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Exhibition Assistance

Grants to Ontario Artists and Artist Collectives
for Visual, Craft, and Media Arts Presentations

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Grants of up to $2,000 to Ontario individual professional artists and artist collectives for public presentations of artwork. Funding is intended to assist with presentation costs for confirmed exhibitions. Shows may take place at various types of venues. Eligible disciplines include media, craft, and visual arts.

Eligible exhibitions:

  • Exhibitions in Ontario, in other Canadian provinces, and in international locations
  • Exhibitions in public art galleries, artist-run centers, and commercial art galleries
  • Solo and group shows
  • Do-it-yourself (DIY) or self-presented public exhibitions
  • Exhibitions in alternative public locations such as community centres, restaurants or rented spaces
  • Art fairs, collective studio tours, and exhibits at trade fairs

Note: Virtual/online exhibitions are eligible if presented by a gallery/museum or other professional exhibition platform.

Eligible expenses:

  • Presentation costs, including framing, display structures, mounting and installation hardware and supplies, and construction of structural elements specific to an installation
  • Audio-visual presentation equipment
  • Technical and installation expenses and fees, including the cost of preparing or documenting artwork to present in a virtual/online exhibition
  • Crating and transportation of works of art
  • Exhibition venue rent or booth fee
  • Exhibition promotional expenses
  • Insurance

Only costs that are the artists’ responsibility, and not covered by the gallery or presenter, are eligible. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 158438

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant amount(s): minimum $500, maximum $2,000.

Term of Contract:

The exhibition for which you are requesting funding:
- Must be scheduled to open after you submit your application in Nova
- Must be completed no more than two years after you receive the grant notification

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants: Ontario-based professional visual artists, craft artists, media artists, and artist collectives who have a confirmed, upcoming public exhibition. Applicants must be Ontario residents with a permanent physical address in Ontario.

For more information on eligibility requirements, see

Ineligible applicants:
- Undergraduate or graduate students enrolled full-time at an educational institution
- Incorporated not-for-profit or for-profit organizations
- Curators

For ineligible expenses and exhibitions, see the URL for Full Text.

Pre-Application Information:

The 2020-2021 program is open from September 2020 until January 15, 2021. Applicants must submit their application before their exhibition start date. Each recommender either sets its own deadlines or assesses applications on an ongoing basis until their budget is spent.

- Recommenders with set deadlines: You will be notified up to two months after the recommender’s deadline date.
- Recommenders that assess applications on an ongoing basis: You will be notified up to two months after the date you submit your application.
- It is possible that you will be notified after your exhibition has already started (or ended). In this case, if you are awarded a grant, it will be awarded retroactively.

This is a third-party recommender program. Using Nova, OAC’s online grant application system, artists apply to the galleries and organizations designated as recommenders for the program. These recommenders assess applications and submit grant recommendations to OAC. For the Exhibition Assistance program, recommenders include public art galleries, artist-run centers, and other community organizations throughout Ontario. You must apply to a recommender located in the zone where you live.

You may apply for only one exhibition per application. You may submit up to three Exhibition Assistance applications at a time.

If you are awarded more than one grant in a single third-party recommender program within its 2020-21 year, these grants will count as one grant toward your three-grant limit for 2020. The recommender programs are: Indigenous Visual Artists’ Materials, Exhibition Assistance, Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators and Recommender Grants for Writers.

Recommenders for Exhibition Assistance:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online:

Amber Yared, Program Administrator
Toll-free in Ontario: ​​​​​​​1-800-387-0058

Ontario Arts Council
121 Bloor Street East, 7th Floor
Toronto, ON M4W 3M5

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