Call for Applications: Daniels and BlackNorth Initiative Work-Live Opportunity

Call for Applications:
Daniels and BlackNorth Initiative Work-Live Opportunity

Deadline: June 17, 2022

The Daniels Corporation (Daniels) and BlackNorth Initiative (BNI) are currently accepting proposals from Black-identifying artists and artist groups for three work-live studios in Phase 3 of the Regent Park revitalization. Located on the Living Lane, the work-live studios will be within Daniels’ DuEast Condominium and Artworks Tower communities on Dundas Street East between Sumach and River Streets. The work-live studios (two one-bedroom + studio units and one two-bedroom + studio unit) will be available at special rates through participation in Daniels’ Social Impact Exchange and will be managed by Daniels Commercial Leasing. This program seeks to celebrate the existing arts community in Toronto and provide a unique opportunity that will support Black artists and creatives in developing their practice, showcasing their work, and building relationships in the community while working and living there.

To be eligible for tenancy for the opportunity outlined in this Call for Proposals, respondents must be a professional emerging or mid-career artist or belong to an active arts group or organization. For the purposes of this proposal, a professional artist is someone who:

  • Has specialized training in the artistic field (not necessarily in academic institutions)
  • Is recognized as a professional by his or her peers (artists working in the same artistic tradition)
  • Demonstrates a commitment to devoting time to artistic activity
  • And has a history of public presentation or publication.

Priority will be given to applicants with a demonstrated connection to the Regent Park community.

Information Session 1: June 1, 2022
Information Session 2: June 9, 2022. Register here
Proposal Deadline: June 17, 2022
Interviews with Shortlisted Respondents: June 27, 2022
Evaluation of Proposals Completed/ Decision: Week of July 11, 2022

Submission Requirements
Respondents are asked to submit a proposal outlining the studio use and a Social Impact Exchange Plan detailing activities or initiatives that will facilitate animation of the Living Lane and engage the Regent Park community. In addition, respondents are asked to provide an Artist CV.

Submissions should respond to the following requirements:

  1. Email expressing interest in the work-live studio opportunity to receive ongoing correspondence and updates
  2. Submit a 3-5page (maximum) Letter of Intent by the submission deadline date which sets out:
    1. Which work-live studio unit you are interested in;
    2. Key contact and contact information including: name, email address, phone number, mailing address, website and/or social media;
    3. Description of your artistic or creative practice, including medium(s), the proposed use of the space and square footage required;
    4. Description of your relationship to the Regent Park neighbourhood;
    5. A Social Impact Exchange Plan that describes how the artist/artist group proposes to fulfill requirements of Daniels’ Social Impact Exchange Program, including detailing any existing relationships with the Regent Park community, local organizations or other stakeholders.
  3. Submit an Artist CV by the submission deadline date which includes any professional qualifications, exhibitions/commission history, education, representation and other relevant experiences and major achievements to date.
  4. Three references from any of the following: clients, mentors, mentees, community organizations

For the full call for proposals, please visit:

*Note: Shortlisted Respondents may be subject to a credit check prior to completion of the Proposal assessments and prior to the Work-Live Studio being offered to a potential artist

Benefits for Candidates

  • Work-live units include studio space as well as living space screenings, readings, publications
  • Below-market lease rates
  • Downtown East location
  • Diverse neighbourhood
  • Opportunity to engage with community

Contact Information:
Fatima Saya, Senior Manager of Social Impact at The Daniels Corporation