Please note that this opportunity is open to Workman Arts members and patients who have received services from CAMH.

Annual Juried Members Exhibition – Call for Submissions

Workman Arts is excited to announce that the call for submissions for Being Scene’s annual juried exhibition is now open!

Being Scene is Workman Arts’ most anticipated visual arts exhibition for the last 22 years. Covering a wide range of artists practicing in many conceptual and material approaches, the exhibit gives voice to diverse life experiences.

We invite you to submit completed artwork for the opportunity to exhibit in-person and/or online. Artists at early, mid, and later points in their career are invited to submit artwork to our annual juried exhibition.

Important Dates:

Juried Exhibition Submission Deadline: January 30, 2023 at MIDNIGHT EST
Application Assistance Requests: January 10th, 2023
Results Released: Mid February 2023
Being Scene Juried Exhibition Dates: March or April (dates TBD) 2023

Submission Guidelines:

1. Each artist may submit digital images of up to 5 artworks in any medium.
2. Artworks must be original and created by the artist submitting.
3. Please specify whether artwork is intended to be exhibited in-person or online or both.
4. Artworks must have been created within the last five years and not displayed previously in Being Scene.
5. Inclusion of artist statements with bio is highly encouraged.
6. Eligibility open to Workman Arts members and/or artists who have accessed CAMH services only.

Submission files formatting:

1. Digital images must be submitted in a .jpg or .png format and no larger than 10mb.
2. Video entries should be submitted in MP4 format and no larger than 100mb OR be shared as a link (ie. YouTube, Vimeo, etc).
3. Images/video of artwork should be labelled as follows: LastName_FirstName_ArtworkTitle

Juried Selection Process:

1. All submitted artworks will be juried by our guest jurors.
2. Decisions will be made on the digital images submitted by the artist and accompanying statements & artist bio.
3. The jury’s decision is final.
4. Artists will be notified of their results by Mid February.

Application Support:

If alternative methods of submitting are required, please contact Visual Arts Manager Joshua Vettivelu at or (416) 583 – 4339 x 33064

Accessibility Assistance is available upon request. Please give us at least two weeks notice if you require any supports before you intend to submit or two weeks before the deadline (January 10 latest).

History of Being Scene

The Being Scene exhibition began 20 years ago on the grounds of CAMH. Members of the larger art community were invited every year to jury submitted work by Workman member artists and artists in the community who self-identified with lived experience. Every year artists gave shape to compelling ideas and narratives, covering a wide range of conceptual and material approaches from diverse experiences.

A key feature of the exhibition was to celebrate the artists and their work. Workman Arts moved to its current location in the former Equity Showcase Theatre at 651 Dufferin in 2009 and the annual Being Scene continued, showing in spaces such as The Gladstone Hotel and the Toronto Media Arts Centre (TMAC). In November of 2020, Workman Arts will be moving back to the newly developed CAMH Queen Street campus, and Being Scene will continue to thrive in local spaces.

Applications are Closed for Being Scene 2023

Workman Arts has identified equity and anti-oppression as strategic priorities and strongly encourages qualified applicants from diverse communities to apply and self-identify in their proposals. We welcome & encourage proposals from applicants who are Indigenous, Black, people of colour, women, 2SLGBTQ+, people with disabilities, and/or are members of other marginalized groups. Application accommodations available on request.

416-583-4339, ext. 6