Image: Panorama 2017 by Andrew Williamson
59th Toronto Outdoor Art Fair, July 2020
Call for Artist Applications will open at the end of November. Don't miss the announcement, sign up for our newsletter.
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, from all backgrounds, to apply for a chance to be part of Toronto Outdoor Art Fair.
Disability-identified artists are eligible for accessibility support through our Art Encounters program once they are juried in the show.
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 showcase artist collectives, nonprofit galleries or artist-run centre under our Community Booth program. Please see our call for Community Booths.
What to Submit
We accept only original works of fine art and fine craft. Please read our Reproduction Policy carefully before submitting an application.
1. Non-refundable application fee: Early bird $50 & $30 Student. Late fee of $50 applies beginning March 2, 2020 at 12:00 AM.
* Please see our Fees and Deadlines page for detailed cost breakdown
*CARFAC Ontario Members receive a $20 discount. Contact CARFAC Ontario for more info. This discount is only available to CARFAC Ontario members and does not apply to other CARFAC affiliate organizations.
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 (medium/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 jury with context, scale and curation style of your body of work.
See successful examples of set-up image here.
4. A 500-character artist biography.
5. A 200-character description of your work (used for jurying purposes only).
We only accept complete applications once payment is fulfilled. We don’t forward applications with missing information to our jurors. Submissions that include machine-made or mass-produced works are automatically disqualified and are not presented to the jury.
Here are some tips to help you submit a successful application. Best of luck!
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 March 6, 2020.
Artistic excellence, originality, quality of support materials, consistency of ideas and design are qualities and measures our jurors apply to evaluate your application.
We carefully put together an inclusive, external and multidisciplinary panel of jury 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 jury 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 jurying process.
Our jurors score submissions out of 30 points, according to the above selection criteria and requirements of the application. They select the best artists with the highest scores (above 23 points).
Only artists accepted by our jurors are invited to participate in the Fair. 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 apply earlier during the call.
All jury decisions are final. Our team does not appeal jury decisions.
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 jury results announced
You will receive your results via email in April 2020 and can begin paying booth fees at that time.
If you can’t find the answer to your question in our FAQ, please contact the Operations Manager at [email protected].