Call For Artists

Stratford Art in the Park (AITP) takes place in Stratford at Lakeside Drive between Front and North Streets. Hours are from 10:00am to 5:00pm every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from the May long weekend to the end of September. If you are accepted as a member of AITP you are required to attend a minimum of ten (10) full days when your display must be completely set up and fully open from 10:00am to 5:00pm. If a member fails to exhibit the minimum of ten (10) full days, he/she/they must reapply and be re-juried for membership of AITP in the next season.

On exhibition days AITP is open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Art work must be original and must be signed. Original reproduction prints and photographs to be exhibited must be numbered and signed in an edition not to exceed 250. There are limits to the number of reproductions that may be displayed at any one time in the show (see rules and regulations).

Please note that most categories have participate limits. The 2024 categories are: Clay, Wood, Leather/Fabric Art, Photography, Sculpture/Carving/Collage, Glass, Jewellery, Painting/Printmaking, and Digital Art (no AI). From time to time there may not be space available for the upcoming season. For the 2024 season, both Jewellery and Wood are full and therefore we will not be accepting applications for these two categories.

You are required to read the Rules and Regulations prior to applying for membership. Your application indicates you have read and acknowledge these rules and accept them.

Steps to Apply

Apply before the deadline. Late submission or late payment will not be considered.

Application must be completed on the online submission package by March 15th, 2024. Payment for the application must be sent by mail and must reach us prior to the March 15th, 2024 deadline.  (instructions and address below). The application must include 6 digital images of your recent work including title, size & medium; your artist/artisan technique description; your art/craft biography and must be completed by the deadline of March 15th, 2024 at midnight. After that time, the application will not longer be valid.

1. Images: Artists and artisans must submit six (6) most recent digital images of their works on the application. These images should depict the quality that is reflective of what you will be showing at AITP during the regular season. These items must have been created by the artist/artisan applying for membership and must have been created in the past 3 years.

Before starting the application process review the Image Specifications below:

Images must be resized to a maximum of 1024 pixels on the longest side and saved in JPEG format (72 dpi) compatible with both Mac and PC.

On two-dimensional artworks, the signature of the artist must be covered to assure anonymity in the jurying process.

The size/dimensions of the object/artwork must be included in the application form in space provided. In the case of sculpture, or other three-dimensional artworks, an apple or a loonie coin next to the object provides an effective reference scale for the jury members.

Note: Poor quality photography diminishes well-crafted artwork. Include only the artwork in your photo. No mats, frames or distractions such as lights, other artworks or poor lighting should be visible. Crop the digital image effectively for maximum quality. If images do not meet AITP specifications, application will not be accepted and AITP will not refund the jury fees.

2. Technique: Include a brief description of your technique as an artist/artisan in the space provided
3. Biography: Include a brief biography specific to the art or craft you are hoping to sell at AITP in the space provided.
4. Mail: the following items early to ensure they reach us by the March 15th, 2024 at midnight deadline to:

Stratford Art in the Park
356 Ontario St.
Suite 361
Stratford, ON
N5A 7X6

a) A non-refundable cheque payable to Art in the Park – Stratford for $30.00 for the Jury Fee for each applied category.

b) A second cheque payable to Art in the Park – Stratford for $325.00 ($180.00 membership fee plus $145.00 trader’s fee)

c) A self addressed, stamped envelope with sufficient postage in case your application to AITP is not successful, to be used to return your second cheque ($325.00) to you. The $30.00 jury fee is non-refundable under any condition.

The Art in the Park Association maintains a reputation of having unique art and craftwork which each member has created. Each member must have a personal and direct role in every aspect of the finished product.

If there is a concern that the work in the digital images submitted is of a “production” nature, the Executive Committee will need to investigate further prior to the applicant being accepted. In addition, the Executive members have the option to review all artists’ works on display throughout the season to ensure quality, and to make sure the items juried-in are those which are being displayed.

The following kinds of work are not accepted: any work that originates from commercial patterns or kits, ceramics from commercial moulds, clothing, needlework, knitting, crocheting.

You may be required to collect HST. For information visit a Revenue Canada office or their website.

The jury is comprised of three qualified artists and artisans and gallery curators who are not members of the Art in the Park Association. All applicants will be notified of their status via email in early April 2024.

Please double check your application has followed all requirements. Changes are not possible. Please apply early as applications or payments received after March 15, 2024 will not be accepted.

Thank you