OAC Exhibition Assistance

Sona Safaei-Sooreh, Bibliography. 2013-14 OAC Exhibition Assistance Recipient.

Ontario Arts Council (OAC) Exhibition Assistance Program

The Hamilton Artists Inc. is a recommender to the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) Exhibition Assistance Program.  This program provides grants to emerging, mid-career, and established Ontario-based artists and artists collectives. The program provides between $500 and $2000 for costs related to mounting and presenting work for a confirmed exhibition.


To ensure that you are eligible, please carefully read the information on the Ontario Arts Council Site before applying for this grant.  Hamilton Artists Inc. is located in Zone 3. Applicants to the Hamilton Artists Inc. must reside in Zone 3.  If you live in an area outside of Zone 3, please refer to the recommenders list to find a gallery in your zone.

Please note that there are designated recommenders for Aboriginal Artists, Francophone Artists, Craft Artists, Media Artists, and Photo-based Artists which can be found in the recommenders list linked above. You are not required to live in a specific zone if you are eligible to apply to one of the designated recommenders.  There is also a specific Indigenous Artists Materials grant available.

Application Deadlines:

There are two deadlines for Inc. applications: July 30 and November 1 ANNUALLY. We will be accepting applications on an ongoing basis. Applications will be jurried when the corresponding deadline has passed. You must submit your application before the opening date of your exhibition has passed.

Recent Changes to the Exhibitions Assistance Program:

  • Applications must be submitted through Nova. Email and paper applications are no longer accepted.
  •  The maximum amount of funding has increased to $2,000.
  • Applicants may submit up to 3 applications at a time.
  • Recommenders no longer notify applicants. All applicants will now be notified through Nova.

Eligible Expenses:

The Exhibitions Assistance Program funds presentations costs including: framing, display structures, mounting and installation hardware and equipment, and any construction specific to an installation. It also includes audio visual presentation, equipment, technical and installation fees, crating and transportation of art work, exhibition venue rental fees, promotional expenses, and insurance. Fees related to the production of art works, catalogs, travel and accommodations are ineligible expenses. More information on eligible and ineligible expenses can be found through the OAC’s site.

Eligible Exhibitions:

The program funds exhibitions both nationally and internationally for both solo and group shows. Exhibitions may be held in public art galleries, artists-run centers, commercial art galleries, self presented exhibitions, community centers, restaurants, or rented spaces. The program funds art and trade fairs as well.  Past exhibitions, private exhibitions, and theatrical productions and film screenings are ineligible for the program. More information on eligible and ineligible exhibitions can be found through the OAC’s site.

How to apply:

Exhibition Assistance applications are now fully through OAC’s online granting portal, Nova. We no longer accept emailed or mailed applications. If you live in Zone 3 and would like to apply to the Inc., create an account in OAC’s Nova portal and submit your application to us through the portal.

Before applying, you must create or update your profile in Nova.

Your Application Must Include:

  1. Basic information about the exhibition.
  2. Budget of eligible expenses.
  3. Your answers to the application questions.
  4. Artistic examples – images or video documentation of your work.
    –  Maximum of 10 images or 10 minutes of video.
  5. support documents:
    –  Résumé or CV.
    –  Letter/document confirming your exhibition (contract, letter of confirmation on letterhead, or email correspondence). This document must include exhibition start and end dates, name and contact information of exhibition organizer, location and address of exhibition venue.

Complete instructions and requirements are listed in the application in Nova.

For more help preparing your application refer to this video from OAC on the application process: Preparing Effective Support Material for Visual Arts and Craft Grant Applications.

For help creating a profile or submitting an application in Nova, see the Nova User Guide.


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