Nonprofit Galleries & Artist-Run Centres


We invite nonprofit galleries, visual arts, fine crafts collectives and artist-run centres from across Canada to submit proposals to exhibit, showcase and sell the works of their selected artist members in a limited number of community booths alongside over 300 individual artists during the 57th Exhibition. There is no application fee to submit a proposal for this opportunity.

ACCEPTING PROPOSALS: January 15, 2018 - March 6, 2018

BOOTH FEES: $2,500 for 10’ x 20’ space, $1250 for 10’ x 10’ space, due upon acceptance by the jury.


  • Mission and mandate of your organization (300 words max.)
  • A statement of intent or curatorial vision, how this opportunity is a fit for your organization, how it will advance your curatorial mandate or benefit your members (750 words max.)
  • A booth image/visual representation of your proposed exhibition or installation
  • Full names, websites and one image for each artist who intends to participate in your community booth. Submit a maximum number of 6-11 artists to participate, depending on the sizes of the works (avoid a cluttered booth). Please ensure all images have the dimensions, medium and name of the artist below them in the PDF
  • A description of your logistics plan, if accepted (your load-in/load-out and set up plan, payment processing plan for sales of work, and for artist-run galleries: how you plan to cover participation costs and the shift schedule for staffing your booth (300 words max.)
  • A main contact/Community Booth administrator with contact information

Submit all materials as a single PDF to [email protected] by March 6th, 2018.


  • Individual artists cannot apply to the 2018 Exhibition both as individuals and as members of a community booth
  • If you plan to showcase and sell the work of your member artists, you must submit the finalized roster of your artists (your roster members should not have applied as individual artists to the 2018 Exhibition)
  • Works of art can be for exhibition-only and do not necessarily have to be available for sale. If you plan to sell the works of your roster, you need to submit a sales management plan (as mentioned above). TOAE does not manage the sales of work nor collect any commision on artwork sales


As a nonprofit art fair, we do our best to make sure that you get the most out of your experience. We are well-versed in the intricacies of participating in an outdoor art fair therefore we offer these exceptional services to create a #hasslefree experience for you:

  • A great opportunity to showcase your organization at Canada’s best attended and most visible nonprofit art fair, attracting over 115,000 visitors
  • An incredibly strong and diverse marketing and media campaign, including subway, print, radio and social media ads as well as our community partnerships
  • Your fee includes a tent rental, professional set up, walls, hanging grids and weights
  • Secure and affordable onsite storage (limited spots available - first-come, first-served, additional fees apply)
  • Booth Camp professional development session with industry experts to help you navigate your way through the logistics of setup as well as marketing tips on how to maximize your organization’s exposure
  • Discounted rates on hotel accommodations, overnight parking and custom framing
  • Online profile and year-round exposure on our website
  • An energetic #dollysquad team to help you load in and out over the weekend
  • Dedicated professional and dynamic staff to help you navigate your way throughout the event


In 2017 we partnered with three Artist-Run Centres: Propeller Centre for the Visual ArtsOntario Society of Artists and Toronto Potters to showcase the works of their participating artists. If your organization is interested in participating in the 2018 exhibition, please submit a proposal (see above) to [email protected].

Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts is a member-run gallery supporting innovative, sustainable programming, and providing community building, networking, and partnership opportunities.  Propeller garners critical acclaim and engaged public interest by supporting the creative, curatorial, and commercial endeavours of artists.

Exhibiting Artists

Jane Murdoch AdamsAnastessia BettasSharon DemboSharron Forrestwilliam boyd fraserTatjana HutinecNicole KaganMichelle LetartePria MuzumdarNancy NewtonFrances PatellaKeijo TapanainenJack WayneMichael Zaharuk



Founded in 1872, The Ontario Society of Artists is Canada’s longest continuing art society. OSA is a provincial, professional association for visual artists living and working across Ontario. Our non-profit, charitable organization, is administered by a volunteer executive council of artists.

The OSA's mandate is to foster and promote the visual arts through exhibitions, special projects, and arts advocacy.  Historically, the work of the OSA directly led to the founding of such institutions as the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD).

Over the years, the OSA membership roster has included many of Canada’s best-known painters, sculptors, printmakers, and photographers. Currently the membership consists of over two hundred active artists from diverse backgrounds and cultures, working in a wide range of media and techniques.

Each year, the Ontario Society of Artists presents exhibitions of works by members and juried art exhibitions, which are open to all artists working in two and three dimensional media.  The OSA encourages emerging artists, established artists and artists from diverse backgrounds to apply for election as members of our organization.

Further information about the OSA can be found on our website at

Exhibiting Artists

David DawsonL. E. Glazer, Marilena Isacescu CarleaLiz MenardStephen ElliottCarol Westcott



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

Exhibiting Artists

Hana Balaban-PommierBarbara BanfieldEden BenderCarolynn BloomerSusan CardJoy EliukLeeAnn JanissenShaun Kelly, Heidi McKenzie, Brenda NievesFrieda Pereira, Natalie Waddell