Request for Proposals: Gardiner Museum Community Arts Space 2019
Request for Proposals: Gardiner Museum Community Arts Space 2019 Deadline: January 16, 2019 Grounded in the real and metaphorical...

Request for Proposals: Gardiner Museum Community Arts Space 2019

Deadline: January 16, 2019

Grounded in the real and metaphorical ability of clay to transform, the Gardiner Museum’s Community Arts Space is a platform for experimentation and socially-engaged art.

Established in 2016, the project connects artists, makers, organizers, and residents through the creation of public projects that inspire social action. We work within and beyond the gallery walls to re-envision what equitable community engagement looks like at a cultural institution.

The Gardiner is now accepting proposals for our 2019 spring/summer programming cycle, which explores the theme “What we long for.”

Read and download the Request for Proposals

We invite applications from a diverse field of professionals including artists, makers, organizers, curators, collectives, producers, presenters, designers, and architects. Priority will be given to Toronto-based artists who are doing ambitious work that digs deeper into community histories and brings forth accountable, intersectional methods of thinking and making. We welcome a myriad of project proposals, including but not limited to installations, performances, conversations, dinners, dance parties, tea ceremonies, readings, support groups, meditations, screenings, recordings, rehearsals, zine fairs, or fashion shows.

Please address all Community Arts Space queries to Rea McNamara, Programs Manager, at or 416.408.5061.

About the Gardiner Museum:

The Gardiner Museum is a centre for creativity and community inspired by the history and potential of clay. It is among the few museum in the world focused on ceramics, and one of the world’s most notable specialty museums. We’re committed to making a contribution to the medium we celebrate, as well as the communities we serve. We believe in making, looking, and thinking through clay.

Discover the Gardiner’s exceptional collection of more than 4,000 objects from the Ancient Americas, Europe, Japan, and China, as well as contemporary works with an emphasis on leading Canadian artists. See fascinating special exhibitions on display throughout the year and deepen your engagement by attending one of our many lectures, special events, and clay classes. The Gardiner is a leader in presenting innovative programming that connects ceramics to the broader world, stimulates discussion, and builds community. Learn more

Neighbourhood Hubs:

The 519:
The 519 is committed to the health, happiness, and full participation of the LGBTQ2S community. A City of Toronto agency and a registered charity with an innovative model of Service, Space, and Leadership, The 519 strives to make a real difference in people’s lives while working to promote inclusion, understanding, and respect.

Akin Collective:
Akin Collective is a Toronto-based arts organization that provides affordable studio space as well as arts-based programming through its sister non-profit organization, Akin Projects. Their studios provide a working environment that maintains a friendly and inspiring atmosphere where people can work on creative endeavors and entrepreneurial undertakings of all kinds. Akin build community thoroughly monthly art critiques, workshops, open studio events, gallery tours, exhibitions, as well as various other art projects.

Art Starts:
Art Starts uses the arts to inspire long-term social change and brings together professional artists with residents of all ages to create accessible and dynamic art projects that reflect the identities and aspirations of each community. Their collaborative approach to art-making celebrates communities, nurtures resiliency, cultivates life-skills and inspires personal growth.