Artist-in-Residence Program: Call for Proposals

A Paid Residency for Artists: To connect with families and multi-generational audiences at the AGO

Are you, or do you know, an artist, collective and/or culture group interested in working with young families and multi-generational audiences? If so, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) has an opportunity to share.

The AGO is launching an innovative community residency, in conjunction with our winter exhibitions, public programs and learning streams. As a destination of choice for families of all shapes and sizes during March Break, the AGO invites artists and collectives to apply for an interactive two-month long residency (February 4 – March 31, 2019) to present their work as part of the AGO’s program of activities throughout March Break (March 9 – 17, 2019).

We are looking for artists who can conceptually combine contemporary art practices with maker experiences and live performance, and create a platform for experimentation and engagement for families during our winter season.

The artist or collective in residence will be asked to develop and present one distinct, interactive, collaborative artist project in Walker Court, our central exhibition space. In the case of a maker project, the artist project installation would accumulate over nine days; for other disciplines, the artist project would develop throughout and culminate at the end of March Break. The presentations should be geared for large multi-generational audiences, with a particular focus on young families.

The selected artist will have the opportunity to work with and join the AGO’s programming team while receiving valuable feedback from artist-educators, family facilitators and a production team to realize their proposals.

An honorarium of $8,000 CDN will be provided for the successful artist or collective in residence, including production time and material expenses. The successful artist or collective in residence must be available March 8 – 18, 2019 for program implementation.

Your work will inspire curiosity, fun, conversation, engagement, collaboration, spectacle and social relevance.

Application deadline: Thursday, November 15, 2018 @ 11:59 pm EST.


Who can apply?
  • Artists, artist groups and/or collectives with an established artistic practice or record of presentation; critically recognized by their peers, and whose lead applicant is under the age of 35
  • Previous experience working with large public audiences and/or maker projects is an asset
What do I submit?

Applications must include:

  • A proposal outlining your work and practice in general and how you would propose to engage young families and multi-general audiences (maximum two pages)
  • A proposed budget not to exceed $8,000 CDN (includes artist fee, expenses, etc.)
    1. Please identify in-kind or external revenue, if applicable, in a separate column
    2. Additional fees for travel and lodging for those applying from outside Toronto must be included in your budget proposal
  • A confirmation statement that you are legally entitled to work in Canada during the residency period
  • Your CV (maximum two pages)
  • Up to 15 images and/or 10 minutes of video documentation with detailed credit/description information (title, date, medium, dimensions) that is representative of your practice
How do I submit an application?

To submit your application, visit the Artist-in-Residence Program - Call for Proposals Form.

What is the honorarium?
  • $8,000 inclusive of all artist and performance fees, materials, travel, living and/or other expenses
  • Recommended breakdown of fees: $5,000 artist fee and $3,000 materials fee
What other support do I receive?
  • Full access and use of on-site studio, located in the Weston Family Learning Centre
  • On-site coordination and marketing through AGO’s promotional vehicles
  • An opportunity to join the AGO’s lead Public Programming & Learning team, including support from Exhibitions, Curatorial and Marketing departments
Who is the jury?

The jury is comprised of Public Programming & Learning Programmers and Curators at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

When do I find out if I am successful?

December 3, 2018

For more information, contact:

Johnson Ngo, Project Coordinator, Special Projects and Residency Programs:

Image credits from above

From left to right: 

  • Space City, 2018, artist Sean Martindale with Yvan Mackinnon. Photo: Jennifer Rowsom © 2018 Art Gallery of Ontario
  • Dare Night, 2014, Mammalian Diving Reflex. Photo: Jennifer Rowsom © 2018 Art Gallery of Ontario
  • Laughter Yoga workshop, 2015, Meera Margaret Singh. Photo: Christina Gapic © 2018 Art Gallery of Ontario


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