Prince Edward County Studio Tour - Discover County Artists!

PEC STUDIO TOUR WEEKEND

September 30 - October 2, 2022 - 10am-5pm

Some studios are open seasonally with Covid-19 protocols in place while others are closed.
Please contact our Artist Members directly for more information.

Apply for the Tour

Applications for Studio Artist and Guest Artist Membership for PEC Studio Tour 2022 are now being accepted. Deadline is January 7, 2022.

Application for Entry


Prince Edward County Studio Tour (also referred to as PEC Studio Tour, the Studio Tour or simply the Tour) is a volunteer-run Prince Edward County Arts Council event. The Tour affords an opportunity for artists who are residents of Prince Edward County to open their studios to the public where they can display and sell their art, do demonstrations, and converse with new, repeat and potential clientele. Studio Tour Weekend and organized pop-up events attract hundreds of visitors annually.

Artists with a studio are encouraged to host one or more member Guest Artist at their studio during Tour Weekend. Studios with Guests generally draw larger numbers of visitors on Tour Weekend. It’s not necessary for you to find a guest artist yourself. We can assist in matching you with a suitable candidate from those that apply.

Conversely guest applicants need not make arrangements with a Studio Artist Member prior to applying. There are many reasons to apply as a Guest. You need not reside in Prince Edward County to be a Guest Artist, although many do. They choose to because their studio/gallery is located in the far reaches of the County, or the studio physical space itself is not easily accessible to visitors.

Each “new to the Tour” applicant’s work is subject to a jurying process and studio/gallery inspection. The jurying process is based on a number of criteria including the quality of the work, the professionalism of the presentation, studio/gallery space suitability, safety requirements, etc. Returning members may be subject to a jury interview to ensure that they continue to meet Tour requirements. 

Diversity, equity and inclusion are cornerstones to a thriving art community. We welcome applications from underrepresented groups, including artists with disabilities, those that identify as Indigenous, BPOC, LGBTQ2S+, and young emerging artists.

The Tour strives for a balanced representation of artistic media and an optimal number of studio locations. We cannot guarantee that all applications will be accepted.

Tour Benefits (click to open)

  • Representation in a full-colour, year round guide. Tour brochures are printed in April and distributed throughout the Spring and Summer; Each participant’s section will consist of one image, name, location, hours and contact information.
  • Representation on the Tour website – one web page per artist to include same information from the brochure plus an additional 3 -5 images of the artist’s or gallery’s work with links to participants’ own website.
  • Mass marketing of the Tour through social media, newsletters, newspapers, magazines, radio coverage, etc.
  • Marketing signage throughout the County.
  • Opportunity for Studio Tour social media posts, radio interviews, etc. spotlighting your studio/gallery.
  • Kick-off party on the Thursday before the Tour.
  • Networking with fellow County and guest artists.
  • Sponsorship funding to help cover costs.
  • The benefit of e-blasts to promote the Tour.
  • Tour Membership signage to display on your property year-round at no additional charge.
  • Directional signage to your studio location during Tour Weekend at no additional charge.
  • A supply of Tour brochures for distribution throughout the year.
  • The “instant credibility” of being a Member of one of the longest running and most diverse studio tours in Ontario.

Requirements and Obligations


Non-compliance with any of these conditions may result in exclusion from future Tours.

Individual Artists With Studio

  • Be a resident or ratepayer of Prince Edward County.
  • Be a member of PEC Arts Council. For more information about the various levels of PEC Arts Council membership available and information on how to apply: go to https://countyarts.ca/membership/.
  • Be prepared to demonstrate and discuss your work during the Tour.
  • Have a working permanent studio space at the location where you create your art.
  • Have a substantial body of your own original work available to display and sell on the Tour weekend. No other artists’ work (unless Tour guest artist) can be available to the public at your location on Tour weekend).
  • All art work must be original and hand-crafted – not mass-produced (no giftware). Exceptions include fine art reproductions (prints, giclees, etc.) and art cards.
  • Be located in a building able to accommodate substantial traffic during Tour Weekend.
  • Distribute brochures provided by the Studio Tour to your clients and to assigned locations within the County throughout the year.
  • Provide your email address – all Studio Tour correspondence is electronic.
  • Attend both general meetings (Spring and Fall) called by the Tour Executive (attendance is optional for Guest Artists).
  • Be prepared to contribute to the Tour in a volunteer capacity.
  • Proof the brochure by the print deadline.
  • Display permanent Tour signs at your studio/gallery year-round and display temporary Tour signs at your studio/gallery about a week prior to the Tour. All permanent and temporary signs are to be returned to the Studio Tour if you retire from the Tour.
  • Provide display items for the Information Centre, if applicable, during the Tour weekend.
  • Have adequate 3rd party liability insurance of not less than $2,000,000. Participants may be required to provide proof of insurance.
  • Participants must sign an Insurance Waiver.
  • Maintain your own website, blog, Facebook page, etc.
  • Maintain a link from your website to the PEC Studio Tour website.
  • You are encouraged to write one or more articles with accompanying photo or submit videos, about your art, studio space and/or your creative process. The Studio Tour will be pleased to promote you via Tour social media.

NB: The number of visitors can vary widely if you are in a remote location, especially if there are no other member studios nearby.  We strongly encourage you to host one or more artists, or as an alternative, applying as a Guest Artist might be the best option for you. Having multiple artists at one location generally draws more visitors.

Studio (and display/gallery area) Requirements and Guidelines

  • Studio should be a dedicated space in the home/workshop where artwork is created.
  • Display/gallery area can be separate from work area. It should be well lit.
  • Studio and gallery area must be open to the public on Tour Weekend.
  • No other artist’s work should be on display during Tour Weekend (unless double studio, collaborative artists’ studio, or hosting a guest artist).
  • Studio and gallery areas should be easily accessible and safe for the public. Nothing to trip over. No sharp tools, dangerous electrical wires or connections, no small items at child level, no very hot or cold apparatus within reach. It is recommended that all machinery be unplugged for the Tour weekend unless in a separate area not accessible by the public.
  • Flooring should be even and stable. Stairs must be safe and include hand rails.
  • When open to the public, supplies, materials and tools used by the artist should be clean and organized. It is preferable to have some works in progress, some older and some recent examples of artist’s work.
  • All work should be labeled and priced.
  • Ability to handle sales transactions electronically (ie: Square, e-transfer, etc.).

Guest Artists

  • Must have a substantial body of your own original work available to display and sell on the Tour weekend.
  • Be in attendance and prepared to discuss your work during the Tour.
  • Provide your email address – all Studio Tour correspondence is electronic.
  • Provide display items for the Information Centre, if applicable, during the Tour weekend.
  • If a County resident, be prepared to contribute to the Tour in a volunteer capacity.
  • Proof the brochure by the print deadline – arrangements will be made for you to do this remotely if you unable to proof in person.
  • Distribute Studio Tour brochures to businesses in your area.
  • Maintain your own website, blog or Facebook/Instagram page.
  • Maintain a link from your website to the PEC Studio Tour website.
  • Guest Artists are required to pay $30 as part of their Tour entrance fee attributable to the PEC Arts Council. This fee is not applicable if the Guest Artist is a member of PEC Arts Council. Visit https://countyarts.ca/ for more information about membership.
  • Have the ability to handle sales transactions electronically (ie: Square, e-transfer, etc.).

New Applicants (includes those returning from absence of more than 3 years)

  • Participate in the jurying process during the month of January (including a visit to your County studio/gallery by jury members if applicable) subject to first being deemed an appropriate candidate for the Tour at this time.
  • Individuals must submit by January 7th, 2022 as part of their application:
    • An artist biography/CV and artist’s statement.
    • 3 images of recent work. Email images (max. size 5mb in .jpg format) to paverrall51@gmail.com. Include “2022 PEC Studio Tour New/Returning Artist Applicant” in your email subject.

Fees for 2022


Payable at the time of application

Individual Artist*/** $300
Guest Artist*** $300 + $30 PEC Arts Council Fee***

* Double studios – each individual must submit an application.
** See applicable Requirements and Obligations section for important info about PEC Arts Council requirement.
*** $30 portion of the fee is not applicable if Guest is a member of PEC Arts Council. Visit https://countyarts.ca for more info.

Registration for PEC Studio Tour (Deadline: Friday, January 7, 2022)


To apply online follow the steps below where applicable.

(You are encouraged to apply online, but you can alternatively download the application form and submit with payment by mail.)
Click here to download Application Form in PDF Format

Online Step 1: Application for Entry

Click Here to complete your Application Online

Online Step 2: Insurance Waiver

Click Here for Agreement between You and Prince Edward County Studio Tour and Prince Edward County Arts Council *

Online Step 3: Volunteer Sign-Up

All PEC resident Studio Tour Artists and resident Guest Artists must sign-up for volunteer positions.
This step is not applicable to non-resident Guest Artists.

Click Here to choose your Volunteer Sign-Up Options

Online Step 4: Payment

IMPORTANT: If you are a NEW applicant you should complete Steps 1 – 3 to apply, but do not submit payment until you have successfully gone through the jurying process which will occur in mid-January.

INSTRUCTIONS: Select the appropriate category below by clicking Add to Cart. The page will refresh immediately and show you your shopping cart pre-filled with that amount. Click checkout to complete your transaction. At that point, you may either Log into your PayPal account to pay your fee or select Pay with a credit or Visa Debit card to use alternate payment methods.


Studio Artist $300.00


Guest Artist (PEC Arts Council Member) $300.00


Guest Artist (PEC Arts Council Non-Member) $330.00

Application Checklist


Application Checklist

  • Member of PEC Arts Council (if applying as Studio).
  • Completed Application form.
  • Completed Insurance Waiver.
  • Selected Volunteer Sign-Up options (does not apply to non-resident Guest Artists).
  • If NEW applicant submit by email to paverrall51@gmail.com – artist biography/ CV and artist’s statement, plus 3 images of your recent work. Images should be max. size of 5MB in JPG format. Include “2022 PEC Studio Tour New/Returning Artist Applicant” in your email Subject.

Enquiries


By email to studiotour@countyarts.ca
Or call 613-476-8767

Prince Edward County Arts Council

Ontario Arts Council

County of Prince Edward County, Ontario

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