Application Guidelines
34th Pelham Art Festival Online May 1 to 31, 2021

Final Deadline: February 22, 2021 at 11:59 PM

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Who Can Apply?

We welcome individual visual artists and artisans working in an array of mediums, to apply for a chance to be part of the Pelham Art Festival.

International Artists

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.

How Do I Apply?

There is an application for previously accepted returning artists and an application for new artists who apply to be juried into the Festival.

All applications are submitted online through the Pelham Art Festival website. If you have applied before, please login to reapply. New artists create an account here. Please check spam and junk folders if you have not received an email confirmation. Keep your login information safe, since you will need it later to check your results on your Artist Dashboard.

When new artists are accepted by the jury process payment is due.

What To Submit

We accept original works of fine art and craft. Reproductions are welcome provided they do not exceed 20% of the total artwork on display. Please read our Reproduction Policy carefully before submitting an application.

Application Fees:

Online Festival 2021:

Up to 15 images - $150.00
Up to 25 images - $225.00

There will be a non-refundable $25 application-handling fee.

In-person Festival: (Cancelled for 2021)

$150.00 for single booth; $150.00 for corner booth; $225.00 for triple panel; $300.00 for double booth

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

What to Submit

1. 7 digital images of your work for online for the jury and in-person (2021 in-person cancelled)

Your images must reflect a cohesive body of work and be relevant to the Festival Category(s) you have selected. They should resemble (in terms of medium and style) the artworks you intend to showcase at the Festival.

How to format your images

  • Valid files types: .jpeg or .png.
  • Maximum size: images should be no larger than 1024 x 1024 pixels and 4mb (max) in size. Images that exceed this size will be automatically resized to fit and may be distorted.  
  • Minimum size: no less than 500 x 500 pixels (height & width)
  • File Names: should be named as follows: YOUR NAME_IMAGE NUMBER OR TITLE_YEAR

3. A 500-character artist statement

4. A 200-character description of your works

Here are some tips to help you submit a successful application

How To Submit (new artists)

1. Create an online artist profile or login to your existing one if you have applied before. New artists (only) skip the banner image, profile photo, and social media accounts for now, those are not available to the jury and only become publicly visible during the Festival if your application is successful.

2. On the right side of your Artist Dashboard, you will find the 'Start an Application' button. Prepare and upload your images, artist statement and description of artworks (see Application Tips).

3. Complete the online application and submit the non-refundable application fee of $25 by 11:59 PM deadline (EST) on the deadline date.

We only accept complete applications once application fee payment is fulfilled. We don’t forward applications with missing information to our jurors. Submissions that include machine-made or mass-produced works are automatically disqualified and are not presented to the jurors.

You can choose to join us for the Online Festival from anywhere in Canada and beyond. Sell artworks and tap into the Niagara art market safely from the comfort of your own home.

How To Apply For Online Only:

The application process is the same, just opt-out of the ‘In-Person’ (Meridian Community Centre)’ portion under Artist Information.

How is Your Application Selected?

Artistic excellence, originality, quality of support materials and consistency of ideas and design, are the criteria our jurors consider to evaluate your application. Our jury team consists of artists and art educators who will be reviewing all new artist submissions in every category. Read PAF's Equity and Non-Discrimination Policy

Our jurors score submissions according to the above selection criteria. They select the best artists with the highest scores. We maintain a waitlist of high scored artists who are accepted once space becomes available with priority given in the order applications are received.  All decisions are final.


You need to select a category from the list below when submitting your application. These categories will be used in our online artist directory.

You may submit up to 3 applications in different Festival categories. For example, if you create works in ceramics as well as painting and you would like to showcase both in your online gallery, your submission must include two separate, cohesive applications, one for each body of work. If both applications are accepted, then you will be allowed to showcase works in those categories.

3D Works - original works that are three-dimensional, using additive or reductive techniques, including freestanding sculptures, reliefs, assemblages etc. created using either traditional or experimental materials. 

2D Works – original works that are two-dimensional, created using one or more physical material, including Drawing, Printmaking, Illustration, Collage, and Mixed Media works, etc.

Painting - works created using oil, acrylic, encaustic, watercolour, inks, 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. Multi-disciplinary and/or hybrid practices welcomed. Exclude machine-screen patterns or other forms of mass production, and factory produced wearable items regardless of additional modification.

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. These should be numbered Limited Editions.

Reproductions of artist originals are welcome provided they do not exceed 20% of the total artwork on display. Please read our Reproduction Policy carefully before submitting an application.

When Are Results Announced?

Online Festival 2021 Results:

You will receive your results via email in April 2021 after which you may pay participation fees.

In-person Festival: Cancelled for 2021

Helpful Links 

Application Tips
What Does it Cost?
Reproduction Policy
Other Rules

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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 subject line: PAF 2021 Photographing Your Art for the Online Gallery + Your Name 
with subject line: PAF 2021 Artist Gallery Setup Support + Your Name 
with subject line: ‚ÄčPAF 2021 General Support + Your Name

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COVID-19 Safety Measures:

Given the fact that the annual Mother’s Day weekend festival needed to be cancelled again this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Pelham Art Festival Online has been set up instead. Despite the challenges of the pandemic, our dedicated team of volunteers, patrons, community partners and art lovers will come together in 2021 to present the first Pelham Art Festival Online event, creating a new digital platform that will be used to promote the work of artists and support our mandate to raise funds for the Pelham libraries, art scholarships and community art projects. 

The PAF team cares about the health and safety of our artists and the public we serve. In spite of cancelling the in-person show in 2020 and again in 2021, we are hopeful to return to an in-person show in May 2022, following the safety guidelines provided by Niagara Region Public Health.