Canada Council Project Grants for Art Critics and Curators, due Feb 1 annually
Deadline: 1 February annually
If this date falls on a weekend or statutory holiday, the deadline moves to the next business day.
Please refer to the Program Guidelines for detailed information.
The Grants to Professional Independent Critics and Curators program supports Canadian professional critics and curators who develop their practice independently from art organizations or institutions. The program supports research, production and professional development in theory, criticism, analysis and presentation of contemporary visual and media arts.
The program recognizes three categories of independent critics and curators (emerging, mid-career and established) and offers two components: Project Grants and Curatorial Residencies.
You may only apply to one component of this program, either Project Grants or Curatorial Residencies.
This component allows applicants to devote most of their time to independent research, and/or the production of an independent exhibition or publication. These grants contribute to subsistence, material, travel and production costs. They may also allow applicants to participate in professional workshops or independent programs of study in non-academic institutions. The project must be significant and advance the artistic practice and career development of the applicant.
This component provides support for independent critics and curators to undertake research projects as a curatorial residency with art museums, artist-run centres or public galleries within Canada or internationally. Activities related to permanent collections (research projects toward exhibitions and publications) are not eligible. These grants contribute to subsistence, material and travel costs related to research.
ELIGIBILITY OF APPLICANT
To apply to this program, you must be a Canadian citizen or have permanent resident status, as defined by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. You do not need to be living in Canada when you apply.
You must also meet the Canada Council’s definitions of a professional artist, which is an artist who:
- has specialized training in the field (not necessarily in academic institutions)
- is recognized as a professional by his or her peers (artists working in the same artistic tradition), and
- is committed to devoting more time to artistic activity, if financially possible.
To meet the definition of a professional independent critic or curator, you must also have:
- produced an independent body of work after specialized training
- written at least three critical texts or reviews that have been published in a professional context
- made at least three independent public presentations of your work over a three-year period (curators only)
General Project Grants
The maximum grant amount that an Emerging critic or curator can receive from this program is $15,000.
The maximum grant amount that a Mid-Career critic or curator can receive from this program is $25,000.
The maximum grant amount that an Established critic or curator can receive from this program is $34,000.
The maximum grant amount that you can receive from this component is $15,000.
Visual Arts Section
Canada Council for the Arts
350 Albert Street, P.O. Box 1047
Ottawa ON K1P 5V8
Telephone: 1-800-263-5588 (toll-free) or 613-566-4414, ext. 5268