Paid by host:

An artist fee of $10,000 CDN (inclusive of travel, if applicable, and per diem), and an additional $3,000 CDN for materials, production and presentation costs for the project. Projects should show a total budget of $13,000 CDN.

Also included are mentorship with a selection of curatorial staff, educators and other AGO professionals.

Application guidelines:

The application is open to:

  • Artists, individuals, and/or artist collectives who self-identify as emerging artists and are in the early stages of their career in their art form.
  • Canadians, currently living in the country, or artists residing in Canada.
  • Artists based in Canada with an emerging artistic practice or record of presentation who self-identify as emerging artists.

Some experience working with digital platforms, large public audiences and/or maker projects is an asset.

The application is online and must include:

  • Artist statement, inclusive of the project proposal (500 words max., one page, size 12 font).
  • Proposed project budget ($3,000 CDN inclusive of all project expenses).
  • Resume/CV (one page, size 12 font).
  • A total of five artwork or sample images and/or videos, allowing us to understand your artistic practice

Click here to apply.

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AGO X RBC Artists-in-Residence Program

AGO X RBC Artists-in-Residence Program

Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)

Thanks to the generous support of RBC, the AGO presents a trio of exciting programs designed to celebrate and support emerging artists: artists-in-residence, artist-researcher mentorships and a public workshop series.

In 2023, the AGO X RBC Artists-in-Residence Program at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) will support three projects or experiences, each to be developed over a three-month residency, responding to the theme of humour.

Humour is the ability to find things funny and it is also a mood or state of mind. In 2023, AGO invites artists to share with us what makes them and others laugh, and to consider if laughter is merely a physical response or something more? How, they ask, do virtual communities express humour? Artists are encouraged to work with concepts or materials that offer surprising, absurdist or playful engagements and consider how humour might bring people closer together.

The residency provides resources, learning opportunities, platforms and mentorship for emerging artists to further their artistic practices. They are looking for early-career artists and collectives interested in combining art practices (maker and/or social experiences, experience design, live performances for the camera, etc.), and projects that engage with online audiences.

Studio Information

This residency will be undertaken remotely and will require the successful candidate to develop a weekly schedule with the AGO team consisting of a production schedule and check-in discussions.

Technical Information

Artists will be required to maintain minimum weekly meetings via Zoom using their own communication devices, hardware and software. On-site visits may be organized based on need and safety protocols. Artists can work at the AGO Artist-in-Residence Studio (if applicable).


Located in Toronto, the Art Gallery of Ontario is one of the largest art museums in North America, attracting approximately one million visitors annually. The AGO Collection of more than 120,000 works of art ranges from cutting-edge contemporary art to significant works by Indigenous and Canadian artists and European masterpieces. The AGO presents wide-ranging exhibitions and programs, including solo exhibitions and acquisitions by diverse and underrepresented artists from around the world

Contact information

317 Dundas Street West
Toronto ON M5T 1G4

danah.abusido [at]