Call to All Artists of the Southern Gulf Islands “ARTS ON THE ISLANDS” REGIONAL EXHIBITION
Deadline for submissions for this exhibition is now past.
The Southern Gulf Islands Arts Council invites artists from its four island communities – Galiano, Mayne, Pender and Saturna – to join in a multi-faceted exhibition that will enhance the profile of participating artists while bringing together the region’s creative talent for a unique event. This inclusive exhibition welcomes emerging and established artists to showcase their work and, in doing so, celebrate the culture and creativity of these captivating islands.
Arts on the Islands will include:
An online exhibition of all submitted artworks The online exhibition of all submitted art will be available for one year and offer participating artists long-term, far-reaching exposure.
A printed catalogue of the artworks featured in the Agricultural Hall show Each participating artist will receive a copy of the catalogue and more copies will be available for purchase.
An exhibition of art in the Mayne Island Agricultural Hall (June 26-July 5, 2020) This portion of the 2020 event is cancelled due to Covid-19 and rescheduled for 2021 . It’s the busiest time of year in the Southern Gulf Islands and the show makes the most of that. Visitors will be able to freely enjoy the 10-day exhibition which will be enhanced by presentations of music, poetry and other performing disciplines as well as artist demonstrations. A reception will bring together the artists whose work is on display, enhancing inter-island connections through the common language of art.
The exhibition is being spearheaded by the Mayne Island Branch of the Southern Gulf Islands Arts Council (Arts on Mayne). Technical support for the online submission process and online exhibition is being provided by the Federation of Canadian Artists.
Who can participate
Artists at all stages of their development are encouraged to participate, from emerging artists to established professionals.
Participating artists must live, full-time or part-time, in the Southern Gulf Islands of Galiano, Mayne, Pender or Saturna and be age 19 and older.
There is no fee to submit work but artists must have a current membership in the Southern Gulf Islands Arts Council ($20/year). Memberships are available online at www.artsontheislands.org/join.html.
Types of artwork Eligible art forms include:
2-D work: drawing, painting, mixed media, printmaking, photography, etc. (giclée prints or other types of mechanical reproductions, with the exception of photographic works and the use of reproductions in the creation of mixed media works, are not eligible for inclusion).
3-D work: sculpture, ceramics, textiles, etc. (installation artworks are not eligible for inclusion).
Multi-media: video and soundscapes
Artists are encouraged to submit at least two pieces and may submit up to three pieces. All work will be included in the online exhibition. A panel of jurors will select one work per artist for the exhibition catalogue.
Prizes will be awarded including three Jurors’ Choice awards, three Honourable Mentions, and a People’s Choice award voted on by visitors to the online show.
All work must be suitable for viewing by all ages. The organizers reserve the right to exclude work that is deemed inappropriate for the setting and audience.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE
General information for all artists:
Artwork must be original and have been completed within the past three years.
Artists will be notified by May 22, 2020 and asked for a high-resolution image of their piece selected for the printed catalogue plus asked for a brief written artist’s statement and bio (up to 100 words each) for inclusion in the exhibition catalogue.
Any artworks sold during the online exhibition will be subject to a 10% commission to help support expenses incurred by the Southern Gulf Islands Arts Council.
FOR ARTISTS WORKING IN 2-D & 3-D (Paintings, drawings, collage, hand-pulled prints, photography, mixed media, textiles, sculpture, ceramics, etc.):
Maximum size for 2-D artwork or any artworks designed to be hung on a wall is 48” wide x 72” high. Free-standing 3-D work must be maneuverable by one person and easily transported; organizers can provide plinths/tables for display purposes. Organizers reserve the right to exclude oversize work, work that cannot be handled/transported easily, or work with overly complex setup requirements.
All artwork is to be submitted online prior to the deadline of midnight on May 15, 2020. The submission process is not difficult and support can be provided if requested at least one week before the deadline by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photographs of 2D work should be cropped to exclude framing (if it has been framed under glass, glass should be removed before photographing).
3D work should be well lit and photographed with a neutral background.
Images must be saved as jpg files.
Minimum pixels are 1,500 on the longest dimension (width or height), 2,000 pixels are recommended.
Artists unfamiliar with preparing their work for online submission may send their images to email@example.com for assistance.
Ready to submit? Click on the link below to go to the next step . Note: During the submission process, chooseOPTION 3unless you have an account with the Federation of Canadian Artists. You will not be required to provide proof of membership with the Southern Gulf Islands Arts Council during the submission process (we will be checking our membership list manually to ensure all submitting artists are current members).
FOR ARTISTS WORKING IN MULTIMEDIA
Multimedia submissions are limited to:
Screen-based work that can be presented on a monitor with headphones.
Audio work that can be experienced through headphones
Information & Special Requirements:
Artists must provide their own equipment and tech support.
Organizers will turn on each piece during hours of public viewings, and turn it off at close, but the process must not be complex or require special technical skill.
Work will be presented in a group context in close proximity to one another.
Artists must provide their own tech support if a problem occurs. If a problem does occur, artists will be notified as quickly as possible by phone.
Work should be presented in digitized video for judging.
Multi-media artists should upload their submissions to a platform such as Vimeo or Youtube, and provide the link by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The title of the email should be “Arts on the Islands multimedia submission” and the artist’s name, address and contact information should be included in the body of the email.
Copyright notice: The Southern Gulf Islands Arts Council respects every artist’s rights to protect their original work. Therefore we observe copyright laws. Artwork submitted for exhibition that makes substantive use, in whole or in part, of the artwork of another artist will not be accepted unless express permission in writing is granted by the original creator or the reference material is within the public domain. Reference material includes but is not limited to photographs, digital images, book or printed material.