The RBC Emerging Artist Network


At The Power Plant we take great pride in supporting local artists through our Membership program where we provide resources and opportunities to enrich artistic practices through programs like Portfolio Night and Master Class, as well as connect Members of our community through events like Exhibition tours, collection visits or artist studio visits. We are pleased to launch a new initiative supported by RBC Wealth Management that will allow us to continue to provide support and opportunities to 25 selected local emerging artists through a sponsored artist Membership.  

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*Due to the volume of applications received, we are experiencing delays in selecting the artists. A revised timeline will be published here in September 2022*

The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery announces an open call for artists to apply to the 2022 RBC Emerging Artist Network–a year-long initiative developed to benefit 25 Toronto-based emerging artists.

Selected participants will have first access to dedicated programming designed to provide mentorship, networking and tangible career development opportunities to these artists. The participants will be given the benefits associated with an artist membership at The Power Plant (valued at $250) that will grant the members access to exclusive events including Portfolio Nights, learning opportunities related to filing taxes and granting opportunities, opportunities to present on their work as part of The Power Plant’s public programs, field trips to studio visits, gallery visits, and so on —whereby emerging artists can show their works and engage with to established artists and arts professionals for feedback, including Canadian and visiting international artists exhibiting at The Power Plant as well as curators and other arts professionals.

Suggested criteria for the 2022 RBC Emerging Visual Artists Program at the Power Plant includes:

- Self-identify as a local emerging visual artist;
- Be based in Toronto, GTA or surrounding areas and able to participate in-person gatherings;⁠
- Have little presentation or publication history;
- Are involved in their creative community;
- Make a financial commitment to their practice and aspire to make their artistic work their primary source of income;
- Are enrolled in, or have recently graduated from, a related degree/diploma program. ⁠Or can demonstrate equivalent visual art experience;

Interested applicants should submit an updated CV, a letter of interest outlining how they meet the criteria, and a selection of five images related to their artistic practice to
Deadline for submissions is Sunday July 17, 2022 at 11:59 PM.

The selection committee will comprise Adelina Vlas, Head of Exhibitions & Publications; Carolin Köchling, Nuyten Dime Curator-at-Large; and Joséphine Denis, Head of Public Programs & Outreach at The Power Plant, and Toronto based curator/artist Chiedza Pasipanodya. On Monday July 25, the committee will invite 25 artists to confirm their participation in the RBC Emerging Artist Network program by Wednesday July 27. The program will begin on the week of August 8, 2022.



  • - An opportunity to propose an exhibition at an offsite partner institution;
  • - An opportunity to apply for a residency at Humber College;
  • - Access to Members-Only Exhibition Viewings and Receptions each season;
  • - Access to dedicated Members-Only entrance at Opening Receptions;
  • - Invitations to artist studio and gallery visits each season;

And much more!

Meet The 2020-21 RBC Emerging Artist Network

  • Marissa Alexander (Ceramics)
  • Mackenzie Boyd (Painting)
  • Jasmine Canaviri (Sculpture and Installation)
  • Nathan Eugene Carson (Drawing and Painting)
  • Mitchell F. Chan (Sculpture and Installation)
  • Jacquie Comrie (Multidisciplinary) 
  • Sarah Davidson (Drawing and Painting)
  • Nada Hafez (Sculpture, Print Media, and Calligraphy)
  • Denirée Isabel (Textiles)
  • Karina Iskandarsjah (Visual Artist and Independent Curator)
  • Jessica Karuhanga (Writing, Video, Drawing, and Performance)
  • Lucille Kim (Drawing, Photography, and Video)
  • Vanessa Krause (Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Fabrication, and Video)
  • Chief Lady Bird (Mural and Illustration)
  • Elyse Longair (Photography and Collage)
  • Khadijah Morley (Printmaking)
  • Sarah Pereux (Drawing)
  • Alejandro Rizzo Nervo (Photography, Collage, Photomontage, and Non-Traditional Printing Processes)
  • Breanna Shannahan (Sculpture)
  • Jordyn Stewart (Video and Performance)
  • Sahar Te (Time-based Media Artist featuring Sound and Performance)
  • Howie Tsui (Multi-Media)
  • Amrita Virdi (Painting)
  • Joshua 'Scribe' Watkis (Spoken Word Poet)
  • Emma Welch (Mixed Media)