Visual Arts: Project Grants for Curators and Critics


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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, and from people with disabilities.

Program Description

The grants offer visual arts professionals in curating and writing the possibility of devoting a sustained period of time to documentation, study and writing related to visual arts, and to the development of approaches supporting their practice. The submitted program of work in research and writing must be carried out independently, i.e. it must be initiated by the applicant who retains control of its development during the period covered by the grant.


Activities normally funded through this program will be eligible in the New Funding Model, starting April 1, 2017

Grant Amount

The maximum grant amount under this program is $25,000.


Eligible applicants

To apply to the Canada Council for the Arts, you must be a Canadian citizen or have permanent resident status, as defined by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. You do not need to be living in Canada when you apply.

You must meet the Canada Council’s definition of a critic or curator, which is someone who:

  • has specialized training in the field (not necessarily in academic institutions)
  • is recognized as a professional by his or her peers (professionals working in the same artistic tradition)
  • is committed to devoting more time to artistic activity, if financially possible.

You must also meet one of these criteria:

  • after basic training, have curated at least three exhibitions or public presentations of contemporary art. They must have been produced in a professional visual arts context over a three-year period
  • after basic training, have published at least three critical essays on contemporary art over a three-year period in a professional visual arts context.

Eligible activities

  • Researching and writing concerning the theory, study or presentation of contemporary visual arts and related practices and contexts
  • Conducting studio visits, attending exhibitions and meetings with other arts professionals in Canada or abroad
  • Writing and preparing manuscripts
  • Participating in curatorial residencies at a professional visual arts organization of your choice in Canada or abroad. Projects must relate to contemporary arts.

Further Information

Melinda Mollineaux
Program Officer
Visual Arts Section

1-800-263-5588 (toll-free) or 613-566-4414, ext. 4015

TTY: 1-866-585-5559