Call for Submissions: Lingering, An Exhibition for Newcomer and Refugee Artists

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Call for Submissions: Lingering, An Exhibition and Professional Development Program for Newcomer and Refugee Artists

Extended Deadline: December 1, 2023
Notification Date: Friday, December 15, 2023

Neilson Park Creative Centre (NPCC) is pleased to announce an open call for newcomer and refugee artists based in Toronto. The project, entitled Lingering includes mentoring, workshops, events, and studio usage at NPCC, culminating with an art exhibition of new works in NPCC’s gallery spaces. The project is produced with the support of the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council.

Artists are asked to respond to theme of lingering with their project proposals.

Lingering derives its meaning from a variety of sources. To linger in Arabic has different translations, ‘Yabka’ (verb) يبقى and its noun ‘bakaa’ بقاء which translates to ‘survival’.

To linger is to survive.

To linger is to wait, for a process, for a new life, for new memories. To stand still or move within a small parameter. To circulate and return to the same point. To remain in an elongated state of suspension.

In the process of relocating, memories and places are pondered and revisited. The mind wanders while the body familiarizes itself with the place. Relocating can mean the acceptance of a new context, carrying memories that surpass space and time. Waiting on papers, being attached elsewhere, suspended between different worlds. Looking forward to a change, a lengthy state, suspension in time and space.

Project Requirements

Neilson Park Creative Centre welcomes applications from newcomer and refugee artists based in Toronto working in all visual arts disciplines, but propose projects must respond to the main theme of the exhibition.


  • Newcomers or refugee artists
  • Artists based in Toronto


Artists will receive access to free studio space at Neilson Park Creative Centre to create a new body of original work to be exhibited in summer, 2024. Artists will be provided with sales opportunities and compensation for public presentation and dissemination: $558 for exhibition fees, $247 for presentation fees and $100 for transportation fees.

Selection Process

Submissions will be reviewed by the project curator, Lamis Haggag. Project proposals will be evaluated based on the clarity of the concept, the feasibility of the project, and how it relates to the theme.

Submission Requirements

  • Artist bio (max 150 words)
  • Project proposal – How does your project relate to the theme of lingering? (max 300 words)
  • Upload 2 images of work/visual representation related to the proposed project. *

How to Submit

For more information and to apply, visit the NPCC website.

For additional information or questions, please contact:
Alexander Robinson / (416) 622-5294

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