PELHAM ART FESTIVALS IN-PERSON AND ONLINE 2022

Join us on May 6 to 8, 2022 at Pelham's Meridian Community Centre for the Pelham Art Festival 35 Show and Sale and at Pelham Art Festival Online Show and Sale from May 4 to 15, 2022

 

Important Dates!!!

35th Pelham Art Festival

January 1, 2022 - Accepting Applications
New March 21, 2022 - Application Deadline at 11:59 PM
April 18, 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 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 18, 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

 

Conditions for Submissions:

WHO can Apply?

Artists and artisans are invited to submit their application for the juried 35th Pelham Art Festival beginning January 1, 2022, and, or the juried Pelham Art Festival Online.

We expect to find a way to make the 35th Annual Pelham Art Festival on Mother’s Day weekend a special event.  Artists have the choice to sell their new work at the 35th PAF at the Meridian Community Centre, or, at PAF Online, or BOTH!

When the application choice is for BOTH, there is no Online Festival cost.

Please also read through our Application Guidelines "How Do I Apply" online and tips to help you submit a successful application.

2022 Festival Will Look Different:

Normally, over 60 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.

Returning and new artists are welcome to apply. Your work will be juried for quality and to ensure that a wide variety of mediums will be showcased, and all artwork submitted for jurying must be for sale. 

PAF’s jurors welcome individual artists and artisans working in all mediums; painting, photography, sculpture, glass, woodturning, textiles, jewellery and more, with formal or informal training to apply. Artists are encouraged to submit artwork created within the last three years. Established and emerging artists are welcome.

Pelham Art Festival accepts 80% original artworks and 20% may be reproductions such as giclée or limited-edition prints. 

Read our Reproduction Policy carefully before an application is submitted.

Why apply to PAF?

  • Be a part of the art community: We are committed to the artists who participate in Pelham Art Festival and as such, want to assure you that a strong social media, digital and ad campaign will be implemented before and during the Festival to help attract attention to both Pelham Art Festival and the Online Festival.
  • Participate in training: We offer artists the opportunity to learn how to provide good quality images to promote work for the Online Festival and Pelham Art Festival through extra training and support as needed. 
  • Grow your network for Pelham Art Festival and our Online FestivalPAF is a well-respected Festival where many artists return year after year saying they love the atmosphere and feel warmly welcomed. Every effort will be made to help you promote and sell your artwork and for art lovers to see and purchase pieces through both Pelham Art Festival and Pelham Art Festival Online.
  • Online sales experience: Showcase your artworks in our May Online Festival on our user-friendly e-commerce platform where participating artists' and artisans' artwork is online year-round until May 2023.

In-person and Online Festivals:

  • We welcome: 2500+ visitors in-person, and our online Festival, 5,300+ visitors.
  • We offer a successful and comprehensive marketing campaign:  Benefit from our multi-platform marketing and promotions that resulted in a total of 2.5 million media impressions from 2021’s campaign. Our social media portion of the total ad campaign reached 38,159 people, resulting in 82,361 media impressions. We've experienced great online growth and expect an even more expansive 2022 reach. Plus, the additional opportunity to be spotlighted through our social media channels on Facebook and Instagram with an engaged audience continues to grow.
  • Ongoing professional development: Dedicated support and guidance from our team through application workshops, juried art, and social media workshops (how to grow your digital outreach and social media skills) as needed.
  • Free Pelham Art Festival and online resources and support: Assistance and troubleshooting for your artist and product pages, training, instructional videos, volunteers to assist you in setting up your PAF booth display and comprehensive artist information is available.
  • And so much more!

The 2022 Theme Challenge:

  • Visitors to the 35th Pelham Art Festival and Pelham Art Festival Online will be treated to artwork specially created for this year's theme challenge: Pelham Art Festival creates a Theme Challenge every year. When artists are successful in the jury process it is your choice to participate with one artwork in the Theme Challenge. As part of their collection, artists have been invited to create one artwork to celebrate 'Beauty in Niagara', representing a personal experience or interpretation of our beautiful Niagara Region. These artworks will be featured in a special online Curated Collection and visitors to Pelham Art Festival in the Meridian Community Centre will vote for their favourite theme artwork. A People's Choice award will be presented to the winning artist on Mother's Day weekend at the Festival.
  • Theme Challenge for the Mother's Day weekend Pelham Art Festival:
  • 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. 
  • Artists and artisans, email [email protected] with your Beauty in Niagara artwork title for a tag to identify your art entry. The tag will be enclosed in your Artist Information package when you arrive at the Accipiter Arena in Fonthill's Meridian Community Centre. 
  • Visitors to the Festival will vote for their favourite theme artwork and a People's Choice award will be presented to the winning artist.
  • Theme Challenge Online Festival:  Artists and Artisans must include 'Beauty in Niagara' in the artwork title when filling out the form for your theme challenge piece after it's uploaded into your gallery. eg) Beauty in Niagara - Balls Falls. It will be identified by the title for a specially curated collection featuring selected artworks from all the theme challenge submissions. 
  • Artists should also choose 'Beauty in Niagara' in the Subjects dropdown menu when filling in the form for the 2022 theme challenge so it can be identified by the site search engine.
  • NB: Only one artwork in your gallery should be assigned this subject designation if you participate in the theme challenge. This enables the curator to find your theme challenge work for consideration. Visitors will be invited to view the 'Beauty in Niagara' Curated Collection when it is presented during Pelham Art Festival Online.

A guide to local restaurants is included with the directions to the Meridian Community Centre for PAF 35 artists, and some helpful accommodations including local restaurants for artists who may travel from a distance have been arranged. Please state that you are with the Pelham Art Festival when contact is made.

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

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.

Every effort will be made to help you promote and sell your artwork, and for visitors, art lovers, and collectors to view and purchase pieces through our e-commerce platform. Artists benefit by making sales, meeting new clients and getting exposure for their artwork.

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

 

About the 35th Pelham Art Festival
Mother’s Day weekend May 6 to May 8, 2022! 

 

We invite artists and artisans to apply to participate in the juried PAF 35th Festival in 2022, beginning January 1st, 2022.

PAF’s jurors welcome individual fine art artists and artisans working in all mediums; painting, photography, sculpture, glass, textiles, jewellery, wood creations and more, with formal or informal training to apply. Artists are encouraged to submit artwork created within the last three years. Established and emerging artists are welcome. 

Artists will have the choice to sell their work at the 35th Pelham Art Festival at the Meridian Community Centre, or at Pelham Art Festival Online, or both! If both are chosen there is no cost for the Online Festival.

All submissions will be juried. All artwork is submitted online for jurying and 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 information carefully before an application is submitted.

The Pelham Art Festival provides a welcoming place for all artists and art enthusiastsand we are committed to equity and inclusion.

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 Festival is a fundraising event, the Festival Committee reserves the right to jury returning 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 new artist applications have been juried after April 1, 2022.

Join us 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.

PAF is recognized as one of the premier spring Art Festivals in Ontario, hosting nationally and internationally acclaimed Canadian artists and welcoming thousands of visitors, art lovers, and collectors to the Festival every year. Collectively our visitors spend over $50,000 annually on buying art, contributing to the economic prosperity of the participating artists and the cultural vibrancy of Pelham.

 

About Pelham Art Festival Online
May 4 to May 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 are chosen there is no cost for the Online Festival.

PAF Online Festival Fee
Up to 15 images - $150.00

WHO can Apply?

PAF’s jurors welcome individual artists and artisans working in all mediums; painting, photography, sculpture, glass, woodturning, 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. 

The Pelham Art Festival provides a welcoming place for all artists and art enthusiasts, and we are committed to equity and inclusion.

You can choose to join us for Pelham Art Festivals from anywhere in Canada and beyond. Sell artworks, tap into the Southern Ontario and Niagara Region art market, and participate in our Online Festivals safely from the comfort of your home.

All submissions will be juried. All artwork submitted for jurying must be for sale, and all artwork submitted for 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 information carefully before an application is submitted.

Since the Festival is a fundraising event, the Festival Committee reserves the right to jury returning artists who consistently experience little to no sales to offer the opportunity 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 new artist applications have been juried after April 1, 2022.

How do I find out if I will be accepted into the Festival?

You will be provided with your application results by email after April 1, 2022. You can also see your results by logging into your Artist Dashboard after April 1, 2022. No phone calls please – results will not be given over the phone. Please check your junk and spam email folders if you have not received your results. All decisions are final. The Pelham Art Festival will not appeal any decisions. To make sure that your results letter does not accidentally end up in your spam folder make sure that you add “[email protected]” to your address book as a safe sender.

Does participating in Pelham Art Festival Online mean I need to have my own website or social media accounts? 

No, you do not need to create your own website since you will be able to continue to use the Pelham Art Festival website after the show for 12 months!  Our platform is accessible for artists who do not have their own website or e-commerce, and you can list your artworks for sale directly from your PAF webpage. You can also link your social media accounts. We highly recommend promoting your participation in PAF via your social media channels if you have them, but it is not a requirement to participate.

 

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 Photographing Your Art for the Online Application + Your Name 
with the subject line: PAF 2022 Artist Gallery Setup Support + Your Name 
with the subject line: ‚ÄčPAF 2022 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. Necessarily cancelling the in-person Festival in 2020 and again in 2021, we are hopeful to return to in-person in May 2022, following the safety guidelines provided by Niagara Region Public Health.

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