will allow for public viewing during the creation process. We have a budget, that must be accepted by the successful applicants. The finished project will be Donated to the Town of Uxbridge and installed at the Town's expense. Primary material: Indiana Limestone provided by the town. Alternate Materials: The committee will be glad to accept proposals based on alternate materias such as found or recycled items and/or wood, cement or other building materials that may come within budget considerations. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, July, 15, 2015. Complete details can be viewed at our website:


In the summer of 2013, we partnered with the McMichael Canadian Art Collection to launch the Art Mentorship Project to provide support to emerging artists and foster professional development, production and exhibition under the guidance of local, established artists in a distinctly Canadian context.  

Each year, an artist is paired with an established Canadian artist and given professional development assistance on-site at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in several one-on-one sessions. The mentor and apprentice collaborate on a piece or body of work that is showcased at the McMichael gallery.  

2015 Art Mentorship Project

Mentor: Césan d'Ornellas Levine                                                                                                Césan d'Ornellas Levine is an experimental visual artist based in Richmond Hill and Toronto. She is known for her large-scale expressive abstract paintings, and more recently, for her original mixed media work.

Césan has had a studio practice for more than twenty-five years. As a self-trained artist, her work is grounded in a self-imposed regimen of 'above the wrist' disciplines inspired by influential Russian artist and art theorist, Wassily Kandinsky, such as meditation, fasting, and personal development.

Her analysis and practice of this rich process has made her a sought-after and inspiring artist-presenter.

Highlights of Césan's career include international representation by notable public and private galleries, and invitations to participate in various artist residency programs, including two consecutive sessions at Trent University. Césan also supports numerous charitable organizations through donations of time and artwork. Her work can be viewed online at

Apprentice: John Lowndes                                                                                                            An emerging Canadian photo-based artist, John Lowndes works in transforming the
traditional photograph. Through various collage, sculpture, multi-media and installation strategies, Lowndes seeks to create enigmatic experiences of photographic imagery. Often contemplating themes of memory, mortality and perception of the external world, Lowndes pursues unique experiences which shed light upon daily life. Receiving his Bachelors of Fine Arts from York University in 2014, he has garnered recognition within the Toronto art community as a finalist in the Untapped Emerging Artist section of the Toronto Artist Project 2015, and a solo exhibitor in the Toronto Contact Photography Festival 2015. See Lowndes work at

2014 Art Mentorship Project

Mentor: Bonnie Devine                                                                                                             Bonnie Devine is a member of the Serpent River First Nation of Northern Ontario (Ojibwa/Anishinaabe) and is an installation artist, curator, writer and educator. Her work is rooted in sculpture and site-specific installation, but also includes video, drawing, and painting. Devine’s art is about stories – especially the narratives, history, or legends of the land - and has been exhibited in Canada, the US, and Europe. She is an Associate Professor at OCAD University in Toronto. 

Apprentice: Kevin Yung                                                                                                                 Kevin Yung is a Markham based sculpture/installation artist who focuses on process-based explorations through mold-making, casting, and printmaking. Conceptually, Yung’s most recent work explores cultural identity through an examination of personal language barriers. Devine will help Yung fine-tune his artistic practices through technical assistance, theoretical discussions, critiques, and exhibition preparation. 

2013 Art Mentorship Project

Mentor: David McEown                                                                                                             From Antarctica to the North Pole and with great emphasis on the Canadian wilderness, artist David McEown celebrates some of the most beautiful, yet fragile, natural heritage of our planet though the creative act of painting.

After graduating from the Ontario College of Art and Design in 1992, David spent his last 2 years off campus pursuing independent studies at the Algoma School of Landscape Arts based in the remote wilderness of Northern Ontario.  After completing these studies he stayed several more years teaching and wilderness guiding.  For his body of work done in this Lake Superior region steeped in indigenous culture and Canadian landscape painting history, David was awarded the Elizabeth Greenshield Foundation Grant in 1994 and again in 1999.

Also in 1999, he was elected a member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour for which he served as a director from 2002 to 2007.

David's work has received national and international awards, in various juried shows.  His most prestigious award came in 2005 with the A.J. Casson Medal from the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour.

Since then he has earned a reputation as one of Canada's most accomplished and travelled landscape watercolourists, represented with paintings in many public and corporate collections worldwide as well as articles published in numerous magazines. See his website at

Apprentice: Ben Barak                                                                                                        Although at a glance you may think he is a painter, Ben Barak considers himself an Installation artist: He creates surreal narratives that engage the viewer as both painting and artifact. Barak is intrigued by the nature of truth; the manner in which ‘truths’ are both disseminated to the public (the viewer), and become additionally distorted by our own prejudices.  His works are “visual conspiracies” which guide the viewer to narrative conclusions with incomplete or erroneous information, and involve both the viewer and their surroundings in their dilemma.  View his work at

Arts & Cultural Grants

SPARC Symposium Travel and Accommodation Subsidies

Application Deadline: May 4, 2018

SPARC is committed to making the 2018 Symposium for Performing Arts in Rural and Remote Communities accessible to people from settings and communities with limited resources, including youth, volunteers and community-based creators, producers, presenters and community animators in the performing arts. SPARC is eager to provide opportunities for participants to expand connections, share ideas and be inspired. Click here to learn more.

Indigenous Cultural Fund 

Application Deadline: Multiple and ongoing deadlines for each of the three granting categories under this program.

The Ontario Arts Council's Indigenous Culture Fund (ICF) was created to support First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities, culture and way of life. The new fund is administered by Indigenous staff members at the Ontario Arts Council (OAC), on behalf of the Province of Ontario through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (MTCS). 

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Ontario Trillium Foundation

OTF is pleased to announce that it will be providing a number of grant opportunities in 2018 with the following application deadlines:
GROW (dates revised)

  • Organization Registration Deadline: April 25, 2018
  • Application Deadline: May 16, 2018

CAPITAL (dates revised)

  • Organization Registration Deadline: July 25, 2018
  • Application Deadline: August 15, 2018

TRANSFORM (new dates)

  • Organization Registration Deadline: October 17, 2018
  • Application Deadline: November 7, 2018


  • Expression of Interest Deadline: August 30, 2018
  • Organization Registration Deadline: October 31, 2018

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Granting & Funding Agencies 


Ontario Arts Council

The Ontario Arts Council is an arm's-length agency of the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. OAC's grants and services to professional, Ontario-based artists and arts organizations support arts education, Aboriginal arts, community arts, crafts, dance, Franco-Ontarian arts, literature, media arts, multidisciplinary arts, music, theatre, touring, and visual arts.

In 2013-2014, OAC funded 1,737individual artists and 1,095 organizations in 223 Ontario communities, for a total of $52.1 million. Learn More



The Government of Canada’s CanExport Program will provide up to $50 million over five years in direct financial support to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Canada seeking to develop new export opportunities and markets, particularly high-growth priority markets and sectors. CanExport is expected to assist up to 1,000 exporters per year across the country. Learn More


Canada Council for the Arts

The Canada Council offers a broad range of grants and services to professional Canadian artists and arts organizations in music, theatre, writing and publishing, visual arts, dance, media arts, and integrated and circus arts – fostering and promoting the arts in Canada since 1957. Learn More

Town of Georgina: Economic Development and Community Building Grant Program

Deadline: Ongoing

The Economic Development and Community Building Grant Program provides financial assistance to programs/events that serve to promote the Town of Georgina externally, generates economic opportunities for the local business community and provides for the betterment of the Community. Learn More


Ontario Trillium Foundation

One of the largest grantmakers in Canada, Ontario Trillium Foundation is unique for its deployment of 330 volunteers to review and analyze more than 3,000 grant applications each year. To make great grants that help create vibrant and healthy communities, program staff rely on our volunteers to bring their knowledge of local community needs and sectoral expertise to the grant review process.

OTF awards approximately 1,500 grants each year to community-based not-for-profits and charitable organizations in the arts, recreation, environment and human and social services sectors. An agency of the Ontario government with an annual budget of over $100 million, OTF is always looking for ways to be a more effective grantmaker as well as a thought leader.

In 2013, the Ontario Trillium Foundation celebrated thirty years of granting. The Foundation marked this important milestone with a reflection on its successes, challenges, and lessons learned over the past three decades. Learn More


First Nations Writers Grant Proposal Handbook & Guidance

The First Peoples' Cultural Council is a First Nations-run Crown Corporation with a mandate to support the revitalization of Aboriginal language, arts and culture in British Columbia. We provide funding and resources to communities, monitor the status of First Nations languages and develop policy recommendations for First Nations leadership and government. For many of us, writing a grant application or proposal can seem overwhelming. Simply figuring out which funding program to apply to can be confusing and explaining our ideas clearly on an application form isn’t always easy.

Arts staff at FPCC developed the Artist Grant Proposal Writing Handbook to offer suggestions and clarify the process of writing an arts grant proposal. Learn More



ArtsBuild Ontario and Community Forward Foundation have established The Energize Microloan Fund to provide Ontario’s nonprofit arts organizations with the opportunity to make their spaces more energy efficient and contribute to global greening efforts with access to capital and ArtsBuild Ontario’s programs and services.

This fund will provide nonprofit arts organizations small loans from $2,500 to $5,000 at an interest rate of 3.5%* that can be used for the purpose of funding projects that could reduce their energy consumption or towards plans, reports or audits needed to qualify for/or understand the energy efficiency of their buildings.

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ArtsBuild Ontario and Community Forward Foundation have established The Energize Microloan Fund to provide Ontario’s nonprofit arts organizations with the opportunity to make their spaces more energy efficient and contribute to global greening efforts with access to capital and ArtsBuild Ontario’s programs and services.

This fund will provide nonprofit arts organizations small loans from $2,500 to $5,000 at an interest rate of 3.5%* that can be used for the purpose of funding projects that could reduce their energy consumption or towards plans, reports or audits needed to qualify for/or understand the energy efficiency of their buildings.

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ArtsBuild Ontario and Community Forward Foundation have established The Energize Microloan Fund to provide Ontario’s nonprofit arts organizations with the opportunity to make their spaces more energy efficient and contribute to global greening efforts with access to capital and ArtsBuild Ontario’s programs and services.

This fund will provide nonprofit arts organizations small loans from $2,500 to $5,000 at an interest rate of 3.5%* that can be used for the purpose of funding projects that could reduce their energy consumption or towards plans, reports or audits needed to qualify for/or understand the energy efficiency of their buildings.

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13th International Conference on The Arts in Society

Deadline: May 27, 2018

We invite proposals for paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters/exhibits, virtual lightning talks, virtual posters, or colloquia addressing one of the following themes:


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Open Call for Summer Exhibition

Deadline: April 15, 2018

The Latcham Gallery is seeking submissions for a group exhibition from artists whose work in some way engages with activism and advocacy. This can include but is not limited to ideas and narratives that raise awareness about important social issues, challenge the status quo and advocate for change. Learn More

International Art Competition "Black and White"

Deadline: April 15, 2018

Contemporary Art Room Gallery is proud to announce their 1st “Black & White” Online Art Competition for the month of April 2018. This is an international competition and artists from around the world are welcome to submit their work. Black & White theme in this competition will be strictly applied and only works in black white and or shades of gray will be accepted. All visual art mediums are acceptable (painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, digital, prints, fiber art, collage or installation art) except sound and video art. Learn More

National Call for Proposals to Emerging Artists

Deadline: April 16, 2018 5pm EST

Canadian Heritage is seeking a dynamic, impactful image that conveys the theme of ‘passage’- en route; on the way; on a journey; an act, process, or instance of passing through or over; on the move; transition. Learn More

56th Annual Aurora Art Show and Sale

Deadline: April 17, 2018

Only the first 120 entry forms will be accepted for the adult category and the first 60 entry forms accepted for the youth category. Learn More

Heritage Art Contest Call for Entries - Town of Newmarket

Deadline: Submissions due between April 16 to April 30 2018

Announcing the Town of Newmarket’s 2018 Heritage Art Contest. To be eligible, the artwork must focus on the heritage of the Town of Newmarket. This may include, but is not limited to, the Municipality’s culture, society, economy, history, significant events, architecture or natural environment (past or present). The contest is open to all residents of the Province of Ontario. Learn More

Recalling with Doors Open Toronto 

Deadline: May 4, 2018 at 4pm

Recalling invites artists to submit artwork that utilizes art to recall a memory. The theme is open to interpretation by the artist, from the creation of a visual diary to an actual documentation of an important event. Artists can also re-visit the details of a distant memory through experimentation and exploration. A special invitation to photography or new media works*, however all media are accepted. Apply Here

McMichael Autumn Art Sale

Deadline: May 31, 2018

The McMichael Volunteer Committee’s Autumn Art Sale Fundraiser is open to all living Canadian and Aboriginal Fine Artists and Sculptors. Learn More

The Schomberg Street Gallery 

Deadline: May 31, 2018

The Schomberg Street Gallery is an outdoor, juried exhibition and sale of quality fine art. Held in the charming historic village of Schomberg, Ontario. On September 16, Main Street will be closed to traffic allowing for full pedestrian access to a wide variety of local artists and their work. Artists line the street displaying original fine art and skilled craftsmanship all available for purchase to the public. Learn More

Uxbridge Celebration of the Arts

Deadline: August 4, 2018

The juried art show is a multi-discipline arts program. Artists, this is an amazing chance to have your work evaluated by prominent jurors, measure your work against other entries, have it displayed in the beautiful Council Chambers in Uxbridge and perhaps sell your pieces. Learn More

Latcham Gallery General Exhibition Submissions

Deadline: Ongoing

Description: The Latcham Gallery is committed to planning a balanced exhibition program and highlights work that stimulates the community in Whitchurch-Stouffville and reaches out to a larger art community in Ontario. We welcome proposals throughout the year from artists across Ontario (and nationally when possible) working in all media. Learn More

Toronto Digital Projects - Online Showcase for Emerging Artists

Deadline: Ongoing

Description: Toronto Digital Projects is a new curated virtual gallery for emerging artists creating digital paintings, animations, videos, GIFs and other forms of Post-Internet art. Supported by Canada Council for the Arts and Angell Gallery. Learn More

The Varley Art Gallery of Markham - Artist Level Membership

Deadline: Ongoing

The Varley Art Gallery of Markham introduced the new Artist Level membership, launching sumer 2015. The Artist Level membership (eligible for those 18 years or older) allows special access to the gallery's facilities, discount on art programs, reciprocal admission to 70+ participating Ontario Arts Galleries, and also a 10% discount at all Curry's Artists' Material locations.  Learn More


The One Act Play Festival - Submit a Play

Deadline: April 30, 2018

The Very Useful Theatre Company is seeking 6 original plays for the second annual One Act Play Festival. Learn more.

Thatz Showbiz Theatre - 3 Plays in 30 Days

Deadline: May 1, 2018

Thatz Showbiz Theatre Project and the Ontario Trillium Foundation presents "3 Plays In 30 Days" a project that pairs up young creatives (ages 13 -18) with professional mentors as the script, design, direct and perform their own original work.  We are looking for young aspiring playwrights, aspiring actors, aspiring directors, aspiring stage managers and aspiring set designers (ages 13 to 18) for this FREE program in York Region, funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.  Learn more 

York Region Association of Young Artists - Open Mic Nights

We invite all singers & performers that are looking for a family-friendly venue to perform in. We also invite a featured host for our events that are in the music industry and may have something to share with our guest performers.

Contact: Omar Rayman at 647-919-6627 or omar [dot] rayman [at] gmail [dot] com


Request for Expression of Interest for Community Space Tenancy

Deadline: March 21, 2018 4pm

The City of Toronto is seeking applications from Arts and Cultural organizations who operate within (one or more of) the following service areas:

  • Community Arts and Culture;
  • Seniors Focus programs including engagement and drop in;
  • Youth focus programs including engagement and drop in

Learn more

Music Production and Presentation Projects

Deadline: March 28, 2018

This program supports the development and presentation of all genres of music by Ontario-based professional musicians, ad hoc groups/collectives and organizations. 

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Spring Pop-Up Sale: Vintage Vendors and Local Makers

Deadline: March 29, 2018

The King Heritage & Cultural Centre is excited to announce that we will be having our very first Spring Pop-Up Sale: Vintage Vendors & Local Makers on April 7th, 2018. If you are a vintage vendor or a local maker who is looking to set-up shop at one of King’s most unique shopping events, then you’re just what we are looking for! If you’re interested in registering as a vendor, please call 905-833-2331 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Mindful Project's 2nd Annual Mental Health Exhibit: Beam On

Deadline: March 29, 2018

In honour of Canadian Mental Heath Week and National Youth Week we will be showcasing our second annual Art Exhibition exploring the expressive and cathartic process of creating and sharing art.

We are calling all artists and makers using art as an expression to process or express feelings related to mental health and wellness to submit to this call. Themes vary however some ideas are: situational or personal traumas, forms of mediation, meditation and relaxation, feelings related to mental health, ending stigma, positivity and wellness etc. Learn More

Town of Richmond Hill - Artist in Residence

Deadline: April 5, 2018 at 4 p.m.

Are you interested in creating art in outdoor spaces? The Town of Richmond Hill is seeking submissions from artists for the 2018 Artist in Residence program. The selected artist or collective or artists will develop a small-scale temporary installation or creative art experience in an outdoor public space in Richmond Hill. Learn More

49th Unionville Festival -- Craft and Art Vendors Wanted -- June 2 & 3

Deadline: For early bird rates, April 15, 2018

The Unionville Festival welcomes artists and artisans as vendors at our 49th annual community festival. The festival takes place right on Main Street in this unique heritage village and is the largest community festival in Markham. Attendance typically tops 50,000. Special prices are available for "craft" booths. Learn more

Salt Spring Arts Council - Artist in Residence

Deadline: May 1, 2018

The Salt Spring Arts Council (SSAC) and the Artist in Residence steering committee are pleased to announce the third year of the Artist in Residence (AiR) Program on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia.

The Artist in Residence (AiR) Program provides an opportunity for artists to work in the vibrant arts environment of Salt Spring Island. The program is open to all Canadian professionals working in the arts, in any genre or medium, at any stage of their careers. AiR encourages applications from artists of diverse cultural and regional backgrounds. The intent of the program is to provides the time and space for creativity and productivity and introduces visiting artists to Salt Spring Island and its arts community.

Applications for the AiR program can be submitted on or before May 1st. 2018 for tenure between October 2018 and April 2019. Learn More 

Toronto Digital Projects – Call for Digital Projects

Deadline: Ongoing - contact the TDP for details.

Toronto Digital Projects is a curated virtual gallery for emerging artists creating digital paintings, animations, videos, GIFs and other forms of post-Internet art. Projects selected for the site should be innovative in their use of digital media. Learn More

LaVaLab – Opportunity to set up a Free Profile

Description: LaVaLab invites all Artists and Writers to set up a FREE profile including a bio and multiple frames to upload examples of work, complete with the ability to sub-categorize each piece for easy LaVaLab visitor searches. Artists and/or Writers can connect with each other, gain a new audience, access potential buyers and promote themselves with LaVaLab. The Editorials aim to keep creative talent abreast of relevant industry news, trends, events, competitions and professional opportunities. Learn More

Owl Ridge Acres - Self Guided Residencies

Deadline: Ongoing

Description: Now accepting applications for Fall and Winter residencies. Owl Ridge Acres is a new creative residency hosting multidisciplinary artists, writers, musicians or photographers to focus on their practice. ORA offers weekly, monthly and seasonal self-guided residencies as well as daily retreats. Located in the town of Bancroft, Owl Ridge Acres offers a beautiful rural setting on a hobby farm surrounded by the rugged terrain and provincial parks of Central Ontario. Private rooms, studio/workshop space and common areas are all available to use over your stay. Learn More

York Region Arts Council, YRAC

1310 Kerrisdale Blvd., Unit 200
Newmarket, ON. L3Y 7B3

Phone: 905-726-3278
Fax: 905-726-2788