Critical Distance’s supports curatorial practices through a mix of opportunities including open calls, invitations, programming partnerships of many kinds. Our team works in collaboration with guests, contributors, participants, and partners to produce exhibitions, event series, educational programs, publication-based initiatives, and professional development in all aspects of arts research, writing, production, presentation, and administration.
Calls for guest curators, writers, and designers, as well as available positions on our team, board, and advisory, and participants for certain programs are posted to this page regularly. To receive notification when submission guidelines and other opportunities are posted, subscribe to our newsletter.
Independent curators are remunerated for their work and all artists receive fees according to the relevant CARFAC schedules. Core exhibitions receive further support in the form of production, promotion, documentation, and publication of a professionally designed catalogue (part of an ongoing series which can be viewed here).
Due to funding cycles, we usually schedule exhibitions well in advance of each program year but remain open to possibilities for special opportunities and circumstances. As we are currently in the process of updating our guidelines for rolling submissions, inquiries may be directed to info (at) criticaldistance.ca. We suggest the inclusion of an introductory message, brief description of your idea, and desired timelines to enable a quicker response.
About our program
Since 2013, through the production and co-production of a wide-ranging program of multidisciplinary guest-curated exhibitions and related publications and events, Critical Distance has pursued its mandate as the only not-for-profit gallery, publisher, and professional association in Toronto dedicated to supporting and advancing curatorial practice and inquiry at all levels of professional development and across the spectrum of curatorial and artistic perspectives. With a focus on critically-engaged, collaborative, and cross-disciplinary practices, underrepresented artists and art forms, and community outreach and education in art and exhibition-making, Critical Distance is an open platform for diverse curatorial perspectives, and a forum for the exchange of ideas on curating as a way to connect, engage, and inform people and publics across cultures, disciplines, geographies, and generations.
Ways of Attuning: A Curatorial Study Group
wave~form~projects in conjunction with Critical Distance Centre for Curators is excited to announce the open call for Ways of Attuning, a learner-focused mentoring and study group that aims to create a collaborative environment in which everyone is an active, knowledge-sharing member. For this pilot edition, we are seeking applications from curators and cultural practitioners who are interested and invested in developing their practice in a collaborative, experimental, and anti-racist environment.
For all the details, please visit the Ways of Attuning program page which provides much more information on the program structure and frameworks, wave~form~projects (Liz Ikiriko and Toleen Touq) and how to apply.
Join our Board!
Critical Distance is growing and will be releasing a call for Board members soon. Stay tuned for details on this unique opportunity to help shape the future of a growing organization dedicated to finding better ways to work together in the arts.
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