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

Email: office (at)

Phone: +1  416.536.1519 | Fax: +1  416.536.2955

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

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22 February 2023 — Mercer Union Staffing Announcements

13 January 2023 — A message from Julia Paoli, Director & Curator at Mercer Union

Mercer Union acknowledges the support of its members, The Canada Council for the Arts, The Ontario Arts Council, The Toronto Arts Council, The Ontario Trillium Foundation, and Cultural Human Resources Council.


Aamna Muzaffar
Interim Director & Curator

Sonya Filman
Acting Manager, Gallery Operations and Development

Abby Kettner
Audience Engagement Assistant

Maxwell Galley
Lead Exhibition Preparator

There are currently no job openings at Mercer Union.

We are always seeking volunteers to assist with general gallery administration, events and other tasks.
To begin volunteering at Mercer Union, please complete our Volunteer Registration Form, or contact us via email with any questions.


Mercer Union is a recommender for the Ontario Arts Council’s Exhibition Assistance program.
Deadlines for submissions: 28 October 2022 at 1pm EST; and 13 January 2023 at 1 pm EST. 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 about eligibility and to review current guidelines and requirements, visit Exhibition Assistance Program Guidelines.

For general inquiries about Mercer Union’s role as a recommender in Zone 3 please contact (subject line: Exhibition Assistance).
We do not review application materials sent by email; please make all submissions through Nova.



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’s web archive generously supported by Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts‘ 2012 Founders Award.
Site design and development: Art & Science.
Web Archivist: Andrea Mateka

Intervals typeface: Velvetyne Type Foundry

Items published on Mercer Union’s website may be freely shared among individuals, but they may not be republished in any medium without express written consent from Mercer Union and advance notification to the authors, the photographers, and the artists.