Submissions are now open for y-AXIS 2017

y-AXIS is a dedicated fund for commissioning at least one project annually by a young and/or emerging artist exploring an interdisciplinary practice. The nurturing of such projects and their respective communities reflects a key component of our mandate—to promote exchange and spark collaboration at the intersection of art, science and technology.

The fund seeks to support a variety of activities and formats, including but not limited to:

  • Research
  • Prototyping
  • Installations
  • Demonstrations
  • Exhibitions
  • Publishing
  • Performance


y-AXIS is a dedicated fund for young and emerging artists. Subtle Technologies defines “young and emerging artist” as someone who is under the age of 30 and pursuing a professional career in the arts or has completed formal arts training commensurate with a degree within the last 5 years.

y-AXIS intends to stimulate its local communities and economies. Applicants must reside in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA).

y-AXIS is an interdisciplinary fund and is reserved for makers and thinkers seeking to work across and between traditionally-defined areas of study and practice. This can include broad definitions of disciplines such as the integration of art and science, or be much more nuanced in nature—for example, an integration of printmaking and computer science. In either case, the interdisciplinary aspect of the work should be made clear in the applicant’s proposal. Proposals that lack a clear interdisciplinary trajectory will not be considered.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions are accepted annually between January 1st and October 31st.

Submissions are juried during the month of November by a committee comprised of the Artistic Director and selected media artists, designers, scientists and curators.

Funded projects are announced in early December, and successful applicants are expected to execute their proposed project between January 1st and August 31st of the following year.

Please provide the following:

  • 250 word abstract or project proposal
  • 250-500 word artist statement, design philosophy or summary of research interests
  • 4-8 images at 72 dpi (screen resolution), each no larger than 2 MB
  • 3-5 hyperlinks to relevant content (press, publications, video)

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