2022 Toronto Outdoor Art Fair
For 60 years, TOAF has been instrumental in launching artists’ careers and bringing art into people’s everyday lives. This free public event has showcased 350+ visual artists and makers and attracted 130,000 visitors to Nathan Phillips Square each year. In response to the pandemic, TOAF created a highly successful and engaging online economic platform and programming. TOAF has always reserved a portion of the Fair to emerging and student artists. Congratulations to our 2022 recipients who will be at this year's fair from July 15-17 at Nathan Phillips Square and July 8-17 online.
Toronto Outdoor Art Fair
The Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers is excited to announce the return of our partnership with Toronto Outdoor Art Fair (TOAF), Canada’s leading contemporary outdoor art fair. The TOAF Career Launcher award is for students in the Illustration, Material Art & Design, Photography, Sculpture and Installation and Printmaking/Publications programs. The selected students will have a free opportunity at the 61st TOAF to showcase their artworks in-person and online at TOAF.ca.
For 60 years, TOAF has been instrumental in launching artists’ careers and bringing art into people’s everyday lives. This free public event has showcased 350+ visual artists and makers and attracted 130,000 visitors to Nathan Phillips Square each year. In response to the pandemic, TOAF created a highly successful and engaging online economic platform and programming.
TOAF has always reserved a portion of the Fair to emerging and student artists, and has hosted many well-known Canadian artists early in their careers including: Barbara Astman, Edward Burtynsky and many others. This is an amazing opportunity to get yourself out there, nurture an audience, and sell your work! Student applications will be reviewed by the TOAF jury for final selection.
3D Works: Three-dimensional artworks, using additive or reductive techniques, including freestanding sculptures, reliefs, assemblages etc. created using either traditional or experimental materials.
2D Works: 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. Exclude machine-screen patterns or other forms of mass production, and factory-produced wearable items regardless of additional modification.
Painting: 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.
The OCAD U RBC CEAD is committed to promoting substantive equality for equity-seeking groups that are under-represented in the creative sector. We encourage applications from first-time applicants to the program and graduates of equity-seeking communities including racialized and Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities / expressions. Applicants are welcome to advise the CEAD of any accommodations needed to ensure you have access to a fair and equitable process.
Applicants who need assistance with their submissions are invited to connect with the RBC CEAD for Advising support. Click here to learn more about how to book an advising appointment.
Applicants who have concerns about meeting a Career Launcher application deadline are invited to connect with the CEAD in order to discuss possible alternatives. We encourage all who might require assistance with the application process to reach out to determine available support. Outreach of this nature should be undertaken at least one week prior to the published application deadline.
Contact Ania Harmata
Toronto Outdoor Art Fair
Date: July 8-17, 2022
(10 days online culminating in the last 3 days at Nathan Phillips Square in-person)
Location: Online and In-person at Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen Street W, Toronto, ON
- ILLU, MAAD, PHOTO, SCIN or PRNT/PUBL students in their graduating year (2022)
- Multidisciplinary artists can submit up to 3 different applications in 3 different categories
- You must apply individually under your own name
- Priority will be given to applicants who have not previously received a Career Launcher opportunity.
Tuesday, March 8, 2022 (11:59 PM)
VIRTUAL INFO SESSION (TOAF Career Launcher)
Thursday, February 10, 2022
2:00 - 3:30 PM ET
Click here to RSVP
Join our upcoming info session to learn more about Toronto Outdoor Art Fair hear from past Career Launcher recipient Melody Juthamongkol, and resources for putting together a strong application.
- 6 images of your artwork (a consistent portfolio of work)
- 1 Installation, grouping or booth image (your work in context)
- Artist statement (500 characters max)
- A short description of your process, your medium/method (200 characters)
- Copy of timetable and student card
- TOAF Application Tips
Special Projects Coordinator