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SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Centre) is the only non-profit, artist-run centre in Canada dedicated to supporting South Asian artists. For over two decades, SAVAC has increased the visibility of culturally diverse artists by curating and exhibiting their work, providing mentorship, and facilitating professional development.

Our mission is to produce programs that explore issues and ideas shaping the identities and experiences of people from the region and its diasporas. We encourage work that is challenging, experimental and engaged in critical discussions that offer new perspectives on the contemporary world.

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Rolling Open Call

SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Centre) is a non-profit, artist-run centre in Canada dedicated to increasing the visibility of culturally diverse artists by curating and exhibiting their work, providing mentorship, facilitating professional development and creating a community for our artists. SAVAC was founded to be an organization staffed by people of colour, committed to support the work of artists of colour. We are always looking to work with and mentor new artists. If you are interested in working with SAVAC, please complete the following form. We will contact you if there are upcoming opportunities for which you would be suitable.

Exhibition Assistance Summer 2019 - 15 August 2019

Exhibition Assistance grants assist individual visual artists, craft artists and media artists with costs directly related to preparation for a confirmed, upcoming exhibition. These costs may include materials, framing and presentation, crating and transportation. The exhibition may take place at any public site, providing that it is advertised and open to the public during specific hours.  A letter from the gallery or exhibition organizer confirming the applicant’s participation is required as part of the application.

This program provides grants of $500 to $2,000 to assist individual artists with costs related to presenting their work in an exhibition. Submissions will be evaluated according to Ontario Arts Council and SAVAC guidelines.

Eligibility (Applicants must be):

  • Ontario-based professional visual artists, craft artists, media artists and artist collectives who have a confirmed, upcoming public exhibition.
  • For this program, eligible collectives are defined as unincorporated groups of two or more artists who create collaboratively and exhibit together.
  • Collectives may apply in the name of the collective, or may choose an individual to represent it as the applicant. If the collective applies, OAC issues the grant cheque in the name of the collective.
  • For a group exhibition, each artist must apply individually for their own expenses.
  • Applicants must be Ontario residents with a permanent physical address in Ontario.

SAVAC’s guidelines are based on the following:

  • Recommender for artists of colour
  • Artistic merit and excellence
  • Contemporary visual and media-based art practices

To Apply:

We accept applications on an ongoing basis, but please note that we must receive your application before the start date of your exhibition. We will jury the applications on 16 September 2019. To apply, visit: http://www.arts.on.ca/grants/exhibition-assistance. For more information, visit our website.

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InterAccess Bursary Program - 31 July 2019

SAVAC is pleased to announce that we have partnered with InterAccess on their Bursary Program. We are able to give 5 workshop vouchers to artists of colour in our extended community. You can redeem the vouches for any workshop happening at InterAccess this fall. InterAccess has a production studio, out of which they run about 35 workshops per year in all kinds of practices in new media and electronic art, including projection mapping, robotics, interactive installation, bio art, creative coding, and more. If you would like to claim one of the workshop vouchers, please send a short email to submissions@savac.net with your name, bio (80-100 words) and a link to your website by Wednesday 31 July 2019.

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401 Richmond St. W.
Toronto, ON M5V 3A8
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