Call for Toronto-based Visual Artists: 2022 RBC Emerging Artist Network at The Power Plant

Visitor in Paulo Nazareth, STROKE, 2022 at The Power Plant, Toronto, 2022. Courtesy The Power Plant.

Open Call for Toronto-based Visual Artists: The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery launches its year-long RBC Emerging Artist Network

The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery announces an open call for artists to apply to the 2022 RBC Emerging Artist Network–a year-long initiative developed to benefit 25 Toronto-based emerging artists. The deadline for submissions is 17 July, 2022.

The Power Plant aims to provide dynamic professional development opportunities for local artists through new ways to meet, exchange, and learn. The Power Plant will provide diverse resources during this mentorship, including exclusive networking opportunities with exhibiting artists, guest speakers and established art professionals.

Through the generous support provided by RBC Foundation and the establishment of the RBC Emerging Artist Network, The Power Plant aims to assist emerging artists in advancing their careers and develop the community of artists based in and around Toronto.

“The RBC Emerging Artist Network is a program that is developed in order to provide meaningful growth opportunities to artists through mentorship, career development, showcasing and networking,” said Mark Beckles, Vice President, Social Impact & Innovation, RBC. “We’re thrilled to partner with The Power Plant because of their longstanding legacy as a leading contemporary art gallery in Canada.”

“Part of our commitment as an arts institution is to build bridges for future generations of Canadian artists,” said Gaëtane Verna, Director & Artistic Director of The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery. “The 25 artists selected for this RBC Emerging Artist Network program will get unparalleled access to a community of artists, curators, and art professionals that will contribute to furthering their careers.”

Selected participants will have first access to dedicated programming designed to provide mentorship, networking and tangible career development opportunities to these artists. The participants will be given the benefits associated with an artist membership at The Power Plant (valued at $250) that will grant the members access to exclusive events including Portfolio Nights, learning opportunities related to filing taxes and granting opportunities, opportunities to present on their work as part of The Power Plant’s public programs, field trips to studio visits, gallery visits, and so on —whereby emerging artists can show their works and engage with to established artists and arts professionals for feedback, including Canadian and visiting international artists exhibiting at The Power Plant as well as curators and other arts professionals.

Artist at Master Class with Shona Illingworth at The Power Plant, Toronto, 2022. Courtesy The Power Plant.

Criteria for the 2022 RBC Emerging Visual Artists Program at the Power Plant includes:

  • Self-identify as a Toronto-based emerging visual artist.
  • Have little presentation or publication history.
  • Are demonstrably committed to devoting a minimum of 24 hours per week to their art.
  • Are involved in their creative community.
  • Make a financial commitment to their practice and aspire to make their artistic work their primary source of income.
  • Are enrolled in, or have recently graduated from, a related degree/diploma program, or demonstrate equivalent experience.

Interested applicants should submit an updated CV, a letter of interest outlining how they meet the criteria, and a selection of five images related to their artistic practice to Deadline for submissions is Sunday July 17, 2022 at 11:59PM. Find out more on our website.

The selection committee will comprise Adelina Vlas, Head of Exhibitions & Publications; Carolin Köchling, Nuyten Dime Curator-at-Large; and Joséphine Denis, Head of Public Programs & Outreach at The Power Plant, and Toronto based curator/artist Chiedza Pasipanodya. On Monday July 25, the committee will invite 25 artists to confirm their participation in the RBC Emerging Artist Network program by Wednesday July 27. The program will begin on the week of August 8, 2022.

The Power Plant encourages submissions from populations who have not been equitably represented in museums, including Black, Indigenous, artists of colour, LGBTQ2+, and people from Deaf and disability communities.

About The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery
The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery is Canada’s leading public gallery devoted exclusively to contemporary visual art. It is a vital forum for the advanced artistic culture of our time and offers an exceptional facility and professional support to diverse living artists, while also engaging equally diverse audiences. The Power Plant pursues its activities through exhibitions, publications, and public programming that incorporate other areas of culture when they intersect with visual art. For more information, please visit

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