CALL FOR ARTISTS

Join us on May 6 to 8, 2022 at Fonthill's Meridian Community Centre and for Pelham Art Festival Online May 4 to 15. 2022.
NEW Submissions Deadline, March 21, 2022.

Important Dates!!!

35th Pelham Art Festival in-person

January 1, 2022 - Accepting Applications
New March 21, 2022 - Application Deadline at 11:59 PM
April 15, 2022 - Final day to cancel your participation for a refund – There will be a $25.00 non-refundable application handling fee
May 6-8, 2022 - 35th Pelham Art Festival in-person at Meridian Community Centre Opens

Pelham Art Festival Online

January 1, 2022 - Accepting Applications
New March 21, 2022 - Application Deadline at 11:59 PM
April 15, 2022 - Final day to cancel your participation for a refund – There will be a $25.00 non-refundable application handling fee
May 4, 2022 – Pelham Art Festival Online Opens

Accepting Applications:When: Accepting applications January 1, 2022
Where: Applications are submitted online through the e-commerce Pelham Art Festival website         
New Deadline: March 21, 2022 (11:59 PM)

 

The in-person 35th Pelham Art Festival, May 6 to 8, 2022

and Pelham Art Festival Online, May 4 to 15, 2022

 

The Pelham Art Festival Committee is preparing for the in-person 35th Annual Mother’s Day Festival weekend from May 6 to 8, 2022, and Pelham Art Festival Online from May 4 to 15, 2022.

Join us in the Accipiter Arena at the Meridian Community Centre located on 100 Meridian Way in the Village of Fonthill, Town of Pelham, in the heart of the Ontario Niagara Region and/or for Pelham Art Festival Online on our e-commerce platform. If both Festivals are applied for there's no cost for Pelham Art Festival Online.

PAF’s jurors welcome individual fine art artists and artisans working in all mediums; painting, photography, sculpture, pottery, glass, textiles, jewellery, wood creations and more, with formal or informal training to apply to participate in the juried 35th Pelham Art Festival in-person in 2022, and the juried PAF Online on pelhamartfestival.com beginning January 1, 2022, until March 21, 2022 deadline.

Pelham Art Festival in-person is recognized as one of the premier spring art Festivals in Ontario and is joined by Pelham Art Festival Online, both Festivals hosting nationally and internationally acclaimed Canadian artists welcoming thousands of visitors to our Festivals every year. 

2022 Festival Will Look Different:

Normally, over 80 juried established and emerging fine art artists and artisans working in an array of disciplines come together annually to showcase and sell work directly to the public. In 2022, the in-person Festival will host fewer artists in order to ensure social distancing in the booth layout and safety for all, should Niagara Region Public Health rules allow the Festival to be mounted. Regardless, together with our committed and generous community of donors, we will celebrate artistic excellence and our artists’ entrepreneurial spirit! Artists will participate with the same overall intention to raise funds to donate to the Pelham Library System, art scholarships and community art projects. Join us for the exciting 2022 in-person Festival and our new Pelham Art Festival Online e-commerce venue!

If PAF in-person is allowed to happen in May of 2022, it will be a modified version of our regular show, depending on what Niagara Region Public Health regulations allow in May. Stay tuned for announcements in April 2022 as the details unfold.

 

About the in-person 35th Pelham Art Festival May 6 to May 8, 2022!

and Pelham Art Festival Online, May 4 to 15, 2022

Artists will have the choice to sell their work at the in-person 35th Pelham Art Festival at the Meridian Community Centre, or at Pelham Art Festival Online, or both!
If both Festivals are applied for there's no cost for the Online Festival, and online artists' galleries of artwork remain online for a year.

WHAT Do Artists Have To Say?  

PAF is proud to have hosted many renowned Canadian artists such as Robert Amirault, Rosemarie Armstrong, Janny Fraser, Linda Kemp, George Langbroek, Doug Mays, Sonja Mortimer, Edward Spera, Josh Tiessen and Steve Wilson to name a few.

Artists agree Pelham Art Festival is a successful, professional, well-organized event. Many artists come back year after year saying that they enjoy the great in-person Festival and comment on the warm, friendly, ambience that is unique to Niagara. They appreciate our volunteer assistance, and in 2019 they were enthusiastic about the wonderful new venue at the Meridian Community Centre in Pelham’s Fonthill. In 2021, artists were also enthusiastic about the great new online e-commerce platform.

PAF’s jurors welcome individual artists and artisans working in all mediums; painting, photography, sculpture, pottery, glass, wood creations, textiles, jewellery and more, with formal or informal training to apply. Artists are encouraged to submit original artworks created within the last three years. Established and emerging artists are welcome. Businesses are not allowed to participate.

Pelham Art Festivals provide a welcoming place for all artists and art enthusiastsand we are committed to equity and inclusion.

All submissions will be juried. All artwork submitted for jurying must be for sale, and all artwork submitted for the in-person Festival and the online Festival must be for sale. The application handling fee is non-refundable.

PAF accepts 80% original artworks and 20% may be reproductions such as giclée or limited-edition prints. Please see our Guidelines for more information. Artwork in the photography category must be of signed, numbered limited edition prints, with a series of each image limited to a total of 25 or fewer. Once you've declared the limited edition status of an image, you are expected to follow through anywhere you show that work.

Reproductions are welcome provided they do not exceed 20% of the total artwork on display. All works must be hand-made by the artist. Machine-made or mass-produced works are not permitted and will result in an automatic disqualification.

Please read our Reproduction Policy for information carefully before an application is submitted.

Every effort will be made to help you promote and sell your artwork, and for art lovers to view and purchase the pieces for the in-person Festival at the Meridian Community Centre and the online Festival through our e-commerce platform. Visitors, art lovers, and collectors purchase artwork at our fine art Festivals. Artists benefit by making sales, meeting new clients and getting exposure for their artwork.

The online Festival will include an online presence for you for 12 months. As a juried artist, you will be welcome to leave your work for sale on the Pelham Art Festival e-commerce website. You will be able to replace the work you sell or can exchange or have your work removed as you wish. Just as during the online Festival, if your work sells through the Pelham Art Festival website, the 15% commission will continue to go toward fundraising efforts. 

If you are applying from outside of Canada, it is your responsibility to get the appropriate paperwork to enter Canada to sell your works. We do not provide invitations to artists for visa applications. All travel, accommodations, shipping and customs expenses are your responsibility. We recommend working with a licensed customs broker to import your works into Canada. Our recommendation for International artists is to apply for Pelham Art Festival Online.

Since the Festivals are fundraising events, the Festival Committee reserves the right to jury artists who consistently experience little to no sales to offer opportunities for new artists to display and sell their work. In such an event, the request to return will be held on a waitlist in order of receipt after the artist applications have been juried after April 1, 2022.

HOW Can I Apply?

Apply January 1, 2022

 

Please also read our full Application Guidelines to find out what you need to submit an application.

How Do I Apply?

Apply January 1, 2022

 

All applications are submitted through our online e-commerce platform. All artists create an online account.

Artists and artisans fill in your name, address – your mailing information, email contact, biography with no name included, and only skip the banner image, profile photo, and social media accounts in the application form, for now. Those are not available to the jury and during online Festivals, only become publicly visible if your application is successful. Please check spam and junk folders if you have not received an email confirmation. When artists are accepted by the jury payment is due. There will be a non-refundable $25 application handling fee.

Adding your mailing information is very important if you are applying and are successful for PAF 35 in-person for you to receive artist information by mail and to subsequentially pick up an artist package when arriving at the Meridian Community Centre Accipiter Arena on the morning of May 6.

It is very important for artists and artisans to prepare a cohesive body of 5 artworks for the jury process.

Application Fee:

2022 in-person 35th Pelham Art Festival:
$150.00 corner booth; $225.00 3-panel booth; $300.00 double booth is REDUCED to $225.00 – for 2022 ONLY
New Final DeadlineMarch 21, 2022 (11:59 PM

2022 Pelham Art Festival Online:
Up to 15 images - $150.00
New Final Deadline: March 21, 2022 (11:59 PM)

For a breakdown of participation costs, see our Fees and Deadlines page.

It is very important for artists and artisans to prepare a cohesive body of 5 artworks for the jury process.

Pelham Art Festival creates a Theme of the Year every year. When artists are successful in the jury process it is your choice to participate with one artwork in our Theme of the Year. The Theme of the Year for 2022:

  • 2022 Theme of the Year: Artists and artisans successful in the jurying process are invited to create one artwork to celebrate "Beauty in Niagara" that represents a personal experience or interpretation of our beautiful Niagara Region. 
  • Theme in-person Festival: Please email [email protected] with your Beauty in Niagara artwork title for a special tag to identify your art entry to be enclosed in your artist information package for pickup upon arrival at the arena.
  • Theme Online Festival: Please include Beauty in Niagara in the title when you fill out the form for this piece after it's uploaded into your online gallery so it can be identified for a Curated Collection featuring artworks created for this year's theme. eg)  Beauty in Niagara - Balls Falls, also checkmark Beauty in Niagara in Subjects in the uploaded form containing your artwork.

Join us in the Accipiter Arena at the Meridian Community Centre located on 100 Meridian Way in the Village of Fonthill, Town of Pelham, in the heart of the Ontario Niagara Region and online on our new e-commerce platform.

 

Call for Artists and Artisans for the in-person 35th Pelham Art Festival
and Pelham Art Festival Online on January 1st, 2022

When: Accepting applications January 1, 2022
Where: Applications are submitted online through the e-commerce Pelham Art Festival website         
New Deadline: March 21, 2022 (11:59 PM)

Apply January 1, 2022

 

Where Do I Find Support?

Admin support will be available for you if you need it through [email protected]
Please state the title of your question in the heading of your email so your question will be forwarded to the person who can help you. 
with the subject line: PAF 2022 Artist Gallery Setup Support + Your Name 
with the subject line: PAF 2022 Photographing Your Art for the Online Application + Your Name 
with the subject line: ​PAF 2021 General Support + Your Name

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COVID-19 Safety Measures:

The PAF team cares about the health and safety of our artists and the public we serve. Although we had to cancel the in-person show in 2020 and again in 2021, we are planning to return to an in-person Festival in May 2022, following the safety guidelines provided by Niagara Region Public Health, if it is safe to do so.

Pelham Art Festival Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation.