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2024 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 & online art fair. The TOAF Career Launcher is for students in the Illustration, Material Art & Design, Photography, Integrated Media, Sculpture and Installation, Drawing and Painting, Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media and Design, Digital Futures, Indigenous Visual Culture and Printmaking/Publications programs. The selected students will have a free opportunity at the 63rd TOAF to showcase their artworks in-person and online at

Since 1961, TOAF has been instrumental in launching artists’ careers and bringing art into people’s everyday lives. TOAF is passionate about supporting artists and exceptional talents through awards, special programs and opportunities. With 165,000 annual visitors to Nathan Phillips Square, 100,000 website visitors, and 1 million annual page views, TOAF’s loyal community of art lovers continues to grow. 

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 supportClick 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 Subin Ee
Artist Relations Coordinator


Toronto Outdoor Art Fair

Date: July 12-14, 2024

Location: In-person at Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen Street W, Toronto, ON & Online at


  • ILLU, MAAD, PHOTO, INTM, SCIN, DRPT, IAMD, DF, INVC or PRNT/PUBL students in their graduating year (2024)
  • 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.


Thursday, March 7, 2024 (11:59 PM)

INFO SESSION (TOAF Career Launcher)

Tuesday, January 30, 2024
1:00 - 2:00 PM ET
Click here to RSVP

Join our upcoming info session to learn more about Toronto Outdoor Art Fair 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 


Click here to Apply
FREE to apply
Use the discount code ‘TOAF63-CL-Student’ during checkout

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