RBC Newcomer Arts Award Nominations are OPEN until Oct.18!

Discovery Category: Call for Submissions
Start Date: Sep 14, 2021
End Date: Oct 18, 2021
Format: Online
Provider: Toronto Arts Foundation
WebSite Address: https://neighbourhoodartsnetwork.org/awards/rbcartsaccessfund


Presented by Toronto Arts Foundation's Neighbourhood Arts Network, the RBC Newcomer Arts Award is designed to support the future potential of newcomer artists working in a range of disciplines across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Awards of up to $2000 are intended to support each recipient’s artistic practice. 

Eligibility Criteria: 

  • An artist who has lived in Canada for 7 years or less
  • A Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident, Approved Refugee Claimant (i.e. Protected Person) or have applications for permanent residency or citizenship pending
  • Over 18 years old
  • A resident of the City of Toronto OR Halton, Peel, York, Durham municipalities
  • A member of Neighbourhood Arts Network. If you are not a member, sign up for a free profile on our website.

The deadline to apply is October 18, 2021 @ 11:59PM. To nominate yourself or another newcomer artist, please visit our website.

This award is a low barrier opportunity for an immigrant and/or refugee artist to obtain funds and get Canadian recognition on their resume as they rebuild their practice in Toronto. We can offer pre-application support to folks interested in applying who have questions about the award. 

In addition to the $2000, recipients are also honoured at an annual reception with their fellow recipients and offered additional exhibition and presentation opportunities through our newcomer Week programming and other activities.  Recipients are also able to apply to our RBC Space Award, which provides access to space with Akin Projects for professional artists to grow their practice and can be used as creation-based studio space or in one of their galleries for exhibitions.
Nomination Process 

To nominate an individual for the Award, you must:

  • Visit the Toronto Arts Foundation Nomination portal: https://tac.smartsimple.ca/welcome/taf/
  • Register an account on the Toronto Arts Foundation Nomination portal or sign in to your existing account
  • Submit the nomination online, complete with supporting material

*Please note: artists may self-nominate for this Award

Assessment Criteria:

  • The artistic strength and/or future potential of the artist
  • Impact on the artist’s current practice

Selection Process:
An awards panel of up to 5 members will review nominations and make recipient recommendations. Award panelists are selected for their expertise, credibility and familiarity with the newcomer experience. Each panel is composed of artists, arts workers and community leaders. 

If you have any accessability requests, or questions about the award, please email ines@torontoarts.org

How to Register:

To learn more and apply, visit https://neighbourhoodartsnetwork.org/awards/rbcartsaccessfund

Contact Info:

Email: eva@torontoarts.org