Grants to Major International Exhibitions



15 December, 2016
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The Canada Council for the Arts is committed to equity and inclusion, and welcomes applications from diverse Aboriginal, cultural and regional communities, including people with disabilities.

Please refer to the complete Program Guidelines [PDF, 394.3 KB].

Program Description

This program offers financial support to Canadian visual arts organizations whose primary mandate is to organize, on a recurring basis, major visual arts exhibitions of national and international importance in Canada. The project grant may be annual or multi-year depending on the nature of the project and the organization’s activity cycle. Multi-year project grants may be awarded for a maximum of three years.


Program Objectives

The objectives of this program are:

  • to promote the development of innovative ideas and practices in visual arts in Canada with respect to arts practice, interpretation and dissemination
  • to promote relationships among visual arts professionals such as artists, curators exhibition commissioners, benefactors and critics, in Canada and internationally
  • to make Canadian and international artists and curators better known to the public, and
  • to situate Canadian practices in an international context.


15 December, 2016

If this date falls on a weekend or statutory holiday, the deadline moves to the next business day.

Grant Amount

The value of the grant varies according to the nature and quality of the submitted applications and available resources. The grant is paid for a period of one to three years. As the grants cannot cover all the costs associated with these events, applicant organizations are encouraged to seek funding from other partners.


Eligible applicants

This program serves Canadian non-profit organizations that have held at least three recurring international exhibitions.

Non-profit museums and art galleries as well as artist-run centres are not eligible for this program since their primary mandate is different.

Eligible projects

Eligible projects must contain a minimum of 20 percent foreign representation. Organizations not meeting this condition may be eligible to seek support through Project Grants for Organizations in the Visual Arts.

Further Information

José Niaison
Program Officer
Visual Arts Section

1-800-263-5588 (toll-free) or 613-566-4414, ext. 5269

TTY: 1-866-585-5559