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Indigenous Artist in the Park

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Applications now closed!

Request for Proposals

The Office of Social Innovation (OSI) invites Toronto-based Indigenous artists to submit proposals for a five-month, site-specific visual arts project hosted in Allan Gardens. Since the great melt of the last ice age more than 11,000 years ago, many diverse nations of First Peoples have lived in and cared for this neighbourhood. This project is intended to acknowledge, reflect, and respond to the continuous Indigenous presence in the area of Allan Gardens.

This residency is part of Imagine the Park, a year-long series of cultural events and activities in and around the Allan Gardens neighbourhood presented by OSI. Imagine the Park aims to foster a more welcoming, creative, well-resourced green space for the wider Allan Gardens community.

Applications are to be submitted through Google Forms by clicking the link below!

“This is an opportunity for an Indigenous artist to spend time exploring this centuries-old and continuously meaningful gathering place for Indigenous communities.”

Rina Fraticelli, Director of Strategic Initiatives, OSI

The successful artist or collective will receive a $20,000 honorarium over a five-month residency, taking place from May 15 to October 15, 2022. The expected time commitment is approximately 12 hours per week, with 4 hours or more per week working in-person at Allan Gardens. We feel it is important for the community to be aware of the artist(s) and their work and for the artist(s) to be familiar with the community of park users.

Imagine the Park will provide modest additional funds to cover creation, production, and exhibition costs. Estimates for these costs should be detailed in the application.

Applications are open to self-identifying Indigenous artists who are living and working in the Greater Toronto Area and eligible to work in Canada.

Applicants will be expected to articulate a compelling proposal for a visual arts project grounded in the physical landscape of Allan Gardens and that acknowledges, reflects and responds to the continuous Indigenous presence in this Toronto neighbourhood. We are looking for:

  • Visual appeal.
  • Relevance and potential impact. 
  • Your demonstrated ability to manage and complete the project within the proposed time frame and budget.

We ask that proposals be a maximum of five pages in length.

Please include: 

  • Your background, expertise, practice(s), and experience.
  • Your proposed project and its relevance to your practice and to your intended urban audience.
  • Estimated research/creation/presentation costs. 
  • Support materials including examples of previous work, previous project descriptions, supplementary research informing your proposal. Support materials must not exceed 5 pages.

Applications are now closed. 

We aim to provide an accessible experience for all applicants. If you have restrictions that need to be accommodated to participate in any phase of the application process fully, please contact us at socialinnovation@ryerson.caWe ask that all accommodation requests be submitted within ten business days of the application due date.

  • March 27, 2022: Deadline for applications
  • April 21, 2022: Artist(s) announced
  • May 15 - October 15, 2022: Project period


For additional information on the Indigenous Artist in Residence program, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.