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Call for Exhibition Proposals – 2025

Deadline: Monday, May 27, 2024 at 11:59pm ET

Craft Ontario is currently seeking proposals for solo and two-person exhibitions to take place in the Craft Ontario Gallery, 1106 Queen St West, Toronto, in the 2025 calendar year.

Craft Ontario is devoted to the support, advocacy and promotion of Ontario craft and craft artists. Our services and programs provide support for craft artists at all levels of their careers from emerging to established, while raising awareness of, providing access to, and growing appreciation for their work.

Craft Ontario welcomes submissions in all craft media by artists at any stage of their career (emerging, mid or established). Submissions of both existing work and projects that have not yet been realized will be considered.

Craft Ontario provides curatorial support, installation assistance, insurance, and pays artist fees in line with CARFAC (Canadian Artists’ Representation / Le Front des artistes canadiens) guidelines.

If you have any questions about this call for entry or application process please contact Robyn Wilcox, Curator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please note that Robyn has limited office hours, so you are advised to submit your questions well in advance of the deadline.

In preparing your proposal, please review the gallery floor plan and images.


  • Craft Ontario has recently updated our Membership Structure, including Program eligibility. Please note that you no longer need a Craft Professional Membership to apply for an exhibition at Craft Ontario. Non-members will need to pay a $10 Admin Fee to apply and, if your exhibition application is successful, you (and your co-applicant, if applicable) will be required to purchase a Maker Membership prior to your exhibition. If this fee is a financial barrier, or if you have any questions, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • There are no residency requirements to apply (i.e. you do not need to be a resident of Ontario or Canada to apply).
  • Applications will only be accepted through this online form (see below for more details). Hard copy or email submissions will not be accepted.

Exhibition Information

  • The Exhibitor will be responsible for shipping or delivering the work to the Gallery and for insuring the work while in transit.
  • Craft Ontario will insure all items for theft and damage while on the Gallery premises.
  • Any work included in the exhibition that is available for sale (at the artist’s discretion) will be sold at Craft Ontario’s usual consignment split of 50%.
  • Selected artists will receive an artist fee in line with CARFAC (Canadian Artists’ Representation / Le Front des artistes canadiens) guidelines.

Selection Criteria

Craft Ontario will consider the following when reviewing proposals:

  • Quality of work
  • Quality of proposal
  • Career Level – Craft Ontario aims to show artists at all levels, from emerging through to established
  • Disciplines – Craft Ontario aims to show a breadth of material practices
  • Identity – Craft Ontario considers the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council's priority groups
  • Suitability of proposal to gallery space
  • Access for members that have not shown in the space before or recently

Submission Requirements

  • Applicant Information
    • Contact information
    • Website
    • Career level
    • Artist Bio (max. 500 words),
    • CV (max. 2 pages, max. 2MB, PDF only)
    • Voluntary Self-Identification
  • Co-Applicant Information (if applicable)
    • Same as for primary applicant above
  • Exhibition Proposal
    • Exhibition Description (max. 500 words) – Clearly describe the project you are proposing in concrete terms, including approximate number of pieces, scale, materials, and themes. Is this work existing, new (not yet produced) or a combination thereof? You do not need to propose an exhibition design unless it is integral to the work.
    • Images – 5-10 images showing examples of works to be presented, or of related work (max. 3MB each)
  • Non-members only: $10 Admin Fee payable by credit card or PayPal




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Crafting Ontario Exhibition Call for Entry

Craft Ontario is thrilled to partner with the Colborne Street Gallery to present an exhibition of member work from across the province! 

Deadline: Friday, June 30, 2023, by 4:00 pm EST 

Crafting Ontario: A Showcase of Contemporary Work from Across the Province will take place at Colborne Street Gallery, 36 Colborne Street, Fenelon Falls, August 17 – October 29, 2023.

All Craft Ontario members are invited to apply!

Important Dates

  • Deadline for Applications: Friday, June 30, 2023, 4:00 pm EST
  • Notification: Friday, July 14, 2023
  • Delivery of Work: Tuesday, August 10, 2023
  • Exhibition open to the public: August 17 – October 29, 2023
  • Opening Reception: Saturday, September 9, 2023
  • Pick-up of unsold Work: Wednesday, November 1, 2023


  • All submissions must use the online application form. Hard copy or in-person submissions will not be accepted.
  • All work must be original, handmade work, created by the artist.
  • Applications can include up to ten (10) works for consideration.
  • Final exhibition work will be chosen by a jury consisting of Chris Van Lierop, Co-owner of Colborne Street Gallery, Darcie Kennedy, Managing Director of Colborne Street Gallery, and Scott Coish, Sales & Marketing Associate at Craft Ontario.
  • Successful applicants must hold a Craft Ontario Maker Membership. For membership inquiries, please contact Elycia SFA, Member Relations & Programs Manager, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Non-members can apply by paying a $10 Admin Fee. If a non-member has work accepted into the exhibition, they will be required to purchase a Maker Membership prior to being included in the exhibition. If this fee is a financial barrier, or if you have any questions, please get in touch at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Submitted works must be for sale, and can include both production and one-of-a-kind pieces.
  • Colborne Street Gallery takes a commission split of 50% on all sales. A consignment agreement will be sent to all successful applicants, and a signed copy is required prior to the exhibition.
  • Artists are responsible for the shipping, delivery, and pick up of their work, both to and from the Gallery.
  • All work must arrive at the Gallery wrapped and protected. Unwrapped work is at risk of damage and is not the responsibility of the Gallery.
  • All work must arrive at the Gallery ready for display. If work is not ready for display, the Gallery cannot guarantee the work will be shown. Works that are to be hung on the wall must have a wire, hooks, and/or D-rings on the reverse. The hanging system at the Gallery is a picture rail system where unframed works do not hang well. Please note the hooks for hanging are 5/8” (15.875 mm) wide, so the D-ring must be wide enough for the hook to fit through. If the work is freestanding sculpture, it must be able to safely stand on its own, and multiple-piece installation work must have instructions.
  • Once work has been received and inspected at the Gallery, it is insured under the Gallery policy.
  • The Gallery is responsible for the installation of the exhibition.




About Colborne Street Gallery

Established in 2018, Colborne Street Gallery is dedicated to the exhibition of contemporary art, including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, fibre, and mixed media arts. The gallery also features a selection of Inuit Art from Kinngait Studios, Nunavut including print, drawing and sculpture. Located in downtown Fenelon Falls, the gallery hosts artist talks, workshops, and other special events that engage and support the local community.


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Who We Are

Formerly the Ontario Crafts Council, Craft Ontario is a not-for-profit service organization that works to have craft recognized as a valuable part of life. We promote and celebrate professional craft through providing member opportunities, and advocate for craft practice by educating and empowering diverse audiences.