Call for Submissions: Urban Futurities

Guest Curator Exhibition at Propeller Art Gallery

Propeller Art Gallery invites submissions of visual artworks that explore the impact of urban gentrification on cultural workers and arts organizations, for the annual guest-curated exhibition Urban Futurities, taking place August 23 – September 10, 2023. Curated by Ilene Sova, submissions can be any medium including painting, drawing, video, sculpture, digital art, animation, installation, and textiles.

Inflation, the housing crisis, and gentrification are calling into question the future of our global cities. Affordability, rising food costs, skyrocketing rents and real estate development are pushing people to the margins. Artists and creatives are quickly moving out of urban centres worldwide. Cultural workers are experiencing precarity on all levels, with studio spaces and creative workspaces vanishing at alarming numbers. This exhibition aims to think through how we can imagine an equitable future for citizens in which urban centres are healthy and livable places for us all. The exhibition will discuss this crisis point through art and creativity as a jumping-off point.

Propeller Art Gallery is committed to creating a discussion that is diverse and reflective of all our communities. We strongly encourage submissions from artists who experience multiple forms of oppression: Black, Indigenous, and people of colour artist communities and artists with disabilities, two-spirit folks, queer, trans and non-binary/gender-nonconforming people.

Guest Curator, Ilene Sova, is an artist and activist whose art practice focuses on equity and diversity with a feminist focus on creating a dialogue around anti-oppression. She is also heavily involved in arts advocacy, community activation, and curatorial projects that promote pluralism in the arts. Sova is the founder of the Feminist Art Conference and Blank Canvases, an in-school creative arts programme for elementary school students. She holds an Honours BFA from the University of Ottawa in Painting and an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Windsor. Sova holds the position of Associate Professor in Drawing and Painting at OCADU.

Submission Deadline: June 30, 2023
Entry Fee: $50 + HST for one or two works

For more information and submission details, visit the Urban Futurities web page.

Propeller Art Gallery is an artist-run co-operative and exhibition space in Toronto’s Queen West Art + Design District that supports innovative, sustainable programming. Propeller garners critical acclaim and engages public interest by supporting the creative, curatorial, and commercial endeavours of artists. Its primary focus is to support member artists in their careers through innovative programming and practical professional experience including exhibition design and installation, promotions, sales and fundraising. Since 1996 Propeller Gallery has engendered a supportive community that heightens awareness and appreciation for the arts by providing captivating and inclusive programming, community building, networking, and partnership opportunities.


Propeller Art Gallery
30 Abell Street
Toronto, ON M6J 0A9
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