Application Guidelines

60th Toronto Outdoor Art Fair, July 2021


March 2021, exact date TBC

Who can apply?

We welcome individual visual artists and makers working in array of mediums, at any stage of their careers with formal or informal training, to apply for a chance to be part of Toronto Outdoor Art Fair.

We offer highly discounted spaces to student artists who are currently enrolled full-time at recognized post-secondary institutions.

Applying from Outside of Canada

We welcome artists from all over the world. If you are applying from outside of Canada, it is your responsibility to get the appropriate paperwork to enter Canada to sell your works. We do not provide invitations to artists for visa applications. All travel, accommodations, shipping and customs expenses are your responsibility. We recommend working with a licensed customs broker to import your works into Canada.

What about collaborative practices, artist collectives and galleries?

If you have a collaborative practice, you must apply separately under your own name. Only individual artists are eligible for our awards program.

We also showcase artist collectives, nonprofit galleries or artist-run centres under our Community Booth program. Please see our Call for Community Booths.

What to Submit

We accept only original works of fine art and craft. Please read our Reproduction Policy carefully before submitting an application.

1. Non-refundable application fee
Early bird $50 & $30 for students.
Late fee of $50 applies after March 1st.
Please see our Fees and Deadlines page for detailed cost breakdown.

2. 7 digital images of your work
Your images must reflect a cohesive body of work and be relevant to the Fair Category you have selected. They should resemble (in terms of medium and style) the artworks you intend to showcase at the fair. Please see our Application Tips for how to format your images.

3. One (1) booth set-up, or grouping image of your body of work

Submit an image of your previous booths (preferably at an outdoor art fair) or a proposed set-up. We don’t accept digitally rendered set-ups. This image provides the curators with context, scale and curation style of your body of work.
See successful examples of set-up image here.

4. A 500-character artist statement

5. A 200-character description of your work (used for curating purposes only)

Here are some tips to help you submit a successful application.

How to Submit

1. Create an online artist profile or log in to your existing one.

2. Prepare and upload your images, bio and description of artworks (see Application Tips).

3. Complete the online application and submit payment by 11:59 PM deadline (EST) on the deadline date.

We only accept complete applications once payment is fulfilled. We don’t forward applications with missing information to our curators. Submissions that include machine-made or mass-produced works are automatically disqualified and are not presented to the curators.

How is your application selected

Artistic excellence, originality, quality of support materials, consistency of ideas and design, are qualities our curators apply to evaluate your application.

We carefully put together an inclusive, external and multidisciplinary panel of curators, made up of professional artists, gallerists, art educators, curators and other respected members of the visual arts community to review all submissions in every category.

Our panel rotates every year to keep the roster of our artists diverse, fresh and exciting. Our team and board members do not participate in the selection process.

Our curators score submissions out of 30 points, according to the above selection criteria. They select the best artists with the highest scores (above 23 points).

We maintain a waitlist of artists with score of 22 points. Waitlisted artists are accepted once space becomes available with priority given to ones who applied earlier.
All decisions are final. Our team does not appeal decisions.

What category should I apply in?

You must select a category from the list below when submitting your application. These categories will be used in the printed Fair program, our online artist directory, and for our awards judging.

You can submit up to 3 applications in different Fair categories. For example, if you create works in ceramics as well as jewellery design and you would like to showcase both in your booth, you need to submit two separate, cohesive applications for each body of work. If both applications are accepted, then you are allowed to showcase works in those categories.

3D Works - original works that are three-dimensional, using additive or reductive techniques, including freestanding sculptures, reliefs, assemblages etc. created using either traditional or experimental materials. 

2D Works – original works that are two-dimensional, created using one or more physical material, including Drawing, Printmaking, Illustration, Collage, and Mixed Media works, etc.

Craft & Design - hand crafted objects (functional or decorative) created using fine craft and/or industrial design practices including, Ceramics, Glass, Jewellery, Textile, Wood/Furniture, etc. Multi-disciplinary and/or hybrid practices welcomed. Exclude machine-screen patterns or other forms of mass production, and factory produced wearable items regardless of additional modification.

Painting - works created using oil, acrylic, encaustic, watercolour, inks, etc.

Photography & Digital Media - Photographic prints made from the artist's original image, and/or digitally manipulated images created from original artist images, and/or other sourced material.

When are results announced?

You will receive your results via email in April 2021 and can begin paying booth fees at that time.

Application Support

App Camp

Join us for a professional development opportunity on (DATE TBD) for visual artists of all disciplines looking to apply to art fairs including TOAF. For more information and to register click here.

Feedback Fridays

Every Friday throughout the Call for Artists, you can call us between 11 AM - 2 PM to recieve feedback on your most recent unsuccessful application. Or, you can upload your application draft into our system, but do not submit payment yet - call us for some feedback before submitting payment. Reach us at 416 408 2754.

Helpful Links

Application Support
Artist Testimonials
What Does it Cost?
Reproduction Policy
Other Rules
Application Tips

If you can’t find the answer to your question in our FAQ, please contact the Operations Manager at [email protected].