Call for Artists 2024

2024 Call for Artists Now Open

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We are delighted to announce the return of The Junction’s award-winning 5th Annual Window Wonderland, presented by Isaan Der Thai Kitchen, from November 29 to January 31, 2025. This revered event promises to captivate and transform our community into a vibrant and interactive public art gallery.

In collaboration with the esteemed tech innovator Artivive, we proudly unveil an exceptional showcase featuring 20 interactive painted windows and 13 mesmerizing wall murals. Experience the enchantment as these stunning artworks come alive seamlessly through the Artivive app, delivering an immersive and mesmerizing experience for all.

Don’t miss this chance to participate in our event – a unique fusion of art, technology, and community celebration! Join us in shaping an unforgettable spectacle that continues to garner acclaim and captivate audiences year after year.

CLICK HERE to see our 2023 exhibition!

This open call is for both paint mural and digital animation artists! You will be paired with a local small business to transform a Junction window into a multimedia visual installation. Augmented reality (AR) will allow the animation to be overlaid on top of the window painting, creating the interactive piece – a window mural that comes to life!

  1. 1. Muralists – Open May 3: Toronto-based artists will paint the business window with an exceptional mural. You’ll need to apply through this Google Form.
  2. 2. Animators – Open May 13: Animation artists will animate the window mural for AR. You must use the Artivive International Open Call
  • This event is a distinctive cultural experience in Toronto, drawing significant press and media attention. Don’t miss the chance to be part of something extraordinary!
  • Note: Artists who work in both paint medium and animation are welcome to apply to be considered for both positions, but you will need to apply through each form separately.
  • – Include examples of past work and link to your portfolio. Provide links in the Google Form to at least three (3) examples of previous work. Mural experience is recommended. Our Art Consultant will select a shortlist of muralists, and The Junction BIA will make the final selection based on experience and aesthetics.
  • – The competition is open to everyone 18 or older on the start date.
  • – Submissions are limited to English.
  • – Group submissions by multiple animators or collectives are not permitted.
  • – Guidelines for the portfolio: Include examples of past work and a link to the portfolio. Please link to video-hosting websites (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.).

We recommend that all applicants thoroughly read the Call for Artists page before applying. It includes an estimated project timeline and scope of work.

Our Art Consultant will select from a shortlist of animators and muralists, with The Junction BIA making the final selection based on experience and aesthetics.

All selected artists will receive a complimentary virtual workshop by Artivive on Friday, July 19 (TBC). The workshop will teach participants about augmented reality and provide tutorials to help users create AR art using their tools. PLEASE NOTE: Attendance at the workshop is mandatory for all participating artists regardless of participation in previous years.

This workshop will also feature a presentation from, a company promoting the ethical use of AI in digital artwork. allows you to collaborate with AI on your terms: decide how much your work inspires AI creations and how it’s used. Get credited and rewarded. Be an AI partner, not a source. Join Own your art; own your future.


All winning muralists will be awarded Can$ 850 + HST for their work. This includes the cost of materials for painting a mural of a recommended maximum size of ~7 x 7 feet for optimal viewing and patron safety. Fees are paid after the window is completed and are contingent on creating a window that works with augmented reality technology. Muralists must submit an invoice. The artists we collaborate with must agree to receive payment through Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) or PayPal if their bank is incompatible with our EFT system. Please see below for the estimated timeline to understand the scope of work required.


Animators: All-inclusive animator fees will be Can$ 750 + HST. This includes the cost of creating a minimum 20-second animation with sound loops. Fees are paid after the animation is complete. Animators must submit an invoice for their fees. The artists we collaborate with must agree to receive payment through Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) or PayPal if their bank is incompatible with our EFT system. Please see below for the estimated timeline to understand the scope of work required.


The BIA will clean the windows before and after the exhibition. Other than that, the BIA will not provide the muralist with any paint materials. The Muralist is responsible for providing any necessary materials or equipment to ensure the safety and respect of surrounding property and window panes. The Muralist agrees to use the type of paint materials recommended by Artivive and the BIA – or they may be required to provide uncompensated touch-ups or cover the paint removal costs.


The Junction BIA is committed to creating a diverse environment. The program seeks to engage individuals from diverse backgrounds, including women, visible minorities, new Canadians, LGBTQ peoples, Indigenous peoples, people with disabilities and people from different faith and religious orientations. For more information, please see The Junction BIA Diversity and Inclusion Statement.

  • – Muralist submissions close at 11:59 PM on Wednesday, June 5.
  • – Animator submissions close at 11:59 PM on Monday, June 24.
  • – Selected muralists will hear back on June 19, and selected animators on July 5.
  • – Email your questions to Jenna Gartlan, Operations, The Junction BIA.

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