WHAT DOES IT COST?

Fees and Deadlines

Important Dates!!!

Pelham Holiday Artfest Online

September 15, 2021 - Accepting Applications
October 17, 2021 - Application Deadline at 11:59 PM
November 1, 2021 - Final day to cancel your participation for a refund – There will be a $25.00 non-refundable application-handling fee
November 18, 2021 Pelham Holiday Artfest Online Launches

Pelham Art Festival Online

January 1, 2022 - Accepting Applications
February 28, 2022 - Application Deadline at 11:59 PM
April 15, 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

35th In-Person Pelham Art Festival

January 1, 2022 - Accepting Applications
February 28, 2022 - Application Deadline at 11:59 PM
April 15, 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 In-Person at Meridian Community Centre Opens

What does it cost to participate?

Please note, all prices are listed in Canadian dollars.
PAF accepts credit cards, visa debit or prepaid credit cards, cash will not be accepted under any circumstance. 

Application Fees for PAF Online Festivals 2021 and 2022

Up to 15 images - $150.00
Up to 25 images - $225.00

Final Deadline: Pelham Holiday Artfest Online October 17, 2021 (11:59 PM)

Final Deadline: Pelham Art Festival Online April 15, 2022 (11:59 PM)

There will be a non-refundable $25 application-handling fee.

For 2021, refunds will not be made after November 1, 2021. For 2022, refunds will not be made after April 15, 2022.

2022, 35th Pelham Art Festival In-Person Booth/Participation Fees

$150.00 Single Booth                             Available to first time applicants.
$150.00 Corner Booth                            Available to prior registered applicants. Not to first time applicants.
$225.00 3 Panel Extended Booth           Available to prior registered applicants. Not to first time applicants.
$300.00 Double Booth                            Available to prior registered applicants. Not to first time applicants.

Final Application Deadline: February 28, 2022 (11:59 PM)

There will be a non-refundable $25 application-handling fee.

As in previous years a 15% commission of artwork sold goes towards fundraising efforts for the Pelham Library System, annual Pelham arts scholarships and various community arts projects.

Participation in PAF Online Festivals Includes:

  • Year-round PAF Artist profile
  • 15 artworks listed at one time, for sale during the 15 day Festival (once an artwork has sold, you can replace it with a new one during the Festival)
  • 25 artworks listed at one time, for sale during the 15 day Festival (once an artwork has sold, you can replace it with a new one during the Festival)
  • 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 at our Online Festivals safely from the comfort of your own home.

Participation in the 35th Pelham Art Festival In-Person 2022 Includes:

  • Artworks displayed in local businesses to advertise festival artists in our “Art Around Town” Program
  • Artists are provided with Pelham Art Festival label tags for artwork; Artist Name Badges; Assistant Name Badges; Artist Name and Booth Number Signage, and artists may choose to print PAF artwork label tags on business card sheets in advance by emailing [email protected] A special tag to identify art entry for the featured theme of the year will also be enclosed.
  • BBQ on Saturday after 5 pm festival hours for artists and guests hosted by the PAF Committee
  • Coffee coupons from Nature’s Corner Bakery and Cafe at the Salvador Deli
  • Volunteer assistant lunch break booth-sitters for artists and when breaks are needed.
  • artwork entry for the Featured Theme Of The Year

Submitting To PAF Online Festivals and the 35th Pelham Art Festival In-Person

PAF’s jurors welcome individual artists and artisans working in all mediums; painting, photography, sculpture, glass, wood turning, textiles, jewellery and more, with formal or informal training to apply. Established and emerging artists are welcome. 

PAF accepts 80% original artworks and 20% may be reproductions such as giclée or limited-edition prints. Artists are welcome to replace original art or prints on display as needed.  Original artworks should have been completed within the last three years. Please see our Guidelines for more.

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

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.

How do I pay my application fee?

Payment through our application system online:

Once you have uploaded your images and information, you will be directed to a secure payment portal. You will not be able to make changes to your application once the non-refundable application payment is submitted. You will receive an e-mail confirmation of your payment, so please check your spam and junk folders if you have not received it. There are no service charges or taxes on the application fee. PAF does not accept cheque or cash payments for booth or online Festival fees. 

Please read through our Application Guidelines "how do i apply" to all Pelham Art Festivals.

What if I don’t have a credit card?

You can use a debit card or prepaid credit card to pay your application fee (available at Walmart, Shoppers Drug Mart etc.)

Why do I have to pay an application fee for the Festival?

Did you know that PAF is a non-for-profit Canadian Art Festival? Your application fee goes towards the processing and administration of your application, and to artist support like application feedback and information sessions, as well as to allowing PAF to continue its’ work in the Canadian arts sector.

A portion of the fees goes towards the setting up of a professional website capable of showcasing your art on a secure e-commerce platform. Your fees also go towards advertising and promotion to create visibility for the Festival for you to sell your work to the public.

It is because of the careful administrative work-time that PAF Committee and jurors dedicate to the Call for Artists that the $25 application-handling fee is non-refundable.

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

No, you do not need to create your own website. Our platform is accessible for artists even if you do not have your own website and e-commerce platform. You will list your uploaded artworks for sale directly from your Pelham Art Festival web gallery and payment will be made through the e-commerce button. You can also link your own social media accounts, website, email, and we hope you will help to promote your participation in Pelham Art Festival Online 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 own website or other sales platform?

You may post a link to your own website in your contact info for potential clients to visit and see other work not available on your PAF online gallery. All sales for art pieces in your PAF Online gallery must be purchased using the PAF’s e-commerce platform. 

Does my work have to be for sale or can I show pieces that have already been sold for reference? 

It is not mandatory to put your artwork for sale on the Pelham Art Festival platform. You are welcome to show samples of works that have been sold as long as you mark them as ‘not for sale’ when uploading to prevent visitors from buying them. You can instead use this as an opportunity to connect with collectors for commissions. If an artwork is sold after the show as a result of contact made with the buyer at the show, the Festival Committee requests the 15% commission be forwarded to the Treasurer: Els Swart ([email protected]).

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

You can have up to 15 artworks or up to 25 artworks for sale at a time depending on your chosen package. As one is sold, it can be replaced by adding a new artwork. Up to 15 or 25 artworks will be published for sale at one time.

Can I sell cards or other small items?

Your photo could include multiple items at the same price point… e.g., cards, jewellery, scarves, each numbered or labelled individually. On your details page you will describe each item. The product may come in different colours, for example, and ask that the purchaser identify which colour they want via email. As an item is sold, indicate SOLD next to the colour on the descriptions page.

How can I see my jury results and uploaded artwork?

You will receive a notification of your application results via email. You can also see your results by logging into your Artist Dashboard on that date. No phone calls please – notifications 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 email 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. Pelham Holiday Artfest Online

 

Pelham Holiday Artfest Online Festival 2021 Results:

You will receive your results via email by October 24,2021 after which you may pay participation fees.

2022 Pelham Art Festival Online and the 35th Pelham Art Festival In-Person Results:

You will receive your results via email by March 22,2022 after which you may pay participation fees.

How do I process Payments for Online Festivals?

  • Individual pieces of art are for sale through the Online Pelham Art Festival website. The customer will purchase one chosen individual artwork at a time. Each artwork has a ‘BUY NOW’ button that will send a message directly to you about the pending sale.
  • The Artist will have contact directly with customers online or by any method that works for you. 
  • The Artist is to respond as quickly as possible to facilitate the sale.
  • Make sure the client understands the artwork description carefully before they buy.  Come to a decision if taxes/shipping/delivery is included or must be paid for separately based on your location.
  • The ‘BUY NOW’ button will take the client directly to a checkout link where they make payment.
  • The client will use credit card, visa debit, or prepaid credit card to complete the purchase online.
  • Payment is made to the Pelham Art Festival e-commerce site and after the Online Festival ends, the total sales minus the 15% donation is transferred to the artist. (in approximately 10 days)
  • The artist will reach out to the client to confirm shipment/delivery. Shipping arrangements will be made directly with the client, and the format will depend on mutual convenience and location. In some cases, professional shipment may be needed to transfer breakable products. Shipping costs can be agreed upon at this time. The purchaser shall pay shipping costs directly to the artist (via e-Transfer is preferable) before the ­item is shipped or delivered.

 

The 35th Pelham Art Festival In-Person 2022

We welcome returning artists and new artists are welcome to apply for the jury process.

PAF’s jurors welcome individual artists and artisans working in all mediums; painting, photography, sculpture, glass, wood turning, textiles, jewellery and more, with formal or informal training to apply. Established and emerging artists are welcome. 

PAF accepts 80% original artworks and 20% may be reproductions such as giclée or limited-edition prints. Artists are welcome to replace original art or prints on display as needed.  Original artworks should have been completed within the last three years. Please see our Guidelines "how do I apply".

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

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.

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 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 on or after March 22, 2022.

Booth Setup Guidelines

PAF is planning an in-person festival on Mother's Day weekend, May 6-8 2022. The 35th Pelham Art Festival In-Person will be held in the spacious arena at Meridian Community Centre –directions link in Fonthill. Please see our Booth Guidelines.

New artists 2022: How do I find out if I will be accepted into the Festival?

You will receive a notification of your application results via email on or near March 22, 2022. You can also see your results by logging into your Artist Dashboard on that date. No phone calls please – notifications 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 email 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.

Please also read through our Application Guidelines for more information and "how do I apply" online.

Other In-person Costs

Parking

Artists will follow the signs to park near the large North Loading doors on Friday. Come in to pick up your welcome package to locate your booth. Once you have unloaded your art and supplies, we ask that you immediately park your car elsewhere in the parking lot so others can access the doors. A volunteer will be available to answer your questions. There is no charge for weekend parking.

Out of Town Artists

You should budget for your hotel accommodation. PAF negotiates discounted hotel prices. Please see our Accommodation Rates that also includes local retaurant information.

Insurance

Artists must secure adequate insurance coverage protecting themself, visitors and all exhibit material from damage or theft during setup  and for the duration of the Festival.

Cancellation Policy

If an artist wishes to cancel their application for any reason, The Pelham Art Festival requires written notification on or before April 15, 2022 so a refund can be made to you. There will be a non-refundable $25 application-handling fee.

If the request for cancellation is made less than three weeks before the show, every effort will be made to fill the space with an artist from the wait list and a refund will be issued to you if the booth can be filled.

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 subject line: PAF 2021 Photographing Your Art for the Online Application + Your Name 
with subject line: PAF 2021 Artist Gallery Setup Support + Your Name 
with subject line: ​PAF 2021 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. In spite of cancelling the in-person Festival in 2020 and again in 2021, we hope to return to an In-Person Festival in May 2022, following the safety guidelines provided by Niagara Region Public Health.