Visitors to the 36th 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.  As part of their collection, artists that are successfully juried into the 2023 Festival will be invited to create one artwork to interpret this year’s theme. These artworks will be featured in a special online Curated Collection and visitors to Pelham Art Festival at the Meridian Community Centre will vote for their favourite theme artwork. A People's Choice award for the winning themed artwork will be presented to its creator on Mother's Day weekend at the Festival.

The 2023 Theme Challenge Title will be announced in February and open to artists who are successfully juried and participating in the In-person and or Online Festivals.

Artists and artisans are asked to email [email protected] with the artwork title to obtain a tag to identify their art entry. The tag will be enclosed in your Artist Information package when you arrive at the Accipiter Arena in at Fonthill's Meridian Community Centre.

Those artists and artisans participating in the Online Festival must include 'Title of Theme' in the artwork title when filling out the form for your theme challenge piece after it is uploaded into your gallery. e.g.) Theme Title_Name of Art. It will be identified by the theme title for a specially curated collection featuring selected artworks from all the theme challenge submissions. 

Artists should also choose 'Theme title' in the Subjects dropdown menu when filling in the form for the 2023 theme challenge so the site search engine can identify it.

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 'Theme Title' Curated Collection when it is presented during Pelham Art Festival Online.