Open and Rolling Submissions
CDCC Summer Sessions is a program through which Critical Distance makes space and exhibition support available to graduates of local and regional colleges and universities to present their thesis exhibitions in downtown Toronto.
Through our Summer Sessions program, selected degree candidates will receive:
— Free use of our exhibition and office space for one week (plus time to install and deinstall)
— Exhibition support such as consultation, installation assistance, print design, and staffing (if available)
— Serving supplies for the opening reception (student is responsible for food/drink and any permits)
— Seating for the student’s thesis defence, if needed
— Limited installation materials, equipment, tools, and supplies (determined on a case by base basis)
— Design/production of print and web materials, promotion with a widely distributed media release
— Blog post to mailing list and social media channels (over 4000 subscribers/followers)
— Listing on the Artscape Youngplace website, social media, and exterior signage (depending on timing)
— When possible, openings will be scheduled to coincide with other building events for maximum attendance
Summer Session shows will generally run for one week during late June or August, depending on the student’s schedule and project space availability.
If you are interested in applying, please send the following to submissions (at) criticaldistance (dot) ca:
— Letter of introduction (i.e., who you are, how you heard of us, why you would like to show here)
— Desired time frame for exhibition
— Your updated resume or CV and contact information
— Any relevant URLs: websites, projects, videos, publications and/or press
Additional materials requested of Curators:
— Curatorial proposal including exhibition concept and description
— Exhibition checklist with artwork/object images (72 dpi jpgs) and info (name, title, date, media, dims)
— Links to artists’ websites or condensed bios/statements/CVs
— Sketches, plans, or diagrams relating to our floor plan
Additional materials requested of Artists:
— 10–20 images from your current and recent bodies of work (72 dpi jpgs), or web link (preferred)
— List of titles, dates, media, and dimensions for each image
— Artist statement (max 250 words)
— If submitting a site-specific proposal, include a project description (max 500 words) and supporting images (sketches, plans, and/or diagrams relating to our floor plan)
Timelines and Review Process
Once we receive your complete submission, we will send a confirmation email. Note this may take some time; please do not contact us to follow up unless you have not received a confirmation at least a week after you have sent it.
Address materials and any related questions to submissions (at) criticaldistance (dot) ca. Submissions sent to other email addresses at Critical Distance may be missed. Incomplete submissions will not be considered.
A Programming Committee of 3-5 individuals drawn from our Executive and Advisory Boards and Committees will assess submission packages on a rolling basis for artistic merit, feasibility, and space availability. Notifications to all applicants will be sent by the end of May each year. Good luck and thank you in advance for your interest and participation!