Call for Workman Arts Instructors! Deadline: June 30


Instructors will develop and teach programs, workshops and classes offered at Workman Arts as well as on units at CAMH (as part of the Art Cart program) and in the greater Toronto community (as part of our Instructors for Hire program).

Workman Arts provides multi-disciplinary, professional art experiences and education for and by artists with lived experience with mental health and/or addictions issues. Workman Arts aims to support member artists through community support, access to free studio space, materials, equipment and art training as well as professional development and presentation opportunities.

We are looking for artists that have developed skills, technical experience or an artistic project in a range of disciplines that may include (but are not limited to): Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, Sculpture, Textile Art, Photography, Media Arts, Filmmaking, Podcasting, Animation, Performance, Theatre, Dance, Poetry, Prose, Playwriting, Songwriting and/or Music Composition.

We aim to prioritize hiring applicants who are currently members or who qualify for membership. For more information about membership, visit:

*Please keep in mind that programs are intended to provide participating artists with guidance and support in their own creative pursuits or the chance to contribute to a larger collaborative process (rather than be in service to an Instructor’s sole artistic vision or project). Also, please note that Workman Arts is a non-clinical arts organization and we will not prioritize applications that are situated explicitly within an art therapy and/or clinically-based framework.

What Instructors receive from Workman Arts:

  • Paid teaching opportunities (from September – June at Workman and/or Art Cart)
  • Other paid teaching opportunities through our ‘Instructors for Hire’ programs
  • Instructor training with mental health and arts professionals
  • Community-based support from other artists who have lived experience
  • Other membership benefits (free studios, courses, presentation opportunities, etc)
  • An Artist Profile on our website

What we need from you:

  • A current CV (including any teaching experience)
  • A description of your current artistic practice or interests (250 words max)
  • A description of the topics, techniques and/or projects you would like to offer including a breakdown of how the content will develop or deepen over the season (250 words max)
  • A link to your website and/or examples of your work (included in the PDF)
  • Information about training you have received in any of the following: Mental Health Advocacy, Peer Support, Harm Reduction, Recovery-Based Models, Trauma-Informed Care, Conflict Resolution, Anti-Oppressive Frameworks, Community Arts, Facilitation, Mentorship, etc.

The process:

  • Apply by the deadline (June 30, 5 PM) with a single PDF (under 10MB) to:
  • Workman Arts staff will review all applications and create a short list (by July 15)
  • The short list will be shared (anonymously) with Workman Arts members for input (by July 30)
  • Final decisions will be made by Workman Arts staff (by Aug 1)
  • Instructors will be informed of decisions and contracts will be provided (by Aug 1)

For questions, please contact Cara at 416 583 4339 ext 4 or

*Workman Arts is an equal opportunity organization and we prioritize artists who have lived experience of mental health and/or addiction issues. Please note that our current building is sadly not wheelchair accessible (and will remain so until construction is complete on our new building at CAMH in 2020).