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Gladstone Grow Op 2019 – Call for Submissions

The Gladstone’s Annual Exhibition on Urbanism, Landscape and Contemporary Art

Deadline For SubmissionsOctober 30, 2018, 11pm EST
Exhibition Dates: April 18 – 21, 2019

Grow Op at the Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, celebrates its seventh year in April 2019 with an exhibition of art, design and ideas across a range of disciplines. The 2019 edition considers ENERGY; Clean energy, dirty energy, social energy, positive energy, negative energy, climate energy, embodied energy, resilient energy. Do we hoard, waste, commodify, burn it, or do we store, reuse, renew it?  How humans and other species live within and without natural systems of growth, change, abundance, scarcity, decay and life.

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 2018Grow Op 2017Grow Op 2016 , 20152014

Grow Op 2019 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?

FOCUS – The Gladstone is focused on showcasing independent and emerging artists and designers with a range of sensibilities including political, commercial and strictly aesthetic perspectives. 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.

INTIMATE – The unique setting of the hotel and the focus and mandate of our exhibitions provides every participant with the opportunity to be prominently featured. 

SUPPORT – The Gladstone staff team supports market planning, marketing and promotions to make participating easy and rewarding. And we engage individual curators, advocators and partners who provide expertise, connect their networks and infuse their creative energy to ensure a successful experience for all participants.

CONNECTION –  We provide the opportunity to network with the media, curators, gallerists, collectors, artists, designers and members of the general public. You will see your neighbours, your colleagues, and people you would like to meet – new clients, future collaborators. The Gladstone is a place for fun, taking chances, connecting to people and new opportunities!

ACCESSIBILITY – Participation costs for exhibitors are minimal compared to trade shows and more commercial events. Most exhibitions are free to the public with 7 day a week access. We also provide the opportunity for exhibitors here to receive special rates at the hotel.

EXPOSURE – The Gladstone Hotel is one of the most respected art, design & cultural hubs in Toronto. We work hard to support artists to draw audience and professional contacts via our networks within the professional arts, media and local and international community and provide access to our social media followers. 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, BlogTO, NOW Magazine, AZURE Magazine, DesignLines, Design Boom, Huffington Post, Canadian Art and many more.

Apply Here!

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