Artists are invited to submit portfolios for possible inclusion in Critical Distance’s yearly program of exhibitions and events. We define the term Artist to mean any person or group that is critically engaged in a continuous, professional-level creative practice, including architects, designers, writers, thinkers, performers, filmmakers, educators, and more.
Critical Distance provides a venue and context for artworks and artists in all stages of development. Exhibitions are supported and promoted through the design, production, and distribution of exhibition announcements, press releases, brochures, limited edition catalogues, artworks, and/or objects (to be determined on a case-by-case basis), and the programming of related events throughout the exhibition run. An original curatorial essay will accompany each catalogue or brochure, and artists will receive some remuneration for their participation. Installation assistance, documentation, and insurance will also be provided.
Exhibiting artists are responsible for the execution, delivery, installation, and/or de-installation of their own artwork in collaboration with the curator (alternate arrangements may be made with artists who are not local to Toronto). Selected artists may be asked to contribute material for the catalogue and/or create a small limited-edition artwork in conjunction with the exhibition. To the extent that it is possible, artists are asked to participate in exhibition-related events such as the opening, catalogue launch, artists talks, performances, workshops, and/or other cross-disciplinary programming to be developed in collaboration with the curator.
As an independent curator-led initiative, our focus is on critically engaged, collaborative and/or cross-disciplinary practices, underrepresented artists and/or art forms, and community outreach and education in art and exhibition-making. Submissions that consider our mandate, programs, spatial constraints/opportunities, and audiences have the best chances for success. Site-specific project proposals (installation, architectural intervention, or interactive environment) are very welcome. Overall, project space programming reflects an interest in the artistic process and experimentation is encouraged.
At approximately 325 square feet in size, the project space is an intimate venue highly suited for solo and small group exhibitions, two-person shows, site-specific installations and interactive environments, and related events. Ceilings are 14 feet high and the gallery is wheelchair accessible. A full-height pocket door allows for division of the space into two distinct areas, one of which is suitable for projection-based works and film screenings. There is the option of using the third floor hallway gallery if the work calls for additional space; budgets and schedules would be adjusted accordingly. Click for a PDF of the floor plan
Please send the following materials to submissions (at) critical distance (dot) ca in support of your submission. (At this time we are able to accept digital submissions only.)
— 10–20 images from a recent and/or cohesive body of work
— List of titles, dates, media, and dimensions for each image
— List of any relevant URLs: artist’s website, projects, videos, exhibitions, publications and/or press
— Artist statement (250 words or less)
— An updated resume or CV and contact information
— Letter of introduction including your interest in Critical Distance (i.e., how you heard of us, how your project fits within our program)
If submitting a proposal for site-specific installation/interactive environment, please include the following as well:
— Project description (500 words or less)
— Supporting images (sketches, plans, and/or diagrams relating to our floor plan)
— Estimated budget
Image resolution of 72 dpi is recommended — we will request higher resolution images and/or studio visits if your proposal if selected for further consideration. Incomplete submissions will not be considered. Please address any questions to submissions (at) criticaldistance (dot) ca. Submissions and questions sent to other email addresses at Critical Distance may be missed.
A Programming Committee drawn from our Executive and Advisory Boards will be convened to review submissions on a rolling basis. Critical Distance programs exhibitions at least a year in advance, so decisions may not be made for many months. However all submissions will receive a response, so please be patient. Thank you in advance for your interest and participation.