What is PATCH, and What Do We Do?

PATCH provides artists (like you!) with opportunities to exhibit their work in public—raising their profile while transforming Toronto’s streets.


We install permanent and temporary art in underused spaces, like construction sites, strengthening community ties and beautifying the streetscape while building the capacity of emerging artists to exhibit in the public realm. PATCH’s proceeds fund community arts and programming for youth in some of the city’s most underserved communities through our parent charity—The STEPS Initiative, which has been responsible for some of Canada’s largest and most community-engaged public works.


PATCH can help YOU:

  • develop your portfolio
  • get paid for exhibiting your work
  • join a community of like-minded creative professionals
  • build a foundation for your career in Toronto’s cultural sector



As a charitable public arts organization, we recognize the importance of valuing and financially compensating artists for their work. Rest assured that we pay no less than those rates outlined by CARFAC.

Fees vary depending on whether exhibited works are existing or commissioned, with budgets accommodating for the materials and other production needs associated with creating new work.


What Are We Looking For?

PATCH collaborates with a wide range of creative professionals who vary stylistically and thematically. You can find a selection of our current collaborating artists on our Artists Page.

We are looking for artists who live or work in the Toronto area, and who are interested in exhibiting their work in the public realm. You should have a proven capability to produce work of the highest quality and proven ability to undertake projects of similar scope to those of PATCH.


How to Apply

Interested artists / designers are required to complete an online application no later than the deadline. CLICK HERE to review and begin your online application.

(no hard or emailed copies will be accepted!!)


As part of the application process, you will need to upload:

  • five (5) pieces of visual support material (these should be tightly cropped examples of past work)
  • an artistic CV outlining any relevant experience
  • a letter of reference (generic letters of reference are acceptable)


Submissions are reviewed by our Advisory Committee which includes representatives from Toronto’s cultural and city-building sectors. We endeavour to communicate decisions within two months of all application deadlines.


More Information:

For more information this opportunity, we encourage you to register for the info session scheduled for February 13th. If after reviewing the information on our website and attending the session, you have any additional questions, please contact us at:

Application Deadline is 5pm March 1, 2018 


Thank you,

The PATCH Team