TOAF61 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.
Celebrate extraordinary artists of the Fair, supported by our committed circle of donors who have generously contributed over $40,000 worth of cash and in-kind awards.
Given to artists over 60 years
In awards annually
Catherine Bratty Award for Best of Art Fair
$6,000 by The Rudolph P. Bratty Family Foundation
Murray and Marvelle Koffler Founder's Award
$6,000 by The Koffler Family Foundation
Mayor’s Purchase Award
Value of artwork by the City of Toronto. This award brings the artists' artwork into the City of Toronto’s significant art collection.
Best of Student Award
$1,000 Marie Collins Memorial Award
Artscape Award: A residency at Artscape Gibraltar Point and solo exhibition at Artscape Youngplace (Value $2,500)
This award grants the recipient 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 (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 artist 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
$2,000 by Brett Ledger & Patricia Olasker
Honourable Mention Painting
$500 Gift Certificate by Gwartzman's Art Supplies
Best of Photography & Digital Media Award
$2,000 by Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
Honourable Mention Photography & Digital Media
$500 Gift Certificate by Toronto Image Works
Craft & Design
Best of Craft & Design Award
$2,000 by Robert K. E. Mitchell & Brian H. Wade from Mitchell Studios
Best of Jewellery Award
$500 by Harry Enchin & Susan Friedrich
Best of 2D Works Award
$2,000 by Friends of Toronto Outdoor Art Fair
2D Honourable Mention Award
$500 Gift Certificate by Tri-Art Manufacturing
Best of Paper Award
$500 Gift Certificate by The Japanese Paper Place
Best of 3D Works Award
$2,000 by Al Green in Memoriam
Most Innovative Use of Material Award
$500 by Lonsdale Gallery
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 (Value $1,000)
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 (Value $1,800).
New to TOAF61
Gladstone House Award
The recipient will have the opportunity to showcase their artworks at Gladstone House for one-year with a $1,000 artist fee.