YYZ ARTISTS’ OUTLET, in partnership with SOMA Mexico, will support a Canada-based artist to attend SOMA’s Summer program JULY 1ST TO AUGUST 23TH in Mexico City.

YYZ will cover the program fee on behalf of the selected participant. The selected artist will have to incur other costs including travel, hotel, food, transportation, etc. The program fee is valued at $5034 CAD.

SOMA Summer in 2019 will center on the theme of scaffolding in order to study visible and invisible supporting structures (such as language and form), and to better understand the role of power, hierarchy, and surface in artistic practice. The transformative possibilities implicit in the use of scaffolding (in construction, for instance) will lead participants to consider notions of decay, conservation, and gentrification.

To be considered for this opportunity, please send the following via email as ONE PDF document:

  • A brief answer to the question Why are you interested in the subject “scaffolding” and how this translates in your work? (500 words max)
  • Short bio (150 words max)
  • General artist statement (500 words max.)
  • CV
  • Up to 15 images with image captions
  • Video links, if available

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Send your application to Ana at | Subject line: SOMA Application |

Deadline: March 17, 2019 AT 5:00 PM EST.

About SOMA:

SOMA Summer is a unique eight-week program for international artists, curators, critics, and art historians, conducted in English in Mexico City.

SOMA Summer introduces participants to the dynamic art scene of Mexico City through visits to museums, openings, and artists’ studios. Designed to promote intense creative work and open dialogue, the program is built around a series of seminars and workshops led by renowned Mexican and international artists and curators. Participants meet weekly for individual critiques and discussion, as well as public events, site visits, and other activities in and around Mexico City.

SOMA is a space for reconsideration and reflection. Each SOMA Summer is organized around a specific conceptual framework that provides a compelling platform for artists who want to critically analyze their work, while developing new ideas. We stress the importance of the program content and would discourage applicants who are looking primarily for a studio-based residency. SOMA’s facilities offer shared studio spaces. Although labs and workshops are not available, we do provide logistical support for producing work and organizing events within Mexico City.

All program activities are in English.

About YYZ:

YYZ is non-profit charity based in Toronto, Canada that supports critical and experimental artistic practices through exhibitions, publishing, educational programs, and the commissioning of new works. By prioritizing the agency of artists, YYZ provides a unique platform for building communities and advancement of culture. By providing opportunities for artists abroad, we enrich the fabric of our community. For more information on our programs, please visit