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Grow Op 2018 – Call For Submissions

Submission Deadline: Sept 30 2017, 11pm EST

Exhibition Dates: April 18-22, 2018

Grow Op at Toronto’s Gladstone Hotel celebrates its sixth year in the spring of 2018 as an exhibition of art and design that cultivates ideas across a broad range of disciplines, examining how humans and other species live within and without natural systems of growth, change, abundance, scarcity, decay and life.

In 2018, we contemplate AFTER THE FLOOD. What lies beyond once the floodwaters recede? What emerges once the smoke clears? As cataclysmic climate events multiply in tandem with our species’ continuously expanding footprint, we are re-conceiving our relationships with the organic and inorganic world around us in unprecedented ways.
Grow Op 2018 seeks projects that explore the actions of humans in both collaborating, exploiting, nurturing, sowing, stripping and growing among our fellow species, our soil, our waters, our neighbourhoods, our cities.

The Gladstone invites a diversity of proposals from collaborative teams, collectives and individuals that engage with landscape, species and habitat through installation, sculpture, performance, digital media and more to create a provocative experiential exhibition.

Submissions may engage participants through sight, touch, sound, and taste to create a landscape of immersive experience. Interdisciplinary collaborations are encouraged, combining creative practitioners such as: artists, biologists, historians, anthropologists, musicians, botanists, architects, poets, craftspeople, chefs, geographers, filmmakers, ecologists, performers, landscape architects, writers, planners, agriculturalists and more.

See highlights from Grow Op 2017 + Grow Op 2016 , 2015, 2014

There are many ways to participate:

1. Room Installations

Room installations invite participants to design immersive projects in the various studio spaces in the 2nd floor Gladstone Gallery.

2. Site-Specific Public Space Installations/Projects – Onsite

Hotel interior spaces include: Public spaces in the 1st floor lobby, Queen Street windows/façade, 2nd floor gallery walls and open areas including balcony, exterior green roof, and stairwells, the Ballroom, bar area for Opening night/Media reception, Art café, etc.

3. Site-Specific Public Space Installations/Projects – Offsite

Exterior spaces include: Vertical walls of hotel, Hotel entry, Dufferin Amphitheatre (north side of Queen Street, west of Dufferin), public lands by tracks on south side of Queen, TTC shelter (at hotel entrance) and others. City permits will be required for temporary constructed installations on public property. The process takes time and should be initiated immediately upon acceptance to the show. Consideration of how offsite work integrates into the main 2nd floor gallery space and contributes to the hotel visitor experience is encouraged. Participants are welcome to propose projects for sites that are not outlined in the proposal.

4. Public Engagement

Proposals that explore the themes of the exhibition are welcome as integrated workshops, events, lectures, performances, child-friendly activities, tours, etc. These may occur on one evening, focus on a school group audience during the weekdays, or take place over the course of the exhibition.


Please fill out the online submission form no later then 11 p.m. (EST) on September 30, 2017.





Grow Op 2018 Fees
Fees to participate are as follows and will be required once the Jury has made its final selections. There is no proposal submission fee.

  • Room Installations $350 + HST
  • Site-Specific Public Space Installations/Projects $100 + HST

Why Exhibit at The Gladstone Hotel?

  • The Gladstone Hotel is one of the most respected art, design & cultural hubs in Toronto.
  • Many of our exhibitors have been featured by The Globe & Mail, Canadian Architect, Narcity, The National Post, CBC, Toronto Star, The Torontoist, View on Canadian Art (VoCA), Breakfast Television, Toronto Life Magazine, NOW Magazine, AZURE Magazine, Design Boom, Huffington Post, Canadian Art and many more.
  • We provide the opportunity to network with the media, curators, gallerists, collectors, artists, designers and members of the general public.
  • We provide the opportunity for exhibitors here to receive special rates at the hotel.
  • We provide alternative exhibition spaces that are optimal for independent and emerging designers with a range of design/art sensibilities including political, commercial and strictly aesthetic perspectives.
  • We provide exclusivity – This is not a trade show. The unique exhibition setting of the art hotel, and the size, focus and mandate of the event provides every participant with the opportunity to be prominently featured in the show.


Banner images from left to right: Jordan Duke + Dayne Roy-Caldwell, Rachael Grice & Rekha Ramachandran, Melanie Billark, Michelle Hunniford & Magdalena Milosz, Micah Donovan