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Anonymous Art Show 2021: Call for Artists
Online Submission Deadline: Sunday October 3, 2021 at Midnight

North Van Arts is thrilled to announce the 2021 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.

Last year Anonymous Art Show moved online; the move was a resounding success and gave many more people access to viewing and buying artwork. This year the exhibition will be installed at CityScape Community ArtSpace, with in-person preview and exhibition viewing but purchasing will remain online (in-person viewing subject to health regulations at the time). We’ll continue to only accept artwork submissions online (with assistance from staff, if required).

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. Once a painting is purchased, it is removed from the wall and replaced with a sold tag, revealing the artist’s name.

Artist Commission

Each piece is sold for $100, and sales are divided 50/50 between the artist and North Van Arts.

Pay It Forward!

Artists can also choose to donate their portion ($50 per piece) of the sale of their artwork to support North Van Arts programmes.

Online Submissions

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

Artwork Drop-Off

Participants must complete the online submission form below before dropping-off their artwork. Drop off days will be October 8 – October 23, during opening hours, no need to make an appointment. Please continue reading for more information.

Online Sale

There will be an in-person preview and exhibition (subject to health regulations at the time) but all artwork will be available to purchase online only. The Online Sale will begin on Thursday, November 25, at 7pm and will run until Saturday, December 18 at 5pm.

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

Online Submission

North Van Arts is only accepting online submissions for the 2021 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 3 at midnight.

Additional artworks will not be accepted into the exhibition after the online submission deadline on Sunday, October 3 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, drop-off your artwork between Friday, October 8, and Saturday, October 23, at CityScape Community ArtSpace. Artwork will not be accepted after Saturday, October 23 at 5pm, 2021.

Upon completing the online submission form, 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. 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, 2022.

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, 2022. 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.

PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO HIGH VOLUME OF ENTRIES, THE SYSTEM IS WORKING SLOWLY – PLEASE ALLOW TIME FOR YOUR SUBMISSION TO BE ACCEPTED BEFORE DOING ANOTHER ENTRY. ONCE YOUR SUBMISSION HAS BEEN RECEIVED YOU WILL BE REDIRECTED TO A NEW PAGE WITH A CONFIRMATION NOTE.

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.

Submissions

  • 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.