NEW - Visual Arts: Project Grants for Curators and Critics
The Canada Council for the Arts is committed to equity and inclusion, and welcomes applications from diverse Aboriginal, cultural and regional communities, including people with disabilities.
If this date falls on a weekend or statutory holiday, the deadline moves to the next business day.
Please refer to the Program Guidelines for detailed information.
The grants offer visual arts professionals in curating and writing the possibility of devoting a sustained period of time to documentation, study and writing related to visual arts, and to the development of approaches supporting their practice. The submitted program of work in research and writing must be carried out independently, i.e. it must be initiated by the applicant who retains control of its development during the period covered by the grant.
To apply to the Canada Council for the Arts, you must be a Canadian citizen or have permanent resident status, as defined by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. You do not need to be living in Canada when you apply.
You must meet the Canada Council’s definition of an artist/critic/writer/curator who:
- has specialized training in the field (not necessarily in academic institutions)
- is recognized as a professional by his or her peers (professionals working in the same artistic tradition)
- is committed to devoting more time to artistic activity, if financially possible.
You must also meet one of these criteria:
- after basic training, have curated at least three exhibitions or public presentations of contemporary art. They must have been produced in a professional visual arts context over a three-year period
- after basic training, have published at least three critical essays on contemporary art over a three-year period in a professional visual arts context.
- Students currently enrolled in an art or writing program
- Full-time personnel in an artistic organization: curator, director, editor or senior editor, etc.
- Full-time university professors
- Programmers of media art events and festivals
- Owners of a commercial gallery.
- Researching and writing concerning the theory, study or presentation of contemporary visual arts and related practices and contexts
- Conducting studio visits, attending exhibitions and meetings with other arts professionals in Canada or abroad
- Writing and preparing manuscripts (catalogue texts, essays, etc.)
- Participating in curatorial residencies at a professional visual arts organization of your choice in Canada or abroad. Projects must relate to contemporary arts.
The maximum grant amount under this program is $25,000.
Visual Arts Section
Canada Council for the Arts
350 Albert Street, P.O. Box 1047
Ottawa ON K1P 5V8
1-800-263-5588 (toll-free) or 613-566-4414, ext. 5268