Xpace Cultural Centre is seeking applications for the opportunity to participate in our annual summer residency program! The residency is open to students graduating from OCAD University in Spring 2021. Two artists and one curator will be selected. The residency is intended to take place at Xpace between July 30 - September 16th, 2021.

Note: We are actively following the guidance of public health authorities to protect the safety and wellbeing of our staff and community. If it is unsafe to share studio space during this time due to COVID-19, we are equipped to adapt and shift the residency online. Please stay tuned for updates as they roll in.

DEADLINE: Saturday, July 3rd @ 11:59 PM

The residency intends to offer professional support, mentorship and dedicated time and space to recent OCAD graduates interested in developing a new body of work for exhibition in Xpace’s Window or Project Space in September 2020. Two selected artist residents will be provided with the following:

  • Studio space at Xpace from July 30 - September 16th, 2021;
  • An exhibition in Xpace’s Window or Project Space from September 17th - November 13th, 2021
  • A project fee of $422
  • Budget of up to $300 for materials;
  • Inclusion in Xpace’s VOLUME publication in September 2022. (The artist will be working in collaboration with an emerging writer (provided by Xpace or the artist’s choice) to write exhibition text for their project)


To apply as an artist you must provide:

1. Artist statement: The artist statement should give a description of your overall practice as it relates to the project you plan to undertake during the residency.

2. Project description: A description of the project you plan to undertake during the residency.

3. Curriculum Vitae (Max 3 pages): Your CV should include education and exhibition history, as well as any relevant experience, reviews, etc.

4. Visual Support Material with accompanying Support Material List (5-10 images and/or minutes of video): Images must be in JPG format. You may provide links to video work/documentation.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible to participate in this residency program, participants must be graduating from OCAD University in spring 2021, and be available at least part-time in Toronto for the duration of the residency (July 30 - September 16th, 2021).

If you have any questions about the proposal process please contact Alexia Bréard-Anderson at alexia@xpace.info

Xpace Cultural Centre is seeking applications for the opportunity to participate in our annual summer residency program! The residency is open to students graduating from OCAD University in Spring 2021. Two artists and one curator will be selected. The residency is intended to take place at Xpace between July 30 - September 16th, 2021.

Note: We are actively following the guidance of public health authorities to protect the safety and wellbeing of our staff and community. If it is unsafe to share studio space during this time due to COVID-19, we are equipped to adapt and shift the residency online. Please stay tuned for updates as they roll in.

DEADLINE:  Saturday, July 3rd @ 11:59 PM

The residency intends to offer professional support, mentorship and dedicated time and space to recent OCAD graduates with an interest in curatorial practices. The selected curator will have the opportunity to curate a group exhibition in Xpace’s Main Space and write an accompanying exhibition text. The curator will be provided with the following:

  • Studio space at Xpace from July 30 - September 16th, 2021;
  • An exhibition in Xpace’s Main Space from September 17th - November 13th, 2021
  • A project fee of $422
  • Budget of up to $300 for exhibition supplies (exhibiting artists will be paid CARFAC fees);
  • Inclusion in Xpace’s VOLUME publication in September 2022


To apply as a curator you must provide:

1. A research/project statement (250-500 words): The statement should give a description of your overall interests as they relate to the exhibition you plan to curate during the residency;

2. Curriculum Vitae (Max 3 pages): Your CV should include education and exhibition history, as well as any relevant experience, reviews, publications, etc.

3. Up to 3 samples of past publications or writing: Samples can be short essays, prose, or excerpts from longer pieces (max. two pages each). Please provide samples in pdf format. For exhibition proposals samples can include work from potential artists, or general visual references. Max 10 images. Please provide images in jpg format.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible to participate in this residency program, participants must be graduating from OCAD University in spring 2021, and be available at least part-time in Toronto for the duration of the residency (July 30 - September 16th, 2021). Xpace is unable to provide accommodation support at this time.

If you have any questions about the proposal process please contact Alexia Bréard-Anderson at alexia@xpace.info

Xpace Cultural Centre accepts proposals of all media from student and emerging artists, curators and/or designers. Exhibitions are selected by our Programming Committee, composed of the Xpace staff, representatives from the OCAD Student Union and an outside member of the Toronto arts community. All selected artists/designers/collaborators and curators are paid a project fee of CAD $422, and there is no fee to apply. Our annual Open Call covers all exhibition spaces from September 2021 through July 2022.


The 2021-2022 Call for Exhibition Submissions deadline is June 18th, 2021 at 11:59PM

Applicants are asked to provide the following items:

1. Artist Statement (500 words max): The Artist Statement should give a description of your overall practice as it relates to the specific project you are proposing at Xpace.

2. Project Description (500 words max): The project description should give a clear and concrete description of the work you are proposing for installation at Xpace. Please specify which exhibition space you intend the work to be exhibited in. All of our spaces consider site specificity, so please take that into account in your description. If you are a curator proposing a group exhibition for the Main Space, please list confirmed artists (if any) and/or the content of your call for submissions (if you are planning on holding one).

3. Technical Description and Budget (250 words max): The technical description should include a list of all foreseeable technical requirements including equipment and materials necessary for installation within Xpace (this does not include materials to create the work). The Budget should indicate roughly how much your project will cost to install, itemized by category (materials, labour, etc.).

4. Alternative Presentation Strategies (250 words max): Due to the unpredictability of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are asking applicants to our Main and Project Spaces to list alternative methods of presenting your proposed project virtually (or otherwise not on site at the gallery) in the event that public health officials require Xpace to be closed to the public by the time of your proposed exhibition opens. Xpace staff will be on hand to support you in the execution of these contingency plans should your proposal be accepted, so we encourage applicants to be creative and experimental! If you would like feedback on any potential ideas you may have please contact Programming Coordinator Philip Leonard Ocampo at philip@xpace.info

Note: If you are applying for an Exhibition in either the External Space or Window Space please write "N/A" in this field.

5. Curriculum Vitae  (Max 3 pages - 6 for group submissions): Your CV should include education and exhibition history, as well as any relevant experience, reviews, etc. Xpace only shows the work of emerging artists/curators/designers and/or students. Please note that formal training and education is not mandatory to apply. If you are unsure if you fall within our mandate, please ask.

6. Visual Support Material (5-10): Images must be in JPG format. You may include links to video and/or audio files. These should be a maximum of 3-5 minutes in total. If there is a specific portion of a longer video you would like the Programming Committee to watch, please indicate it on your support material list.

7. Support Material List: ordered and labeled to match the files given.

If you have any questions about the proposal process please contact Philip Leonard Ocampo at philip@xpace.info before 1pm on June 12th 2020.

DUE TO HIGH INTEREST, XPACE WILL ONLY ACCEPT SUBMISSIONS RECEIVED THROUGH OUR FORMAL SUBMISSION PROCESS ON SUBMITTABLE AS OUTLINED ABOVE.

THOUGH STAFF IS HAPPY TO PROVIDE FEEDBACK AT ALL MOMENTS OF THE SUBMISSION PROCESS, WE CANNOT RESPOND TO INQUIRIES ASKED THROUGH DIRECT MESSAGE, TEXT OR FACEBOOK MESSENGER. WE ASK THAT APPLICANTS REACH OUT VIA E-MAIL INSTEAD.

LATE OR INCOMPLETE SUBMISSIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

APPLICANTS WILL BE NOTIFIED WITHIN 3 MONTHS OF THEIR PROPOSAL STATUS. WE LOOK FORWARD TO READING YOUR PROPOSALS AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST :)


EXHIBITION SPACES:

WINDOW SPACE

The Window Space looks out onto Lansdowne Avenue and is visible 24 hours a day. Works proposed for the Window Space should consider the nature of an exhibition space with 24-hour access, and its location and presence as a window facing out onto the street. Solo or collaborative works may apply. Click here to see the Window Space exhibition archive and floor plan.

MAIN SPACE

The Main Space gallery hosts group exhibitions organized around a connecting theme or idea. You may apply as a curator or as a group of artists. Proposals should emphasize the ways in which the works and artists/designers included present and reinforce the framework proposed by the connecting theme. Curators may apply with works already selected, or with a theme only (please include examples of artists/designers and/or the type of works you are interested in). Click here to see the Main Space exhibition archive and floor plan.

PROJECT SPACE

The Project Space is intended for installation-based practices. Submissions that emphasize experimentation and take into account site-specificity will be given priority. Solo or collaborative works may apply. Click here to see the Project Space exhibition archive and floor plan.

EXTERNAL SPACE

The External Space is a three site space located on OCAD University Campus in the Learning Zone, hosted online on our website and Vimeo page, as well as on-site in the gallery. The External Space offers opportunities for single channel media based works, with an emphasis on video and animation.

In order to adapt to current focuses on digital strategies, the programming committee is also interested in other virtual formats and proposals for experimental online exhibitions.

If you have any questions regarding the submission process or the specifics of your application please visit the FAQ portion of our Submission Guidelines package here: https://tinyurl.com/tmcs63q. For any further inquiries please contact Programming Coordinators Philip Leonard Ocampo (philip@xpace.info) or Natalie King (natalie@xpace.info)

Xpace Cultural Centre is seeking workshop proposals from emerging artists, curators and arts administrators!

Our workshop program is presented to the Tkaronto emerging art and design community free-of-charge and programmed on an ongoing basis with the intention of responding to the ongoing needs and interests of emerging creative practitioners in our community.

Workshops at Xpace are developed to provide practical tools for emerging artists to deepen their knowledge of topics ranging from art documentation and intellectual property to portfolio building and grant writing. We also program workshops geared towards developing creative skill sets such as rug hooking, digital game development and tarot reading. Workshops are also built with the intention to empower artists to advocate for themselves and their communities: presenting information and tools on issues such as tenant rights, de-escalation strategies and cyber security. Most recently, we’ve begun integrating  workshop programs that offer tools for self and collective care practices such as intentional movement, breath work and mindfulness - as we recognize how crucial this is to our community’s physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing

Workshop proposals in any topic will be considered, and Xpace will prioritize projects that:

  • Can be planned and hosted online
  • Utilize free or PWYC resources and/or require minimal to no purchases on behalf of the participants (ie) paid softwares like Adobe, expensive equipment, tools or materials
  • Engages with specific skills that benefit emerging artists and students

Workshop facilitators are paid a fee of CAD $316 to develop and execute their project, with the option of requesting CAD $50 for additional materials.

The maximum duration of a workshop is 3 hours. If you are interested in proposing a larger project, workshop series or partnership, please contact alexia@xpace.info with details.


Applicants are asked to provide the following items:

1. Workshop Title (if applicable) 

2. Workshop Outline (500 words max): Please provide a brief overview and description of the workshop you are proposing to facilitate at Xpace. What format will it take? 

3. Learning Objectives (500 words max): Please outline your intention for this workshop.  What are you hoping to achieve? What skills, knowledge and / or abilities will participants take away from the workshop? Who are you hoping to engage with and why? 

4. Timeline (500 words max): What is your ideal schedule to plan, develop and execute this workshop? Do you have preferred dates/times for the workshop to take place?

5. Support Material (optional)

XPACE WILL ONLY ACCEPT SUBMISSIONS RECEIVED THROUGH OUR FORMAL SUBMISSION PROCESS ON SUBMITTABLE AS OUTLINED ABOVE.

THOUGH STAFF IS HAPPY TO PROVIDE FEEDBACK AT ALL MOMENTS OF THE SUBMISSION PROCESS, WE CANNOT RESPOND TO INQUIRIES ASKED THROUGH DIRECT MESSAGE, TEXT OR FACEBOOK MESSENGER. WE ASK THAT APPLICANTS REACH OUT VIA E-MAIL INSTEAD.

APPLICANTS WILL BE NOTIFIED WITHIN 1 MONTH OF THEIR PROPOSAL STATUS. WE LOOK FORWARD TO READING YOUR PROPOSALS AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST :) 

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