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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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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.

OAC Exhibition Assistance - 15 January 2020

OAC 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 15 January 2020. To apply, visit:


Fonderie Darling Residency – 24 March 2020

Hosting emerging artists from India in Montreal makes a real difference in their career as many of them are rarely offered the opportunity to leave their country. The Darling Foundry provides artists with optimal professional and living conditions to foster their artistic research and a cultural immersion in a North American context. Launched in 2012 by Fonderie Darling in partnership with the Inlaks Shivdasani foundation and What About Art? art organization in Mumbaï, the India Residency has generated many professional contacts with other art organizations leading to exhibitions of former residents in Montreal, Laval and Rouyn-Noranda. The impact on the Montreal community is also meaningful as this program brings artistic practices that are underrepresented.

Lodged for 2 months in the studio building of the former industrial complex of the Fonderie Darling, residents are provided with a live-in studio of approximately 60m2, equipped with a kitchen corner. They have access to communal spaces shared with the other artists at Fonderie Darling: a big kitchen, laundry facilities, bath and shower rooms, living-room, production studios (for wood, metal, CNC-cutting and ceramics). The networking program set up by the team of the Darling Foundry facilitates interactions between the residents and the art professionals in Montreal, while the close vicinity of the 9 Montreal-based artists who have a studio in the building contributes to a smooth inclusion into the Montreal art scene.

Thanks to a partnership with the South Asian Visual Arts Centre (SAVAC), a one-week research trip is offered in Toronto, further fostering professional and artistic encounters and exchanges.

Candidates must submit their application no later than March 24, 2020.

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

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