Links to External Resources
The links below are additional resources for artists, particularly geared for artists based in Kingston. This list is by no means exhaustive.
The Canada Council for the Arts is the country's public arts funder. They have numerous grants available for arts organizations, collectives, and professional artists. Before applying for a grant, a profile must be made through their portal. The process for making a profile and writing a grant can be lengthy - we suggest starting several months prior to any deadline.
The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) is the provincial arts funder. Like their national counterpart, the OAC has several different granting programs and require a profile through their granting system, Nova. The mandate of the OAC is to foster the creation and production of art for the benefit of all Ontarians. Artists living outside of Ontario should refer to their respective province's arts council.
The Kingston Arts Council administers the City of Kingston's Arts Fund (CKAF) and the Nan Yeomans Grant for Artistic Development. CKAF awards project and operating grants on a yearly basis, with an annual deadline in the Spring of each year. The Nan Yeomans Grant awards one annual grant of $2,500 to an emerging artist under the age of 40, who may be practicing in any visual medium including painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, installation, pottery, fabric, glass, metal, film and/or video. The annual deadline is in the Fall of each year. The Kingston Arts Council also has a variety of professional development and artistic support programs.
The Agnes Etherington Art Centre at Queen’s University is a research-driven art museum, featuring innovative exhibitions and programs year-round, and holding superb collections of historical and contemporary art. Admission is free of charge.
The Union Gallery is a professionally staffed, student-centred university organization that serves both the Queen’s and the Kingston communities. Admission is free of charge.
The Tett Gallery is a multi-functional rental space in the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning that can be used by artists to produce their own exhibitions. The Tett does not curate or take any commission from displayed work.
The Window Art Gallery at the Kingston School of Art is a non-profit volunteer-run community gallery.
Martello Alley is an art-themed historic alley in downtown Kingston. Representing numerous artists, Martello Alley is a gallery where you can find original and printed artwork as well as a place to meet the artists and see their work in progress.
Gallery Raymond is Kingston’s largest commercial gallery.
Studio 22 is an established commercial fine art gallery representing artists from across Canada.
Arts Service Organizations
Artist-Run Centres and Collectives of Ontario (ARCCO) is a provincial professional arts service organization that supports the development of artist-directed organizations and artists' collectives engaged in contemporary cultural practice.
The Artist-Run Centres and Collectives Conference (ARCA) is a Canadian organization that represents – by way of the nine artist-run centres’ associations that form its membership – over 180 artist-run centres in the visual and media arts, contemporary craft and architecture and collectives in cities and towns across the country. They have an online directory of artist-run centres that can help artists when seeking out exhibition opportunities.
Canadian Artist Representation Le Front des Artistes Canadiens (CARFAC) is the national voice of Canada’s professional visual artists. As a non-profit association and a National Art Service Organization, their mandate is to promote the visual arts in Canada, to promote a socio-economic climate that is conducive to the production of visual arts in Canada, and to conduct research and engage in public education for these purposes. They have many tools for artists and arts organizations about legal rights, best practices, and a recomended fee schedule.