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The Anonymous Art Show 2022 | Call for Artists CLOSED

North Van Arts is thrilled to announce the 2022 Anonymous Art Show. This 19 year old group exhibition and fundraising event will include emerging and established artists working strictly on unframed 8”x8”x1½” canvas or wood panels.

This is the third year the Anonymous Art Show will be online encouraging many more people access to viewing and buying artwork. The exhibition will be installed at CityScape Community ArtSpace, with an in-person preview week starting a week before online sales open. The artwork can be viewed in-person during the exhibition or online, but all purchasing of artwork will remain online. Once a painting is purchased, it is removed from the wall, and replaced with a sold tag, revealing the artist’s name. The artist’s name will also be added to the online gallery.

The Anonymous Art Show is an important fundraiser for our organization, and we encourage you to take part and join in the fun!

Important dates to remember:

  • Mid-July 2022: Online submissions open
  • Monday, October 3 at 5pm: Online submission deadline
  • Tuesday, October 11 – Saturday, October 22: Artwork drop off at CityScape Community ArtSpace during opening hours
  • Saturday, November 19 – Thursday, November 24: Exhibition preview
  • Thursday, November 24 at 7pm: Online Sale starts
  • November 25 – December 17: In-person viewing, and online sales continue
  • December 23: Last day to pick up purchased artwork (4pm)
  • January 31: Last day for artists to pick up their unsold work

More information:

Online Submissions
Participating artists apply online. Up to 3 submissions are allowed and ONLY unframed 8”x 8”x 1½” canvas or wood panels will be accepted. Online submission will open in mid-July 2022.

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.


  • We only accept unframed, 8” x 8” x 1 ½”, back stapled canvasses or wood cradle panels. We will refuse to display artwork(s) that is not the correct width of
  • A limit of 3 submissions per artist
  • All artwork must have a title and cannot be called Untitled
  • We will not require photos of the artworks this year (images of artworks will be captured in-house this year)
  • Two-dimensional works only, no relief work, no 3D work
  • New submissions only. Previous year’s 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 un-wired/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

The Anonymous Art Show is an important fundraiser for North Van Arts. The money raised supports our programming, including exhibition activities at CityScape Community ArtSpace, community events like the North Shore Art Crawl, and adult and youth art classes. To learn more about how this fundraiser creates a vibrant cultural art legacy for the North shore, visit our Canada Helps Page

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