Your Brain on Art - Information for Artists

Thank you for your interest in Your Brain on Art! The success of this event depends of the generosity of the artists in our community, so we will do our best to make the experience the best that it can be.


June 30 - Deadline for artists to sign up and be paired with a neuroscientist. After this date, artists can still join but their submission need not focus on just one research study.
August 8 - Deadline to send a high-quality image and description of your artwork to Branch Out, to be used on the auction website.
August 16 & 17 - Art will be delivered to the venue.
August 18 - Your Brain on Art at the Great Hall, OCAD University, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Branch Out?

The Branch Out Neurological Foundation is a not-for-profit organization based in Calgary, AB, with a vision of accelerating neuroscience for brains at their best. We achieve this by providing funding for researchers at universities across Canada, who are looking for technological solutions and non-pharmaceutical approaches to over 600 types of neurological conditions. Some of the most common conditions that are the focus of the studies we fund include Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Autism, Depression, Multiple Sclerosis, Concussion, Epilepsy, and many others!

What is Your Brain on Art?

Your Brain on Art is a one-of-a-kind fundraising event where art and science collide! We pair neuroscientists with locals artists for a unique meeting of the minds. The artist learns about the scientist's research and uses it as inspiration to create a piece of art. The art is then sold in a silent auction.

Alongside the silent auction, the evening will also feature live music, food and drinks, talks from neuroscientists and Branch Out's executive director.

Your Brain on Art was held in Calgary, AB in 2018, 2019, and virtually in 2021. This year marks the first time we're bringing this event to Toronto! All artists who contribute artwork will receive complimentary admission.

Why should I participate?

Everyone has been touched by a neurological condition—personally or through a loved one. The money raised from this event will ensure Branch Out can continue funding new advancements to treat and prevent neurological conditions.

Artists play a unique role, as they act as the medium to help bring some of the incredible research being done to new audiences in a unique form of knowledge translation, allowing everyone to engage with groundbreaking research.

What medium should my art be in? What size?

Since this event is a fundraiser, we'd prefer original analog art. Think paint on canvas, watercolour, screen prints, sculptures, digital art prints, etc.

The venue has limited wall space. For the size of the artworks, we are accepting small to medium sized pieces. For those making large works, we have a limitation of up to 40 x 40 inches that we can accommodate. Please also keep in mind any handling logistics your art might need during transportation.

If you are interested in other mediums (such as digital), we're always open to discuss! Send us an email: [email protected]

What subject/theme should my art be about?

The reason we gather at an event like this is to raise awareness of the research being done into neurological disorders, and to raise funds to enable the research to continue. Art that speaks to a neurological condition or the experience of someone effected by them tend to be most memorable. However, we also respect the artistic method. So while the art should align with our cause, it's more important that you are able to share a story that relates to our cause.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the art, please get in touch: [email protected]

What's the deadline for my art to be finished?

All art should be finished by Tuesday, August 2, 2022. We will reach out to you with instructions when and where art can be dropped off (or picked up) in early August.

Will I receive an honorarium or tax receipt?

We've been in contact with the Canadian Artists’ Representation/Le Front des artistes canadiens (CARFAC) to determine the best practice for reimbursing artists. Artists have the option of donating 100%, 80%, or 60% of the auction sale price to Branch Out. If these numbers don’t work for you but you’d like to participate, get in touch and we can discuss.

Can I contribute a piece of work that is already created?

Absolutely. If you have a piece that you’d like to auction off at Your Brain on Art, we can arrange that. Previously completed works will follow the same donation structure as new pieces, listed above. Get in touch and we can have a chat about how you can be involved: [email protected]

What does the bidding start at?

Once your art is complete, we will work with you to set an appropriate starting bid based on the piece and your portfolio.

Can students participate?

Yes! We want to include student artists in Your Brain on Art, to create a diverse, inclusive event. Student artists will follow the same guidelines as other artists, so please fill out the form below and we’ll be in touch.

If you'd like to participate in Your Brain on Art, fill out this interest form, and we'll be in touch soon!


Contact us at anytime: [email protected]