Who We Are

What we do

Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts is an independent non-profit organization founded in 1998. The organization gives financial support to the visual arts in the greater Toronto area and provides an educational program for its members. TFVA presents annual awards, which are given at our May Tribute Night. We have now awarded over $ 500,000 since 1998.

To contact us send an email to: info@tfva.ca.
TFVA does not respond to letters of inquiry, unsolicited nominations or funding requests.

Current Awards

2014 Artist Prize $10,000 to GEORGIA DICKIE

Winner Georgia Dickie
Georgia Dickie's practice seems to transcend time and ordinary language and therefore propels us toward a future where everything is malleable and transformation is the only constant. www.georgiadickie.com

2014 Artist Prize Finalist $4,000 KEN NICOL

Ken Nicol's practice is very focused on the present and captures the desperation we feel at one moment or another about the imprint we make on the world over a day or a lifetime. www.k-nicol.com

2014 Project Support $15,000 ART METROPOLE

ART METROPOLE, a non-profit organization, founded by General Idea in 1974, continues to serve local and international art communities with a focus on artist-initiated publications in any media. TFVA's award will enable Art Metropole to build movable modules for multiple uses in their exciting opportunity to establish an auxiliary exhibition, event and retail space during construction in the newly refurbished Union Station. www.artmetropole.com


2014 Achievement Award $10,000 Stephen Smart

STEPHEN SMART has quietly had a significant impact on the greater Toronto visual arts community, through his activities as a private collector, corporate collector, curator, lecturer, mentor and institutional advocate.

2014 TFVA Founders Award $5,000 MERCURY FILMS

MERCURY FILMS will receive the seed money to create a short documentary of an artist's work. This documentary will serve not only as a legacy piece, but a prototype for a Canadian Artist Film series. www.mercuryfilms.com