OAC Exhibition Assistance

Ontario Arts Council


Purpose: The program provides grants of $500 to $2,000 to assist individual artists with costs related to presenting their work in an exhibition. Grants are made through third-party recommenders (public art galleries, artist-run centres and arts service organizations) throughout the province. Artists must apply directly to a recommender located in the zone in which they live. Approved applications are forwarded to OAC by the recommender once the decision to award a grant has been made.

SAW Video is one of three media art recommenders for the OAC's Exhibition Assistance program. The program provides grants to assist Ontario artists at all stages of their careers. SAW Video's typical grant award is $750. Applicants must apply in advance of their exhibitions, as funds cannot be awarded retroactively. SAW Video supports installation, performance and online exhibitions in all forms of media art including video, film, new media and audio.

Eligibility: This program is open to Ontario-based professional media artists who have a confirmed, upcoming public exhibition. Exhibitions in Ontario, other Canadian provinces and international locations are all eligible. Students enrolled full-time in undergraduate or graduate level studies are not eligible.

2019 Deadlines:  SAW Video deadlines are August 6 and December 10, 2019, 1PM ET.

Recommenders establish their own application deadlines for exhibition assistance, or may decide to accept applications on an ongoing basis. SAW Video accepts applications for media art exhibition assistance from artists across Ontario.

For more information about what to submit, eligible costs and general guidelines, visit the OAC website. Alternatively, contact SAW Video’s Programming Director at programming@sawvideo.com. Applications are now submitted through Nova.