AGO X RBC Emerging Artists Program 2022

AGO X RBC Emerging Artists Exchange
Open Call and Upcoming Events

Arq-e-Gulab (Essence of Rose), Audio+Video, Poetry, ASMR, Performance by Mariam Magsi, Dawat Yan Banquet 2022

AGO X RBC Emerging Artists Exchange

Open Call for Digital Artist-Researchers
Three paid research mentorships available in 2022

Deadline for submissions: April 25, 2022 at 11:59 pm EST
Each selected artist will complete a month-long research mentorship between June and August 2022.

The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) invites artists to submit proposals for a paid mentorship program enabling three emerging artists to pursue research, over a month-long period, into museum practices, audience engagement or the AGO Collection. Held virtually over the summer period, the program aims to offer learning opportunities and mentorship for emerging artists to further their artistic practices.

With the support of mentors from across the Gallery, each selected artist will further their work with the aim of presenting their findings to the various teams at the AGO. This call is open to emerging artists working in any media.

We welcome research proposals that explore our audiences, challenge the museum field, or engage with the content and programming of the AGO. Experimentation is encouraged and these proposals could examine any area at the Gallery, including but not limited to: Conservation, Collections, Curatorial, Education & Programming, Library & Archives, Food & Beverage and Visitor Experience.

Selected artists will receive:

  • A one-time $2,000.00 CDN stipend
  • Mentorship from select AGO team members over a month period; and
  • A feature for their practice on the AGO X RBC Emerging Artists Program webpage.

Who should apply:

  • Artists and/or artist collectives who self-identify as emerging artists and are in the early stages of their artistic career
  • Canadians currently living in the country or artists residing in Canada
  • We encourage applicants from underrepresented communities to apply; and
  • Practicing professional artists with two (2) or more years’ experience.

We welcome applications from artists who have not been equitably represented in museums, which includes Black, Indigenous, artists of colour, LGBTQ2+, women and persons with disabilities. Successful artists must be available between June βˆ’ August 2022. Three selected artists will be notified by May 27, 2022.

For more information and to submit your application, visit:

AGO X RBC Emerging Artists Workshops Series: Money, Marketing and Me

Mark your calendars for a series of professional development workshops to discuss trends and issues in self-representation, digital art and career development. Our panelists will provide practical advice for emerging artists looking for opportunities of growth and mentorship. For more information and to register, visit:

Money: NFTs 101
Thursday, April 14
5 – 6 pm
Free on Zoom

Non-Fungible Tokens, or NFTs, are the new buzzword in the commercial art world. But what exactly are NFTs? And how are they changing the art world? A panel of experts Krista Kim, Vandana Taxali and Elena Zavelev will explore the basics of how NFTs work, their popularity and consider how or if they mark a breakthrough in art.

Our panelists will answer the following questions:

  • Why should I create an NFT, or not?
  • How do you create an NFT?
  • How are NFTs priced and where do you sell them?
  • What are some issues artists should be aware of when creating NFTs?
  • What are the copyright issues pertaining to NFTs?

Marketing: Digital Artists
Friday, April 22
5 – 6 pm
Free on Zoom

From in person exhibitions to virtual residencies and digital platforms, the range of opportunities available to emerging artists seems to only increase by the day. While all engagements can be fruitful experiences, they require artists to plan and have defined goals for a sustainable career. Join our panelists Rebecca Carbin, Lauren Wetmore and Paola Poletto for a discussion about how to make the most out of any exhibition, event or residency engagement plan.

In this conversation, our panelists will share their insights and tackle the following questions:

  • How to create a reasonable career path?
  • How to reach out to mentors and make the best of their time?
  • How to write about my project?
  • How to create a budget forecast?
  • What to look for in a (self) promotional strategy?

Me: Being Online
Friday, April 29
5 – 6 pm
Free on Zoom

In this discussion with Hanif Janmohamed, Zarina Muhammad and Timothy Yannick Hunter, panelists will reflect on what it means to be an artist working in digital realms and the associated possibilities/challenges attendant to that. We will focus on the following questions:

  • What is the best way to present or represent your many selves?
  • How is your work an extension of you? How do you share and/or sell your digital selves?
  • And how do museums respond βˆ’ or not βˆ’ to digital self-representation and self-preservation?

AGO X RBC Artists in Residence in Conversation: Mariam Magsi and Eric Chengyang

Tuesday, April 26
5 – 6 pm
Free on Zoom

Join AGO X RBC Artists in Residence Mariam Magsi and Eric Chengyang for a conversation about their practices and the work they have created and developed during their respective digital residencies at the AGO this year. Entitled The Dawat Yan Banquet, the artists will reflect on their gathering in which they explore the intersections of food, art and cultural history, from perspectives of Asian hospitality. Welcoming friends virtually from near and far, the exclusionary boundaries of the traditional banquet are lifted, as the Dawat Yan Banquet transcends barriers of race, class, gender and geography. For more information and to register, visit:

Dawat Yan Project Blog:
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