Exhibition Assistance


Artspace acts as a recommender for the Ontario Arts Council’s Exhibition Assistance Program. The program supports Ontario-based artists and artist collectives working in visual arts, craft and media art practices in the presentation of their artwork in a confirmed public exhibition.

As a third-party recommender program, artists apply to galleries and organizations designated as recommenders for the program. These recommenders assess applications and submit grant recommendations to OAC.

Artspace sets two deadlines to assess applications. The deadlines are August 17 and December 14, 2018.

Grant amount(s)
• minimum $500, maximum $2,000
• You may apply for only one exhibition per application.
• You may receive more than one Exhibition Assistance grant in any program year, towards one or more exhibitions, up to $2,000. You may receive recommendations from more than one recommender.
• Due to the number of applications received and the limited funds available, grants awarded may be smaller than the amount requested.
• If your application includes ineligible expenses, OAC may reduce the recommended amount to cover only eligible expenses or withdraw the application.

Recent changes to the Exhibition Assistance Process
• Applications are now submitted through Nova, the Ontario Arts Council’s online submission platform.
• The maximum amount has been increased to $2,000.
• Applicants may submit up to three Exhibition Assistance applications at a time.
• Recommenders no longer notify applicants. All applicants are notified by OAC through their Nova account.

Eligible applicants
• Ontario-based professional visual artists, craft artists, media artists and artist collectives who have a confirmed, upcoming public exhibition.
• For this program, eligible collectives are defined as unincorporated groups of two or more artists who create collaboratively and exhibit together.
• Collectives may apply in the name of the collective, or may choose an individual to represent it as the applicant. If the collective applies, OAC issues the grant cheque in the name of the collective.
• For a group exhibition, each artist must apply individually for their own expenses.
• Applicants must be Ontario residents with a permanent physical address in Ontario.

Ineligible applicants
• Undergraduate or graduate students enrolled full-time at an educational institution.
• Incorporated not-for-profit or for-profit organizations
• Curators

This program funds
Grants assist with the artists’ costs related to the presentation of art work in a confirmed, public exhibition.

For more information please visit http://www.arts.on.ca/grants/exhibition-assistance


Photo Credit: Matthew Hayes – Dylan Miner 2017 exhibition Aanikoobijiganag