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Everything you need to know before applying!
The exhibition is for individual artists only. Artists with a collaborative practice must apply separately under their own name. Though we respect and appreciate collaborative artistic practices, we are committed to the support of individual artists as part of our mandate. This ensures artists' eligibility for our awards program (we only write cheques for individual artists not collabs or collectives) and fairness to other artists with individual practices paying for booth fees from a single income. If you are interested in applying as an organization, please see our Artist Run Centres page.
We do not allow studio names since we emphasize artists as entrepreneurs and wish that they be face to face with the public with complete transparency.
To be eligible to apply and exhibit as a student you must be currently enrolled full-time at a recognized postsecondary institution.
- 7 digital images of the work you want to show at the fair. Images should be a cohesive body of work and be relevant to the Exhibition Category you have selected. The images submitted should resemble (medium/style) the artworks you intend to sell at the show if your application is successful. Please see our Application Tips for how to format your images.
- 1 booth set-up, or grouping image, of the work that you are submitting setup as you plan on displaying them at the show. Booth image may not be digitally created, and must be an accurate representation of the display you will bring to the Exhibition. See successful examples here.
- A brief Artist Biography (500 characters max.)
- A brief description of your work (200 characters max - used for jurying purposes only)
- Non-Refundable Application Fee: $50 Regular, $30 Student. Please see our Fees and Deadlines page for a breakdown of costs of particpating in the fair.
Applications must be completed in full, including required fees, to be considered. Click here to read our tips to help you to submit a successful application.
You must select an exhibition category from the list below when submitting your application. These categories will be used in the printed exhibition program, our online artist directory, and for our awards judging.
You can submit up to 3 applications in different exhibition categories. For example, if you create works in ceramics as well as jewellery design and you would like to showcase both in your booth, you need to submit two separate, cohesive applications for each body of work. If both applications are accepted, then you are allowed to showcase works in those categories.
3D Works - original works that are three-dimensional, using additive or reductive techniques, including freestanding sculptures, reliefs, assemblages etc. created using either traditional or experimental materials.
2D Works – original works that are two-dimensional, created using one or more physical material, including Drawing, Printmaking, Illustration, Collage, and Mixed Media works, etc.
Craft & Design - hand crafted objects (functional or decorative) created using fine craft and/or industrial design practices including, Ceramics, Glass, Jewellery, Textile, Wood/Furniture, etc. Multi-disciplinary and/or hybrid practices welcomed.
Painting - works created using oil, acrylic, encaustic, watercolour, inks, etc.
Photography & Digital Media - Photographic prints made from the artist's original image, and/or digitally manipulated images created from original artist images, and/or other sourced material.
An external multidisciplinary jury made up of professional artists, gallery owners, art educators, curators and other respected members of the visual arts community will review all applications, regardless of the exhibition category that you select. The Toronto Outdoor Exhibition team does not participate in the selection process. A new jury is selected every year to keep the fair fresh and exciting.
Our jury selects the strongest work based on artistic excellence, originality, quality of support materials, consistency of ideas and design. Machine-made or mass-produced work is not permitted and will result in automatic disqualification.
All artists must be reviewed and accepted by the TOAE jury in order to participate the Exhibition. All jury decisions are final. TOAE will not appeal any jury decision.
Individual booth assignments are designated first-come, first-serve based on the time your application was submitted. If your application is successful, you will be able to choose your top 3 preferred 'neighbourhoods' on the exhibition map during Booth Payments in April 2018. First-come, first-serve will not apply for student and prime booth locations, as these are predetermined based on site capacity. Your specific booth slot is at the sole discretion of the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition and are not interchangeable or transferable once given. We will send your booth assignment once your booth fee is paid.
March 1, 2018 - Late fees in effect
March 6, 2018 - Deadline to submit applications
April 6, 2018 - Jury results notifications sent to artists
April 20, 2018 - Booth payment deadline
April 27, 2018 - Final date for cancellation with full booth-fee refund, minus a $50 administrative fee. No refunds given for cancellations received after this date.
June 2, 2018 - Booth Camp
July 6-8, 2018 - 57th Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition!
You can cancel your participation in the Exhibition within 14 days after notice of acceptance and receive a refund of your booth fee, minus a $50 administration fee. You must notify us of your cancellation before April 27, 2018 by email in order to be eligible for a refund of your booth fee. Cancellations received after this date will not receive a refund.
Please make sure you have read and understood our Reproduction Policy before submitting your application.
We welcome artists from all over the world. If you are applying from outside of Canada, it is your responsibility to get the appropriate paperwork to enter Canada to sell your works. The Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition does not provide invitations to artists for Visa applications. All travel, accommodations, shipping and customs expenses are your responsibility. We recommend working with a licensed customs broker to import your works into Canada.
Have Questions? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page.
If you can’t find the answer to your question in our FAQ, please contact the Artist Relations Coordinator at [email protected].