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Gardiner Museum: Request for Proposals
Community Arts Space 2018: Recent Histories

Photos from Community Arts Space 2017. Left: Performance by Nasim Asgari. Photo by Brittany Carmichael; Right: Ness Lee clay workshop. Photo: Dainesha Nugent Palache

Application Deadline: December 1, 2017 at 5 pm
Exhibition Dates: Summer 2018
Information Session: November 15, 2017 from 2 - 4 pm

Download the full Request for Proposals

Since the summer of 2016, the Gardiner Museum’s Community Arts Space has acted as an incubator for arts-based community projects. Inspired by the transformative aspects of ceramics, both real and metaphorical, the Community Arts Space initiates dialogue and the hands-on creation of equitable and inclusive cultural initiatives that engage and give voice to local communities.

The Gardiner’s 307-square-metre third-floor special exhibition hall and outdoor plaza are open to proposals for the summer of 2018 from July 3 to August 31. We’re inviting applications from cultural and community organizations, collectives, presenters, artists, curators, designers, makers, architects, organizers, and producers that outline what they would do in the space that relates to our Community Arts Space theme over a two-week period.

The possibilities are endless—dance, music or theatre performances, workshops, community arts outreach, installations, performance art—our space is yours for the taking!

Learn more

Theme: Recent Histories
Ceramics have played an important role in our understanding of cultures throughout history. From a ritual Maya plate to a souvenir coffee mug, these domestic clay objects reveal both our public and private daily rituals: how we eat, drink, celebrate, and experience place. As a public institution, the Gardiner is keenly aware of our responsibility to be an active force in the community and truly reflect the histories, lived experiences, and traditions of our publics. What then is the role of a museum in cultivating the so-called lived and living memory? How is cultural knowledge passed on or performed? Within certain marginalized communities, how are these histories preserved and communicated across generations?

The Gardiner has a podium and we want you to use it.

Download the full RFP to learn more about the theme.

Project Categories:
We will be taking applications for the following five project categories:

Public Space Intervention Project
July 5 to August 29

Performance on the Plaza
Five performances staged from July 5 to August 29

Young People Project
July 3 to 20 or July 31 to August 17

Visibility and Representation Project
July 3 to 20 or July 31 to August 17

Museum Intervention
August 21 to 31

Download the full RFP for the complete list of projects and descriptions.

Application Deadline: December 1, 2017 at 5 pm

Community Partners:
This year, we have partnered with The 519 and Akin Collective, who will be involved in the selection process and will offer off-site workspace, free studio time, and other resources toward the shaping and delivery of specific projects.

About the Gardiner Museum:
The Gardiner Museum is a vital cultural institution and an innovator within Toronto’s cultural landscape. The Gardiner celebrates the creativity of clay and the beauty that ceramics bring into our lives in so many ways. Clay is real, remarkable, and relevant in today’s society.

The Museum has collections of international importance, including but not limited to objects from the Ancient Americas, eighteenth-century European porcelain, and contemporary ceramics, particularly the work of great Canadian artists.

The Gardiner is an institution rooted in its community, which helps artists take risks and inspires diverse audiences through clay.

The Gardiner Museum is accessible and welcomes feedback regarding the experiences of our visitors. We strongly encourage proposals from lifelong Toronto residents; Indigenous artists, artists of colour, artists with disabilities, individuals from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, those who have been excluded from the resources of the art world because of cultural, racial, and linguistic heritage, ability, and/or sexual orientation or gender-based identity; and those whose creative practices have been historically underrepresented from mainstream exhibitions and public works.


Gardiner Museum
111 Queen’s Park, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2C7
Monday to Thursday: 10 am - 6 pm
Fridays: 10 am - 9 pm
Saturdays &Sundays: 10 am - 5 pm


Contact Information:
Rea McNamara, Programs Manager





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