Calling All Toronto Artists! Come Display Your Work at the Library

April 17, 2019 | Bill V.

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Did you know that Toronto Public Library has art exhibit and public display space at 16 branches for you? 

Calling all artists

Artists can submit their work for possible exhibition during the September 2019 to August 2020 season, until the submission deadline of April 26, 2019.   A committee will consider works prepared for hanging in all media including photography, but sorry not sculpture. Selected artists are given one-month showings in one of 16 branch locations across the City. The Library charges a $20.00 + HST fee to apply to its Art Exhibits Program. Preference is given to exhibitors who live or work in the City of Toronto. 

The Art Exhibits program presents community members and artists with valuable public exhibition exposure - ideally to underrepresented artists and communities with limited opportunities to exhibit. Having art exhibits in the library also serves to enhance the cultural experience of other customers and users of the library. We see the Art Exhibits program as a way to enhance everyone's ability to participate in the creative and cultural life of the City and to create cultural connections. Annually there are approximately 230 one-month exhibits held each year. 

Of course we don't just provide space - we also can help you along with your hobby or burgeoning career


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Ready to apply? Follow the steps below:

1. Read the following information about Art Exhibits in the library:

    Use of Library Space for Art Exhibits Policy

    General Guidelines for Art Exhibits

    Insurance Coverage

2. Review the list of locations. Make sure you select branches with dimensions suitable for your exhibits and locations that meet your transportation needs.

3. Complete and return the Art Exhibits Application Form (PDF).

The Art Selection Committee considers works in all media, including photography, but not sculptures.  Preference will be given to exhibitors who live or work in the City of Toronto. Artists selected to exhibit will be notified by June 21, 2019.

Need ideas and inspiration? Check out current and upcoming Art Exhibits.

Questions? Contact the Art Exhibits Office at 416-393-7224, or by email at

I wanted to also acknowledge and thank my colleague Liana whose own blog on Art Exhibits was key to my writing this one. 

You may also want to check out some of these other library blogs for great ideas and resources: