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 in Zone D. 

Creative Works Studios

Creative Works Studio (CWS) is operated by Good Shepherd Non-Profit Homes Inc. in partnership with St. Michael’s Hospital. Creative Works Studio’s mandate is to provide individuals living with mental health concerns and/or addictions a place to heal through the power of artistic expression. At CWS, each member is treated as an artist first and foremost. Members are encouraged to reach their greatest potential and skill level through purposeful and inspiring creative art initiatives. Our mission is to provide a safe and welcoming community-arts based studio for people living with mental health and/or addiction concerns. The healing process is based on the integration of the principles of visual arts and supportive counselling. Our members are supported on their self-guided journey to expression through art, greater self-esteem, and improved confidence, which leads to increased participation within the larger community. 
At Creative Works Studio we have decided to focus on this theme of shifting internal and external landscapes in the age of climate change for 2019. ShiftScape : Solastalgia is the theme informed by these shifting internal and external landscapes, while also expressing the primal distress caused by a planet under stress.

Location: Booth 270 in Zone D (Community Hub)

Participating Artists


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 268/269 in Zone D (Community Hub)

Participating Artists

Barbara Banfield                            Valentina Guevara
Hana Balaban-Pommier                Pat Paolini
Carolynn Bloomer                          Andrea Poorter 
Jacquie Blondin                             Rhonda Uppington
Susan Card                                   Natalie Waddell                                    

Hill Potters' Guild

The Hill Potters’ Guild is a non-profit community organization in Richmond Hill, Ontario. Founded in 1974 by a small group of local potters, the guild was given the use of two buildings on a historical site: The Burr House and Guild Hall.

Location: Booth 273 in Zone D (Community Hub)

Participating Artists

Katie Argyle
Minda Davis
Danielle Foster
Elena Fumigalli
Diane Thomson
Mojgan Pournik

Community Partners

TOAF is excited to host Toronto School of Art at the 2019 Fair. This organization will be onsite in Zone D to answer questions about education and professional development services.