PELHAM ART FESTIVAL ONLINE 2022 FAQS

For Online Festival Artists

Important Dates!!!

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
May 4 to May 15, 2022 - Pelham Art Festival Online closes

 

May 16 - Pelham Art Festival is Online - until May 2023

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. When the online Festival closes on May 15, the artists' galleries in the Online Festival continue for a year until May 2023.

PAF Online Festival Fee
Up to 15 images - $150.00

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.

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 in 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 3.247 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 and 2023 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 assistance, juried art, and social media (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:

  • 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.

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.

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.

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.

 

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.

 

What if I already sell artwork via my website or other sales platform?

If you choose to leave artwork up after an Online Festival ends, all sales for art pieces in your PAF Online gallery are to be purchased using the PAF’s e-commerce platform. You could post a link to your website in your contact info for potential clients to visit and see other work not available on your PAF online gallery. 

If an artwork is sold after the show as a result of contact made with a buyer at the show, the Festival Committee requests the 15% commission be forwarded to the Treasurer; Els Swart ([email protected])

 

Original Artworks and Reproductions

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 see our Reproduction Policy for details.

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. Artists are encouraged to submit original artworks created within the last three years.

Reproductions are welcome provided they do not exceed 20% of the total artwork on display. Please read our Reproduction Policy information carefully before applying. Here are some tips to help you submit a successful application.

Does all my artwork need to be for sale?

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. All artwork submitted for jurying must be for sale, and all artworks submitted online must be for sale.

How many artworks can I put in my gallery for sale?

You can have up to 15 artworks for sale at a time. When you sell, a sold sticker will be placed on the art and you are welcome to add another piece so that you continue to have up to 15 artworks published for sale at a time. Please see our online fees for more information.

 

Can I sell cards or other small items?

Your image could include multiple items at the same price point… e.g., cards, jewellery, and scarves, each numbered or labelled individually.  On your details page, each item is described. i.e., the product may come in different colours, sizes etc. The buyer forwards an email to you so you both can agree on the specific choice. As an item is sold, you may indicate SOLD next to the colour on the descriptions page, or you could put a SOLD sticker on and load another image showing what you still have for sale.

 

How can I edit my uploaded work?

You can edit your uploaded work when you use your login and unique password for your Artist Dashboard, at any time. You can change images or written content, at any time until an Online Festival ends.

 

How do I communicate with buyers?

Buyers may choose to use your ARTIST EMAIL button link if they would like to communicate with you. To make sure that your buyer communication does not accidentally end up in your spam folder, make sure that you add “[email protected]” to your address book as a safe sender. Contact your customer as quickly as possible to facilitate the sale. 

How do I process Payments?

  • Individual pieces of artwork are for sale through the Online Pelham Art Festival website. Customers will purchase one chosen artwork at a time. Each artwork has an ARTIST EMAIL LINK that will send a message directly to you if a buyer wants to connect with you about a question.
  • You will then contact your customer online or by any method that works for you as quickly as possible to facilitate the sale.
  • Make sure your client understands the artwork description before they buy. Decide if taxes/shipping/delivery is included or must be paid for separately based on your location and come to a decision about the method and expected shipping cost.
  • The ‘BUY NOW’ button beside the image, will take the client directly to a checkout link where they make payment.
  • The client will use their credit card, visa debit, or prepaid credit card to complete the purchase online.
  • When the sale is completed, you will reach out to the client to confirm shipment/delivery and the format will depend on mutual convenience and location. In some cases, professional shipment may be needed to transfer breakable products. The purchaser is to pay shipping costs directly to the artist (via e-Transfer is preferable) before the ­item is shipped or delivered.
  • Pelham Art Festival does not take responsibility for the delivery of artwork. All buyers expressly assume all risk and liability from purchasing through the Pelham Art Festival website.
  • Payment is made to the Pelham Art Festival e-commerce site and after December 15, 2021, the total sales minus the 15% donation will be transferred to you. (in approximately 10 days)

 

Is Artwork refundable?

Artwork is non-refundable unless negotiated and mutually agreed upon between you and the buyer. No refunds will be issued after 30 days from the date of purchase. The buyer will contact you to request a refund. The Pelham Art Festival will issue a refund to the customer for fees paid upon instruction from you. It is your's and the buyer's responsibility to arrange between you both for the return of the artwork and shipping costs. 

 

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 Gallery + 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 is a not-for-profit corporation.