Cedar Ridge Creative Centre

Cedar Ridge Gallery

Image by Sally Pang, "Fenced", India ink & watercolour on paper

"Fenced" by Sally Pang, India ink and watercolour pencils on paper. UTSC Student Show

The Cedar Ridge Gallery exhibits emerging and established artists, collectives, and students from Toronto and the surrounding area. The gallery is programmed in partnership with Cedar Ridge Studio Gallery ten months annually with short term exhibitions. The gallery is also a space for Cedar Ridge partners, The Community Arts Guild and The Precious Gems Project to exhibit and run programs.

For inquiries about exhibiting your work at Cedar Ridge Studio Gallery please call 416-396-4026.

Spring 2017

See and Be Seen Exhibitions:

Short term gallery rental space for artists to sell and exhbit thier work.

Call for Artist Residency:

The Cedar Ridge Summer Residency program is a legacy project of the City of Toronto's Cultural Hotspot program for South Scarborough and welcomes one visual artist during centre hours for the months of July and August. The residency offers a working environment that supports the artistic process for emerging and mid-career artists.

Monday, April 3, 2017 by 4:00 pm

Please scroll down for the exhibition schedule and residency information

See and Be Seen Exhibition Schedule

ExpandJune 11, 2017, Celebration of the Arts

12 - 5 pm

Annual show and sale in the gallery and gardens

Featuring: fine art, folk art, painting/drawing, pottery, sculpture, weaving, woodcarving, country store, jewellery and more.

Live entertainment, Tea Room, hot dogs, cold drinks.

Summer Artist in Residency Program

ExpandResidency Overview

July 4 – August 31, 2017                                


Monday, April 3, 2017 by 4:00 pm

note: late submissions will not be accepted



  • Provide the artist with the opportunity to think, experiment, work  and create in the artistic, bucolic, yet urban, environment of Cedar Ridge
  • Provide the artist with the opportunity to concentrate and focus on a specific project
  • Provide the artist with the opportunity to exhibit and engage with the general public and other artists about their work
  • Engage artists to add their contribution to the existing cultural vibrancy of

Cedar Ridge Creative Centre

ExpandResidency Approach & Theme

The Artist in Residence Program aims to celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation. Canada was ranked as the second best place in the world to live at the 2016 World Economic Forum in Switzerland. The survey said that Canada welcomes immigrants, celebrates diversity, draws its national identity from its expansive wilderness, has produced a long list of accomplished writers and artists, and is a high-tech industrial society with an enviable standard of living. Canadian cities continue to dominate the top 10 of the "most liveable" category" in the annual Economist Intelligence Unit report.  

The sesquicentennial is a very special occasion with year long celebrations happening throughout the country.  This residency will allow time to reflect, challenge and imagine Canada then, now and in the future. Interpretation of the theme of Canada's 150th is open to the discretion of the artist. Topics may include but are not limited to: celebration, accomplishments, immigration, history, environment, language and/or a variety of other social issues.

Backgrounder: Canada is a beacon of hope during a challenging time. The residency site is located in Scarborough, which is in many ways a microcosm of the world.  Scarborough is one of the most diverse and multicultural areas of the Greater Toronto Area with a significant portion of the population composed of immigrants and descendants of immigrants who have arrived within the last four decades. Cedar Ridge Creative Centre itself is situated in one of the most diverse neighbourhoods in Toronto, populated predominantly with new immigrants, refugees, indigenous and other racialized ethnic groups in one of the City’s designated underserved areas.

Scarborough is also home to some of Toronto's popular natural landmarks, such as the Scarborough Bluffs and Rouge Park, declared the greenest part of Toronto. The area, comprised of neighbourhoods that reflect Scarborough's evolution from a rural community to a densely populated suburb, has a history of art dating back to the establishment of sites like the Guild of all Arts through to the present with Scarborough named the first inaugural Cultural Hotspot, a project which celebrates arts and culture in Toronto's inner suburbs.

ExpandProgram Expectations

  • A two week long exhibit of the recipient’s work will be mounted at the close of the residency in September 2017
  • Recipient is responsible for all production costs in excess of the $500 in art supplies provided
  • Recipient must work in the studio a minimum of 15 hours per week
  • Recipient must give two public talks or workshops
  • Recipient to actively participate in the promotion of the program and the opening reception through her/his own networks and efforts

ExpandFor the Artist

  • The use of a Gardener's Cottage studio during centre hours
  • Exhibition space at the Cedar Ridge Gallery for two weeks in September 2017. Promotion of final exhibition through established City of Toronto public relations channels
  • $500 in art supplies
  • Cedar Ridge Creative Centre's support connecting the recipient to the community, art networks and/or to pursue outside grants for the term of their residency

ExpandAbout the Site

Cedar Ridge Creative Centre, operated by Toronto's Arts and Culture Services, is a vibrant arts and cultural hub housed in a 1912 historic mansion in South Scarborough. Serving the community since 1978, Cedar Ridge was founded by volunteers as Scarborough’s first public gallery. Year round classes and workshops are offered in the teaching studios in addition to art camps for children and community outreach programs delivered by our Partners.

The residency building, one of three on the extensive property, is a cozy cottage steeped in history that backs onto a ravine with beautiful gardens sitting before it. The Gardener's Cottage – with studio space, living room, kitchen and bathroom – is the three-season home to the Community Arts Guild and two month home to the Summer Artist in Residence Program.




ExpandProgram Requirements

  1.  A one-page description (maximum) of your project highlighting how it relates to Cedar Ridge and the programs theme of "Canada's 150th", combined with how you visualize using your time at Cedar Ridge Creative Centre
    1. A resume (three page maximum)
    2. Any documents that you consider helpful to the jury in making its decision
    3. A cover letter that states:  your name, address, age, phone numbers, e-mail address, website (if available)
    4. Note of any special medical or physical requirements Cedar Ridge should be made aware of
  2. 8-10 good quality JPEGs of recent work that imply the general idea or impression of your work
  3. Digital images' maximum dimensions should be 1920 x 1080 pixels, with a resolution of 72 dpi
  • Images must be labelled: number, name of applicant, title of the work, followed by the date (example: 01_J. Doe_Untitled_2017)
  • Corresponding list containing title, dimension and medium must accompany images


  • The residency opportunity is open to emerging and mid-career artists creating two-dimensional visual art pieces
    • Emerging artists are defined as artists who have recently completed post-secondary training in the arts and/or have begun to exhibit their work in a public context, having a limited amount of experience in the field but are beginning to gain recognition for their art work through gallery exhibitions, grants, commissions or sales of their work
    • Mid-career artists are defined as artists that have specialized training in the arts and maintained an independent professional practice for at least three years, are recognized as a professional artist by their peers, have produced an independent body of work and have made at least three public presentations of work in a professional context over a three year period
  • Applicants must be residents of the City of Toronto and must not be enrolled in any arts degree or diploma program.
  • Our priority is to reflect the diversity of the community we serve. Women, young adults 18-30, people with disabilities, Aboriginal/First Nations people, and members of racial minorities are encouraged to apply.

ExpandHow to Submit

Proposals for residencies should be submitted to:


Subject: Artist in Residence Application – Your Name

Ensure that a PC computer can process all document and image files. It is your responsibility to ensure that submitted files are not corrupt, illegible or improperly formatted. Please send your entry information as a WORD (.doc) or PDF (.pdf) documents and all image files as JPEGs.

No fee is required for submitting an application.

  • Applications will be received until 4:00 pm Monday, April 3, 2017
  • Applications received after the submission deadline will not be considered
  • All decisions are final
  • Successful shortlist candidates will be contacted by email and/or telephone to set up a brief meeting with Cedar Ridge representatives
  • The successful candidate will be advised by email and/or telephone and will be required to reply in writing advising that they accept the residency and are available from July 4 - August 31, 2017 and able to mount a show in September.