Who We Are

What we do

Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts is an independent non-profit organization founded in 1998. The organization gives financial support to the visual arts in the Greater Toronto Area and provides an educational program for its members. TFVA presents annual awards, which are given at our annual May Tribute Night. We have now awarded over $600,000 since 1998.

To contact us send an email to: info@tfva.ca.
TFVA does not respond to letters of inquiry, unsolicited nominations or funding requests.

Current Awards

2017 Artist Prize $15,000 to Nep Sidhu

Winner Nep Sidhu
NEP SIDHU lives and works in Toronto with satellite studios and projects in India. Through the practice of continuum and study of techniques, his textile, painting and sculpture provide a contemporary context to explore the sacred and divine with a focus on ceremony and adornment. www.nepsidhu.com

2017 Artist Prize Finalist $5,000 MARVIN LUVUALU ANTONIO

MARVIN LUVUALU ANTONIO is a Toronto-based artist with a multidisciplinary approach to art making. His practice is instinctive, personal and performative, investigating the politics of object, place, race and body.  www.marvinluvualuantonio.tumblr.com

2017 Artist Prize Finalist $5,000 COCO GUZMAN

COCO GUZMAN is a Toronto-based queer identifying artist originally from southern Spain.Guzman’s drawings and installations tell stories of silenced histories and memories to challenge social oppression and advocate for change. www.cocotiot.com

2017 FOUNDERS ACHIEVEMENT AWARD $10,000 EB ZEIDLER, CHRISTINA AND MARGIE ZEIDLER

EBERHARD ZEIDLER and his two daughters, CHRISTINA AND MARGIE are recognized for their landmark contributions to the architectural, civic and urban landscapes in Toronto. Having worked both together with their father and apart, Christina and Margie have contributed to the revitalization of the urban core with their architectural restorations of the Gladstone Hotel and 401 Richmond St. providing exhibition and workspace for a wide cross section of artists and community groups.

 

TFVA 20TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL AWARD IN 2018 22,000 ART MUSEUM

This Special Award to celebrate our 20th Anniversary is being given early for the publication of a hard cover, full colour book including 86 artists to ART MUSEUM, University of Toronto. This will be the first publication of a thematic interpretation of over fifty years of Toronto art and artists. FORM FOLLOWS FICTION: ART AND ARTISTS IN TORONTO will be written by LUIS JACOB.

 

2017 Project Support $9,600 AKIN PROJECTS

This project is for CAMH Youth Addiction & Concurrent Disorders Program. It will provide 12 patient workshops with the artists, artist assistants and materials for patients in the program who need encouragement to learn to express themselves creatively

2017 Project Support $5,000 ART GALLERY, YORK UNIVERSITY

AGYU’S Director Philip Monk and Curator Emelie Chhangur have curated an exhibition Migrating The Margins. Theexhibition and publication look at the condition of artistic production reflecting the vast changes as a result of immigration and suburban living through the works of seven artists.

2017 Project Support $7,400 GALLERY 8eleven

Gallery 8eleven is an artist –run gallery showing emerging and mid-career artists. This award will help to support two exhibitions, She Makes Two from One and One and Immigration.

2017 Project Support $3,000 BRETT DESPOTOVICH

BRETT DESPOTOVICH created and produced ChanneL 2, five nights of three hour performances of music, video art, guests and discussions in January 2017.

 

2017 TFVA TRUST FUND $2,189.64 FRIENDS OF THE PAN AM PATH’S PROJECT for the CAPE DORSET YOUTH MURAL.