Open Exhibitions

Registration for 2016 Open Exhibitions is now closed.

If you have registered for the 2016 Festival, you can log in to finalize details and make changes to your registration until Friday, January 8, 2016

The Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, a month-long celebration of the art and profession of photography in Toronto, is inviting registration for the 2016 Open Exhibitions program. This part of the Festival provides you with a valuable opportunity to hold your own exhibition, and enables a platform for dialogue and engagement with the community throughout the month. It is a non-juried program—open to all, encouraging a variety of photographic practices and alternative venue options.

Participants are responsible for arranging their own venue. Once you have a venue to exhibit your work, you may register your exhibition with CONTACT. Traditional exhibition venues may be used, as well as alternative exhibition spaces such as community centres, studios, cafes, shops, and restaurants. Venues must have public visiting hours to be considered an eligible exhibition space.

Benefits of registration include:
- Exhibition listing with 75-word description and one image reproduction in the CONTACT Festival magazine
- One web page with up to three images on the Festival website
- Press access to your downloadable image on the website
- CONTACT venue signage
- Copies of the CONTACT Festival Magazine

See an example of an Open Exhibition magazine page here.

Deadlines + Fees

Please visit to begin your registration. See this checklist for all information needed to complete registration.

Registration Deadline: December 4, 2015
Final Content Deadline: January 8, 2016

Early Registration Fee - available until November 6, 2015.
$400 + HST per exhibition
Regular Registration Fee - takes effect November 7, 2015.
$465 + HST per exhibition


Additional exhibition header
$125 + HST
Add a second set of exhibition dates to your magazine listing. Note: This is only valid for multiple exhibitions occurring at the same venue. The magazine description text can be no longer than 75 words combined; each exhibition has a full website profile.

50 Extra Words
$125 + HST 
Add an additional 50 words to your 75-word magazine exhibition description text (max. 125 words per magazine listing).

Fees are subject to 13% HST and due by the registration deadline. Registration fees can can be paid by cheque, cash, money order and Visa & Mastercard via PayPal. A PayPal link is available upon registration. 

Questions or concerns? Please consult our FAQ, or contact us at / 416-539-9595.

Call for Submissions

Resource Links:

Social Media Toolkit from Artsy — An informative and beautiful toolkit for using social media to promote a gallery; much of it will be applicable to independent exhibition organizers. Note: you must sign up for their email list to download this PDF.

DIY Guide to Public Relations from Culture Days — An excellent resource intended for participants of Culture Days, but useful to anyone organizing a cultural event, especially in conjunction with a large festival. 


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