Call for Submissions: Labour Arts Catalyst 2nd Edition

Soon and Very Soon (2022) by David Yu

Calling All Artists: The Labour Arts Catalyst 2nd Edition is Live!

Mayworks Festival of Working People & the Arts’ Labour Arts Catalyst pairs artists with labour, social or environmental organizations in a collaborative art-making process. This initiative aligns with the vision of Mayworks “to incite the creation and production of art that engages diverse artists and workers in the advancement of cultural, economic and social justice.”

This year, Mayworks is collaborating with Labour Against the Arms Trade, Asian Canadian Labour Alliance and Rising Tide Toronto.

Deadline to apply: July 29th, 11:59PM

We invite submissions from artists working in all disciplines: visual art, film and video, digital media, music, dance, theatre, performance, installation and beyond. Artists will select the organization with whom they wish to work during the submission process, selecting from. Mayworks staff will facilitate initial meetings with the labour organization. Artists are then responsible for following up with their labour organization to continue research. Mayworks staff will be on hand to facilitate this if need be. Artists will create an artwork inspired and or informed by their selected labour organization. The goal is to present the work at the Mayworks Festival in May 2023.

Revolution Must Mean Life (2022) by Maysam Ghani

Each of the three selected artists will receive $2,500 toward the creation of their artwork. If the artwork is presented during the Mayworks Festival 2023, artists will receive an additional exhibition fee of $800.

Artists are expected to cover the expense of creating their artwork for the Mayworks Festival in 2023. Mayworks will apply for funding to help artists offset these costs, but this funding is not guaranteed.

To apply
To apply, please complete the application form, and attach the requested samples of your work here.

For more information about the 2nd edition of the Labour Arts Catalyst, please visit

Mayworks acknowledges we live in a society rooted in oppression and inequalities; that structural injustice and unconscious prejudice influence our experiences; and the importance of incorporating the knowledge and guidance from oppressed people’s experience within the organization. We encourage applicants from systematically marginalized groups to apply.

Feel free to send us an email at with any questions you may have or to schedule a phone meeting.

Mayworks Festival of Working People & the Arts
25 Cecil Street, Toronto ON M5T 1N1