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TOAF60 Awards Program

Toronto Outdoor Art Fair’s Awards Program is unprecedented and unique in North America. The vision behind our awards is to create opportunities for artists to advance their careers, provide public recognition and make a significant financial contribution to their practices.

$1 Million

Given to artists over 60 years


In awards annually

Top Awards

Catherine Bratty Award for Best of Art Fair - by The Rudolph P. Bratty Family Foundation

Murray and Marvelle Koffler Founder's Award - by The Koffler Family Foundation

Mayor’s Purchase Award - Value of artwork by City of Toronto.

This award brings the winners’ artwork into the City of Toronto’s significant art collection

Best of Student Award - Marie Collins Memorial Award and Artscape Award

This award grants the winner a self-directed artist residency at Artscape Gibraltar Point. Since opening in 1999, Artscape Gibraltar Point’s secluded retreat centre, artist lodge and long term artists work studios are surrounded by 46 acres of park land and its own beachfront, has provided thousands of local and international artists-in-residence an idyllic place to focus on their practice. The winner also will receive a week-long solo exhibition at Artscape Youngplace, a dynamic community cultural hub operated by Artscape, in the midst of the Toronto West Queen West neighbourhood. Through this exhibition, the artist can showcase their work to a broader audience adding an incredible achievement to their curriculum vitae.


Best of Painting Award - by Brett Ledger & Patricia Olasker

Honourable Mention Painting - Digital Gift Card by Gwartzman's Art Supplies


Best of Photography and Digital Media Award - by Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

Honourable Mention Photography - Gift Certificate by Jeremy Does Art PrintsCraft & Design

Best of Craft & Design

Best of Craft & Design Award - by Robert K E Mitchell and Brian H Wade from Mitchell Studios

Best of Jewellery Award - by Harry Enchin & Susan Friedrich

Ceramics Excellence Award - by Tucker's Pottery Supplies

2D Works

Best of 2D Works Award - by Nicholas Metivier Gallery

Honourable Mention 2D Works  by Above Ground Art Supplies

Best of Paper Award - by The Japanese Paper Place

3D Works

Best of 3D Works Award - Al Green in Memoriam by Greenrock Charitable Trust

Student & Emerging Artist Awards

Student Purchase Award - Value of Artwork by House of IDEA

The Power Plant Emerging Artist Award

One-year Artist membership,  TPP publications and the opportunity to propose a limited edition that The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery would pay to produce, then sell exclusively. 

The Artscape Emerging Artist Award 

The Artscape Emerging Artist Award grants a one-year membership to Artscape Daniels Launchpad, which is a first-of-its-kind creative entrepreneurship hub, designed to help emerging and established artists, designers and creators from all disciplines grow thriving careers. The one-year membership includes access to all five of our creative studios for production and experimentation, and those include textiles and fashion, fine metals and jewellery, digital fabrication, electronics and woodworking. Launchpad also offers members the chance to be a part of a vibrant and diverse community of creators, as well as engage in learning and way-finding opportunities so that you can access the resources and the business opportunities you need to thrive in your practice.

Most Innovative Use of Material Award - by Lonsdale Gallery

Flavio Belli Emerging Curator Award - by The Lindy Green Family Foundation

Emerging Artists by Emerging Curator Award - by Propeller Art Gallery

Four emerging artists will be selected to participate in an exhibition opportunity at Propeller Art Gallery.

60th Anniversary Lead Patron

Public Funders

Special Initiative Supporters

Major Award Partners

Award Supporters

In-Kind Sponsors

Programming Partners

Media Partners

Community Partners