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Tarragon Theatre is looking for visual art work to display in our lobby gallery to accompany the run of The Hooves Belonged to the Deer by Makram Ayache.

When Izzy’s family immigrates to a small rural town, the young queer Muslim boy becomes the salvation pet project to the local Pastor Isaac. In his attempt to reconcile his sexuality and faith, Izzy invents an imagined Garden of Eden, where Adam and Hawa’s (Eve in Arabic) relationship is turned upside down by the arrival of Steve, a beautiful, blue-eyed, white-skinned northerner.

An emotionally-charged and ritualistic journey of two universes colliding, “The Hooves Belonged to the Deer” offers an epic story of life, discovery and belonging where small town Canada meets the Garden of Eden.

Tarragon’s lobby gallery is equipped with a STAS picture hanging rail system and able to accommodate 10 – 20 wall hanging works, depending on size. Works must be under 40 pounds each.


Artists are invited to submit anything from a single work to be shown alongside others to a series for the entire space.


Work will be available for public viewing from March 28 – April 23, 2023.

Installation will take place during the week of March 20.


Artists are welcome to price their work. Tarragon Theatre will assist with potential sales by connecting interested buyers with the artist.


To apply please submit:

  • Max 1 page artist statement and bio
  • 1-3 images of each work you are applying with

Please submit documents in a single email in pdf and/or jpeg format to


Application deadline: Sunday, March 19 at 11:59pm.

All applicants will be notified by March 21.


Due to the nature of the show, we will be prioritizing work from Queer and Muslim artists and work that deals with reconciling queerness and religion. 

Selections will be made by a curatorial committee of Tarragon staff and artists.

Accessibility: Please note that while Tarragon Theatre is an accessible building, one of the exhibition spaces is located in the stairwell up 13 stairs. The space can be seen from the accessible stairwell landing for installation.

For more information on accessibility, the lobby gallery, or the application please contact Tarragon’s Education and Community Engagement Manager, Heather, at