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Visual Arts

OAC programs help individual artists, collectives, galleries, festivals and other organizations that bring the best in visual art — painting, drawing, printmaking, installation, sculpture, book works, performance art, photography and electronic media — to audiences across the province.

In fulfilling its mandate, the OAC serves one of the most diverse cultural, racial, linguistic and Aboriginal populations in Canada. Through its programs and services, the OAC supports artists, organizations and communities across Ontario, and welcomes all forms of artistic expression and practice.

  • Aboriginal Curatorial Projects supports independent Aboriginal curators, public art galleries, artist-run centres and other presenting organizations working with Aboriginal curators who undertake a visual, media arts or craft exhibition project that presents and documents the work of professional artists. This program also supports opportunities for Aboriginal curators to work with mentors to further develop capacities (in areas such as research, writing, design, administration and documentation) relating to curatorial practice.
  • Aboriginal Artists Materials and Supplies Assistance provides grants of $500 Aboriginal artists working in the visual arts, crafts or traditional Aboriginal art forms for the cost of buying materials and supplies to make their work.
  • Culturally Diverse Curatorial Projects supports independent curators of colour, public art galleries, artist-run centres and other presenting organizations working with curators of colour who undertake a visual, media arts or craft exhibition project that presents and documents the work of professional artists. This program also supports opportunities for curators of colour to work with mentors to further develop capacities (in areas such as research, writing, design, administration and documentation) relating to curatorial practice.
  • Exhibition Assistance funds professional visual artists, craft artists and media artists who present work at a confirmed, upcoming public exhibition. Artists apply to an OAC third-party recommender organization; these recommenders include public art galleries, artist-run centres and arts service organizations, and are located in all regions of the province.
  • Public Art Galleries provides operating support to not-for-profit professional public art galleries in Ontario that preserve, present and interpret works of art and can hold art collections in trust. These organizations must be soundly managed, with at least two years of sustained, regular programming in their community.
  • Public Art Galleries Projects program offers grants to public galleries to support artistic or organizational initiatives, such as exhibitions, residencies, curatorial development, education programming and other research-and-development activities.
  • Visual Arts: Artist-Run Centres and Organizations program provides operating support to artist-run not-for-profit art galleries, visual arts festivals, distributors and production centres, and craft organizations with facilities for programming and production.
  • Visual Artists grants help artists create and develop new work and continue work in progress. Artists may apply to only one category per year and should choose the category that is most appropriate to their practice.
    • Visual Artists: Emerging is open to artists with at least three years of professional practice and some record of exhibition.
    • Visual Artists: Mid-Career is open to artists who have a minimum of eight years of professional practice, have produced a reasonable body of work and have had significant public exposure.
    • Visual Artists: Established is open to artists who have at least 15 years of professional practice, an extensive body of work, a history of national and international exhibitions and significant recognition.
  • Visual Arts Projects program provides grants to organizations, artists’ collectives, groups and independent curators/programmers to present visual art exhibitions, workshops, lectures, catalogues/publications or other projects that present, document or disseminate the work of professional Ontario artists, or provide professional development opportunities for artists.

Preparing Effective Support Material for Visual Arts and Craft Grant Applications 

 

    For more information

    • Zhe Gu, Visual Arts Officer, 416-969-7459, toll free in Ontario 1-800-387-0058 extension 7459, zgu@arts.on.ca
    • Lisa Wöhrle, Associate Visual Art and Crafts Officer, 416-969-7419, toll free in Ontario 1-800-387-0058 extension 7419, lwohrle@arts.on.ca
    • Caroline Cotter, Visual Arts Program Assistant, 416-969-7455, toll free in Ontario 1-800-387-0058 extension 7455, ccotter@arts.on.ca 
    • Anne Gardé Gravestock, Visual and Media Arts Program Assistant, 416-969-7461, toll free in Ontario 1-800-387-0058 extension 7461, agravestock@arts.on.ca

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