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The month of March at OAAG has been a busy one filled with two great and significant workshops on artwork handling and the digitization of collections.
Our first workshop on art handling took place at the Textile Museum of Canada on March 15th, 2017. We had a full house with over 30 registrants for the workshop and we thank our presenters for taking the time to offer their insights, experiences and expertise on topics that ranged from art handling policies, the basics of proper art handling, to different case studies in handling art within galleries and museums.


On March 29th, 2017 we hosted our second workshop at the Bata Shoe Museum. This workshop covered the digitization of collections and topics included image licensing, image copyright and image quality, how to connect collections to audiences through virtual programs and exhibitions and case studies in planning digitization collections at Ontario art galleries. We thank our informative presenters at this workshop for creating excellent dialogue on these topics and offering exceptional insight and knowledge. 

We’d also like to thank the Canadian Heritage Museums Assistance Program and our two member museums the Textile Museum of Canada and the Bata Shoe Museum for offering their facilities and giving our participants behind-the-scenes tours of their collections!
Thank you to everyone who registered! We are excited by the discussions that these workshops provoked amongst participants and presenters on the different topics presently permeating in art galleries and cultural institutions in Ontario. We look forward to hosting more workshops in the coming year and we can’t wait to share the details about them soon!
The Federal Budget was released on March 22nd and aspects that relate to the arts sector have included a promised 1.7 billion for culture in the next 10 years, including $300 million for the Cultural Spaces Fund. Kate Cornell, the Co-Chair of the Canadian Arts Coalition and Executive Director of the Canadian Dance Assembly indicates the importance of the Cultural Spaces Fund saying, "These welcoming cultural spaces are community hubs that truly represent an investment in inclusive, sustainable development. We look forward to continue to work with the federal government on improving social infrastructure in arts and culture."

A great article was written by Caoimhe Morgan-Feir and Leah Sandals for Canadian Art that highlights 8 Things Artists and Art Orgs Need to Know About the 2017 Federal Budget.


The Canadian Council for the Arts hosted The Arts in the Digital World Summit from March 15th to 17th, 2017. Its purpose was to explore how The Canada Council for the Arts can and will support digital arts in Canada. This summit was in relation to the Canadian Council’s announcement in November 2016 that it will be creating a new $88.5 million fund dedicated specifically for digital arts projects. The fund, called Arts in a Digital World, will launch in Fall 2017 and run until March 31, 2021.

Additionally, the G7 Culture Summit took place in Florence, Italy on March 30th and 31st, 2017. This marked the first time the world’s major countries have come together to discuss cultural heritage and activities. Amongst the Canadian delegation was Canada Council CEO Simon Brault and Canadian Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly, who both spoke of Canada as an international cultural leader. Canada’s role in the summit includes strengthening multiculturalism, inclusion and cultural diversity on an international scale. 


URGENT: Advocacy request for testimony of arts organization with visa complications for visiting foreign artists

The Media Arts Network of Ontario (MANO) has had a number of member organizations experiencing difficulties with securing visa for visiting artists over the past years. While their advocacy concerns predate the change in government south of the border, these changes increase the urgency of their need to ensure visiting artists are not hampered with discriminatory visa requirements.

In MANO’s initial research, numerous groups have reported difficulty in securing visas for visiting artists from South-Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle-East. These visa complications have often been gendered and class-based, and have disregarded the track record of the host organization, in all cases recipients of Canada Council for the Arts multi-year funding.

MANO is currently looking for organizations in all arts disciplines willing to provide testimony on their struggles securing visas for visiting artists as part of a federal advocacy campaign.

If you are willing to provide your story in writing, or at in person meetings with MPs MANO would like to hear from you.

Please email: Ben Donoghue - and Indu Vashist - or contact MANO directly for more information. 


Feds promise more money for arts, culture in budget but with few details. Indigenous language and culture, cultural infrastructure to get funding boost

Relief for 401 Richmond tenants on the way, city hopes, thanks to a little-used city provision, a portion of the building’s space is set to be classified as a “community benefit”

How to Get the Brain to Like Art


The Art Gallery of Guelph welcomes submissions for the fifth annual Middlebrook Prize for Young Canadian Curators until April 9, 2017.

The Middlebrook Prize invites curators under the age of 30 to submit an innovative proposal for an exhibition that will be presented at the Art Gallery of Guelph from September 14 to December 17, 2017. By supporting and mobilizing Canadian creative talent, the Middlebrook Prize aims to inspire positive social change through creativity and connectedness in an era of ongoing and unprecedented economic, environmental, social, and cultural challenges.

The winning curator will receive an honorarium of $5,000.

Applications must include:

  • cover letter: Applicants are asked to share their perspective on the health and vitality of art in Canada, particularly in relation to the milestone moment of the nation’s sesquicentennial, as well as what the Prize means to them as a career-enriching opportunity
  • exhibition proposal (one page): Proposal must include contact information, curatorial statement, list of artists, and description of potential outreach programming
  • exhibition budget: Not exceeding $10,000 and including artist fees (per CARFAC 2017 fee schedule for Category II institutions), shipping via an accredited art transportation company, any special equipment requirements for the exhibition, a description of unique or unusual installation requirements, projected travel/accommodation expenses for curator
  • one sample of critical writing: curatorial essay or published article/review, for example
  • curriculum vitae: maximum 3 pages
  • support images (10): with descriptions (artist name, title, date, medium, dimensions) inclusive of 7 images supporting exhibition proposal and 3 images documenting past curatorial work
  • floor plan: detailing the proposed layout of works

Important Dates:
Call for Submissions: March 1 – April 9, 2017
Winning Curator Announcement: May 1, 2017
Exhibition Dates: September 14 – December 17, 2017
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 14, 2017

Applications are to be submitted in a single PDF document, with the subject line Middlebrook Prize, in care of: Alex Hartstone, Community Engagement Coordinator

For more information, visit the Art Gallery of Guelph website.


Toronto Arts Council has created two new granting programs designed to serve newcomers and refugees in Toronto: Newcomer and Refugee Arts Engagement and Newcomer and Refugee Artist Mentorship. We define a newcomer as: an immigrant or refugee who has lived in Canada for less than 7 years; a refugee is a person who was forced to leave their home country and is now located in Canada. The goals of the Newcomer and Refugee Arts Engagement program are: to provide targeted support to organizations and collectives engaging newcomers and refugees through the arts and to support the integration and inclusion of newcomers and refugees to Toronto through the arts.


The set grant amount is $20,000. This grant may cover up to 100% of project costs.


  • Applicants must be an incorporated non-profit organization or a collective operating on a not-for-profit basis. A collective is defined as two or more artists working together under a group name, either on a single project (ad hoc) or on an ongoing basis.
  • Applicants must be located in the City of Toronto. A Post Office Box address cannot be used to meet this requirement. For collectives of two artists, both must be City of Toronto residents. For collectives of more than two artists, the majority of members must be City of Toronto residents.
  • The activities for which the grant is requested must occur within the City of Toronto.
  • The activities for which the grant is requested must include the collaborative involvement of professional artists and newcomer and/or refugee community members.
  • Applicants must have a strong track record of arts engagement with newcomer and/or refugee communities and demonstrate a viable administrative and financial plan for achieving the goals of the proposed activities.
  • Grant amount is $20,000. This includes artist fees, travel expenses, preparation time, materials and any other project expenses incurred. Payment of artist fees is mandatory.  Funding cannot be used to support an organization’s ongoing staff or faculty salaries.
  • Applicants may not receive funds from both this program and any other Toronto Arts Council program for the same activities and timelines. 

More information and how to apply can be found here


Fundraisers know that staying up-to-date on trends, contemplating new best practices and considering better ways to engage donors in our cause are essential to our professional success.  The Association of Fundraising Professionals has to two bursary opportunities available to staff of Art Galleries who are actively involved in fundraising for their organizations in. 

RBC Bursary Program

AFP Fundraising Day is one of the best one-day fundraising conferences to attend.  Fundraising Day offers 24 intensive and stimulating discussion sessions that will provide the award recipient with new techniques and practical theory to tackle the challenges and opportunities you and your organization face.

The AFP Greater Toronto Chapter recognizes the importance of creating opportunities for all fundraising professionals to attend Fundraising Day as a professional development opportunity. Bursaries are given to individuals who would benefit from the opportunity to learn best practices from some of our country’s leading fundraisers, network with colleagues from across the province and develop key professional skills

To foster the professional development of individuals who work in agencies raising $1,500,000 or less per year (excluding government/United Way funding), the AFP Greater Toronto Chapter offers bursaries to attend Fundraising Day. Some bursaries will include travel and hotel accommodations.

Deadline: 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 27, 2017

More information, applications forms and criteria and eligibility can be found here 

For further information or questions, please contact Cynthia Quigley, Director AFP Canadian Services & Greater Toronto Chapter at (416) 941-9212 or (800) 796-7373 or

Other bursaries are also available with the AFP Greater Toronto Chapter. Learn about them on their website.   


Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) Consultant
Art Gallery of Mississauga

Chief Curator
Gardiner Museum

Gallery Curator 
Latcham Gallery

Director of Exhibitions & Programs
Mercer Union

Individual Giving & Membership Officer
The Power Plant (TPP)

Marketing Communications & Outreach Assistant
The Power Plant (TPP)

Rodman Hall Art Centre (Brock University)

Fundraising Coordinator
Thunder Bay Art Gallery

To submit a job opportunity please email the details of the position to Word (.doc) format prefered.

Guillaume Simoneau, Experimental Lake 
April 1 - May 6, 2017
Stephen Bulger Gallery 

What Makes This Country Tick: Selected Works by Charles Pachter 
April 1 - June 11, 2017 
The Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives

A Preview of Arts of the Sikh
Kingdoms: The Canadian Collection

April 1 - June 11, 2017 
The Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives

Burst of Spring
April 1 - April 29, 2017 
Galerie Q 

Nature and Man Revealed: The Mr. and Mrs. H.J.M Watson Collection of British Paintings 
April 1 - October 8, 2017
Art Gallery of Hamilton

Myrtle Burton
April 1 - April 30, 2017 
Niagara Pumphouse Visual Arts Centre

Sacred Woods Leanne Baird | Gaia Orion
April 1 - May 25, 2017
Rails End Gallery & Arts Centre

Halcyon Days
April 1 - May 7, 2017 
Georgina Arts Centre & Gallery

White Bear Standing
April 2 - May 7, 2017 
Georgina Arts Centre & Gallery

Ontario Society of Artists, 144th Annual Open Juried Exhibition
April 4 - April 28, 2017
John B. Aird Gallery

April 4 - April 29, 2017 
Leamington Art Centre

Huicholes – A People Walking Towards the Light 
April 5 - September 4, 2017 
Textile Museum of Canada

Oshawa Art Association: 50th Anniversary Juried Art Show 
April 6 - April 23, 2017
The Robert McLaughlin Gallery

2Fik: His and Other Stories 
April 6 - June 4, 2017 
Koffler Gallery 

April 6 - April 22, 2017 
McMaster Museum of Art

Photography in Canada: 1960 - 2000
April 7 - September 17, 2017 
National Gallery of Canada

PhotoLab 2: Women Speaking Art
April 7 - September 10, 2017 
National Gallery of Canada

April 8 - April 29, 2017 
Galerie Q 

Cultural Topographies: The Complexities of History and Identity in Canada
April 9 - August 24, 2017
Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery

April 11 - May 5, 2017 
Humber Galleries, North Space 

Superposition: Projects Review 2017
April 17 - May 21, 2017
Idea Exchange, Design at Riverside

STUDENT PIX: Digital Photography GECDSB
April 20 - May 7, 2017 
Gibson Art Gallery (Fort Malden Guild of Arts & Crafts)

Abstraction: The Rebel Cause
April 22 - August 27, 2017
The Robert McLaughlin Gallery

Georgia O’Keeffe 
April 22 - July 30, 2017 
Art Gallery of Ontario 

Expressions 42: Spin, Twist, Shift
April 22 - June 11, 2017
Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery

​Come Closer: Stories in Woodcut and Linocut Print Pamela Dodds
April 23 - May 21, 2017
Visual Arts Centre of Clarington 

Carin Makuz: UpholSTORIES
April 27 - May 14, 2017
The Robert McLaughlin Gallery

CANADA CANADA: Photographs by Rip Hopkins
April 28 - June 11, 2017
Ottawa Art Gallery 

April 29 - July 16, 2017
Orillia Museum of Art and History

Road Trip: Across Canada with Alan C. Collier
April 29 - August 6, 2017
Agnes Etherington Art Centre

Les Levine: Transmedia
April 29 - August 6, 2017
Agnes Etherington Art Centre

Northern Latitudes: Landscape as Identity in European and Canadian Painting
April 29 - August 6, 2017
Agnes Etherington Art Centre

Absence/Presence: Contemporary Works in Dialogue
April 29 - August 6, 2017
Agnes Etherington Art Centre

Alfred Bader Collects: Celebrating Fifty Years of The Bader Collection
April 29 - August 6, 2017
Agnes Etherington Art Centre

Visitor Information
April 29 - September 19, 2017
The Robert McLaughlin Gallery

ab Next
April 29 - September 3, 2017
The Robert McLaughlin Gallery

Tracey Lawko | Miniature Juried Show
April 30 - June 5, 2017
Homer Watson House & Gallery

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