Riverdale Art Walk is a two‐day, public fine art exhibition showcasing established and emerging artists in Jimmie Simpson Park in Toronto’s flourishing Queen East arts district. The first outdoor art show of Toronto’s season, participating artists are selected through an anonymous jury process, allowing for an opportunity to participate in the only outdoor art show that focuses SOLELY on fine art. It has consistently been rated by local artists as one of the best organized show in Toronto, drawing over 25,000 people to the park that weekend.
Last year, the festival hosted over 170 participating artists and the inclusion of local community groups, entertainment and food vendors. Artist Awards in Photography, Painting, Mixed Media, and Other Media have been created through exciting new sponsorships with local organizations and businesses. Now in its 20th year in the Riverdale/Leslieville area of Toronto, the festival has grown to reach an audience of over 10,000 art enthusiasts and supporters. Through new partnership opportunities with the local BIA, the Riverdale ArtWalk expects to continue to grow.
With our intensive orientation session 2 months before the show and strong artists support, 96% of RAW artists indicated overall communications “Best Ever” or “Better than Average’, you don’t want to miss this show!
Please read our exhibition guidelines in detail before applying. The application must be completed in full, including the payment of required fees, to be considered.
Indoor space is available in Jimmie Simpson Community Centre for a limited number of artists. You will be sheltered from the weather and will not have to pack and unpack your art at the end of each day.
January 15, 2018 – Applications open
February 11, 2018 – Early Bird Deadline
March 11, 2018 – Applications close (jury March 14/15)
March 19, 2018 ‐ Notice of Acceptance and Wait List
April 10, 2018 – Final date of Cancellation for full refund
April 23, 2018 – Final date for Cancellation with 50% refund
April 24, 2018 – No refunds after this date
April 10, 2018– Orientation (TO BE CONFIRMED)
June 1, 2018– Move in for Riverdale Art Walk (Outdoor ONLY)
June 2 & 3, 2018‐ Riverdale Art Walk (11:00am – 6:00pm)
The application fee includes a non‐refundable administration fee of $35.00. If your work is not chosen by the jury, the Artists’ Network will refund the application fee minus the $35 administration fee.
Early Bird – 6:00pm, $325 + 42.25 HST $400 + 52.00 HST
Monday, February 5, 2018 = $367.25 = $452.00
Regular Submission – 6:00pm, $375 + 48.75 HST $450 + 58.50 HST
Sunday, March 11, 2018 = $423.75 = $508.50
Artists are responsible for providing their own tent, grids etc. Rentals will be available.
All booth spaces are 10’ x 10’. Collectives and shared booths are not permitted.
The Artists Network does not take a commission for any sales during the Riverdale Art Walk. All sales in good faith are the responsibility of the artists. Credit card process is available onsite as part of membership.
CANCELLATION POLICY AND DATES
On or before April 10, 2018 ‐ full refund ‐ $35 administration fee
From April 11 – April 23, 2018 – 50% refund ‐ $35 administration fee
April 24 – June 2, 2018 – cancellations receiving after April 24 will not receive a refund.
The Riverdale Art Walk is juried by professionals in the industry. They are looking for a consistent theme to the work, as well as originality and quality. Please be sure you follow the requirements of your JPEGS and be sure they are of high quality. Only original art will be accepted – reproductions and giclees (except for photographic artists), craft, jewellery will not be accepted Non‐adherence to this policy will result in your being asked to remove said pieces.
We heavily promote the Riverdale Art Walk – via social media, postcard dissemination to high income neighbourhoods, digital and print ads in the Globe and Mail and Post publications. We promote our shows via social online event calendars and distribute our event guide to local hotels, restaurants and retail locations. In addition, we provide artists with the tools they need to promote their participation in our shows.
AUTOMATIC ACCEPTANCE FOR NETWORK MEMBERS – EARLY BIRD
We value our members – if you are an Artists’ Network member and have shown in the Riverdale ArtWalk OR ArtWalk in the Square in 2017, you are automatically eligible to participate in this year’s shows. You MUST be a member at the time of submission.
Applies to Early Bird submissions only.
Booth allocation will be drawn at random in 3 batches: early bird, regular submission and late submission. If you have a specific request, please let us know post acceptance and we will attempt to place you in the best available booth that most closely matches your request when your name is drawn. No guarantees of location are made and all locations are subject to change due to park conditions. We will do our best to accommodate any medical restrictions.
All accepted artists and galleries will be featured in our online gallery and listed in our event guide. An Onsite Gallery will be located facing Queen Street to promote all participating artists. Each artist is encouraged to contribute a 12” x 12” piece for the gallery. This will enable visitors to navigate the park and find your booth.
CODE OF CONDUCT
The Artists’ Network is committed to always act with fairness, honesty, integrity and openness; respect the opinions of others and treat all with equality and dignity without regard to gender, race, colour, creed, ancestry, place of origin, political beliefs, religion, marital status, disability, age, or sexual orientation. We expect the same from our artist members. We will not tolerate any abusive or threatening behaviour towards any member of our team. Refusal to comply with this policy may result in an artist being asked to leave the show.
“Riverdale ArtWalk has a good reputation for excellence and variety which draws more experienced art collectors as well as giving new art collectors confidence to buy from artists that are in this show. Every year I have people come back to see me. When my work, the right price point and their circumstance, come together its usually a substantial sale. This show is an investment in new and long-term relationships.”