Call for Proposals: CDCC Exhibition at Toronto Art Book Fair


Artists’ Books x Archives x Alternative Narratives
Critical Distance Centre for Curators at Toronto Art Book Fair
Fair dates: June 15–18, 2017
Submission deadline: March 15, 2017

In partnership with the Toronto Art Book Fair, Critical Distance is pleased to announce this call for proposals for an exhibition or curatorial project to take place in our third floor gallery during TOABF 2017, happening building-wide at Artscape Youngplace from June 15–18 this year.

The thematic focus for TOABF 2017 is archives and alternative narratives. Conventionally, archives are developed in close relationship with institutional history, juridical environment, cultures, and sometimes also belief systems of particular countries or regions. In contrast, artists’ books have a legacy of resisting the dominant culture. They are often small in scale, ephemeral, cost relatively little to produce, and are easily replicable, allowing the work to flow outside of mainstream channels and reach audiences without institutional or commercial consent. They offer a criticism and alternative to these systems by circumventing them. The curated exhibitions and associated programming for TOABF 2017 will investigate archives that have emerged through the medium of the artist’s book and related printed matter.

This call for exhibition proposals is aimed at curators, artists, architects, collectives, writers, researchers, and creative individuals who are interested in developing an exhibition that investigates and explores the intersection of artist’s books, archives, and alternative narratives.

The selected applicant(s) will be paid an honorarium of $1000 and given a budget of up to $1000 for materials and installation. TOABF will cover project costs such as marketing and space rental. CDCC will assist with staffing support, installation, preparation, and documentation.

Submissions should include:

— Description (max 500 words) and supporting images for proposed exhibition
— Your bio (max 100 words) and CV (max 3 pages)
— Images of past projects (max 10 images)
— Estimated budget

How to submit your proposal:

— Please submit your proposal as one PDF
— Email to
— Use subject heading: Call for Exhibition Proposals 2017
— Submission deadline is March 15th, 2017

The selection process:
A jury composed of TOABF co-founders, the CDCC Director, a CDCC Board Member, and a member from the local community will review and rate the proposals. The successful applicant will be notified by March 24th, 2017.

For more information:
Click to view/download a gallery floor plan and feel free to contact us at info (at) criticaldistance (dot) ca with any questions about the exhibition space. During our winter exhibition from January 19–February 19, 2017, we will be open for regular gallery hours, Friday–Sunday from 12–5 pm and by appointment for anyone who would like to see the space in person.

About the Toronto Art Book Fair


The Toronto Art Book Fair (TOABF) aims to bring increased visibility and appreciation to artists’ books, print culture, and independent publishers through learning, collaboration, and community engagement. The ongoing vision for TOABF is to represent the diversity of cultural production and creative expression across Canada. Over 3500 people participated in the fair’s activities; exhibitions, workshops, readings, lectures, curatorial talks, and panel discussions in 2016. | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

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