Call for Proposals: Art Nest 2022


Toronto Outdoor Art Fair at Nathan Phillips Square, 2019, photo by Andrew Williamson

Art Nest Call for Proposals

July 15 – 17, 2022, Nathan Phillips Square
Deadline For Submissions: February 18th, 2022 @ 5 PM EST

TOAF is thrilled to present Art Nest, an exciting new initiative that will provide artists with an opportunity that will challenge them to experiment, take risks and push the boundaries of their particular practice beyond the limits of the 10 x 10 square foot tent context.


Art Nest is open to both past and current TOAF artists to take their practice to the next level by creating commissioned public art projects to be installed at Nathan Phillips Square during this year’s 61st edition of the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair.

Selected artists will develop their work with the curatorial support of Rui Pimenta. Rui is the Co-Artistic Director and Co-curator of Art Spin, a Toronto based art organization that has been presenting a multidisciplinary range of site-specific programming in unique and alternative spaces since 2009.

TOAF has been celebrating art in public spaces and animating Toronto’s civic centre on a grand scale since 1961. Art Nest was created in response to the City of Toronto’s ArtworxTO: Year of Public Art 2021-22 initiative and looks to build on TOAF’s legacy and ongoing leadership as an arts presenter in Canada. Championing career-launching platforms for the next generation of artists is central to TOAF’s programming values and key to the inspiration behind Art Nest.

At a time when so many ideas around monumentality and permanence in public art are being dismantled and questioned, Art Nest will look to contribute to that conversation in a thoughtful and creatively engaging way. Our hope is to help redefine the meaning and future possibilities of public art in a way that is accessible, impactful and reflects lived experiences with engaging temporary art projects.


Home Birth installation (interior view) by Artist Chason Yeboah at TOAF 2019

Submission Guidelines

TOAF is seeking proposals for installation, sculpture, new media and performance art that are appropriate for an outdoor setting and related weather conditions. Proposals should also account for visitor safety. All proposals are subject to approval by the City of Toronto. Show organizers will assign space at Nathan Phillips Square.

An artist fee of $2,500 plus $2,000 for material costs will be paid to each selected artist.

Submissions must be submitted via email by 5 PM EST on Friday February 18th, 2022 to
The subject line of the email must read: ‘<Your Name> Art Nest Submission 2022’

Submissions must include:

  • Your name, address, telephone number and email contact
  • Links to social media accounts if applicable
  • Statement describing the proposed work for exhibition, how it would be installed and how visitors might interact with it
  • 10 JPG images*/sketches/reference images of the work to be exhibited (include examples of previous work, especially if it is relevant to the proposed project)
  • Description of images (title, year, medium)
  • A brief bio (150 words maximum) and CV (2 pages maximum)
  • Please compress your images into a zip file

* JPG images can be no larger than 1024 x 768 pixels and 300 dpi

Selected artists will be notified by the end of March, 2022.

Although some install support will be provided, selected artists should be prepared to install and tear down their own work. Artists must provide all materials for installation. Artists are also encouraged to be present during the 3 days of the Fair to greet the public and answer any questions about their work.

About Toronto Outdoor Art Fair

Toronto Outdoor Art Fair (TOAF) is Canada’s leading contemporary, juried, outdoor art fair. Founded in 1961, the Fair was established to put visual artists and makers in direct contact with the public and nurture artistic excellence and entrepreneurship. For 60 years, TOAF has been instrumental in launching artists’ careers and bringing art into people’s everyday lives. This free public event has showcased 350+ visual artists and makers and attracted 130,000 visitors to Nathan Phillips Square each year. In response to the pandemic, TOAF created a highly successful and engaging online economic platform and programming. The Fair continues to connect artists and art lovers through year-long showcase, income generation and discovery opportunities for independent artists. The Toronto Outdoor Art Fair is a registered charitable nonprofit organization.

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The Art Nest Project is presented in partnership with ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art 2021–2022 and is supported by the Toronto Arts Council with funding from the City of Toronto.