5 Ways to Show Your Work at DesignTO Festival 2021

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Show Your Work at the 11th Annual DesignTO Festival, January 22-31, 2021

The DesignTO Festival brings people together to celebrate contemporary design across the city January 22-31, 2021.

Join the Festival to become a part of an exciting network of creative people, exhibitions, events, and a captive audience of designers and design-lovers. In 2020, the Festival had 100+ events and exhibitions across the city with 160K+ visitors. From design talks to experimental installations to prototypes to opening parties and curated exhibitions, the Festival featured the work of over 800 artists and designers.

5 Ways to Participate

1. Apply to our Guest Artist and Designer Program
Deadline: Friday, September 14, 2020

This is for you if:
You are a designer or artist who is looking for a free venue for your exhibition, event, or window installation.

Benefits include:
Selecting from a great range of host venues, showcasing creative work to a diverse audience, and visibility through your listing on our website and mobile apps.

Click here to learn more and apply


2. Submit Your Work for Our Prototype Exhibition: ‘Work/Life’
Deadline: Friday, September 25, 2020

This is for you if:
You are a Canadian designer or artist (based in Canada or abroad) who wants to create an original houseware and/or working product for contemporary life.

Benefits include:
Having your work featured alongside a group of Canadian artists and designers at the Umbra Store, artist fee, and visibility through the exhibition listing on our website and mobile apps. All selected prototypes will also be considered for addition to Umbra’s growing roster of quality products, to be manufactured, distributed, and sold through the Umbra brand, with royalty.

Click here to learn more and submit


3. Submit Your Work for Our Thematic Exhibition: ‘Exchange Piece’
Deadline: Friday, September 25, 2020

This is for you if:
You are a designer or artist who wants to exhibit your work in a thematic group exhibition curated by the Festival.

Benefits include:
Having your work featured alongside artists and designers in Harbourfront Centre’s Artport Gallery, artist fee, and visibility through the exhibition listing on our website and mobile apps.

Click here to learn more and submit


4. Submit a Talk for the DesignTO Symposium: Towards Inclusive Design
Deadline: Friday, September 25, 2020

This is for you if:
You are a designer, educator, or thinker exploring new forms of work. Talks may be about current research or case studies, new products or technologies, spaces or experiences, speculative design or strategies, or new processes or policies.

Benefits include:
Sharing your work with a captive audience, speaker fee, meeting other leaders in the field, and visibility through the Symposium listing on our website and mobile apps.

Click here to learn more and submit your talk proposal.


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5. Produce Your Own Independent Project
Deadline: Friday, October 9, 2020

This is for you if:
You are an artist, designer, design firm, local business, academic/cultural institution, or a student that has an event, exhibition, or window installation you want to self-produce and register with the Festival.

Benefits include:
Showcasing creative work to a diverse and captive audience, meeting artists and designers, and visibility through your listing on our website and mobile apps.

You should know:
You are entirely responsible for the content of and venue for your event or exhibition.

Click here to learn more and register as an exhibitor.


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Image credits:
‘Daydream Under the Penny Vine’ by Sylvia Lee (Jeff Goodman Studio). Photo by Daniel Barbosa.
‘Everything Rhymes with Orange’ by All Odds Collective at ‘Come Up To My Room’. Photo by Simon Liao.