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Call for Submissions – Grow Op 2019

The Gladstone Hotel’s Annual Exhibition on Urbanism, Landscape and Contemporary Art

Deadline for Submissions: October 30, 2018, 11pm EST
Exhibition Dates: April 18 - 21, 2019

Grow Op at the Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, celebrates its seventh year in April 2019 with an exhibition of art, design and ideas across a range of disciplines. The 2019 edition considers ENERGY; Clean energy, dirty energy, social energy, positive energy, negative energy, climate energy, embodied energy, resilient energy. Do we hoard, waste, commodify, burn it, or do we store, reuse, renew it? How humans and other species live within and without natural systems of growth, change, abundance, scarcity, decay and life.

The Gladstone invites a diversity of proposals from collaborative teams, collectives and individuals that engage with landscape, species and habitat through installation, sculpture, performance, digital media and more to create a provocative experiential exhibition.

Submissions may engage participants through sight, touch, sound, and taste to create a landscape of immersive experience. Interdisciplinary collaborations are encouraged, combining creative practitioners such as: artists, biologists, historians, anthropologists, musicians, botanists, architects, poets, craftspeople, chefs, geographers, filmmakers, ecologists, performers, landscape architects, writers, planners, agriculturalists and more.

There are many ways to participate:

1. Room Installations

Room installations invite participants to design immersive projects in the various studio spaces in the 2nd floor Gladstone Gallery.

2. Site-Specific Public Space Installations/Projects - Onsite

Hotel interior spaces include: Public spaces in the 1st floor lobby, Queen Street windows/façade, 2nd floor gallery walls and open areas including balcony, green roof, and stairwells, the Ballroom, bar area for Opening night/Media reception, Art café, etc.

3. Site-Specific Public Space Installations/Projects - Offsite

Exterior spaces include: Vertical walls of hotel, first floor green roof (south side), Hotel entry, Dufferin Amphitheatre (north side of Queen Street, west of Dufferin), public lands by tracks on south side of Queen, TTC shelter (at hotel entrance) and others. City permits will be required for temporary constructed installations on public property. The process takes time and should be initiated immediately upon acceptance to the show. Consideration of how offsite work integrates into the main 2nd floor gallery space and contributes to the hotel visitor experience is encouraged.

Participants are welcome to propose projects for sites that are not outlined in the proposal.

4. Public Programming

Proposals that emphasize and explore the show theme ‘Energy’ are welcome as integrated events, lectures, performances, kid-friendly activities, tours, etc. These may occur on one evening, focus on a school group audience during the weekdays, or take place over the course of the exhibition.

Grow Op 2019 Fees

There is no proposal submission fee.
Fees to participate are as follows and will be required once the Jury has made its final selections.

Room Installations $350 + HST

Site-Specific Public Space Installations/Projects $100 + HST

Why Exhibit at The Gladstone Hotel?

FOCUS – The Gladstone is focused on showcasing independent and emerging artists and designers with a range of sensibilities including political, commercial and strictly aesthetic perspectives. We provide alternative exhibition spaces that are optimal for independent and emerging designers with a range of design/art sensibilities including political, commercial and strictly aesthetic perspectives.

INTIMATE – The unique setting of the hotel and the focus and mandate of our exhibitions provides every participant with the opportunity to be prominently featured.

SUPPORT – The Gladstone staff team supports market planning, marketing and promotions to make participating easy and rewarding. And we engage individual curators, advocators and partners who provide expertise, connect their networks and infuse their creative energy to ensure a successful experience for all participants.

CONNECTION - We provide the opportunity to network with the media, curators, gallerists, collectors, artists, designers and members of the general public. You will see your neighbours, your colleagues, and people you would like to meet - new clients, future collaborators.

ACCESSIBILITY – Participation costs for exhibitors are minimal compared to trade shows and more commercial events. We also provide the opportunity for exhibitors here to receive special rates at the hotel.

EXPOSURE – The Gladstone Hotel is one of the most respected art, design & cultural hubs in Toronto. We work hard to support artists to draw audience and professional contacts via our networks within the professional arts, media and local and international community and provide access to our social media followers. Many of our exhibitors have been featured by The Globe & Mail, Canadian Architect, Narcity, The National Post, CBC, Toronto Star, The Torontoist, View on Canadian Art (VoCA), Breakfast Television, Toronto Life Magazine, BlogTO, NOW Magazine, AZURE Magazine, DesignLines, Design Boom, Huffington Post, Canadian Art and many more.


Complete the Submissions Form HERE!

For more information:
416-531-4635 or email





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