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Frequently Asked Questions

Artists, please read all the FAQs before contacting us.

What is the deadline for the 2011 exhibition?
Step 1 & Step 2 of your Application must be RECEIVED on or before March 15, 2011 at the address listed below.

What are Steps 1 & 2 of my Application?
Click on the Apply navigational tab for a complete explanation.

Where do I send my application?
The New Art Festival
99 Fifth Avenue, Suite 301
Ottawa, On  K1S 5P5

Note: Applications cannot be hand-delivered.

To whom do I address my Application Fee cheque?
Please make cheques payable to Art in the Park Festival Community

What happens after I send my application?
Applicants will be informed of the jury's decision approximately six weeks after the deadline date.

When will my cheque be cashed if my application is accepted?
Your cheque will be cashed in the two-week period after we have emailed a confirmation of your acceptance into the festival.

How are spaces assigned to exhibiting artists?
The organizers have carefully laid out the park so that all spaces are well
situated for each artist's work to be properly seen. Spaces are assigned to
ensure an even and interesting distribution of media throughout the park.

Where is the park?
See Directions to the Park.

Where should I park my car?
Exhibitors must park on the street. Please note that there is a three-hour parking limit on-street in Ottawa.

How can I display my paintings?
Tim Deslippes, a festival participant, explains how to easily create a structure.

When do I set up?
In order to respect the neighbours next to the park and our permit regulations, noise and activity in the park CANNOT begin before 7 a.m. The New Art Festival staff will be on-hand to ensure that participants are set up in the correct pre-assigned spots, respecting the size of their space and the spaces of their neighbours.

What if it is raining?
Our event will go ahead unless the weather is catastrophic. Please prepare to protect yourself and your work in the event of rain. Be sure to bring a plastic sheet or tarp. Just a reminder that anyone set up at 10 a.m. is NOT permitted to strike camp before 5 p.m. Once you are set up, you are committed for the event. In the event of rain, there will be no refunds. The New Art Festival does not provide any tents.

Will there be washrooms?
There will be portable facilities available on site as well as hand-washing stations.

Will there be food?
There will be food and coffee available in the park throughout the festival.

Can I leave artwork in the park overnight?
At the end of the day on Saturday, all artwork and merchandise must be taken away from the park. Booths, shelving units and very large heavy objects can be left behind. There will be security in the park overnight, but despite this, in the past, there has unfortunately been damage to artwork left by participants at their own risk. It is therefore imperative to take all artwork away overnight. The New Art Festival will NOT be responsible for any items left over night (including the above mentioned). There is NO camping in the park.

What about clean up?
At the end of the day all participants are responsible for cleaning their own area. Please be sure to bring a garbage bag as you are required to take your garbage home with you (the garbage cans are for the use of visitors ONLY). The New Art Festival is a green event and we take pride in our low carbon footprint, which includes limiting waste.

What is the Online Artist Directory?
This is a complimentary service that is provided to participating artists. The Directory will have the artist’s name, phone # (optional), email address, website and medium posted on The New Art Festival website. This enables visitors to contact you long after the festival is over, even if they lost (or forgot to grab) your business card. The Directory is posted approximately one week before the festival and remains up for the following year.

What is the cancellation policy?
Artists who withdraw by May 1, 2011 will be refunded their application fee minus a $50 processing fee. There will be no refunds for cancellations made after May 1, 2011. Cancellation requests must be received in writing (an email is acceptable).

I have more questions, who can I contact?
Contact The New Art Festival.