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2018 Thematic Exhibition

Are you a designer or artist interested in exploring material? TO DO is seeking submissions for ‘Matter’, a curated group exhibition held at Craft Ontario Gallery. ‘Matter’ considers the long life of materials, and qualities such as material value, spirit, reuse, and endurance.


All submissions are due Friday, September 22, 2017 by 11:59pm EST.

Matter (working title)

Recycled materials have tried-and-tested properties, such as endurance and strength…They bear within them a value, perhaps even a spirit that can be passed on to new structures.

                                            – Detritus, Waste, Salvage, André Guillerme surveys the afterlife of debris in Paris

Recycling is a daily act for the modern civic-minded citizen. Its intrinsic value instilled following the “3Rs” campaign of the late 1970s, we diligently sort our waste for processing elsewhere. But the methods, proximity, scale, inputs, and outcomes of recycling processes are massively diverse.

Matter explores acts of material transformation and change. It considers the possibility of material memory in which use leaves a mark, whether visible or invisible; the history and future of recycling processes from a personal to a global scale; and the mundane and ritualistic aspects of material use and applications. Matter asks the question: what happens when we take a long-term view of material life?

Call for submissions

Matter invites submissions from artists and designers working in all mediums and formats. We are open to projects expressed in 2- or 3-dimensions, digital or analog, whether they be object- or concept-based.

Submissions of existing work or realized projects are preferred; however, we will consider submissions of speculative  work and projects that have not yet been realized.

Work and projects will be exhibited during the Toronto Design Offsite Festival (TO DO), January 15-21, 2018.

Submissions must include:

  1. A description of the project or work in less than 500 words — please be sure to  include the following details: title, materials/format, dimensions, year;
  2. a short bio on you and/or your creative practice (max. 150 words);
  3. 1-3 images of the project or work; and
  4. Your
    1. contact info (name, email, phone number, address),
    2. CV, and
    3. website URL (if available).

Click here to submit

How much does it cost?

There is no fee for this submission or for participating in the Thematic Exhibition. However, if selected, you will be responsible for arranging drop-off and pick-up of your work to Craft Ontario, 1106 Queen Street West, Toronto. Artist’s fees will be paid to artists selected for the exhibition.

When and where is the exhibition?

The exhibition will open Monday, January 15, 2018, and run until Saturday, March 17, 2018. An opening reception will be held on Sunday, January 21, 2018. The exhibition and reception will be held at Craft Ontario, 1106 Queen Street West, Toronto. We reserve the right to modify dates if required.

What happens next?

Successful submissions will be notified by email by October 20, 2017.


Email any questions to Programs Manager Robyn Wilcox at robyn [at] todesignoffsite.com with this subject line: Thematic Exhibition + your name.

Thank you to the Ontario Arts Council, and our institutional partner Craft Ontario.


Image: Still from Can City by Studio SWINE

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