Applications for the 2022 Awakenings Artist Mentorship program are open. Extended deadline to apply is August 15.

Call for Artists: 2022 Awakenings Artist Mentorship

Esteemed curator Ashley McKenzie-Barnes has partnered with the 2022 Awakenings Artist Mentorship program. Over the next 12 months, 10 selected artists will develop site-specific artwork responding to an anti-colonialism, anti-oppression and anti-racism Awakening, to be presented during June 2023 (Pride month) at 10 Toronto History Museums across the city. This work will be self-directed, with mentorship from Ashley McKenzie-Barnes. This first-of-its-kind mentorship opportunity is open to emerging and mid-career artists 21 years of age or older, working in contemporary visual art, design and interdisciplinary practices with a focus on projects from the 2SLGBTQ+ community.

Mentor Bio

Ashley McKenzie-Barnes is a Creative Director and Curator with more than 15 years of experience in the cultural, advertising, entertainment, corporate and non-profit sectors. Her work includes exhibitions, installations and campaigns for Samsung, Scotiabank, Harbourfront Centre, 19 Crimes Wine, Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Camp and music icon Lauryn Hill. She was named one of the 2019 curators for Nuit Blanche Toronto.

How to Apply

The following files are required as part of the online application submission process:

  • Short biography (100 words or less)
  • CV / Resume
  • Up to 10 supporting images and renderings of project
  • Links to video/images of past work

The applicant is responsible for receiving permission from individuals depicted in videos or images.

Application deadline is extended to August 15.

Apply online.


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