SPAO Announces: The TD Career Launch Initiative

SPAO Artist Residency now supported by TD Ready Commitment

The SPAO: Photographic Arts Centre and supporting sponsor TD Bank Group are pleased to announce the TD Career Launch Initiative. This initiative will provide 5 emerging photo-based artists from anywhere in Canada, 6 months of mentoring support as well as the environment and facilities required in order to significantly impact their artistic career development. The standard fee to participate in this residency ($5500) for each artist selected will be supported by the TD Bank Group, ensuring youth or traditionally marginalized individuals are prioritized.

2019 artist-in-residence show, featuring John Healey (Canada), Lucia Mugica (Canada), Rajeev Nath (Canada) and Eugenie Rasche (Russia).

A TD Ready Commitment Sponsorship

Support from the TD Ready Commitment will allow us to improve opportunities for emerging artists, bolster our organization’s capacity and further diversify the environment where artistic talent can flourish. We believe that this investment will not only benefit individual artists but also contribute to the cultural enrichment of our community. We are grateful for the support of TD as we continue to reduce the barriers for artists to access professional development opportunities.

“At TD, we believe that arts and culture allow people to feel connected to their communities and exposes them to new perspectives,” says George Dalal, Region Head at TD Bank. “We are proud to support the SPAO: Photographic Arts Centre as part of our focus on amplifying diverse voices in the arts. Congratulations on launching the Photographic Artist Residency. We are confident that this initiative will elevate the work of photo-based artists from diverse backgrounds and have a positive influence on artistic career progression.”

Photo: Eric Reid

Supporting Canadian Photographic Artists in Need

This initiative supports 5 emerging artists with the mentorship and environment needed to launch their careers through the SPAO Photographic Artist Residency, supported by TD. These artists must be Canadian or permanent residents in financial need and identify as one or more of the following priority groups: youth (35 years or younger), Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit), 2SLGBTQIA+, person with a disability, or person of colour.

“SPAO is incredibly excited to be working with the TD Bank Group, a supporting sponsor that is as passionate about making a positive and bold community impact as we are.”
– Jonathan Hobin, SPAO Creative Director

Applications Are Open

Apply Now for the TD Photographic Artist Residency, presented by TD. Applications are open until April 15, 2024, 5:00 PM EST or until all spots are filled. Click here to apply. * Instructions on form

Photo: Eric Reid

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SPAO: Photographic Arts Centre
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