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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.

$1 Million

Given to artists over 60 years


In awards annually

Top Awards

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 of Mitchell Studios

Best of Jewellery Award

$500 by Harry Enchin & Susan Friedrich

Ceramics Excellence Award

$500 Gift Certificate by Tucker's Pottery Supplies

Ceramics Excellence Award

$500 Gift Certificate by The Pottery Supply House


2D Works

Best of 2D Works Award

$2,000 by Extrudex Aluminum

Honourable Mention 2D Works

$500 Gift Certificate by Tri-Art Manufacturing

Best of Paper Award

$500 Gift Certificate by The Japanese Paper Place


3D Works

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)

Emerging Artists by Emerging Curator Award

An exhibition opportunity at Propeller Gallery (Value $4,000)

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.

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 $1,360).

New to TOAF62

Online-only Awards

Artists participating in the Online-only Fair are eligible for $5,000 cash and in-kind awards.

Public Funders

Foundations & Corporate

Programming Partners