Baz'Art 2019

Shenkman Arts Centre is announcing a call for local and regional (from within 150 km of Ottawa) artisans and visual artists to participate in the 10th annual Baz’Art winter arts market and exhibition.

The Baz’Art 2019 artisan market will take place in the upper and lower lobby areas from 11 am to 4 pm Saturday, November 23 and Sunday, November 24.

Visual artists will exhibit and offer their work for sale in the lower lobby area from November 23 to December 12.

Other seasonal events (some independent of Baz’Art) will be taking place throughout the Centre during the weekend; bringing together a variety of music, theatre, visual art, handcrafted gifts and tasty treats. There is no commission on sales – it’s all yours!

Artists and Artisans will be selected through a jury process. Submissions are juried based on artistic merit, professionalism and suitability with event programming. The jury loves to see unique, original work and will not consider submissions that were not created by you - no greeting cards or mass-produced prints or reproductions, please. Keep in mind the local community is drawn to affordable artwork at this event. If selected by the jury, a non-refundable participation fee will be required. Participation on both days for artisans is mandatory.

By applying to this event, and if selected by the jury, you:
  • Give permission to the City of Ottawa and Shenkman Arts Centre to use your biography, name, likeness and artwork for media information and publicity purposes;
  • Certify that the artwork submitted is original artwork created by you;
  • Agree to abide by the rules and guidelines laid out;
  • Recognize that any insurance coverage of the artwork is your full responsibility. The City of Ottawa assumes no responsibility for insurance covering loss or damage while the works are on exhibit or in transit to or from the exhibit.
One submission per participant. Applicants will be notified of jury results by July 19, 2019. Jury results are final.
Your images are the most important part of your submission and are presented to the jury via digital projection. Please double-check all images before sending. If you are not familiar, or comfortable with photographing your work, there are countless resources online that provide how-to information, or you could approach an experienced friend or hire a professional photographer. A couple tips:
  1. Images should be sharp and in-focus, with artwork well-lit.
  2. Do not include walls, frames, the cat or other artwork in the background – artwork only.
  3. Orient your images (portrait or landscape) the way you want the work to be seen.
Please send your proposal no later than 4:30 pm June 28, 2019.


Sell your original creations in the Shenkman Arts Centre upper and lower lobbies – locations to be designated according to participant requirements, facility resources and other events in the building. Artisans are expected to provide their own display setup (we have a limited number of six-foot tables in the building - please let us know if you would like us to provide you with one), be at their exhibition location during the event and are responsible for their own insurance and cash handling. Allotted space is 8 feet wide by 6 feet deep and not all spaces are against a wall or have power. Please be sure of your space requirements - it is difficult to add space. For the comfort of our staff, visitors and other vendors we cannot accept submissions for scented products. Approximately 22 vendor spaces will be available. If selected by the jury, a non-refundable $50 participation fee will be required. Participation on both days for artisans is mandatory. Load-in begins at 8:30 am November 23.

Artisan submission form

Visual Artists

Artwork dimensions may be up to 20” x 20” maximum – including frame.

Each artist may exhibit 6 works at one time, but pieces may be replaced as sales occur.

Artwork must be able to attach to the Centre’s installed hanging system. Work must include hanging wire, or accessible D-rings, etc.; no sawtooth hangers. Please make an appointment to visit if you have questions about the space. If selected by the jury, a non-refundable $25 participation fee will be required. Visual artists are not required to be in attendance and will be contacted about any sales enquiries during the exhibition. Artwork drop-off will be the morning of November 21, with the final pickup on December 13.

Artist submission form


Mike Taylor
613-580-2424 ext. 29288