Mercer Union is a non-profit, artist-run centre dedicated to commissioning and producing new works of contemporary art, and providing an engaging program that encourages critical inquiry and conversation. We champion ambitious exhibitions that empower diverse Canadian and international artists in formative and established stages of their practice.
Board of Directors
Femi Adeyinka, Matt Brown, Felicia Daisy, Miles Gertler, Sarah Heim, Christie Kirchner, David Neligan, Philip Leonard Ocampo, Erica Russell, Marina Shepaksov, Farnoosh Talaee
As a leading artist-run centre, Mercer Union will be recognized as an international space for contemporary art, where artists at pivotal stages in their practice are supported, and vital conversations at the intersection of contemporary art and civic life are fostered.
- Artistic Expression: We provide a unique platform for artistic expression and believe that contemporary art can inspire curiosity, discovery, and transformation.
- Risk-Taking: We are committed to supporting experimentation in contemporary art practices and are a test site for artists working through new ideas.
- Equity: We purposefully invite, uphold and embody a culture that challenges imbalances of power and structural inequities. We foster an environment that inspires a more equitable future.
- Collaboration: We actively develop meaningful, reciprocal relationships with artists, audiences, supporters, peer organizations and other community members, recognizing that diverse lived experiences enrich cultural dialogue.
- Support: We empower artists at every stage─from research and technical expertise to sustained curatorial dialogue before, during and after their exhibitions.
Please note that we are not accepting artwork submissions at this time. Thank you for your understanding. We encourage you to stay up-to-date with gallery news through our website, social media, or mailing list, where we post opportunities as they come.
Job openings and other opportunities to work with Mercer Union are posted here when available. We also accept applications for academic internships, for more information, please email: [email protected].
OAC Exhibition Assistance
Mercer Union is a recommender for the Ontario Arts Council's Exhibition Assistance program. Deadlines for submissions: 27 October 2023 at 1pm EST; and 12 January 2024 at 1pm EST. Applications are submitted online through Nova for exhibitions that start on or after January 13, 2023. Applicants can submit up to three Exhibition Assistance applications at a time and no longer need to apply before their exhibition start date.
Mercer Union evaluates Exhibition Assistance requests in consideration of the following priorities:
- Contemporary art across all disciplines
- Significance of the project to the development of the artist's practice
- Potential impact of the exhibition on the critical reception of the artist's work
For questions about eligibility and to review current guidelines and requirements, visit Exhibition Assistance Program Guidelines.
For general inquiries about Mercer Union's role as a recommender in Zone 3 please contact [email protected] (subject line: Exhibition Assistance).
We do not review application materials sent by email; please make all submissions through Nova.