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The Art of Resilience

Discover the image of resilience  –  be it a mood, a landscape or a person, and have your artwork seen in a new online exhibition #portraitsAGO.

Kazuo Nakamura. Islands

Kazuo Nakamura. Islands (detail), 1955. Oil, Overall: 61.2 x 78.8 cm. Gift of Kazuo Nakamura, Toronto, 2001. © Estate of Kazuo Nakamura 2001/66

It’s been a momentous and very difficult year. Events both global and small have impacted us all, albeit in a million different ways. Words fail us when, despite the constant stream of news, we strive to capture our varied realities. Which is why the AGO is inviting everyone (whatever age, from wherever) to show us their images of resilience and share them online as part of the new exhibition, Portraits of Resilience.  

In artworks as unique as their makers  –  be they an abstract mood, a likeness, a photo or a landscape  –  #PortraitsAGO gives shape to the bigger story of our collective experience and allow us to see ourselves. Created by the community, for the community, Portraits of Resilience is accepting submissions now until May 10, 2021. 

There is no cost to enter your artwork. All submissions will be received by the AGO Education and Programming team and a curated selection of entries will be displayed onsite at the AGO later this year.

Looking to contribute? Head over to for more details on how to enter and to explore the online gallery. 

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