“Whether lifelong locals, commuters, immigrants, or refugees, we each construct our own internal maps of the city based on the routes we take and the obstacles we overcome in the process.”

Call to Submissions

You Are Here is a juried, call for submissions exhibition opening in March 2020, and we encourage artists from all backgrounds to submit their work. Our fee per submission is $25 (please not that each submission may include up to three artworks – you do not have to pay $25 per piece). The idea behind “You Are Here” is to inspire contemporary artworks related to mapping of both physical space and emotional experience, resulting in an exhibition that is diverse, eye-opening, and inviting.
This exhibition offers a unique opportunity for students to have their work seen by the public as the John B. Aird is one of the only galleries in Toronto that accepts student art.

Works for the exhibition will be selected in February 2020 by our curators – Mary Wallace, Jordan Fee, Lisa Jefferies, and Joanna Wreakes – along with guest juror Matthew Brower.

If you have questions, please email youarehere.johnbaird@gmail.com.

Submit your work below:

Entry Guidelines:

Submissions in a range of media including fine, decorative and functional works of art and craft are encouraged.

Artists are welcome to submit up to three works.

Please do not submit works larger than 36″ x 36″ (92cm x 92cm).

As a non-profit organization, the John B. Aird Gallery does not pay artist fees; however, we will facilitate the sales of any or all pieces submitted by artists. Please note that the Aird Gallery takes 30% commission of all works sold.

Artworks must be delivered on February 29, 2020 (TO BE CONFIRMED).

The John B. Aird Gallery reserves the right to decline work that is deemed inappropriate under the Ontario Human Rights Code.

Digital invitations to “You Are Here” will be available for promotion.

Artists will be contacted if their artwork(s) are not sold, and we will announce a pickup date for artworks.

The artist is responsible for covering the cost of shipping their works to and from the gallery.

Key Dates:

January 23, 2020: Call for submissions closes.

February 29, 2020: Selected works must be shipped to the gallery on this date (TO BE CONFIRMED).

March 5, 2020: “You Are Here” opens at the John B. Aird Gallery; opening reception night (TO BE CONFIRMED).

Pick-up of unsold works: date to be confirmed.


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