2019 Toronto Outdoor Art Fair - Photography by Andrew Williamson
TOAF59: Call for Artists & Makers
Applications open Nov. 28, 2019 – March 9, 2020
The Artist is Present: July 10-12, 2020
Visual artists and makers are invited to apply for the 59th Toronto Outdoor Art Fair, Canada’s leading contemporary outdoor art fair! TOAF59 will once again be taking place at Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto, Ontario, and attracting over 130,000 art enthusiasts and collectors from around the world.
Why apply to TOAF59?
Grow your network: TOAF is the best attended art fair in Canada, with 130,000 visitors and 360+ fellow artists and makers over one weekend. Engage with the public and meet face-to-face with fellow art-lovers & buyers, artists, and the arts community at large.
Be part of a juried showcase: Our expert panel of jurors chooses select Canadian and international artists and makers to showcase their work at the Fair. Be part of this legacy event which has hosted iconic artists like Edward Burtynsky and Barbara Astman in their early careers.
You are the artist-entrepreneur: You, the Artist & Maker, retain 100% of the sales that you make. TOAF visitors spend over $2 million buying art over the weekend, with even more spent post-Fair.
Win one of our prestigious awards: We award over $40,000 monetary prizes and in-kind benefits to 25 award winners annually. This is the largest awards program for art fairs in North America.
- Don’t break the bank: We believe that artists should have access to budget-friendly booth packages. As a charitable organization run by artists for artists, TOAF strives to be the most affordable art fair of this size and calibre in North America.
Award winner Nelson Cheng speaks about his work during a TOAF Art Tour in 2019.
What do we offer?
Ongoing professional development: Get access to support and guidance from our dedicated team from start to finish, including App and Booth Camps (workshop sessions with industry experts) and an Artist Handbook (an outdoor art fair survival guide).
Onsite resources & support: A team of 200 volunteers to assist you over the weekend and professional, secure onsite artwork storage (limited spots available). Also access discounts on hotel (walking distance to site), tent rentals, overnight parking and custom framing.
A successful & comprehensive marketing campaign: Benefit from our multi-platform national marketing and promotions, which garnered 69 million media impressions from 2019’s campaign. Take advantage of year-round exposure on our Artist Directory. We also offer Artist Spotlights for Artists to be spotlighted social media audience of over 19K followers!
A vibrant community: TOAF is dedicated to creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for all of our artists and makers, with a focus on accessibility and special initiatives for artists in priority groups. We also offer accessibility support for deaf artists and artists with disabilities.
* Our venue at Nathan Phillips Square is fully accessible. Artists who require accessibility support can be eligible for additional assistance through our Art Encounters program. Please contact us directly for more information.
Who can apply?
TOAF’s panel of jurors welcomes artists and makers from across all stages of their career to apply for acceptance to the Fair. Mid-career, established, and emerging artists working in all mediums (ex. photography, sculpture, painting, etc.), as well as makers in craft & design (ex. glass, wood, textiles, jewelry, etc.) from across Canada and beyond are invited to submit. We are inclusive, accessible and radically welcoming to all artists and art enthusiasts.
Prepare your application today
The call for artists officially opens November 28, 2019 at 12 AM.
Why should you start preparing your application before the #CallforArtists opens? Because booth locations are designated first-come, first-serve based on the time your application is submitted. If your application is successful, you will be able to choose your top 3 preferred 'zones' on the Fair map during booth payments.
What you'll need to prepare for your application: 1) 7 high quality images of your artwork 2) A booth/installation image 3) A short bio/artist statement (500 characters) and description of your artwork (200 characters)
Read our application guidelines before you apply.
Early Bird Application Fee: $50 Regular / $30 Students until March 1, 2020 (11:59 PM)
A late fee of an additional $50 applies beginning March 2, 2020.
Final Deadline: March 9, 2020 (11:59 PM)
Have Questions? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page.
Hear from our Artists
Since 1961, juried TOAF artists have heralded their experience with TOAF as successful, professional, well-organized, engaged, and impressively well-attended. Hear what they have to say.
"My first year showing at TOAF as a student was definitely a life changing experience. I sold my 3 largest works to a local gallerist within the first hour of the show, and the rest were gone by noon the next day. These were the first paintings I had ever sold... The whole experience was thrilling, but most importantly gave me a huge boost of confidence to keep working hard and to believe in the work that I make."
- Cristine Yunyk, emerging artist
“I have been an exhibitor at the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair since 2013 and strongly recommend this event to any new or established artist. The event is extremely well marketed, organized and attended... From the year-round correspondence to the volunteers who help with set up to the incredibly supportive organizers this event is first class in every respect.”
- Mark Brodkin, award-winning photographer
"I have been exhibiting at the TOAF for 6 years and it has continued to be one of my favourite shows to participate in. The show is well advertised, organized by a great team of staff and volunteers. It is one of the most loved art shows from art collectors and shoppers who want something truly unique, it's encouraging to hear that they remember me every year. It’s great for promoting your brand, building your clientele, and establishing an artistic presence."
- Theresa Duong, jewellery designer and goldsmith
Have Questions? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page.