MERCER UNION, a centre for contemporary art
1286 Bloor Street West
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M6H 1N9
(One block east of Lansdowne TTC Station)

OPEN 11AM – 6PM, Tuesday – Saturday (Closed Sunday & Monday)

Email: office (at)
Phone: +1  416.536.1519 | Fax: +1  416.536.2955

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For all enquiries please see the contact list opposite.

For media or image enquiries please contact the gallery directly or email



Mercer Union is an artist-centred platform for contemporary art. Our objective is to support the creation and development of new and site-specific work, often premiering artists’ work from Canada and across the globe.

We are delighted to accept exhibition and curatorial proposals from artists, artist collectives and curators across all media for our front and/or back galleries. The submission deadline occurs once a year on 15 March.

We provide curatorial support, installation assistance, insurance, promotion, documentation, and commission critical essays to accompany selected projects and are committed to paying artist and copyright fees according to the guidelines established by CAR/FAC (Canadian Artists’ Representation/Les Fronts des Artistes Canadiens).

Each year we review a large number of submissions but unfortunately are only able to accept a small number of projects for presentation at the gallery. Your submission may also lead to a follow up studio visit with the Director of Exhibitions & Programs.

Our programming committee reviews materials within two months of the deadline  and you will be informed within a three month period. Exhibition submissions which arrive after the due date of 15 March will be held over until the next deadline.

In preparing your submission please consult the extensive archive of Mercer Union’s previous exhibitions as well as the floorplan to give an indication of the gallery spaces. We also consider off-site projects relevant to Mercer Union’s mandate.

All applications must be submitted by email by midnight, hardcopies will not be accepted.

Submissions must include, in the following order:

  • An Exhibition proposal (max. 500 words)
  • Artist statement outlining an overview of your practice/interests (max. 500 words)
  • Current CV
  • Images (10 max) including installation images and individual works

The proposal, artist statement, CV, images and image list should be submitted together as a single .pdf attachment. Ten images of current work should be included in the .pdf document. Microsoft Word documents and submission text in the body of email correspondence will not be accepted.

For sound or time-based submissions, please include a direct link to the content on your website or host page (Vimeo, etc.). Please do not include video files in your email application; only links.

Please submit all proposal information as a single email, your PDF should be no larger than 8 MB.

Please send email submissions to submissions (at)

Within two weeks of the deadline you will receive an email from Mercer Union confirming that we have received your submission. If you do not receive an email within that time, please contact the gallery.



Mercer Union is a recommender for the Ontario Arts Council’s Exhibition Assistance program. To review the guidelines and requirements click here Exhibition Assistance Program Guidelines

The 2017 deadlines are: July and December (date TBA). Applications must arrive on or before the deadline, postmarked applications cannot be accepted.

Exhibition Assistance applications can be sent letter mail, emailed to (subject line: Exhibition Assistance) or delivered in person. Applications will be held over until the next deadline.

For questions please contact Cameron Lee, Programming.