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December 1, 2021 - March 8, 2022

Art Encounters Program

Toronto Outdoor Art Fair provides support and mentorship to a select group of artists to offset the barriers and pressure of participating in the Fair.

Artists who require accessibility and financial support are eligible to apply for additional assistance through our Art Encounters program. At Toronto Outdoor Art Fair, we have established a rich tradition of launching successful careers and providing a highly accessible venue for artists and the public to meet face-to-face. For the past 60 years, we have aimed to remove barriers to the arts from the perspective of cost, approachability and by welcoming diverse artists and audiences.

Visual artists and makers who are in OAC defined priority groups listed below are eligible to apply.

  • Deaf artists and/or artists who identify as having a disability
  • Indigenous artists
  • Newcomer artists (less than 3 years in Canada)

*It is possible that you may be accepted into the Fair, and not the Art Encounters Program due to limited program capacity. Artists must be currently living in Canada to be eligible for the Art Encounters program.

December 1: Applications Open at 12:00 AM January 18: Application Information Session + Mock Jury February 13: Application Information Session + Mock Jury February 28: Last day to apply without late fee (by 11:59 PM) March 8: Final application deadline at 11:59 PM March 8: Community booth application deadline at 11:59 PM


If you require an alternative application method or have questions about application/eligibility please contact us at info@torontooutdoor.art or by phone at 416 408 2754 (texts are welcome).