4 Mar 2011
Toronto’s Outdoor Art Festivals
Winter is still here, but very soon the Outdoor Art Festivals season will start, and deadlines for submissions are either behind us already, or very close to.
Last year I tried to visit as many Art Festivals as I could, and also participated in one of them, the Riverdale Art Walk, aka the RAW. Visiting the other shows, I tried to get a feeling for the type of each show, whether it is more of an art show or a craft show, what type of crowds the show draws, the location of the show, etc. I also talked with few of the artists in each show, gauging their experience with the show. Many of these criteria should help any artist decide whether a show is for them or not, but a lot of it is really trial and error. I definitely want to show at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibit, which is considered to be the largest of its kind, shows only fine art, and draws the most serious buyers. But, it is also the hardest show to get in, so wish me luck!
OK, here is the list of shows I gathered. The shows are ordered based on their calendar order. They usually happen around the same time of the year. I included a link to the show’s website as well as to the submission form. Couple of the shows don’t have any information online about the 2011 dates or application info for artists, so I assumed they still happen this year.
4. Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition (TOAE), Nathan Phillips Square, July 8-10, 2011. Deadline for submission March 1, 2011.
7. Sunnyside Beach Juried Art Show & Sale, Sunnyside Pavillion, August 2011. No information posted yet.
9. Cabbagetown Art & Crafts Sale, Riverdale Park, September 9-11, 2011. Early submission deadline March 25, 2011. Second deadline May 27, 2011.
10. Queen West Art Crawl, several events in Queen West area, including an Outdoor Art Show & Sale at Trinity Bellwoods Park, September 17-18 2011. Early submission deadline April 22, final deadline May 15.
11. Junction Arts Festival, several events at Dundas St W, west of Keele St, including a Juried Arts Show, September 2011. No information posted yet.
12. Danforth East Arts Fair, East Lynn Park on Danforth East, September 17-18, 2011. Early submission deadline April 30, 2011. Second deadline June 15, 2011.
I don’t know if it is an exhaustive list, so if you know of a show that is missing from this list, please do let me know and I will add it.
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