Image: Panorama 2017 by Andrew Williamson
Accepting applications beginning November 30, 2018 at 12:00 AM
Deadline March 6, 2019 at 11:59 PM
Late fees apply beginning March 1, 2019 at 12:00 AM
- Create an online artist profile or log in to your existing one
- Prepare and upload your images, bio and description of artworks (see Application Tips)
- Complete the online application and submit payment by 11:59 PM deadline (EST) on March 6, 2019
The Fair is for individual artists only. Artists with a collaborative practice must apply separately under their own name. Though we respect and appreciate collaborative artistic practices, we are committed to the support of individual artists as part of our mandate. This ensures artists' eligibility for our awards program (we only write cheques for individual artists not collabs or collectives) and fairness to other artists with individual practices paying for booth fees from a single income. If you are interested in applying as an organization, please see our Artist Run Centres page.
We do not allow studio names since we emphasize artists as entrepreneurs and wish that they be face to face with the public with complete transparency.
To be eligible to apply and exhibit as a student you must be currently enrolled full-time at a recognized postsecondary institution.
What to Submit
- 7 digital images of the work you want to show at the fair. Images should be a cohesive body of work and be relevant to the Fair Category you have selected. The images submitted should resemble (medium/style) the artworks you intend to sell at the show if your application is successful. Please see our Application Tips for how to format your images.
- 1 booth set-up, or grouping image, of the work that you are submitting setup as you plan on displaying them at the show. Booth image may not be digitally created, and must be an accurate representation of the display you will bring to the Fair. See successful examples here.
- A brief Artist Biography (500 characters max.)
- A brief description of your work (200 characters max - used for jurying purposes only)
- Non-Refundable Application Fee: $50 Regular, $30 Student. Please see our Fees and Deadlines page for a breakdown of costs of participating in the Fair. CARFAC Ontario active members can save $20 on their application fees. Contact CARFAC for details and discount code.
Applications must be completed in full, including required fees, to be considered. Click here to read our tips to help you to submit a successful application.
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.
Jury and Selection Process
An external multidisciplinary jury made up of professional artists, gallery owners, art educators, curators and other respected members of the visual arts community will review all applications, regardless of the Fair category that you select. The Toronto Outdoor Art Fair team does not participate in the selection process. A new jury is selected every year to keep the fair fresh and exciting.
Our jury selects the strongest work based on artistic excellence, originality, quality of support materials, consistency of ideas and design. Machine-made or mass-produced work is not permitted and will result in automatic disqualification.
All artists must be reviewed and accepted by the TOAF jury in order to participate the Fair. All jury decisions are final. TOAF will not appeal any jury decision.
Individual booth assignments are designated first-come, first-serve based on the time your application was submitted. If your application is successful, you will be able to choose your top 3 preferred 'zones' on the Fair map during Booth Payments in April 2019. First-come, first-serve will not apply for student and prime booth locations, as these are predetermined based on site capacity. Your specific booth slot is at the sole discretion of the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair and are not interchangeable or transferable once given. We will send your booth assignment once your booth fee is paid.
Important Dates and Deadlines
November 30, 2018 - Applications open at 12:00 AM
January 15, 2019 - Application Information Session (Details TBC)
February 28, 2019 - Last day to apply without late fees
March 1, 2019 - Late fees apply beginning at 12:00 AM
March 6, 2019 - Application deadline at 11:59 PM
April 8, 2019 - Jury results emailed to artists, Booth Payments Open
April 18, 2019 - Booth Payments Due
May 11, 2019 - Booth Camp
May 31, 2019 - Final day to drop out with full refund (minus $50 admin fee)
You can cancel your participation in the Fair after notice of acceptance and receive a refund of your booth fee, minus a $50 administration fee. You must notify us of your cancellation before May 31st, 2019 by email in order to be eligible for a refund of your booth fee. Cancellations received after this date will not receive a refund under any circumstance.
Please make sure you have read and understood our Reproduction Policy before submitting your application.
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. The Toronto Outdoor Art Fair does 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.