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

Following new government guidelines, Mercer Union is temporarily closed and our current exhibition is postponed until further notice. Stay tuned to our website, Facebook or Instagram for updates on gallery hours.

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

Facebook: Mercer-Union-a-centre-for-contemporary-art
Twitter: @mercerunion
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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.

Mercer Union accepts exhibition and project proposals from artists and curators on an ongoing basis.

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).

Please note that submission selection is extremely competitive and that only a small portion of our exhibition programming is comprised of proposals selected from submission. Your submission may also lead to a follow up studio visit with the Director of Exhibitions & Programs. Submissions will be kept on record for a period of up to one year, for consideration by staff and guest curators.

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.

Mercer Union no longer accepts submissions by regular mail. Please send submissions by e-mail only to submissions (at)

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.

Due to the volume of submissions, we cannot reply or give feedback to your application.


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

The 2021-22 program will open in June 2021
Applications are now submitted online through Nova. Applications on paper are no longer accepted (some exceptions may apply.)
Applicants can submit up to three Exhibition Assistance applications at a time.

For questions please contact (subject line: Exhibition Assistance).