Womxn Paint, in partnership with Arts Etobicoke and StreetARToronto, is hosting their fourth mural jam in September 2020. The painting will take place in North Etobicoke; we will continue to animate the northern sound-barrier wall along Finch Avenue West, east of Kipling Ave.

Emerging, mid-career, and established female-identified, non-binary and two spirit artists, or artist teams, are encouraged to submit concepts for murals in response to the theme, naturally resilient. Based on feedback from the community, we are looking for artists to visually share stories that celebrate building strength, connection and community through developing our relationship with the natural world.

Artists are asked to create their designs using the colour scheme. For visual unity, the wall will be primed teal.

Site and Production Details
Selected artists will receive a section of the wall that is 12ft wide and approximately 13ft high. Artists will be required to paint 6.5ft up, but are welcome to paint higher if desired—and if working at heights certified. The wall is made of compressed birch.

Artists will have access to Dulux exterior latex in the specified colours. Artists will be responsible for providing all other supplies.

Artist Selection Process
All submissions will be reviewed by an advisory committee composed of North Etobicoke community members, artists, and arts professionals. The committee will select thirty-two (32) artists to participate based on:

  • Their concept’s alignment with the guiding theme, “naturally resilient”
  • Their concept’s reflection of the community
  • Demonstrated excellence of past work and ability to complete a professional mural
  • Ensuring a diversity of participants 

Selected artists will receive a $700 honorarium (+HST if you have an HST #)  for their successfully completed piece. 

Selected artists will be notified by August 12, 2020.

Details about the community
Through extensive community consultations and our diverse programming in the area, we learned that North Etobicoke has invisible boundaries that community members don’t always feel comfortable crossing, and therefore, they primarily stick to their neighbourhoods. Through this project, we help break down these barriers by bringing people together from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds, from all over Rexdale, to take part in the process of mural making. The North Etobicoke Local Immigration Partnership and the Rexdale Women’s Centre have done deep research on the community and prepared the following snapshot of the community. 

North Etobicoke is a vibrant part of the City of Toronto. With a population of almost 116,000, it is made up of 6 vibrant and growing neighbourhoods. All of these neighbourhoods are complex, and their stories are always changing. One constant in every North Etobicoke neighbourhood, however, is the strong immigrant presence. More new immigrants are settling in North Etobicoke (24.4%) than across the City of Toronto (21.6%). Of these, 33% settle in the neighbourhood of Mount Olive – Silverstone – Jamestown. Further, 24% of new immigrants settle in the neighbourhood of Kingsway Village – The Westway. While China dominates the City of Toronto as the largest source country for immigrants (including recent immigrants), India dominates in North Etobicoke as the source country for both immigrants and recent immigrants (i.e. people who have immigrated in the last 5 years). Jamaica is the second largest source country in North Etobicoke. Sixty-five percent (65%) of North Etobicoke’s population is made up of visible minorities (as defined in Statistics Canada Census) as compared to 47% of the City of Toronto. Immigrant communities from the South Asian diaspora, primarily India and Pakistan, are by far the fastest growing in North Etobicoke. In fact, almost 60% of recent immigrants to North Etobicoke identify as South Asian. You can find more stats and information here.

COVID-19 Safety 

To keep all participants safe, and adhere to all city by-laws, we will space out the painting over several weeks with a strict health and safety protocol in place. Selected artists will be required to attend a health and safety zoom training. 

DEADLINE: Artists must submit their applications by Sunday, August 2, 2020 at 11:59pm. Late applications will not be considered.

Click here to apply for Womxn Paint 2020

StreetARToronto (StART), delivered by the City of Toronto, is a suite of innovative programs designed specifically for streets and public spaces. Initiated in 2012 as an integral part of the City of Toronto Graffiti Management Plan, StART has reduced graffiti vandalism and replaced it with vibrant, colourful, community-engaged street art.  StART programs encourage active transportation (walking and cycling), make streets more beautiful and safe, showcase local artists, mentor emerging talent, reduce overall infrastructure maintenance costs and more.