Open Call

2021 Call for Submissions: "Furtive"

Chinatown Biennial

With Funding
Free / No Costs
Toronto, Canada


The conceptual nature of this program and our call for submissions opens the possibilities for submissions from anywhere in the world, to be physically located anywhere the artist(s) can arrange, and/or online. The Chinatown Biennial prioritizes BIPOC and other marginalized artists. Though self-identification is optional, we do ask all participants to visit and read through the "Intentions and Values" page of our website and consider their relationship to Chinatown and/or other ethnic enclave(s).

Number of Participants

Our jury will be selecting seven successful projects.


Selection Results (Announcement Dates)


August 01, 2021 - September 30, 2021


  • CA$200.00 material budget (one-time)
  • CA$500.00 stipend (one-time)


No meals

Public Programs

Exhibition, Festival


Activists, Architecture, Augmented Reality, Book Arts, Cartoonist, Ceramics, Chefs, Collective, Comedy, Conceptual Art, Crafts & Trades, Culinary, Curatorial, Digital Media, Documentary, Drawing, Dreamers, Fiber Arts, Fiction, Film, Glass, Illustration, Immersive Experiences, Installation, Interdiscplinary Arts, Intervention, Journalism, Land Art, Literature, Makers, Mime, Mixed Reality, Moving Image, Multimedia, Painting, Pedagogy, Performance Art, Photography, Poetry, Printmaking, Public Art, Scholar, Sculpture, Social Practice, Sound Art, Thinkers, Video Art, Video Games, Virtual Reality, Visual Arts, Wearable Technology, Web Design


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Program Description

The world's first Chinatown Biennial is now accepting submissions for our 2021 programming, set to take place in August and September. Our theme is "furtive". We highly encourage applicants to visit our website for details. The Chinatown Biennial is part actual biennial, part parody. We aim to highlight the complexity of narratives that coexist within and around ethnic enclaves, past essentialist, colonial, gentrifying, and (self)-Orientalist notions of what art in Chinatowns must look like. Please visit our website for full details about our intentions and values prior to applying. Submissions will be reviewed by our jury and successful applicants will be notified in May.

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