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Anonymous Art Show 2020: Call for Artists
Online Submission Deadline: Sunday, October 4 at Midnight

North Van Arts is thrilled to announce the 2020 Anonymous Art Show. This group exhibition and fundraising event will include emerging and established artists working strictly on unframed 8” x 8” x 1½” canvas or wood panels. Due to COVID-19 there are a few changes to this year’s Anonymous Art Show, so please read carefully through this page to find out how to participate.

The Anonymous Art Show is a significant fundraiser for our organization, and we encourage you to take part and join in the fun! The magic of this show is that each artist remains anonymous until after their work has sold. Participating artists are required to sign only the back of the canvas to keep their identity unknown. Each piece is $100, and sales are divided 50/50 between the artist and North Van Arts. Artists can also choose to donate their artwork to support programs. Once a painting is purchased, it is removed from the wall and replaced with a sold tag, revealing the artist’s name.

New this year

To adhere to our COVID-19 Policy and Procedures, we have had to implement some changes to this year’s Anonymous Art show to ensure the safety of artists, our staff, volunteers, and visitors. The exhibition will be installed at CityScape Community ArtSpace, but the viewing and purchasing routine has changed.

Online Submissions

Participating artists must apply online only. Please continue reading for information on how to submit your artwork.

Artwork Drop-Off

Participating artists will need to book an artwork drop-off time when they submit their online form. Please continue reading for more information.

Online Sale

In place of an opening, all artwork will be available to purchase online only. The Online Sale will begin on Thursday, November 26, at 7pm and will run until Saturday, December 19.

More information on the Online Sale, Preview Week, and how to purchase artwork during the sale will be coming soon. 

Online Submission

Due to COVID-19, North Van Arts is only accepting online submissions for the 2020 Anonymous Art Show. Participants must complete the online submission form below before dropping-off their artwork. The deadline for completing the online submission form is Sunday, October 4 at midnight. You will then pick a date and time to drop-off your artwork. Please note: Your artwork does not have to be completed until your drop-off date.

Additional artworks will not be accepted into the exhibition after the online submission deadline on Sunday, October 4 at midnight. Please make sure you have filled out the details of all the artworks you intend to submit by this date. You can submit up to three artworks.

Dropping off your Artwork

After you have completed the online submission form below, you will be directed to our Artwork Drop-Off booking page. You must select a date and time to drop-off your artwork between Thursday, October 8, and Saturday, October 24, at CityScape Community ArtSpace. You can only drop-off your artwork at your allotted time. Artwork will not be accepted after Saturday, October 24 at 5pm, 2020. 

Upon completing the online submission form and Drop-off booking page, participants will receive a confirmation email which also serves as their contract. Participants are required to bring a printout of their confirmation email with them when they drop-off their artworks at CityScape Community ArtSpace on their chosen date and time. You can also show us your confirmation email on your phone or device. 

At the End of the Show

Commission cheques for sold work will be sent by mail to the address on your submission form by February 1, 2021.

If your work does not sell you will be contacted to arrange a time to come and collect your work. If you do not intend to pick up your artwork, please let us know. The deadline for pick-up of unsold artwork is February 1, 2021. Artwork not picked up by 4pm on this date will become property of North Van Arts.


Submission Form

Thank you for participating in North Van Arts Anonymous Art Show! Please read, fill out, and complete the declaration form below. This form will be your exhibition contract.

This show is gently juried. Artists can submit a maximum of 3 pieces of artwork. You will be contacted to pick up any pieces that will not be included in the show. North Van Arts reserves the right to refuse any work that we consider offensive to the public.


  • We only accept unframed, 8” x 8” x 1 ½”, back stapled canvasses or wood cradle panels
  • A limit of three submissions per artist
  • Two-dimensional works only, no relief work, no 3D work
  • New submissions only. Previous year’s AAS submissions will not be accepted
  • Full name, signature, title and website (if applicable) must be written on the back of canvas
  • Paintings must be submitted completely dry and unwired/without fixings
  • Mark an “up” arrow on back of canvas to indicate the top of the piece
  • Diptychs and triptychs are acceptable but will not be shown together
  • You can submit up to three pieces of artwork. All artwork must have a title and cannot be called Untitled.

Anonymous Art Show 2020 Submission Form

  • If your work sells, we will need your Legal Name for payment.
  • You can submit up to three pieces of artwork. All artwork must have a title and cannot be called 'Untitled'. Please click the 'Add Art Piece' button every time you wish to add an artwork.
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  • Please enter a number from 1 to 16.
  • By submitting this form, you agree to the terms below: • You represent and warrant that the work being submitted is the original product of your own creative efforts, and to the best of your knowledge does not infringe upon, or violate, any right, including the copyright, in any other artistic work or subject matter of any other person. • If selected, you agree to have your artwork reproduced on the North Vancouver Community Arts Council website and other media for publicity purposes. • This form will act as a legal exhibition contract with the North Vancouver Community Arts Council. • You understand that submissions received not adhering to the guidelines above may not be accepted into the exhibition. • The NVCAC does not offer an artist fee for exhibitions at CityScape Community ArtSpace.