Submissions 2022-06-20T22:19:08-04:00


Online juried slide exhibition, with playlist and PDF publication

JURORS: Sebastein Miller & Ken Moffatt

Friday, June 17, 2022, by midnight

The Aird is delighted to offer our 2nd  annual juried exhibition showcasing collage-based works by contemporary artists.

Derived from the French verb coller, meaning “to glue,” collage refers to both the technique and the resulting work of art in which fragments of paper and other materials are arranged and glued or otherwise affixed to a supporting surface. Associated Art Movements include Cubism, the DADA, and Surrealism. Today, collage, as a process and an art movement is experiencing a second life! We invite and eagerly await your up to date submissions


Toronto-born artist Sebastein Miller is most recognized for his recent body of work entitled Civil Disobedience. Miller’s new media practice involves sampling and mixing digital pop-culture imagery with social-political symbols, and collage parties. In Civil Disobedience, the artist constructs photomontages that rethink the histories of the twentieth century using Afro-Futurist emblems and found imagery. Miller’s work provocatively explores some of the key tensions in contemporary culture from a Black male perspective. Variously referencing photojournalism, album art, protest imagery, comic books, films, and video games; the cut-out style of his practice foregrounds the works’ constructed nature highlighting the gaps between the images’ posited futures and currently depictable reality.

Ken Moffat is the author of Troubled Masculinities: Reimagining Urban Men and Postmodern Social Work: Reflective Practice and Education. In addition to authoring books, Ken is the Jack Layton Chair (Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Community Services) at Toronto Metropolitan University. He has curated two online collage shows Cut Paste Resist (co-curated with R.M. Vaughan, Writer in Residence, University of New Brunswick) and Create Resist (co-curated with Dr. Reena Tandon, CELT, Faculty of Arts, Toronto Metropolitan University). He has curated companion shows to his writing, such as Self Portrait in Rice Paper by Johnson Ngo, presented at Video Fag. His art has been shown at Paul H. Cocker Gallery, Katherine Mulherin Gallery (co-created with Daryl Vocat), Zsa Zsa Gallery (co-created with Patrick Decoste), Videofag (co-created with Daryl Vocat), Naco Gallery and
Aird Gallery.


The John B. Aird Gallery (1985-present) is a self-funded non-profit public art gallery with a director/curator, a managing board, and charitable-tax-status. The Gallery hosts up to nine exhibits per year, many accompanied by online publications, plus our annual Mistletoe Magic fundraiser. These exhibits provide participation opportunities for up to four hundred artists year upon year.

The Aird prides itself on being inclusive, hosting several large-group shows (online or in-situ), and two or three annual Arts Council and/or Scotiabank CONTACT Festival of Photography funded exhibits that pay CARFAC fees.

The Gallery’s mission is to provide a generous, safe contemporary art exhibition space where visual culture can be shared and explored by an audience as diverse as its makers. We believe visual culture inspires, engages, and amplifies Toronto’s communities.

In September 2019 the Aird Gallery moved from the provincial-government buildings at Bay and Wellesley, to a temporary location on West-Queen-West. We foresee returning to our 3,500-square-foot space on the second floor in the Macdonald Block before the end of the decade.



For this online project, collage is understood as both the technique and the resulting work.
Both handmade and digital works will be considered.
This art show is open to anyone.

Friday, June 17, by midnight

Jurying will take place the week of June 27, 2022.

Selected artists will be notified of the jurors’ decisions by email the week of July 18, 2022.

Late August-early September 2022


  • Artists can submit up to two works.
  • Image files must be as follow:
    • File names must be labelled Last Name_First Name, Title.jpg
    • Example: Smith_Jane, Morning Doves.jpg
    • Images can be in jpeg/jpg/png format.
    • Should have a max dpi of 200.
    • File size cannot exceed 2MB
  • Submit original works only.
  • Please note that improperly named files may not be recorded or will be lost in our system.

The entry fee is $50 and covers entry up to 2 works per artist. It is non-refundable and can be paid upon submitting your application. Funds collected go towards making this exhibition possible.

Artists will be informed of sales. The gallery asks for a 30% donation/commission on all sales.

The John B. Aird Gallery is not accepting submissions at this time.

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We welcome applications from local and international artists and curators.

Under the Rainbow, Decoding Queer Film /
Sous l’arc-en-ciel, Exploration des films queer

Online juried slide exhibition, with playlist and PDF publication

CURATOR: Sarah Hunter

This year the John B. Aird Gallery is celebrating Toronto PRIDE with an online slideshow accompanied by a playlist and PDF publication showcasing art by contemporary artists inspired by film with queer content, a queer film-maker or a queer actor, curated by Sarah Hunter.

Sarah writes, “Film has often been used as a code for queer issues especially before it was possible to be safely out and dealing with queer topics. A good example is the character Mrs. Danvers from Rebecca by Hitchcock. It is clear by some of the veiled inferences that Mrs. Danvers was in love with Rebecca in the story. You can use new contemporary movies, actors or directors to draw from or explore older films, directors, and actors that were closeted or hiding queer themes within their work”.


Sarah Hunter has been a practicing visual artist since the late1980’s. She has shown extensively in Toronto and Ontario in group and solo shows and has shown her work outside of Canada in the United States and Taipei, Taiwan. Her work is expressionistic in nature and explores three distinct areas, Portraits, Animal Imagery, and Mixed Media Paintings.

Sarah grew up in Toronto and completed her grade 12 at Woodstock International School in Uttarkand, India and did an undergraduate degree in Fine Arts at Sarah Lawrence College in New York. She returned to Toronto to do graduate work at U of T in Arts Education.

Sarah curated ALL ABOUT QUEER FILM in 2014 as part of World Pride in Toronto. She has been included in numerous group shows in Toronto and has also had her work showcased in exhibitions in Hamilton, Montreal and Ottawa. She was recently included in a group show of the Christie Pits Artists Collective in Toronto.

Friday, April 15, 2022, by midnight

Jurying will take place at the end of April 2022

Selected artists will be notified by email at the beginning of May 2022

Late June to late August 2022