Submissions for the 2023 Anonymous Art Show are open now! This group exhibition and fundraising event includes both emerging and established artists. All artwork will be available to view and purchase online, reaching a wide audience, while the exhibition will be installed at CityScape Community ArtSpace, with in-person preview and exhibition viewing. All purchases will be exclusively online.
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.
The Anonymous Art Show is an important fundraiser for North Van Arts, and we encourage you to take part and join in the fun!
Participating artists apply online. Up to 3 submissions are allowed.
All pieces are 8” x 8” X 1.5” on unframed canvas or wood panels.
Each artist can submit up to 3 pieces. Each piece must have the title and signature on the back.
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, and receive a tax receipt.
Participants must complete the online submission form and receive confirmation of their submission before dropping-off their artwork.
There will be an in-person preview and exhibition, but all artworks will be available to purchase online only. The Online Sale will begin on Thursday, November 23, at 7pm and will run until Tuesday, December 19 at 5pm.
Anonymous Art Show 2023 Important Dates and Deadlines
|Online Submission Form Entry||Tuesday, October 3 at midnight|
|Artwork Drop-off Start||Monday, October 16, at 9:00 am|
|Artwork Drop-off End||Saturday, October 21, at 5:00 pm|
|Artwork Preview-in Gallery and Online||November 18 – 22|
|Online Sale Begins||Thursday, November 23, 7:00 pm|
|Online Sale Ends||Tuesday, December 19, 5:00 pm|
|Commission Cheques mailed||February 1, 2024|
How to Participate as an Artist:
Submit Your Work Online
All participants must complete the online submission form below by Tuesday, October 3 at midnight.
Additional artworks will not be accepted after the online submission. Details must be entered for each artwork being submitted by this deadline.
Note: The artwork does not need to be completed by the submission deadline, but titles for each piece are required.
Upon completing the online submission form, participants will receive a confirmation email which also serves as their contract. Contact North Van Arts immediately if you do not receive a confirmation email.
Drop off your Artwork
Drop-off your artwork between Monday, October 16, and Saturday, October 21, at CityScape Community ArtSpace. Artwork will not be accepted after Saturday, October 21 at 5pm, 2023.
Bring a copy of your confirmation email (either a printout or display on a 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 Thursday, February 1, 2023. Please make sure these details are accurate.
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 January 24, 2023. Artwork not picked up by 4pm on this date will become property of North Van Arts.
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. 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 inappropriate.
We don’t want to have to disqualify your work! Please follow this checklist carefully:
- Unframed, 8” x 8” x 1 ½”, back stapled canvasses or wood cradle panels.
- A limit of three submissions per artist.
- Full name, signature, title and website (if applicable) written on the back of canvas.
- No artist identifying marks (ie. Names, initials, …) on front or sides.
- All artwork must have a title and cannot be called Untitled.
- Two-dimensional works only, no relief work, no 3D work.
- New submissions only. Previous year’s AAS submissions will not be accepted.
- Paintings 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.
(follow the link to the online submission form)