Call to Artists: The New Art Festival 2023, Ottawa

The New Art Festival 2023 is happening June 10 & 11, 2023

Artist applications are now open. Please join us!

Artists and craftspeople working in all media are invited to apply to The New Art Festival, Ottawa’s original celebration of handmade, one-of-a-kind art, and the people who create it! Juried by practicing artists and arts professionals, this highly acclaimed event is an ideal networking opportunity for both up-and-coming and established artists. Promote your studio practice and engage one-on-one with the public, art collectors, and galleries in a welcoming park setting.

Submitting your application is easy! Simply visit our application page and follow the steps.

Deadline: Completed artist applications must be received no later than 11:59 pm on March 15, 2023.


  • Artists and craftspeople in all mediums, and at all stages of their careers are invited to apply.
  • Registration is for individual artists only. Exception: artists working collaboratively are permitted to share a display space. Collaborative implies that more than one artist has worked on the artwork being submitted and displayed. Artists working collaboratively must choose one artist’s contact information for TNAF’s communication purposes.
  • Full-time students under 30 years with valid student ID pay a reduced rate.

Selection process:

  • The New Art Festival only accepts original, one-of-a-kind artwork.
  • All artwork must be handmade by the exhibiting artist.
  • Applications are juried relative to the artistic merit, professionalism, integrity, craftsmanship, and originality of the art represented in the images, the artist statement and the CV/bio submitted.

What is the reproduction policy?

  • Reproductions and mass-produced items are not permitted at The New Art Festival.
  • Exception: signed and numbered limited edition prints by printmakers & photographers, and cards. Edition size must be 100 maximum.
  • Examples of reproduced and mass-produced items: magnets, posters, t-shirts, imported items, soap & bath products, work assembled from commercial kits, etc.
  • Clothing articles can be exhibited if they are handmade, one-of-a-kind creations.

Who sits on the jury?

  • Participating artists are selected by a jury comprised of practicing professional artists.
  • When making their selections, TNAF jurors weigh many factors including the festival criteria and reproduction policy, suitability of the artwork to the nature of the festival, and limited space in the park.
  • Artists will be informed of the jury’s decision electronically, approximately four weeks after the deadline.
  • All jury decisions are final.
  • Due to the high volume of applications received, TNAF does not provide feedback.

How much does it cost?

  • Your fee depends on the space size you select. Visit our fees page for details.
  • Fees do not include tents or any other supplies.
  • Organizers do not take any percentage of artists’ sales.
  • Full-time students under 30 years with a valid ID pay a reduced rate.

About TNAF
Now in its 31st year, The New Art Festival (TNAF) is Ottawa’s longest-running outdoor art exhibit. This juried festival features handmade, one-of-a-kind artwork by nearly 200 visual artists working in a wide range of styles and media that reflect artistic excellence, innovation, and strong craftsmanship. Every June – rain or shine – thousands of artists and art enthusiasts gather in beautiful Central Park, in the Glebe, to be inspired in a warm and vibrant environment, meet with friends old and new, and celebrate independent art.

The New Art Festival is an event for emerging and established professional artists to promote their studio practices, and to network directly with the public and their colleagues. Organized to strengthen the connections among artists, the larger arts community, and the general public, TNAF fosters one-on-one interactions between artists and visitors. The Festival is a family-friendly, non-profit, low carbon footprint event that takes pride in creating a community that artists and visitors return to year after year.

The New Art Festival
Central Park, The Glebe, Ottawa

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