1. Funding
  2. Grants
  3. Explore and Create

Read the overview of the 2023-24 Explore and Create Competition Results: Research and Creation and Concept to Realization Project Components. Link to the article

Expanding Canadian Arts Practice

Explore and Create funds Canadian artists, artistic groups and organizations committed to the creation and dissemination of innovative, vibrant and diverse art.

This program advances Canadian artistic practices by encouraging artists to investigate creative processes and take risks that lead to the development of unique works destined to connect with the public.

Explore and Create supports the research, development, creation and production of work, as well as professional development for artists.

The Canada Council for the Arts expects this program to achieve the following outcomes:

  • Canadian artists develop their skills and enrich their knowledge
  • Canadian artists share work in a manner consistent with their artistic vision and intentions
  • new artistic voices emerge

Program Components

Professional Development for Artists

Project grants to support career advancement activities for artists and artistic groups

Research and Creation

Project grants to support creative research, development and the creation of new works by artists, artistic groups or organizations

Concept to Realization

Project or composite grants to support activities that will result in completed works that are shown to the public

Artist-Driven Organizations

Core grants to support the activities of artist-controlled organizations for the creation, production and dissemination of work

The Canada Council is committed to equity and inclusion, and encourages applications from culturally diverse, Deaf, disability and official language minority artists, groups and organizations. The Canada Council recognizes and affirms the Indigenous and treaty rights of the Indigenous peoples of this land and encourages applications from First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals, groups, and organizations in all its programs. Measures are in place in all programs to support these commitments.

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