Open Call

TOAF60- Call for Artists & Makers Launching Artist’s Careers for 60 Years

Toronto Outdoor Art Fair

No Funding


Who can apply? TOAF’s jurors welcome individual artists and makers working in photography, sculpture, painting, glass, wood, textiles, jewellery and more, with formal or informal training to apply. Established and emerging artists are welcome. TOAF cares deeply and recognizes that profound change is happening in the world at large, and we are here to renew our commitment to equity and inclusion to continue to be inclusive, accessible and radically welcoming to all artists and art enthusiasts. Artists who require accessibility support are eligible to apply for additional assistance through our Art Encounters program.

Number of Participants

When: July 2-11, 2021 Where: Online and In-person at Nathan Phillips Square Submission Deadline: March 18, 2021 (11:59 PM) Join us for the 60th Anniversary of Canada’s longest-running contemporary outdoor art fair, launching artists’ careers and building trust in the community of artists and art lovers since 1961! Apply to our hybrid online/outdoor 60th Toronto Outdoor Art Fair, taking place at Nathan Phillips Square (date TBC) and on our e-commerce platform for 10 days in July 2021. Each year, our loyal following of fair-goers spend $2 million on art purchases, providing an income to independent artists that contributes to their economic prosperity. The 60th Anniversary Fair will be one to remember with new special programs and awards. New this year, is the ability for artists to choose to participate online only - a wonderful alternative for artists from outside of the Greater Toronto Area.


Selection Results (Announcement Dates)


July 02, 2021 - July 11, 2021


  • CA$50.00 application fee


No meals

Public Programs

Exhibition, Festival


Ceramics, Conceptual Art, Crafts & Trades, Digital Media, Drawing, Fiber Arts, Glass, Illustration, Jewelry, Makers, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Textile, Visual Arts



Program Description

What do we offer? A successful & comprehensive marketing campaign: Benefit from our multi-platform national marketing and promotions, resulting in 69 million media impressions from 2019’s campaign. Plus, additional opportunities to be spotlighted through our social media channels with an audience of over 23K followers! Ongoing professional development: Dedicated support and guidance from our team through application workshops, portfolio reviews, and Booth Camp workshops (what to expect onsite, how to grow your digital outreach and social media skills) Free online and onsite resources and support: Assistance and troubleshooting for your artist and product pages, instructional videos, 200 volunteers to assist you with the logistics at Nathan Phillips Square, professional, secure artwork storage and a comprehensive Artist Handbook And so much more!

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