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Amber Yared

Program Administrator
416-969-7461
Toll-free in Ontario: ​​​​​​​1-800-387-0058 ext. 7461

Final Report Forms

All final reports are completed and submitted in Nova, OAC’s online granting system. This now includes grants received through a paper application process. For instructions on how to log into Nova, see the Nova User Guide. You will find the report form in your Nova profile, under Action Items. For enquiries regarding reporting requirements, contact us at finalreport@arts.on.ca.
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Exhibition Assistance – Recommenders List

The 2019-20 program is open from late February 2019 until January 15, 2020. 
 

Note: Between February and May, this page shows the information and deadlines for a partial list of recommenders that are accepting applications. By June, OAC posts the full list of recommenders and their application deadlines. This page is subject to updates and changes during the program year. 
 

You must apply to a recommender located in the zone where you live. To find your zone, see the Map of Exhibition Assistance Zones.

You may also be eligible to apply to a specialized recommender. These recommenders can accept applications from artists in any zone.

Recommenders with (F) next to their name will assess applications in French.  If you apply in French to any other recommender, it is likely that your application will be translated and assessed in English.

To find a recommender:
  • Check the box for the zone you live in.
  • Check boxes for any specialized recommenders that you are eligible for.

Find a Recommender

Currently accepting applications

Zone

Specialization

Accepting applications
180 Projects
Zone
Zone 5
Specialization
None
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Priorities
We encourage contemporary multi-disciplinary and new media artistic endeavours, to foster experimental artistic and cultural development and to stimulate dialogue within the art community. We support regional artists nationally, provincially, and locally, promoting the development of emerging artists and artists from culturally diverse and Aboriginal, and Francophone communities.
Deadline(s)

We accept and assess applications on an ongoing basis until funds are spent.

Contact
Andrea Pinheiro
180 Projects
Sault Ste. Marie
705-297-7634
oneeightyprojects@gmail.com
Accepting applications
Agnes Etherington Art Centre
Zone
Zone 4
Specialization
None
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Priorities
  • Currency of art practice
  • Significance of the exhibition and/or venue in the development of the artist’s career (e.g.: major gallery exhibitions are a higher priority than venues charging rental fees.)
  • First-time applicants demonstrating artistic merit.
  • Culturally diverse applicants 
Deadline(s)
  • July 31, 2019, 1 p.m. ET
  • January 03, 2020, 1 p.m. ET
Contact
Jacqueline Bell
Agnes Etherington Art Centre
Kingston
613-533-2190
aeadmin@queensu.ca
Accepting applications
Art Gallery of Hamilton
Zone
Zone 3
Specialization
None
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Priorities
  • Support for established and emerging artists in the Hamilton region.
  • Importance of the exhibition to the artist’s career..
  • Work that demonstrates critical engagement with contemporary practice..
  • Encourage applications from Indigenous or historically under-represented communities..
Deadline(s)

We accept and assess applications on an ongoing basis until funds are spent.

Contact
Tara Ng
Art Gallery of Hamilton
Hamilton
905-527-6610 ext. 257
tng@artgalleryofhamilton.com
Accepting applications
Art Gallery of Mississauga
Zone
Zone 3
Specialization
None
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Priorities
  • Support artists from Indigenous, newcomer and next generation communities who live and work in the 905/Peel region, in particular Mississauga.
  • No Toronto artists will be funded through this program.
  • Work that demonstrates critical engagement with contemporary practice.
  • Exhibition opportunities that could be characterized as important for the development of the artist’s career. 
Deadline(s)

We accept and assess applications on an ongoing basis until funds are spent.

Contact
Mandy Salter
Art Gallery of Mississauga
Mississauga
905-896-5507
mandy.salter@mississauga.ca
Accepting applications
Art Gallery of Peterborough
Zone
Zone 4
Specialization
None
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Priorities
  • Artistic merit
  • Significance of exhibition to the artist’s career
  • Public impact of exhibition (including location and duration of exhibition)
  • OAC priority groups and artists living within our catchment area
Deadline(s)
  • August 09, 2019, 1 p.m. ET
  • January 10, 2020, 1 p.m. ET
Contact
Andrew Ihamaki
Art Gallery of Peterborough
Peterborough
705-743-9179
aihamaki@peterborough.ca
Accepting applications
Art Gallery of Sudbury/Galerie d'art de Sudbury
Zone
Zone 5
Specialization
None
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Priorities
Supports and recommends Indigenous artists, emerging and regional artists and artists with disabilities working in a variety of disciplines including craft, photo-based, traditional and new media works. 
Deadline(s)

We accept and assess applications on an ongoing basis until funds are spent.

Contact
Nancy Gareh
Art Gallery of Sudbury/Galerie d'art de Sudbury
Sudbury
705-675-4871 ext. 224
ngareh@artsudbury.org
Accepting applications
Artspace
Zone
Zone 4
Specialization
None
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Deadline(s)
  • September 06, 2019, 1 p.m. ET
  • January 03, 2020, 1 p.m. ET
Contact
Hannah Keating
Artspace
Peterborough
705-748-3883
hannah@artspace-arc.org
Accepting applications
Cambridge Art Galleries
Zone
Zone 2
Specialization
None
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Priorities
Projects that will: Strengthen the artist’s exhibition record. Introduce the artist’s work to new audiences. Recognize new developments in the artist’s practice.Maximize the investment made by the grant.
Deadline(s)
  • July 15, 2019, 1 p.m. ET
  • October 15, 2019, 1 p.m. ET
  • January 15, 2020, 1 p.m. ET
Contact
Iga Janik
Cambridge Art Galleries
Cambridge
519-621-0460 ext. 124
ijanik@ideaexchange.org
Accepting applications
Conseil des Arts de Hearst (F)
Specialization
Francophone
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Priorities
La Galerie 815 priorisera les artistes en début de carrière et ceux/celles qui font preuve de créativité, d’innovation et de singularité dans leurs démarches artistiques et leurs technique d’expositions. Ceci dit, les demandes d’artistes de tous les niveaux de carrière et de toutes les disciplines seront acceptées afin d’encourager l’ensemble des artistes francophones de l’Ontario.
Deadline(s)

We accept and assess applications on an ongoing basis until funds are spent.

Contact
Julie-Ann Ayres
Conseil des Arts de Hearst
Hearst
705-362-4900
coordination@conseildesartsdehearst.ca
Accepting applications
Durham Art Gallery
Zone
Zone 1
Specialization
None
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Deadline(s)

We accept and assess applications on an ongoing basis until funds are spent.

Contact
Steven Morel
The Durham Art Gallery
Durham
519-369-3692
smorel@durhamart.on.ca
Accepting applications
Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario (F)
Specialization
Francophone
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Priorities
La GNO recommande des expositions d’artistes francophones professionnels de toutes disciplines et de toutes région de l’Ontario. Elle accorde une attention particulière aux artistes du nord de l’Ontario.
Deadline(s)

We accept and assess applications on an ongoing basis until funds are spent.

Contact
Danielle Tremblay
Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario
Sudbury
705-673-4927
direction@gn-o.org
Accepting applications
Galerie SAW (F)
Specialization
Francophone
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Priorities
Excellence artistique.
Diversité.
Impact de l’exposition sur la carrière de l’artiste.
Deadline(s)

We accept and assess applications on an ongoing basis until funds are spent.

Contact
Jason St-Laurent
Galerie SAW Gallery
Ottawa
613-236-6181, poste 4
jason@galeriesawgallery.com
Accepting applications
Galerie SAW Gallery
Zone
Zone 4
Specialization
None
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Priorities
  • Artistic excellence
  • Diversity
  • Impact of exhibition on artist’s career 
Deadline(s)

We accept and assess applications on an ongoing basis until funds are spent.

Contact
Jason St-Laurent
Galerie SAW Gallery
Ottawa
613-236-6181 ext. 4
jason@galeriesawgallery.com
Accepting applications
Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography
Specialization
Photography
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Priorities
Ontario-based artists with a confirmed exhibition of photography or photo-based work.
Deadline(s)
  • June 14, 2019, 1 p.m. ET
  • November 15, 2019, 1 p.m. ET
Contact
Heather Rigg
Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography
Toronto
416-979-3941 ext. 3
heather@gallery44.org
Accepting applications
Gendai
Specialization
Artists of colour
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Priorities
  • emerging to mid-career artists, primarily of East Asian descent
  • local, national and international exhibitions
  • projects that demonstrate a platform experimentation and research
  • projects that align with the organization’s visions and values
Deadline(s)

We accept and assess applications on an ongoing basis until funds are spent.

Contact
Marilyn Jung
Gendai
Toronto
416-516-0287
jungmarilyn@gmail.com
Accepting applications
Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant
Zone
Zone 2
Specialization
None
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Priorities
Priority given to artists with exhibitions that contribute to career development and/or opportunities to present new works. 
Deadline(s)

We accept and assess applications on an ongoing basis until funds are spent.

Contact
Ana Olson
Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant
Brantford
519-756-5932
partnerships@glenhyrst.ca
Accepting applications
Grimsby Public Art Gallery
Zone
Zone 2
Specialization
None
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Priorities
  • First-time applicant or applicants who have not recently received a grant
  • Importance of the exhibition to the artist’s career
  • Extent of the public access to the exhibition
Deadline(s)
  • July 31, 2019, 1 p.m. ET
  • October 31, 2019, 1 p.m. ET
  • January 15, 2020, 1 p.m. ET
Contact
Rhona Wenger
Grimsby Public Art Gallery
Grimsby
905-945-3246
rwenger@grimsby.ca
Accepting applications
Hamilton Artists Inc.
Zone
Zone 3
Specialization
None
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Priorities
Hamilton Artists Inc. focuses on contemporary art across all disciplines and career levels. Please refer to our mandate and objectives for further criteria.
Deadline(s)
  • July 05, 2019, 1 p.m. ET
  • November 01, 2019, 1 p.m. ET
Contact
Abedar Kamgari
Hamilton Artists Inc.
Hamilton
905-529-3355
programming@theinc.ca
Accepting applications
Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery
Zone
Zone 2
Specialization
None
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Priorities
Priority given to projects that represent a significant opportunity for the applicant’s career. Decision will take into consideration the strength of the applicant’s visuals, exhibition history, CV, and demonstrated commitment to professional development. 
Deadline(s)

We accept and assess applications on an ongoing basis until funds are spent.

Contact
Crystal Mowry
Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery
Kitchener
519-579-5860 ext. 215
cmowry@kwag.on.ca
Accepting applications
MacLaren Art Centre
Zone
Zone 5
Specialization
None
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Priorities
Priorities include promotion of regional artists to national attention, the development of emerging artists regionally and the development of artists from culturally diverse and Indigenous communities. Our criteria are centered around artistic merit, a progressive exhibition record and the caliber of the venue.
Deadline(s)
  • August 02, 2019, 1 p.m. ET
  • November 08, 2019, 1 p.m. ET
  • January 10, 2020, 1 p.m. ET
Contact
Emily McKibbon
MacLaren Art Centre
Barrie
705-720-1044 ext. 224
emily@maclarenart.com
Accepting applications
McIntosh Gallery
Zone
Zone 1
Specialization
None
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Priorities
  • Cultivation and support of practicing artists including emerging artists
  • Recent exhibition history
  • Importance of the exhibition to the artist’s career
Deadline(s)

We accept and assess applications on an ongoing basis until funds are spent.

Contact
Helen Gregory
McIntosh Gallery
London
519-661-2111 x84601
hgregory@uwo.ca
Accepting applications
Mercer Union
Zone
Zone 3
Specialization
None
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Priorities
Contemporary art across all disciplines• Importance of the exhibition in the artist’s career
Deadline(s)
  • June 28, 2019, 1 p.m. ET
  • December 13, 2019, 1 p.m. ET
Contact
Aamna Muzaffar
Mercer Union
Toronto
416-536-1519
office@mercerunion.org
Accepting applications
Museum London
Zone
Zone 1
Specialization
None
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Priorities
Quality of application 
Deadline(s)

We accept and assess applications on an ongoing basis until funds are spent.

Contact
Cassandra Getty
Museum London
London
519-661-0333 ext. 4227
cgetty@museumlondon.ca
Accepting applications
Ojibwe Cultural Foundation
Specialization
Indigenous
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Priorities
  • Indigenous artists from Northern Ontario.
  • Local exhibitions, as well as further in Canada and abroad.
Deadline(s)

We accept and assess applications on an ongoing basis until funds are spent.

Contact
Leesa Bringas
Ojibwe Cultural Foundation
M'Chigeeng
705-377-4902
leesa@ojibweculture.ca
Accepting applications
Robert McLaughlin Gallery
Zone
Zone 3
Specialization
None
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Priorities
Contemporary art in all media
Deadline(s)
  • June 20, 2019, 1 p.m. ET
  • October 15, 2019, 1 p.m. ET
Contact
Leila Timmins
Robert McLaughlin Gallery
Oshawa
905-576-3000 ext. 111
ltimmins@rmg.on.ca
Accepting applications
St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre
Zone
Zone 1
Specialization
None
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Priorities
  • Importance of the exhibition in the artist’s career 
  • Support artists in underserved communities
  • Support first-time applicants Artistic merit
Deadline(s)

We accept and assess applications on an ongoing basis until funds are spent.

Contact
Laura Woermke
St. Thomas - Elgin Public Art Centre
St. Thomas
519-631-4040
lwoermke@stepac.ca
Accepting applications
Tangled Art + Disability
Specialization
Deaf artists and artists with disabilities
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Priorities
  • Deaf & Disability Arts, Deaf artists and artists with disabilities, including Mad Art & Artists
  • Artistic merit: contribution to the growth and development of Deaf & Disability Art
Deadline(s)

We accept and assess applications on an ongoing basis until funds are spent.

Contact
Victoria Anne Warner
Tangled Art + Disability
Toronto
647-725-5064
victoria@tangledarts.org
Accepting applications
Thames Art Gallery
Zone
Zone 1
Specialization
None
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Priorities
  • Artistic excellence
  • Significance of exhibition and/or venue in the development of the applicant’s career, i.e. major gallery exhibitions are a higher priority.
  • Support to artists from underserved communities
  • Career support to first-time applicants demonstrating artistic merit
  • Culturally diverse projects and applicantsExperimental and risk-taking
Deadline(s)

We accept and assess applications on an ongoing basis until funds are spent.

Contact
Pamela Edmonds
Thames Art Gallery
Chatham
226-312-2023 ext. 4410
pamelae@chatham-kent.ca
Accepting applications
Third Space Art Projects
Specialization
Artists of colour
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Priorities
  • Recommender for Black/African-Canadian artists
  • Artistic merit and project’s impact relative to both artistic and career development
  • Location and duration of exhibition/activity in accordance with public accessibility
  • First-time applicant
Deadline(s)

We accept and assess applications on an ongoing basis until funds are spent.

Contact
Pamela Edmonds
Third Space Art Projects
Chatham
519-350-9211
thirdspaceartprojects@gmail.com
Accepting applications
Thunder Bay Art Gallery
Zone
Zone 6
Specialization
None
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Priorities
We welcome applicants from all artists residing in Zone 6. Our main priorities are supporting Northwestern Ontario artists with exhibitions outside their home communities and/or first time applicants to the program.
Deadline(s)

We accept and assess applications on an ongoing basis until funds are spent.

Contact
Sharon Godwin
Thunder Bay Art Gallery
Thunder Bay
807-577-6427
director@theag.ca
Accepting applications
Timmins Museum: National Exhibition Centre
Zone
Zone 5
Specialization
None
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Priorities
Priority will be given to solo exhibitions in public galleries and artist-run centres. A reasonable budget must be presented outlining project costs and the amount requested. Priority will be given to artists in underserved areas.The importance of the exhibition to the development of the artist’s career will be taken into consideration.
Deadline(s)

We accept and assess applications on an ongoing basis until funds are spent.

Contact
Karen Bachmann
Timmins Museum: National Exhibition Centre
Timmins
705-360-2600 ext. 6605
karen.bachmann@timmins.ca
Accepting applications
White Water Gallery
Zone
Zone 5
Specialization
None
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Priorities
In addition to the OAC program priorities and criteria, the Gallery prioritizes applications from artists at a significant point in their practice, helping them to disseminate their work beyond their locality and increasing the public’s capacity to view contemporary art across Ontario.
Deadline(s)

We accept and assess applications on an ongoing basis until funds are spent.

Contact
Anyse Ducharme
White Water Gallery
North Bay
705-358-2883
programming@whitewatergallery.com
Accepting applications
Woodland Cultural Centre
Specialization
Indigenous
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Deadline(s)
  • September 04, 2019, 1 p.m. ET
  • January 08, 2020, 1 p.m. ET
Contact
Naomi Johnson
Woodland Cultural Centre
Brantford
519-759-2650 ext. 243
njohnson@woodlandculturalcentre.ca
Accepting applications
Woodstock Art Gallery
Zone
Zone 2
Specialization
None
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Priorities
The Woodstock Art Gallery is committed to the promotion of practising artists who are exhibiting their work in professional spaces for periods of time greater than three weeks. Preference will be given to non-profit exhibition venues/organizations.
Deadline(s)

We accept and assess applications on an ongoing basis until funds are spent.

Contact
Mary Reid
Woodstock Art Gallery
Woodstock
519-539-6761 ext. 2800
mreid@cityofwoodstock.ca
Accepting applications
YYZ Artists' Outlet
Zone
Zone 3
Specialization
None
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Priorities
Priority will be given to first-time applicants. 
Deadline(s)
  • September 20, 2019, 1 p.m. ET
  • January 10, 2020, 1 p.m. ET
Contact
Ana Barajas
YYZ Artists' Outlet
Toronto
416-598-4546
abarajas@yyzartistsoutlet.org