General Call for Submissions

Trinity Square video invites artists and curators to submit proposals for exhibitions, projects or video-based performance for installation in the gallery or for off-site programming. TSV is looking for dynamic video-based artworks that critically engage with their medium, with an emphasis on material that explores the nature of the moving image as it relates to space, technology, politics and the body.

Artistic Vision

All of our activities are guided by our overall goal to increase our members’ and audiences’ understanding and imagination of what media arts practices can be. Above all, Trinity Square strives towards the advancement of media arts as a discipline, and towards the meaningful inclusion of diverse voices. In addition to holding aesthetic worth in its own right, we see our artistic programming as both an extension of our educational activities, and a catalyst to generate new artistic knowledge. Our exhibitions, screenings, and lectures are designed to inspire artists and audiences towards new possibilities in video and media-based artistic and curatorial practices.

Our artistic vision is carried out through three ongoing principal activities/goals:

1. To promote an expanded definition of video that rejects notions of medium-specificity and addresses the contemporary reality of visual art.

  • We encourage active experimentation outside of the limits of what is traditionally described as “video art,” moving beyond solely single-channel projects, we seek video work that critically investigates the medium and expands its definition to include elements of sculpture, performance, installation, academia, and other interdisciplinary pursuits.
  • As video-based practice has become increasingly present across disciplines (installation, sculpture, performance, etc.) we seek to engage artists in critical dialogue on the philosophical and practical ramifications of this video-creep.
  • As moving-image technologies have become increasingly ingrained into the developmental processes of new generations, we are seeing a fundamental shift in the way visual information relates to ontological concerns, as such, we seek to promote critical investigation into the changing condition of vision, materiality, illusion and virtuality.
  • With the evolution of technology and shifting artistic strategies, we understand that static monitors, floating screens, single-channel screenings, and even multi-channel installations are not always sufficient tools for disseminating some emerging practices, thus we encourage curatorial experimentation to accommodate new directions in interdisciplinary practice.

2.To promote the meaningful engagement of diverse voices.

  • Moving beyond a politics of inclusivity, we strive to include diverse cultural viewpoints in each level of our artistic considerations. We actively seek out underrepresented viewpoints within the media-arts, promoting work that challenges the conventions of established canons of cultural production. We activate these viewpoints to increase the knowledge of our audiences and to help promote the advancement of media art as a discipline.
  • In line with our aim to expand the definition of video, we seek diverse artistic voices, working across a variety of disciplines and experience levels. We seek involvement from emerging, mid-career, and established artists, as well as film-makers, animators, installation artists, performance artists, single-channel video artists, etc.

3.To support and nurture the production of new work by artists and curators.

  • Leveraging our unique position in Toronto as both a production and presentation centre, we support our exhibiting artists using our technical experience, equipment, and facilities.
  • We support annual themed commissions of new work for exhibition in our gallery, and offer production residencies to any artists scheduled to exhibit in our gallery.
  • We offer a comprehensive educational platform for artists of all learning levels who want to begin using, or advance their competency, with video and media-based practices.
  • We provide a supportive environment for experimentation, making our equipment and facilities accessible for creative exploration.


Submission Requirements:

1. A link to preview videos of previous and/or proposed work.*
2. Written proposal (1-page)
3. Artist’s Statement (1-page)
4. Curriculum Vitae
*Videos can be supplemented with up to 10 digital images (Mac compatible, .jpg images only all images must be listed with slide number, artist’s last name, title of work and year, eg. 1_smith_untitled_2009.jpg).

Submissions must be sent no later than November 15th, if you are mailing your submission it must be received by this date. If this date falls on a weekend or statutory holiday, the deadline moves to the next business day.

Submission Process:

  • Please email submission to [email protected] (we strongly encourage electronic submissions)
  • Please compile your documents into a single PDF document (or Word Document) attached to your email
  • Images can be included as an attachment to the e-mail and should be Mac compatible JPEGs
  • Video can be sent separately using a file transfer service such as WeTransfer, or links to video material including private videos on Vimeo.
  • If you are unable to digitally submit you material we will also accept submission packages by mail. Mailed submissions must be received by November 15th, 2015 and mailed to :
    • Programming Director
      Trinity Square Video
      401 Richmond Street West, Suite 376
      Toronto, ON, Canada
      M5V 3A8


Submissions Deadline: November 15th, 2015

We encourage proposals from emerging to established artists and curators.

We firmly support the equitable remuneration of artists. TSV pays all of it exhibiting artists in accordance with the CARFAC fees schedule.

Our exhibitions are presented for 4 to 5 weeks. We will accept proposals by curators for single-night screenings.

If you have any questions, please contact John G. Hampton, Programming Director at [email protected] or 416-593-1332.

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