Background of the National Portrait Collection
The National Portrait Collection (NPC) is a central part of our archival holdings at The ArQuives (The ArQuives). The collection was established in 1998 with 25 original portraits, and coincided with our 25th anniversary. Since then, the collection has grown to over 70 portraits of noteworthy individuals such as Dr. Alan Li, Glen Murray, K.D. Lang, Douglas Stewart, Carmen Paquette, Shani Mootoo, Craig Russell, Kyle Scanlon, Nicole Brossard, and Carole Pope. In celebration of LGBTQ2+ communities, the collection is regularly exhibited between our home in Toronto and venues across Canada. We are committed to continuous expansion of the collection and thereby are actively contributing to our own historical record.
The ArQuives acknowledges and is committed to addressing historical inequities within our organization. We encourage the nomination of marginalized communities including those that identify as women, trans, non-binary, gender non-conforming, Black, Indigenous, people of colour, and persons with disabilities.
Eligibility of the Nominator and Nominee
What we are looking for in a nominee:
One person or group who:
- Has made contributions to the LGBTQ2+ communities in Canada.
- Has made significant contributions on a local, regional, national, or international level.
- Is alive or deceased.
- Identifies with any gender or sexual orientation.
- Is of any nationality.
- Is not on the jury for the National Portrait Committee.
What we are looking for in a nominator:
- Any member or group from The ArQuives or LGBTQ2+ communities
- Above the age of 18.
- Is a Canadian resident.
Nominee and Nominator must meet all the eligibility requirements.
The Nominator may nominate more than one individual and must submit the following completed nomination form along with any material she/he/they think best supports their case for inducting the nominee. This form should be accompanied by the nominee’s contact information (if known and available). Examples of such support material might include (but are not limited to) printed matter and audiovisual records. The nomination form should also include a minimum of five (5) letters of reference/personal testimonials with pertinent contact information. Support material compiled by the nominator can be accompanied by a description of no more than 500 words, and is the most significant part of the nomination form. The NPC Committee will use all of this data when creating a nomination profile, which will be used to highlight the nominee’s contribution to the community. If you need support with your application, please contact Jennifer Aja Fernandes at email@example.com
Complete and attach this form with your nomination package. It is also downloadable below. If the information exceeds the space allocated, please type on a separate page and attach. The form must be typed for legibility.
Download the Application – Word (27 kb)
Nomination packages can be submitted:
- in person during public service hours to:
Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives
34 Isabella Street
- or by mail to (must be postmarked by deadline date):
Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives
P.O. Box 699
663A Yonge Street
Toronto, ON M4Y 1Z9
- or by email to:
If you need support with your application, please contact Jennifer Aja Fernandes at firstname.lastname@example.org
Nomination and Induction Process
Nomination Submission Deadline: November 16, 2018
- Members of the general public submit a completed nomination form along with all materials supporting the nomination.
- The ArQuives Curatorial Committee reviews all nominations for their eligibility.
- The ArQuives selects a jury to select the nominees to be inducted.
- A jury will give due consideration to all those individuals nominated and select those nominees to be inducted.
- The National Portrait Collection (NPC) Committee will profile the nominees to document their contributions to the community.
- If possible, the NPC Committee will contact the nominee to ascertain whether they would accept their induction.
- Portrait artists will be selected by the inductee(s).
- The NPC Committee will present the list of recommended nominees and the artists who will execute the portraits to The ArQuives Board of Directors for final approval.
- Artist(s) will be commissioned.
- The induction of the nominees will take place at a reception hosted by the Board of Directors.
– The ArQuives and the National Portrait Collection Committee.