Call for Submissions: “Toronto Makes Good” Photo Exhibit

Deadline: Friday, May 22, 2020 4pm EDT


What are the public spaces you miss and appreciate?
What is the role that these spaces play in health and wellbeing?

Submit your existing photography for this unique public art installation in downtown Toronto!

Exhibit Overview:
The STEPS Initiative, JAYU and Graywood Developments have teamed up to feature the work of emerging Toronto photographers in a high-profile public exhibition. “Toronto Makes Good” will focus on the dialogue between the urban environment, health and wellness.

We invite Toronto artists age 18 to 29 to submit photography that responds to the following questions:

  • What does it mean to feel healthy and vibrant in a city that is constantly changing?
  • What kinds of spaces does a healthy city have? How do people use these spaces?
  • What aspects of health and wellness are affected by urban environments?
  • What elements of Toronto’s landscape make it uniquely able to promote wellbeing, or impact the health of local residents in unexpected ways?

Selected photography will be exhibited on the construction hoarding surrounding Graywood’s Peter & Adelaide site (located at 102 Peter Street), beginning summer 2020. Submissions are especially encouraged from artists who self-identify as being a member of an equity-seeking community.

Featured artists will receive an honorarium of $500 per selected image, be credited on site, as well as in all exhibit materials.

Submission Process:
Eligible artists are invited to submit original existing photography for consideration no later than Friday, May 22, 2020 4pm EDT via this online submission form.

Each artist will have the opportunity to submit up to five (5) images for consideration. Artists or applicants will need to provide the titles and a brief caption for each image as it relates to the exhibit’s theme, as well as a short biography. It is important that applicants follow all instructions on the submission form. Incomplete submissions, or those with images that have not been uploaded with the required naming conventions, will not be considered.

Not sure what photography would make a strong submission?

  • Select images that reflect Toronto’s natural, built, or social landscapes which impact health and wellness.
  • You should be able to provide a caption that connects the image to the exhibit theme.
  • Strong images that will tell a story.
  • Priority will be given to imagery that highlights hope, inspiration and optimism.
  • The exhibition space is best suited to landscape-oriented imagery.
  • Images with large amounts of white, blank, or lightly coloured negative space pose a higher risk of graffiti vandalism when exhibited in public space and are discouraged.
  • Images should be proportionately scaled to the optimal display resolution of between 120-150 DPI when printed at eight (8) feet height.

Info Session and Photography Workshop:
Due to our limited staff capacity over the COVID-19 pandemic, we unfortunately cannot respond to individual inquiries about this opportunity. Instead, we will be hosting an online information session and photography workshop on Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 2pm EDT. Register here!