Be Creative Pride 2024 Juried Exhibition

NPCC invites youth and adults who identify as 2SLGBTQIA+ community members to submit up to two artworks to NPCC’s Pride Month Juried Exhibition. The theme for this year’s exhibition is “Be Creative”. Be You, Be Proud, Be Creative! Two dimensional artwork in any medium is welcome.

On Friday, June 14th, NPCC is hosting a fun-filled evening of events to celebrate Pride month including the exhibition awards ceremony. You’re invited to take part in the festivities by participating in our fashion show, workshops and more! All events are free of charge.

We graciously acknowledge our community partner, Toronto Pearson.

The call for entry deadline date is Monday, April 15, 2024.

Important Dates

Exhibition Dates:
May 28 to June 27, 2024

Exhibition Location:
Parkview Gallery, Neilson Park Creative Centre, 56 Neilson Drive, Etobicoke, ON M9C 1V6

Due Date for Call for Entry:
Monday, April 15, 2024

Artist Notification Emailed On:
Friday, April 26, 2024

Delivery of Accepted Artworks to NPCC:
Sunday, May 26, 2024, 1 pm to 4 pm

Installation of Artworks:
Monday, May 27, 2024

Exhibition Awards Ceremony
Friday, June 14, 2024, 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
During NPCC’s Pride Event Celebration

Pick up of Accepted Artworks:
Friday, June 28 from 9 am to 4 pm and Saturday, June 29, 2024, 9 am to 4 pm

Featuring Prizes for Youth and Adults!


Youth Category – 12 years to 17 years old
First Prize $100
People’s Choice Award – A free exhibition in NPCC’s Emergence Gallery

Adult Category18+ years old
First Prize $250
Second Prize $150
Third Prize $100


Jonah Strub


Jonah Strub is a Toronto-based gay, Jewish, sculptor, painter, and ceramicist. Jonah graduated with a BA in Studio Art from the University of Guelph in 2019 after he completed his degree abroad at the Hochschule für Künste in Bremen, Germany.

Jonah’s artwork is a visual love letter to the aesthetics of camp, kitsch, musical theatre, Yiddish humour, and drag. His inspirations often derive from strong Jewish women, theatrical costumes and patterns, toys, and the queer Jewish sensibilities of tasteless tchotchkes. One way he marries his Jewishness, gayness, theatricality, and veneration of women in a harmonious coexistence is through his drag alter ego, Loxanne Creamcheese, who is the epitome of a Jewish, vivacious, and fruitacious superstar. Whether she is represented as a beautiful hairy woman or as a cat, with her iconic schnoz and orange moustache, Jonah is channelling what Susan Sontag sums up so well in her famous manifesto Notes on Camp:

“Jews and homosexuals are the outstanding creative minorities in contemporary urban culture.”

Through both his interest in queer Jewish themes, and through more general character and object design. Jonah intends to project joy and playfulness through his work. Many of his pieces resemble toys and can be interacted with, often inviting the viewer to engage with and activate the clay characters’ personalities and stories. By using humour, bright colours, animal prints, silly creatures, and bushels of body hair, Jonah highlights the joys of Matzo ball-flavoured femininity, effervescent queerness, charismatic characters, the beauty of bric-a-brac, and the opulence of outrageous up-dos.

Submission Information

Selection Process

  • All submitted artworks will be juried by NPCC’s Pride Committee members.
  • Decisions will be made on the digital images submitted by the artist.
  • Juror, Jonah Strub, will choose and announce the award winners on June 14, 2024.
  • The juror’s decision is final.
  • Selected artists will be notified by email by April 26, 2024 of acceptance into the exhibition.

Submission Guidelines

  • Each artist may submit up tp two 2-D artworks in any medium.
  • Submissions are complete after the application form and images are received.
  • Digital images submitted for jurying must be in a .jpg format. Images should be labelled as follows: LastName_FirstName_ArtworkTitle.
  • Artworks must be original, created within the last two years and not displayed previously in the galleries at NPCC.
  • All submitted 2-D artwork must not exceed 50 pounds.
  • Artworks must be wired and ready to hang. D rings are acceptable provided they are a minimum of ½ inch in diameter.
  • Wire should be placed no lower than 6 inches from the top and must be 3 inches below the top of the frame.
  • Wire should be appropriate for weight of the artwork. Large artwork should be wired with triple strand wire.
  • Please wrap sharp edges of wiring with tape.
  • Fibre Art/Textiles should be submitted with proper display equipment. It can be hung with a pocket/sleeve sewn to the top back with a rod or dowel to extend one inch either side of the artwork.
  • Artworks must have two temporary NPCC labels attached to it listing the artist’s name, phone number, title of artwork, medium and price taped to the back.


Sale of Art

  • Sales of artwork are processed by NPCC. Artists will be notified by email when artwork is sold.
  • NPCC will arrange for the purchaser to pick up the artwork.
  • Cheques for artwork sales will be issued and mailed to the artist within 30 days after the show closes, less 15% commission to NPCC.
  • HST is applicable on all sales. HST will be remitted to artists on submission of their HST registration number, otherwise HST will be reported and remitted by NPCC.

Entry Fees

Entry is free!

Youth and adults who identify as 2SLGBTQIA+ community members are invited to submit up to two entries.

How to Submit Your Artwork for Jurying

There are two methods to submit your application form and images, online or at the centre.


  • Complete the application form and upload images below.

At the Centre

For any questions or assistance please email Cory at

Online Entry Form for Pride 2024 Juried Exhibition

For artists that identify as part of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, please fill in the following form and upload your images.
Click or drag a file to this area to upload.
Please upload a .jpg file. Label your files in the following format: Last Name_First Name_Artwork Title
Click or drag a file to this area to upload.
Please upload a .jpg file. Label your files in the following format: Last Name_First Name_Artwork Title

About Neilson Park Creative Centre
Neilson Park Creative Centre (NPCC) is a charitable organization, charity registration number 132270703RR0001. NPCC was established in 1992 to provide a permanent home for Resident Groups, artists, creators, makers, supporters. NPCC continues to respond to the needs of its members and supporters on the western edge of Toronto. NPCC is located at 56 Neilson Drive, Etobicoke, ON M9C 1V7. Phone 416-622-5294. Email Cory at Website

For more information or questions, please email Cory at

Thank you to our community partner, Toronto Pearson