YYZ Artists’ Outlet provides an open forum for the presentation of local, national, and international contemporary artist-initiated exhibitions and activities in all media and by artists at all stages of their careers. It is a site of contemporary cultural conversation. We exist to give artists space and support to take risks and create freely.
YYZ initiates critical and engaging process-based projects through the YYreZidency, YYretroZpective, YYZLAB, and YYZUNLIMITED programs. Hosting eight solo self-curated exhibitions annually, alongside a number of other public programming and educational events, YYZ publishes a wide range of books about Canadian criticism and art history, contributing to a broad discourse on visual culture under its imprint YYZBOOKS.
YYZ welcomes submissions for participation in its program from artists of all disciplines and at any point in their artistic development. YYZ supports the development and presentation of artistic practices and as such provides artists with the physical, financial, and intellectual resources required to produce their respective exhibitions or activities. Our deadline is ongoing. Submissions are assessed through consideration of the artist’s practice as demonstrated in the description and support material, the artist’s ability to produce work for an exhibition at YYZ, and the relation of the respective practices to local, national and international issues in contemporary art. The staff and Board of Directors also evaluates submissions within the context of YYZ’s internal programming priorities, the relevancy of projects to community issues and the development of a balanced program that represents cultural diversity and an equitable representation of artistic practices.
We trust artists and we are not afraid to fail.