Our Story


Years supporting the Toronto Arts Community

prizes awarded

With the goals of promoting the appreciation of and commitment to the visual arts, as well as exploring new avenues of life-long learning, members of TFVA are encouraged to enjoy hundreds of activities in all aspects of painting, sculpture, photography, performance art, digital, video, new media, mixed media art and more. All of our varied learning opportunities are organized by volunteers, with advisors drawn from academia, publishing, galleries and museums.

Members may participate in gallery walks, tour museum exhibitions with a curator, attend lectures and films on a wide variety of artistic subjects, visit private collections in residences, view corporate collections, engage with artists during studio visits and socialize with colleagues. Tribute Night, held in May, honours and celebrates the artistic community and showcases our award recipients.

Membership in the TFVA is by sponsorship. Currently, the Friends is operating at its maximum membership level, and those put forward for membership by a current member proposer and seconder, will be added to the Waitlist. In the future, when opportunities for membership become more available, a notice will be placed on this website.

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Trust Fund

The TFVA Trust Fund was established with the Toronto Community Foundation in June 2004. A grant may be given annually with the interest earned.

Current Awards

See our awards page to learn more about the over 200 artists who have received upwards of over $1 million from TFVA.

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Latest News

See our Latest News for information about our current award winners, and our special events and projects.

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Our Board of Directors

The Board of the Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts works to foster the education and development of members and the arts community of Toronto.

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