Open Call for Newcomer and Refugee Artist Submissions: Paid Art Exhibition

Toronto Arts Foundation’s Neighbourhood Arts Network is thrilled to announce a partnership with the City of Toronto’s Newcomer Office for Newcomer Day’s 10-Year Anniversary Exhibition. Curated by Serene Chan, this year’s exhibition theme, "Homeland Memories," invites submissions from newcomers and refugee artists.

We invite artists to explore their memories and ties to their homeland, capturing reflections, personal narratives, and the importance of preserving cultural heritage through their art. 

Theme: Homeland Memories  
Curated by: Serene Chan 

Artwork will be displayed at: City Hall, Rotunda 

We welcome submissions that explore the richness of diverse cultural experiences and celebrate the journey of newcomers to Toronto. Join us in commemorating this special 10-year milestone by sharing your art with community. 

Selection Process: 

  • Artworks will be curated by the curator with careful consideration of both the exhibition's theme and the spatial constraints of the venue. 

Art Forms Accepted: 

  • Paintings (Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor, etc.) 
  • Drawings (Pencil, Charcoal, Ink, etc.) 
  • Photography 
  • Mixed Media Art 
  • Textile Art (Embroidery, Weaving, Quilting, etc.) 
  • Digital Art 
  • Small Installations    

Important dates 

  • Deadline for call for submission: April 22, 2024 
  • Set up of the exhibition will be on the morning of May 17, 2024 
  • The exhibition will run from May 17-May 21 
  • Tear down of exhibition: May 22 

Compensation: Selected artists will receive an honourium for participation in alignment with CARFAC recommendations. 

Interested? Apply today here