4th Annual Visual Arts Exhibition

 EXPOSED 2016: Solace


EXPOSED, Nia Centre for the Arts’ annual visual arts exhibition promotes and showcases the work of emerging Toronto-based artists of Caribbean or African descent. This initiative provides a platform for young artists to experiment and share their work with a diverse audience as well as to participate in cultivating a dynamic artistic scene for members of black Canadian communities.

Nia Centre for the Arts, in collaboration with Curator Geneviève Wallen, invites artists working in all media to apply for the upcoming exhibition Solace, opening in March 2016. Solace explores the various ways in which self-love and self-care can manifest in our daily lives. Self-care and self-love can be challenging especially when considering all sorts of external pressure deriving from professional, social, and familial responsibilities and interactions. Many of us are stretched thin between personal ambitions and societal expectations, leaving little room for self-care rituals. It is through conscious acts of care that one can find ways of tapping into his/her/their highest expression of selfhood as it permits to restore and heal broken spirits and fatigued bodies. This exhibition aims to generate a space where the visitors can re-energize, re-center and meditate as means of self-preservation and political stand.



Project proposals will be reviewed by a jury of professionals from the arts and cultural community and will be evaluated based on the following criteria:


  • The relevance of the project in relation to the call’s objectives;

  • The level of innovation and creativity of the proposed installation or project;

  • The levels of artistry achieved through previous artistic activities.


The selected artists will receive compensation according to the CARFAC fee schedule


Who can participate?

Artists of African heritage (African, Afro-Canadian, Black, Caribbean, etc.)


Submission of proposals


Proposal should contain:

  • A detailed description of the project , 250-500 words

  • Artist statement (150 words) and a short bio (80-100 words), and CV.

  • A technical description of the proposed work (how the work is mounted, dismounted or otherwise installed and the list of technical equipment required)

  • 5-7 images of your work (the images should be in JPG and not larger than 1 MB. If presenting video works, please provide links and video stills.)

  • An image list including title, year, dimensions, and material for each work.

  • All written components should be in ONE PDF DOCUMENT


Important Dates


 All applications must be received by August 30thth, 2015, 11:59 pm;

 The selected artists will be contacted by September 8th, 2015.


Please contact project manager Idil Jeilani: ijeilani@niacentre.org or curator Geneviève Wallen: gewallen@gmail.com for any further queries.


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