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Gillian Toliver, Mekayla Dionne, Raquel Da Silva. Images Courtesy of Partial Gallery.

Partial x OCAD University Artist Showcase



Partial and OCAD U’s RBC Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers are excited to announce the return of our partnership which provides an exceptional career opportunity for OCAD U student artists and recent alumni (2022 + 2023). 30 selected artists will be given complimentary 1 year Pro Accounts ($120 value) on Partial and inclusion as featured artists within the OCAD University Artist Showcase on Partial’s online platform in order to showcase their works, and administrate artwork sales and rentals.

Partial is an art marketplace and platform for artists and art-seekers to connect and engage in real and accessible transactions. Partial began with a simple goal: To bring more original Canadian art onto more walls – directly from the artists that made it. Artists on Partial’s OCAD U Artist Showcase have made more than $120K in rentals and sales on the platform and received various exhibition and speaking opportunities. This is an amazing opportunity to get your work out there, nurture an audience, and sell your work! 

As of year four the OCAD U Artist Showcase has had: 

  • 5.4 million combined impressions
  • 511 total sessions, up from 505
  • 233 purchase requests/117 rental requests
  • 75 artists who received at least one purchase/rental request. 
  • About two-thirds of OCADU Showcase artists received a purchase/rental request

Click here to view the current Partial OCAD U Showcase.

Building an Online Presence w Artist Gillian Toliver and Partial

***Note new date due to unforeseen circumstances.***

Thursday, November 30, 2023 | 1:00-3:00 PM (Previously Nov 23)
Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers | 115 McCaul St, Level 3, Toronto
Click here to RSVP

Looking to share your work and build a cohesive online presence?

In this CEAD Workshop, Artist Gillian Toliver will share tips and their experience with building an online presence, selling their work via Partial and Beyond. In the first hour of the event, you will hear from Gillian and the Partialteam. Gillian will go over important considerations and common questions for creating an online presence, utilizing Partial as a selling platform, building a cohesive narrative around your practice, and maintaining your materials. Partial will also share tips and tricks on how to use the platform to give buyers, curators, and more a clear sense of your work and practice, and how to effectively present yourself and your art online.

Participants will leave with a greater understanding of how to approach their own online presence, how to build their Partial artist profile and/or website, and how clear communication can support the growth of their audience. You do not need a Partial profile to participate.

The second hour of the event will be a peer workshop session. This is a great opportunity to work together on your online portfolio or Partial profile with the guidance and support of your peers. Attendees will be broken up into smaller groups to get feedback on their website and/or Partial profile.

Snacks will be provided throughout the working session.


The OCAD U RBC CEAD is committed to promoting substantive equality for equity-seeking groups that are under-represented in the creative sector. We encourage applications from first-time applicants to the program and graduates of equity-seeking communities including racialized and Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities/expressions. Applicants are welcome to advise the CEAD of any accommodations needed to ensure you have access to a fair and equitable process. 

Applicants who need assistance with their submissions are invited to connect with the RBC CEAD for Advising supportClick here to learn more about how to book an advising appointment.


Partial Gallery


  • OCAD U alum from any undergraduate or graduate program (2022 or 2023)
  • Current OCAD U undergraduate and graduate students


  • Full contact information (Name, phone, portfolio, and email)
    and current CV
  • Online or PDF portfolio. Please highlight 5 sample works that you would want to see on the platform. Include artist name, title, year, medium, size details
  • A brief artist biography (250 words max) 
  • A brief statement of intent outlining your interest in this opportunity
    (500 words max) 
  • A brief description of what are you hoping to sell? (original paintings, drawings, limited editioned prints or photos, works on paper, etc).

Are you an OCAD U student or recent grad with an existing Partial Artist Profile?

If you’re interested in joining the Partial OCAD U Showcase and receiving a Partial Pro account, contact us at


We will be accepting applications until all positions are filled.


Please submit via


Applicants who have concerns about meeting a Career Launcher application deadline are invited to connect with the CEAD in order to discuss possible alternatives. We encourage all who might require assistance with the application process to reach out to determine available support. Outreach of this nature should be undertaken at least one week prior to the published application deadline.

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