RBC Space Award

This award focuses on providing affordable shared studio and/or exhibition spaces to newcomer professional artists who are past recipients of the RBC Arts Access Award.

Next Deadline: Fall 2020

The RBC Space Award is a partnership between Neighbourhood Arts Network, an initiative of Toronto Arts Foundation, and Akin.  This award  provides access to  space for professional artists to grow their practice. Applications will be administered by Neighbourhood Arts Network and assessed by an award panel of professional artists and cultural workers.

A total number of 6 recipients will receive:

  • $500 cash to support their arts practice
  • $1,000 in Akin credit to be used for shared studio or exhibition space

Eligibility Criteria

  • Past Recipient of RBC Arts Access Award
  • Newcomer who has been in Canada no more than 7 years
  • Canadian Citizen, or Permanent Resident (Landed Immigrant), or have an application pending for Permanent Resident status, or be a Protected Person (approved refugee claimant)
  • Over 18 years old
  • Live in the City of Toronto or GTA (Halton, Peel, York and Durham municipalities)
  • A member of Neighbourhood Arts Network

Assessment Criteria

  • Impact of the award in further developing the artist’s practice(s)
  • Feasibility of the proposed use of studio/exhibit space

Links to AKIN studio and exhibition spaces

We encourage you to visit the following links for details on: exhibition space, studio locations and photographs, and other Akin services.
Akin: www.akincollective.com/studios
Akin Remote Gallery Space: http://www.akincollective.com/remote
Akin’s Code of Conduct: http://www.akincollective.com/code-of-conduct
Akin’s Health & Safety Policy: www.akincollective.com/health-and-safety

Application Accessibility Support

Applicants who require support to complete their applications can request this assistance by October 1st, 2019 by emailing Inés Aguileta at ines@torontoarts.org

How to Apply

To submit an application, complete the form at the bottom of the page.
Next deadlines: Fall 2020
Click here to download the full guidelines.


Please contact angie at 416-392-6802 x 221 or email angie(at)torontoarts(dot)org

The RBC Space Award is made possible with the support of RBC Foundation.

2019 RBC Space Award recipients