About ArtWalk in the Square

ArtWalk in the Square will be a three-day, public fine art exhibition showcasing established and emerging artists at the CF Shops at Don Mills, is where fashion, dining and entertainment come outside to play. Visit Ontario’s first and finest open-air centre with exceptional shops, restaurants and services surrounding a lovely Town Square. This upscale centre hosts shops such as Anthropologie, Michael Kors and Roots combined with restaurants, coffee shops and the Cineplex VIP movie theatre. Last year, the Shops at Don Mills tracked over 17,000 unique visitors to the square during ArtWalk in the Square, with store sales up 2% over the weekend.

ArtWalk in the Square will be juried and we anticipate room for about 100 artists. Artist Awards in Photography, Painting, Mixed Media, and Other Media have been created through exciting new sponsorships with local organizations and businesses. We are working with the local retailers to create additional showing opportunities such as cross promotions and a windows program.

Please read our exhibition guidelines in detail before applying. The application must be completed in full, including the payment of required fees, to be considered.


February 19, 2017 – Early Bird Deadline
March 19, 2017 – Applications close
April 2, 2017 – Notice of Acceptance and Wait List
April 9, 2017 – Final date of Cancellation for full refund
June 11, 2017 – Final date for Cancellation with 50% refund
June 12, 2017 – no refunds after this date
August 18, 19, 20, 2017 – ArtWalk in the Square

Friday, August 18, 2017: 3:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday, August 192017: 10:00am – 7:00pm
Sunday, August 20, 2017:  11:00am – 6:00pm

STORAGE: No guaranteed storage’ however, we are exploring options to store some pieces onsite.


LOCATION: Held in the central Town Square at CF Shops at Don Mills, along key main entrance pathways and Aggie Hogg Blvd.

Application Fees

The Artists’ Network has a 2-tier fee structure which includes a non-refundable administration fee of $35.00. If your work is not chosen by the jury, the Artists’ Network will refund the participation fee. The Admin fee is non-refundable. All booths spaces are 10’ x 10’. Shared booths are not permitted.

ArtWalk in the Square MEMBER NON-MEMBER
Early Bird – Midnight, Sunday, February 19, 2017 275 + 35.75 HST = $310.75 325 + 42.25 HST = $367.25
Regular Submission – Midnight, Sunday, March 19, 2017 325 + 42.25 HST = $367.25 375 + 48.75 HST = $423.75

The Artists Network does not take a commission for any sales during ArtWalk in the Square. All sales in good faith are the responsibility of the artists. Credit card process is available onsite as part of membership.

Membership must be paid in full in order to qualify for the member price. As of January 1, 2017, we have modified our membership renewal dates so that our membership period will now be defined from January 1 to December 31 annually. The Artists Network’s NEW annual renewal dates will be a renewal window of between January 1 and the closing of ArtWalk in the Square submission. Consequently, all current membership will now expire December 31, 2106 and will be renewed within that window. Credits against renewal will be tabulated for those part way through their membership year at a rate of $12.50/month. For example, if you paid your membership dues in April 2016, you will get a 4 month credit to either take in cash or apply to the full year membership. This, with an additional $100.00, will extend your membership to December 2017 and ensure you are eligible for the member price and grandfathered admission. If you have any questions, please contact Barb (barb@artistsnetwork.ca).

Cancellation Policy & Dates

Cancellation must be received in writing/email to Angela Lane angela@artistsnetwork.ca by the following dates:

On or before April 9, 2017 – full refund minus the $35 administration fee
From April 10 – June 11, 2017 –  50% refund minus the $35 administration fee
June 12 – August 18, 2017 – cancellations receiving after June 12 will not receive a refund


Ensure your 5 images reflect your best work. We recommend your images be approximately 2000 pixels on the widest side. Larger images will be automatically resized.

Jury Details

ArtWalk in the Square is juried by professionals in the industry. They are looking for a consistent theme to the work, as well as originality and quality. Please be sure you follow the requirements of your JPEGS and be sure they are of high quality.  Only original art will be accepted – please see the CRITERIA at the end of this document.


Both the Artists’ Network and the Shops at Don Mills heavily promote ArtWalk in the Square via social media, 50,000 postcards, newspaper, magazine and online ads and our colour event guide which profiles all artists.

Automatic Acceptance for Network Members – Early Bird Registration Only 

We value our members – if you are an Artists’ Network member and have shown in the Riverdale ArtWalk or ArtWalk in the Square in 2016, you are automatically eligible to participate in this year’s shows.  You MUST be a member at the time of submission. Applies to Early Bird submissions only. Please note our membership structure has changed this year. Please review MEMBERSHIP. Admission may be denied artists who have not followed the Artists’ Network code of conduct.

Booth Selection

Booth allocation will be drawn at random in 2 batches: early bird and regular submission. You will have an opportunity to indicate your preference during the application process; no guarantees of location are made and all locations are subject to change due to location conditions. We will do our best to accommodate any medical restrictions.

Code of Conduct

The Artists’ Network is committed to always act with fairness, honesty, integrity and openness; respect the opinions of others and treat all with equality and dignity without regard to gender, race, colour, creed, ancestry, place of origin, political beliefs, religion, marital status, disability, age, or sexual orientation. We expect the same from our artist members. We will not tolerate any abusive or threatening behaviour towards any member of our team. Refusal to comply with this policy may result in an artist being asked to leave the show.

Artist Gallery

All accepted artists and galleries will be featured in our online gallery and listed in our event guide. An Onsite Gallery will be located at the Artists’ Network booth to promote all participating artists. Each artist is encouraged to contribute a 12” x 12” piece for the gallery. This will enable visitors to navigate the park and find your booth.


The Artists’ Network welcomes your interest in participating in ArtWalk in the Square. Please note that this is an Fine Art Show. One of the reasons that artists like participating in the Artists’ Network outdoor shows is that we are strict with regards to only accepting Fine Art. Over the years, technology and processes have changed and we have been asked by the artist community to outline our criteria. This is not intended to limit anyone’s ability to show and sell their work, only to ensure that the high standard of art showcased by all artists is what you expect. As such the following rules apply:

  • All work must be original and executed by the accepted artist. No functional art; mugs, bowls, posters, pillows, books, jewelry, T-shirts or other clothing or home décor is permitted.
  • Photographs and digital works must be signed by the artist and appropriately numbered indicating a limited number of prints of no more than 100. Only one version of each image may be displayed at a time.
  • Reproductions of non-photographic or digital work (ie – reproductions or prints of original paintings) may occupy a maximum of 15% of booth area (approximately ½ wall). They are to be numbered and labeled as reproductions. Open Editions (not numbered) are permitted; however only 1 version of each reproduction may be shown at a time. Notecards may be shown in multiples and are included within the 15% limitation.
  • Artists are permitted to have non-conforming work in a portfolio to show to prospective buyers.
  • Exhibited work must be consistent with the images submitted by the artist and must conform to the event guidelines.

All decisions on the suitability of art to be displayed made by the Artists’ Network or its representatives are final. The accepted artists are expected to co-operate fully with the Network.  Exhibitors will be monitored by the Artists’ Network and its representatives and we reserve the right to remove any questionable or non-approved art from the show. Any artist who violates the rules, is uncooperative or who demonstrate abusive behaviour may be asked to leave the show and will forfeit their right to participate in any future shows.

How to Apply

Our general application process is now closed. 

Any late submissions will be considered on a individual basis, please contact Angela at angela@artistsnetwork.ca.