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2022 Clark Centre for the Arts
Call for Curators/Cultural Producers for Group Exhibition



We're excited to announce Anqi Li as the recipient of the Clark Centre for the Arts, Call for Curators/Cultural Producers! 

Anqi's curatorial project will premiere at the Clark Centre for the Arts in June 2023 with artists Ali Sheikh, Sierra da Silva-Canadie, Tizzi Tan, and Zim Yu.

Anqi Li is an independent curator and educator interested in cross-cultural art exchange. Her practice examines the recurring local-global irreconcilability within Art History and strives to  create space to underrepresented stories. A new immigrant to Canada, Anqi graduated from OCAD University’s Criticism and Curatorial Practice program and curated the Flowing Still exhibition at the Xpace Cultural Centre.


Ali Sheikh

Ali Sheikh is a multidisciplinary artist from Mississauga, Ontario, studying at OCAD University. Through painting, illustration, digital design and installation, his current work  explores memory, documentation, and self-perception and seeks to blur the line between comic and solemn.

Sierra da Silva-Canadien

Sierra da Silva-Canadien is a  Mohawk-Portuguese visual artist residing in Toronto, Ontario as a full-time undergrad student at OCAD University. Her work - both in photography anddrawing/painting - takes inspiration from her interest in the human form, and incorporates it in her portraiture, abstracted and figurative work.

Tizzi Tan

Tizzi Tan was born in Yunnan, China. She studied visual art at Sheridan College and was the Photography medalist at the  2022 OCAD GradEx. Grounded, approachable and intimate, her lens-based work zooms in on subtle details that rend the reality unrealistic. 

Zim Yu

Zim Yu is a Toronto-based painter who  recently graduated from OCAD University. Rigorously trained in both analogueand digital drawing and painting, he creates a surrealistic world with hidden  narratives through playing with symbolic elements, forms, and colours.


OCAD University’s RBC Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers (CEAD) and the Clark Centre for the Arts have partnered to co-create a Career Launcher for Curators and Cultural Producers. The opportunity will select one (1) emerging curator/cultural producer to coordinate an exhibition at the Clark Centre for the Arts for June of 2023 in their Gallery 191 space. Curators/cultural producers are invited to submit an exhibition proposal with three (3) to five (5) five artists from the OCAD U community. The selected applicant will receive guidance from a curatorial mentor, designated by the Clark Centre for the Arts at points throughout the project.

Located inside Guild Park and Gardens, the Clark Centre for the Arts is a stunning new cultural facility that houses specialized art studios and gallery spaces. Guild Park and Gardens is a unique 88-acre site on the Scarborough Bluffs that includes forests, shoreline and a collection of architectural fragments, sculptures and buildings. The Clark Centre for the Arts is interested in working with artists and projects that are responsive to the site and location of Centre’s surrounding neighbourhood, and artists who have an existing relationship to the community.

Click here to see photos and a floor plan of the gallery spaces.

Click here to see the gallery install guidelines.


Curator/Cultural Producer

  • Current OCAD U student (Undergraduate or Master's level) or recent grads (class of 2022 or 2021).
  • Curate an exhibition of three (3) to five (5) five artists from the OCAD U community for the Clark Centre for the Arts in June 2023. Exhibition must abide by the City of Toronto’s Human Rights and Anti-Harassment/Discrimination Policy 
  • Work closely with the Clark Centre, CEAD and artists. Liason with artists to coordinate works in the exhibition, didactic information, install and deinstall.
  • Write a short exhibition description to be displayed alongside the show
  • Meet with a curatorial mentor designated by the Clark Centre for the Arts throughout the project. Meet with the Clark Centre staff for a site visit
  • Be present for install, opening reception and deinstall 
  • Artist groups are welcome to apply. One artist from the group must assume the role and responsibilities of the Curator/Cultural Producer. 


  • Current OCAD U student (Undergraduate or Master's level) or recent grads (class of 2022 or 2021).
  • Works must be ready-to-hang 2D pieces or small/medium 3D pieces. The Clark Centre cannot accommodate video or multi-media works.
  • Provide the curator with didactic information
  • Be present for install, opening reception and deinstall

Key Dates

  • June 1 & 2, 2023: Installation Dates
  • June 3, 2023: Opening Reception
  • June 30, 2023: Deinstall


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.


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.


City of Toronto
Clark Centre for the Arts

191 Guildwood Pkwy
Scarborough, ON
M1E 1P5


Thursday, November 17, 2022
2:00 - 3:00 PM ET  
Click here to RSVP

Learn more about the opportunity, Clark Centre for the arts, and tips for putting together an application.


Friday, November 25, 2022, 8:00 AM ET


  • Curatorial fee of $1700
  • Artists will be paid in accordance with CARFAC schedules. ($721 each artist for exhibition of 3, $540 each artist for exhibition of 4, $431 each artist for exhibition of 5).
  • $150 Production budget to support install and travel 


  • Contact info (Name, phone, and email)
  • CV for curator/cultural producer 
  • Website and/or Social Media handle of curator/cultural producer and artists
  • A brief artistic statement/bio (150 words max)
  • A curatorial proposal (400 words max)
  • 5 - 10 images of artists’ artwork. Final selected artwork can be determined closer to exhibition.
  • A corresponding list for the images including: artist name, title, year, medium, and size
  • Priority will be given to applicants who have not previously received a Career Launcher opportunity.

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