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ART CONTEST: Uniting Nations Through Art - Artist Call for participation

Updated: Jan 31, 2019

ART VANCOUVER is returning to the Vancouver Convention Centre for its 5th year between April 25th and April 28th, and we are looking for emerging artists to enter our competition for the chance to exhibit a piece of your artwork at our international art fair.

We are looking for 25 visually exciting responses to our 2019 theme “Uniting Nations Through Art” to display as part of our event. At the core of our organization lives the mission of growing, inspiring and empowering the local, national and international arts community. Our contest is an opportunity to create an art piece close to our organization mission and the artist’s background inspirations. As well of what uniting nations means to you, it can be a personal or more communal point of view. The challenge is to link our theme “Uniting Nations Through Art” to the workpiece. For further details on how to participate please see the information below:

To Enter:

  • On Canvas, create a 5in x 7in (approx. 14cm x 18cm) artwork on the theme “Uniting Nations Through Art”.

  • Post your piece on Instagram before April 5th, 2019. Include @artvancouver and the hashtags: #ArtVancouver2019 #ArtContestAV2019 #UnitingNationsThroughArt in the caption.

  • Send email to Bea - ( to say you have entered - and to introduce yourself (name, age, artistic background i.e. art student). Please also include a brief rationale of how your work links to the theme (50 words max).


ART VANCOUVER will pick 25 entries to display in the 5 foot wall at the fair. 1 lucky overall winner will also receive 4 VIP passes to our opening night for ART VANCOUVER 2019. All 25 shortlisted entrants will receive 2 x Multi day passes. All contest participants will receive 2 x General day passes to ART VANCOUVER 2019 upon request.


  1. Entrants must be classified as emerging artists (age 13 and over), and deliver or ship their submission to Suite 900, 570 Granville St, Vancouver, BC V6C 3P1. The shipment must include a self-addressed stamped envelope if you would like us to ship the artwork back to you after the event.

  2. There is no limit on the number of entries per artist.

  3. Artworks must be on 5in x 7in (approx. 14cm x 18cm) canvas. We will accept other types of media but they must follow canvas size criteria.

  4. The piece must link to the theme of “Uniting Nations Through Art”.

  5. Deadline: 12pm on Friday April 5th, 2019.

  6. Our selection committee will choose 25 submissions to exhibit at ART VANCOUVER 2019.

  7. A notification via email will be sent to the artists selected by 8pm on Wednesday April 10th, 2019.

  8. Shortlisted artists must be available to drop off their artwork in Downtown Vancouver between 4 - 6pm on Tuesday April 16th 2019. If shipping, it must arrive between the days of 10th – 16th of April 2019.

  9. The winner of the 4 VIP passes will be notified on April 18th 2019 via email.

For further information about the context please email Bea -


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