Do you have a space that you would like to see activated with design during the Festival?
Do you have a project you want to present at the Festival, and need a place to show it?
Let us be your matchmaker! Through the Venue-Designer Matchmaking Program, DesignTO pairs designers with a venue to host their project during the 2025 Festival.

How this works:

Step 1

Venues apply to host a project during the Festival by submitting to the Call for Host Venues. Potential venues include spaces such as shops, galleries, studios, cafés, schools, and lobbies.

Application Deadline: July 12, 2024

Step 2

DesignTO compiles a Host Venue Package, which lists venues with images and descriptions. The Host Venue Package is released with the Call for Guest Designers on July 22, 2024.

Step 3

Designers review the Host Venue Package and submit their proposals through the Call for Guest Designers. Guest designers should apply early to increase the likelihood that they will be matched with their preferred host venue.

Application Deadline: Rolling deadline, with final applications due September 16, 2024

Step 4

DesignTO will review Guest Designer applications on a rolling basis, assessing the characteristics and fit of the project with the selected venues. We will send proposed matches to the Host Venues for review. Host Venues will receive information about the designer, and see their online portfolio or get information about what they are proposing to show. At that time, Host Venues will have 7 days to review this material, and make their final decision. If they decide that the project is unsuitable, we will try to propose another designer, or cancel their participation in the program.

Step 5
Success! Once a match is approved, we will send an email to introduce the Host Venue and Guest Designer, and communicate next steps.

DesignTO makes every effort to create successful outcomes for those who apply through the Venue-Designer Matchmaking Program, however, we can not guarantee that all applicants will be matched.


Email questions to Kiran Qureishi, Programs Assistant, at [email protected] with this subject line: Matchmaking Program + your name.