Nonprofit Galleries & Artist-Run Centres

We have partnered with artist-run centres and nonprofit galleries to showcase an exciting selection of their members. Visit them in the Community Hub Zone D. 

Toronto Potters                         

Toronto Potters was established as a not-for-profit, volunteer-run association in the late seventies and stands today as a large association of members who have a fascination with clay as their shared obsession. The association is committed to the organization and sponsorship of clay-related activities that contribute to the artistic growth and development of members. Since 1979 the association’s legacy of juried biennial exhibitions, supported in recent years by the Ontario Arts Council and private funders, has provided feedback for the work that members have exhibited. Public venues such as the Gardiner Museum, Craft Ontario, Harbourfront, John B. Aird Gallery and Burlington Art Center (now Art Gallery of Burlington) have all mounted Toronto Potters Exhibitions over the years.

Toronto Potters has existed for over forty years without a permanent studio space. The association supports sales of members work annually at the Winter Sale held at the Toronto Botanical Garden. Monthly meetings at the Gardiner Museum feature guest ceramic artist presenters for inspiration. Economic challenges and an urban lifestyle in Toronto have led to personal artistic exploration in many private ceramics studios. From processes for sculptural expression to wheel-thrown and altered techniques, individual diversity shows in member’ work.

The website, with members’ gallery and archive, social media - Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram accounts - and a quarterly newsletter, communicate activities to the wide-ranging GTA membership and provide a public platform to promote group activities. Many members teach clay classes at various Toronto facilities and are a source of connection to each new generation of potters with the wider clay community. For more information contact [email protected] or visit our website at

Location: Booth D269 in Zone D (Community Hub)

Participating Artists

Hana Balaban-Pommier                   LeeAnn Janissen
Barbara Banfield                               Heidi McKenzie
Carolynn Bloomer                             Brenda Nieves
Susan Card                                       Rhonda Uppington
Aneela Dias D'Sousa                        Natalie Waddell
Annika Hoefs                                     Marlene Zagdanski 

Scarborough Arts

Scarborough Arts develops, delivers, and promotes arts programming and cultural initiatives in collaboration and partnership with the community. We bring artists to the community and community to the arts. As a member-based Local Arts Service Organization (LASO), Scarborough Arts works to engage residents in areas designated by the City of Toronto as Neighbourhood Improvement Areas. We offer opportunities for residents to experience culturally-relevant, accessible, high-quality, arts and culture activities in their own neighbourhoods, and work to elevate Scarborough artists and their work.

Location: Booth D270 in Zone D (Community Hub)

Participating Artists

David Brandy
Michael Becker-Segal
Matthew Catalano
Michelle Tourikian
Suyin Wai
Curtia Wright

Community Partners

TOAF is excited to host Akin Collective, Toronto School of Art and CARFAC at the 2018 Fair. These 3 organizations will be onsite in Zone D (D271-273) to answer questions about artists' rights, representation, studio access, education and professional development services.