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Ontario Arts Council

Exhibition Assistance Programme


  • Applicants no longer need to apply before their exhibition start date.
    In 2022-23, applicants may apply for exhibitions that start on or after 
    January 14, 2022.
  • Photo printing is now an eligible expense.

Current Deadlines

— Fri 23 Sept 2022
— Wed 21 Dec 2022

Application Details


This program supports Ontario-based artists and artist collectives working in visual arts, craft and media art practices in the presentation of their artwork in a confirmed public exhibition.

This is a third-party recommender program. Using Nova, OAC’s online grant application system, artists apply to the galleries and organizations designated as recommenders for the program. These recommenders assess applications and submit grant recommendations to OAC.

Grant Amount

Minimum $500, Maximum $2000
You may apply for only one exhibition per application.
You may receive more than one Exhibition Assistance grant in any program year, towards one or more exhibitions, up to $2,000. You may receive recommendations from more than one recommender.
Due to the number of applications received and the limited funds available, grants awarded may be smaller than the amount requested.
If your application includes ineligible expenses, OAC may reduce the recommended amount to cover only eligible expenses or withdraw the application.