Touring and Circulation Projects

Date Posted
May 30, 2024
Opportunity with
The Ontario Arts Council
Application Deadline
October 17, 2024 at 1:00 pm
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This program supports touring and circulation by Ontario artists, arts groups and arts organizations for audiences across Ontario, Canada and internationally. Grants fund touring presentations and exhibitions in all artistic practices funded by OAC. Tours may also include engagements for audience-building, artist-presenter networking, and market development activities. The program has two categories:

  • Category 1 – Tour – Individuals, ad hoc groups, collectives and organizations
  • Category 2 – Large-scale tour – Organizations

Engagements must take place outside of the applicant’s home city, town or First Nation. Exceptions are made for school tours within Ontario, where engagements may take place in the applicant’s home city, town or First Nation.


Tours must include at least one confirmed presentation or exhibition engagement at the invitation of a presenter, for a public audience (or a school audience for Ontario school tours). Projects must include plans for at least three engagements with distinct presenters or hosts.


Self-presentation activity is eligible as part of a tour that meets the requirements above, if there is a strong audience or market development rationale.


OAC encourages the development of environmentally sustainable practices in touring and circulation, including slow tours (tours with longer stays at each stop), tours to multiple stops close to one another, and hybrid tours (tours with both virtual and in-person presentation or exhibition).

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