Call for Submissions: Latin American and Latinx Artist Archive at Sur Gallery

Voluspa Jarpa, Todo se desvanece en la niebla/Everything Fades in the Fog, 2016.

Since 2015, Sur Gallery has been a leading space showcasing curatorial projects, artworks, and creative initiatives from and for the Latinx and Latin American community. We are happy to announce a call for the submissions of artists’ archival collections for the ongoing artist database project. Our intention is to document, archive, and recognize the contributions of Latin American and Latinx visual artists of the Canadian diaspora. We will develop a digital archive to connect artists, scholars, students, and cultural practitioners, establishing a dialogue with an international scope to share the relevance of these artists.


  1. Be a professional emerging, mid-career or established visual artist who has been active for a minimum of 5 consecutive years.
    ◦  Established: artists with an extensive body of work and with history of national and international exhibitions and/or those who have achieved a wide degree of recognition.
    ◦  Mid-career: artists whose professional careers have passed the early stages, who have produced a reasonable body of work and have attained a fair degree of public exposure.
    ◦  Emerging: artists in the early years of their professional careers who have a small exhibition record.
  2. Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident of Canada, have an application pending for permanent resident status.
  3. Visual artists who identify as Latinx or Latin American and who have had an upbringing in Latin America or in the diaspora with Latin American parents.

What are we gathering for the archive?
Biography 500 words max.
Artist statement 500 words max.
10 Images

When can you submit?
Submit 1 PDF file by November 30th, 2022, to

When will I be contacted?
Only selected artists will be contacted according to stipulated requirements and eligibility.

What is the purpose of the Artist Archive?
The submission of information is voluntary, and the selected artists will be contacted by the Researcher/Archivist, Luz Sierra, The final archive will be published on our website once the project is completed.

Our objective is to lay out the foundation of a Latin American/Latinx visual arts history through an archival collection. The database will aid scholars, students, artists, museums, and other institutions to engage in research, learn, and connect with the Latin American and Latinx arts community.

Sur Gallery and LACAP’s mission is to continue to extend spaces and platforms for the reception of the Latin American and Latinx community. The Artist Archive project is to make accessible an archival digital platform to allow for searchability and make discoverable the Latinx visual art legacy in Canada.

For more information contact:

Sur Gallery
39 Queens Quay East, Suite 100
Toronto, ON M5E OA5

Sur Gallery acknowledges the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts through its Digital Now program; Ontario Arts Council; Toronto Arts Council; Canadian Heritage through Community Support, Multiculturalism, and Anti-Racism Initiatives Events component; The City of Toronto through section 37; and its sponsors SeeThroughWeb, Hoffworks Productions, and Ready2Post.