Call for Submissions: Space for Art Program Request for Proposals, Toronto Arts Council


Space for Art is a pilot program through which Toronto Arts Council is managing a select number of below market rent space for arts use. The intent of the program is to help address the critical shortage of space for artists and arts programming in Toronto, enhance the profile of the arts in Toronto and contribute to the street life and vitality of City neighbourhoods.

Toronto Arts Council is now accepting proposals to lease two downtown studio gallery spaces on terms from one to three years.

568 Richmond St. (corner of Portland)
1,000 square-foot, purpose built gallery space that is ideal for displaying work in any medium.
Features include:

  • Wall-mounted hanging rails and hardware
  • Movable, double-sided walls for additional hanging space
  • Polished concrete floors
  • 20′ ceiling height on the east side of the space
  • Fully-accessible with two accessible washrooms
  • Floor to ceiling south facing windows
  • WIFI
  • Electronic security system

The gallery is located at the corner of Richmond Street West and Portland, in close proximity to 401 Richmond as well as a number of Queen West galleries.
32 Camden Avenue (west of Spadina)
950 square-foot space suitable for gallery, retail or workshop use.

Features include:

  • Fully accessible including accessible washroom
  • Built in bar kitchen
  • Built in large table
  • Flexible lighting
  • Floor to ceiling south facing windows

The gallery is on the north side of Camden between Spadina and Brant St., in close proximity to 401 Richmond as well as a number of Queen West galleries.

Both spaces are available early in 2015.  Please note that both studios are intended as publicly-accessible gallery space and not suitable as a work studio or for live-work use.

Toronto artists and not-for-profit arts organizations are now invited to submit proposals for use of the spaces for one- to three-year terms.

The tenants of the spaces will be selected on the following criteria:

  • The eligibility of the applicant
    • Toronto based professional artist or artists
    • Toronto based not-for-profit arts organization
    • Toronto based curator
    • Questions about eligibility may be directed to Darryl Bank, TAC Arts Space Manager,
  • The proposed plan for public access to the space (gallery hours, workshops, classes, community meetings etc.)
  • Proposed plans, if any, for collaborative use of the space with other artists or arts organizations

Occupancy period:  Respondents may propose to use the space for any period ranging from one to three years.

Cost:  The studios will be made available to eligible artists and not-for-profit arts organizations at the below-market rate of $18 PSF/per year.  Rates are inclusive of taxes and hydro.   Telephone, wifi, security & maintenance are extra.

Site visits are now being scheduled.  To arrange a site visit, please contact Darryl Bank,


Deadline:  Please submit your proposal for use of the space by December 1, 2014.
Send ONE electronic copy with supporting documentation to:
Toronto Arts Council Art/Work Gallery Attn: Darryl Bank,
All submissions will be considered confidential. Please prepare a submission which addresses the areas outlined below:

A 1-2 page submission which sets out:

  • Your requested start date and occupancy period (one to three years)
  • Your proposed use of the space, providing detail on your artistic practice
  • Your plan for public access to the space
  • An outline of any proposed collaboration with other artists
  • A professional artist CV (if you are or have been a TAC grant recipient, please note it)

A 1-2 page submission which sets out:

  • Organization History including mission statement, years of operation and a brief description of the organization’s current programs and services
  • Your requested start date and occupancy period (one to three years)
  • Your proposed use of the space, providing detail on proposed programming
  • Your plan for public access to the space
  • Your plan for collaboration with other organizations or artists if applicable
  • Any program plans for how the space will involve the community
  • Your organization’s most recent audited financial statements
  • A financial plan indicating how the space will be affordable

Proposals received by December 1 will be reviewed with preliminary decisions announced by December 15.  Following that time, proposals will be accepted and reviewed on a first come, first serve basis.
Toronto Arts Council provides grants to outstanding artists and arts organizations that contribute to the cultural life of the City of Toronto. TAC is committed to artistic excellence, innovation, and accessibility, and supports a wide spectrum of artistic endeavour and a range of activity that makes the City of Toronto one of the leading cultural centres in Canada. Through its support, TAC cultivates a richer engagement between artists and audiences and reflects the City of Toronto through the diversity of artists, arts communities and audiences that it serves. The City of Toronto provides the funding for TAC grant programs.

Any Respondent making a submission in response to this Request for Proposals (RFP) does so fully accepting the following provisions:
The information contained in this RFP is intended for information purposes only to assist interested parties in assessing whether or not to respond to such request. No representation or warranty expressed or implied, is made by Toronto Arts Council or any of its agents, as to the accuracy or completeness of such information. Neither Toronto Arts Council nor its agents will be responsible for, and hereby expressly disclaim, any and all liability for any errors, omissions or inaccuracies in connection therewith. In its response to this RFP, the Respondent must disclose to Toronto Arts Council, any potential conflict of interest that might compromise this process. If such a conflict of interest does exist, Toronto Arts Council may, at its discretion, refuse to consider the response in question.
The Respondent must also disclose whether it is aware if any Toronto Arts Council employee or member of the Board of Directors has a financial interest in the Respondent and the nature of that interest. If such an interest exists or arises at any point leading to the selection of the successful Respondent, Toronto Arts Council may, at its discretion, refuse to consider the response, or proceed with the Respondent any further in this process unless and until the matter is resolved to Toronto Arts Council’s sole satisfaction. All information provided by or obtained at any time from Toronto Arts Council or its agents in any form in connection with this RFP that is not publicly available (i) must be treated in a highly confidential manner; (ii) is not to be used for any other purpose other than responding to this RFP; (iii) must not be disclosed to any other person without the prior written authorization of Toronto Arts Council; and (iv) shall be returned to Toronto Arts Council immediately upon the request of Toronto Arts Council.
Toronto Arts Council reserves the right to terminate this RFP at any time for any reason.