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Call for Submissions for Art Spin
Toronto - various sites, Summer 2017

Art Spin is gearing up for its ninth season this summer and is looking for exciting and imaginative submissions for its 2017 programming starting in June.

Art Spin has been operating professionally as an arts presenter since 2009, activating decommissioned venues and unique public spaces to produce large scale group exhibitions along with curated bicycle-led art tours, showcasing a wide range of newly commissioned art programming in unique site-specific settings.

Most recently Art Spin produced in/future: a transformative art experience, the highly acclaimed 11 day multidisciplinary art and music festival at Ontario Place this past September. Led by Layne Hinton and Rui Pimenta, artists and independent curators, Art Spin is driven by a strong sense of commitment and passion for presenting contemporary artworks in unusual, everyday spaces in order to make its audience’s experience with art more engaging and exciting.

Art Spin’s bicycle led art tours have become one of the city’s most anticipated events of the summer, attracting a diverse and enthusiastic audience of at least 350 people per tour. Programming is varied, consisting of commissioned, multi-disciplinary works which range from art performances to installations.

Central to Art Spin’s mandate and a big part of what makes our tours so impactful is our commitment to transplanting encounters with art from conventional, institutional spaces into more alternative and public environments. We believe that encounters with art are made more meaningful and demonstrably engaging when they are experienced in a communal context, in unique site-specific locations.

In past years we have commissioned projects that have taken place in parking structures, empty lots, public parks, vacant factories and warehouses, alleyways, churches, schoolyards, community spaces, hockey rinks and construction sites.

With this in mind Art Spin is looking for project submissions that are able to respond to their urban and cultural environment. Submissions for art projects from all disciplines (visual arts, installation, sculpture, film & video, new media, performance art, dance, theatre and music etc.) will be accepted but only those that embody a site-specific vision will be reviewed. This can mean work that responds to an environment in either a geographic, architectural, cultural, historical, or personal manner. Submissions that rely on a gallery type setting will not be considered.


Art Spin is seeking submissions from individual artists and collectives working in a variety of disciplines including but not limited to; sculpture, installation, film & video, electronic & kinetic work, painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, performance art, dance, music, and theatre. We are eager to receive submissions for new projects and are also open to reviewing existing works so long as they speak to our curatorial theme (see guidelines).

Applicants must read the Art Spin submission guidelines and submit a completed submission package. The full guidelines, and application form, including artist fees, can be found at

Deadline: Monday March 6th (11:59pm)

We highly recommend having a look at past examples of projects featured on Art Spin tours if you have never attended one, please visit:

If you have any further questions about the submissions process, please don’t hesitate to contact us at

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