Call for Submissions: AGM LOVE LAB Learning and Mentorship Program for LGBTQ+ Emerging Artists
LOVE LAB is a queer photo/film tech-residency that engages the community in an intersectional conversation to mentor and...

LOVE LAB is a queer photo/film tech-residency that engages the community in an intersectional conversation to mentor and train emerging artists within the 905 area. Emerging artists will learn skills guided by a team of mentors and partners, in addition to receiving technology/mentoring support from companies such as PANASONIC, MINDSHARE and LGBTQ+ organizations who engage through educational art-making activities.

Love LAB is an incubator to learn about the LGBTQ+ community and elevating emerging artist skills for future projects/employment.

10 selected emerging artists will be paid an honorarium for participating, be connected with a mentor, and participate in a showcase of their work organized by the AGM


  • Between the ages of 18 and 35
  • Identify as LGBTQ+ *
  • Are enrolled in, or have recently graduated from, a related degree/diploma program
  • Are in the early stages of their career in their art form, usually within the first few years
  • Self-identify as emerging
  • Are a creator of new work(s) or a practitioner of an art form
  • Devote a minimum of 24 hours per week to their art
  • Demonstrate a commitment to devoting more time to their artistic activity
  • Are involved in their creative community
  • Not yet recognized as established by their peers
  • Make a financial commitment to their practice and seek primary income from their artistic work
  • Have not yet had a major exhibit of their work

Submit a detailed resume by email to with the subject line LOVE LAB: EMERGING ARTIST by 5:00pm Friday June 11th, 2021. Successful applicants will be notified of their acceptance into the program by June 30th , 2021.

In a single document, emailed to, with the subject line LOVE LAB: EMERGING ARTIST, please submit:

  1. A written statement addressing the eligibility criteria.
  2. Up to 3 images of your work, including titles and dimensions of works. Provide sketches for works that have not yet been completed.
  3. An artist statement describing your practice, interests, and what the concept of diversity and inclusion means to you (up to 250 words).
  4. A CV that includes, at minimum, your education.

Artists must identify as LGBTQ+. We welcome submissions from artists who broadly embrace or identify with the theme of diversity and inclusion and all related issues in their artistic practices and experiences including, but not limited to, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religion, and mental or physical abilities. We welcome submissions from all qualified applicants and encourage submissions from groups that are typically underrepresented in institutional spaces, including racialized and Indigenous individuals, francophone individuals, and persons with disabilities. If you require any accommodations during the submissions process, please contact

The Art Gallery of Mississauga (AGM) is a public, not-for-profit, art gallery that was founded in 1987, opening its doors in the new Mississauga Civic Centre that same year. The AGM presents a changing calendar of contemporary, thought-provoking, engaging and accessible exhibitions featuring regional, national and international artists. We thrive alongside long-time partners and welcome new collaborators to always be presenting and encouraging those artists that are established, new and upcoming.

The Art Gallery of Mississauga is a guest upon the Treaty Lands and Territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit. This ancient land is part of the Treaty Lands and Territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit and the traditional homelands of the Anishinaabe, Wendat, and Haudenosaunee nations.