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CALL FOR ARTISTS: Apply to be part of The PATCH Project!
DEADLINE: March 1, 2018


The PATCH Project provides artists (like you!) with opportunities to exhibit their work in public, raising their visibility while transforming Toronto’s streets. PATCH partners with landowners and developers to showcase the work of local artists around construction sites, and mentors artists through the ins and outs of exhibiting work in the public realm.

PATCH can help YOU:

  • develop your portfolio
  • get paid for exhibiting your work
  • join a community of like-minded creative professionals
  • build a foundation for your career in Toronto’s cultural sector

Our city has millions of feet of construction hoarding (the walls that go up around construction sites) that can be the home for your next work of art (or the exhibition of your existing artwork)!

What Are We Looking For?

PATCH collaborates with a wide range of creative professionals who vary stylistically and thematically. You can find a selection of our current collaborating artists on our Selected Artists Page.

We are looking for artists who live or work in the Toronto area, and who are interested in exhibiting their work in the public realm. Artists should have a proven capability to produce work of the highest quality, and proven ability to undertake projects of similar scope to those of PATCH.

How to Apply

Applicants are required to upload five (5) pieces of visual support material (these should be tightly cropped examples of past work), an artistic CV outlining their relevant experience, as well as a letter of reference.

Applications are juried by a review committee that includes representatives from Toronto’s cultural sector, as well as urban development industry professionals.

CLICK HERE to submit your online application. (no hard or emailed copies will be accepted)

Save the date: Info Session February 13th
Tue, 13 February 2018
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Attend an information session to find out more about how PATCH works, and learn some skills to add to your toolkit whenever you’re applying to a call for submissions.
RSVP here


What is PATCH, and What Do We Do?

PATCH installs permanent and temporary art in underused spaces, like construction sites. We collaborate with local artists, landowners, and property developers to create an ongoing exhibition that not only beautifies the streetscape, but strengthens community ties around our installations. We:

  • identify potential sites for public art;
  • recruit Toronto area artists of the highest caliber for site-specific work;
  • liaise between artists, property owners / developers, and construction companies to develop customized creative solutions that animate Toronto’s public realm; and
  • manage the logistics of making this all happen!

PATCH is a project of the STEPS Initiative, an award-winning public arts organization that builds the capacity of citizens to take action in creating more vibrant and connected communities. Since 2010, STEPS has led several large-scale public art installations (including the World’s Tallest Mural) through which they have engaged thousands of community members of all ages and received numerous awards.

We recognize the importance of financially compensating artists for their work. Artist fees for reproduced images of existing work will be in accordance with the scale of the reproduction, while fees for newly commissioned or community-engaged works will vary on a project-by-project basis.

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