ACC+CDCC Call for Proposals: Indigenous Curatorial Projects at Critical Distance

Critical Distance Centre for Curators (CDCC) and Aboriginal Curatorial Collective–Collectif des commissaires autochtones (ACC-CCA) are pleased to announce this joint call for proposals for an exhibition or curatorial project to be mounted at CDCC in Spring 2018.

This opportunity is for Indigenous curators, artists, architects, collectives, writers, researchers, and others interested in engaging and expanding curatorial approaches to public programming and exhibition-making within a critical context. Projects that are conceptually experimental or innovative, introduce new artists to Toronto audiences, and deliver theoretical tools to think about contemporary Indigenous art in Canada are highly encouraged.

The selected applicant will receive a curatorial fee of $3000 for curation and writing in support of the project. Artist fees will be paid at 2018 CARCC rates. Further support in the form of a budget for exhibition materials and production (to be developed in collaboration with ACC-CCA/CDCC), installation assistance, design, promotion, and full documentation in an exhibition catalogue to be produced by CDCC will also be provided.

Submission Deadline
Friday, October 27, 2017 at 5 pm EST

About the Venue and Site

Critical Distance is located on the 3rd floor at Artscape Youngplace, a former public school building that has been repurposed into an arts and community hub in Toronto’s West Queen West neighbourhood. In addition to engaging with CDCC’s intimate exhibition space, there are opportunities to activate sites within and around the larger building, including public space for screenings, performances, workshops, events, small and large-scale site-responsive installations and interventions (billboard, stairwells, flag pole), and more.

View/download a gallery floor plan; more information on the building can be found at Plans and details on additional sites for exhibition/intervention are forthcoming. Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact us for a tour if possible. Critical Distance is located at 180 Shaw Street between Dundas and Queen Streets in Toronto’s West Queen West neighbourhood (click for map). For those unable to visit, we are happy to provide additional information for exhibition development purposes — contact us at to inquire.

Materials Required for Proposal

— A curatorial statement with project description (max 750 words)

— Brief bios of Indigenous artists to be included or invited (max 15 artists)

— Curator’s bio (max 300 words) and CV (max 3 pages)

— Two writing samples (brief articles, reviews, essays, etc)

— Images/links to completed exhibitions/projects (max 5 total) that convey an impression of your curatorial approaches, achievements, and interests

— Estimated budget including curator’s and artists’ fees

— Brief letter of introduction including how you heard about this call

Submitting Your Proposal

— Please compile materials into a single PDF (max file size 20MB)

— Email PDF to or 

— Use subject heading: ACC-CDCC 2018

Please note that submissions without this subject heading or sent to email addresses at ACC-CCA or CDCC other than those listed above may be missed. If you do not receive a confirmation email within 2 weeks after submitting, check the sending address. Incomplete submissions cannot be considered; please be sure to include all requested materials in your PDF.

Submission Review and Selection

A jury comprising ACC-CCA and CDCC members will review all complete proposals received by the submission deadline, and the successful applicant will be notified in November. Upon confirmation of participation, project development will begin immediately thereafter.

Any general questions may be addressed to either of the above emails in advance of submission deadline. For questions specific to the gallery and building site, contact Thank you!

About Aboriginal Curatorial Collective–Collectif des commissaires autochtones (ACC-CCA)

ACC-CCA is a National Indigenous Arts Service Organization (NIASO) that supports, promotes and advocates on behalf of Indigenous curators, critics, artists and representatives of arts and cultural organizations. The ACC-CCA develops and disseminates curatorial practices, innovative research and critical discourses on Indigenous arts and culture. ACC-CCA builds equitable spaces for Indigenous artists and curators by fostering cultural exchange, collaboration and growth within the Canadian arts ecology. ACC-CCA is not bound to traditional wall-hanging arts, proposed projects are encouraged to consider all artistic disciplines and methods of engagement.

About Critical Distance Centre for Curators (CDCC)

Critical Distance is a not-for-profit initiative and space devoted to the support and advancement of curatorial practice and inquiry within local, national, and international contexts. Providing opportunities and resources to curators and artists for the production of exhibitions and projects within a critical framework, CDCC is an open platform for diverse curatorial practices and perspectives, and a forum for the exchange of ideas on curating and exhibition-making as ways to engage and inform audiences from all walks of life.














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