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Sep 25 2020 Calls / Competitions /

Design TO Thematic Exhibition: Exchange Piece

All submissions are due Friday, September 25, 2020 by 11:59pm EST.


Thematic Exhibition 2020 ‘Future Retrospectives’, photo by Simon Liao, courtesy of DesignTO.


The 11th annual DesignTO Festival returns in 2021!

The DesignTO Festival brings people together to celebrate contemporary design across the city January 22-31, 2021.

Join the Festival to become a part of an exiting network of creative people, exhibitions, events, and a captive audience of designers and design-lovers. In 2020, the Festival had 100+ events and exhibitions across the city with 160k+ visitors. From design talks to experimental installations to prototypes to opening parties and curated exhibitions, the Festival featured the work of over 800 artists and designers.


DesignTO Thematic Exhibition: Exchange Piece

The practice of care can be found in all aspects of our lives. From objects and places, to ideas and policies, and people and communities, care in the creative process affects the way we relate and position ourselves to the things we create and interact with.

Exchange Piece seeks to explore collaboration as an act of care. It is constructed around an exchange and conversation between early career and senior artists and designers. Selected artists are paired, an introduction is made, and then a collaborative “exchange piece” is created through conversations between them.

We invite submissions from artists and designers working in all mediums and formats, at all stages of their practice. We are open to projects expressed in 2- or 3-dimensions, digital or analog, whether they be object- or concept-based.

Deadline: all submissions are due Friday, September 25 2020 by 11:59pm EST.

Click here to learn more and submit your work.




A note regarding COVID-19:

During this unprecedented time, we are reminded of what DesignTO is about: creativity, community, and experimentation. We have seen our community come together in inspiring ways, from making PPE and developing pandemic specific apps, to supporting local makers and retailers. DesignTO is keeping informed about the situation and will let you know of any changes to the 2021 Festival as they arise.

We look forward to a future when are able to gather again.