Community Visual Arts Show Submissions

Now accepting submissions for the 2022 QAF Community Art Show

Where: The James Black Gallery (144 East 6th Avenue, Vancouver)
When: June 20 – July 8 2022
Submission deadline: May 13 2022

Queer Arts Festival 2022 Theme: HAUNTINGS

What haunts you? Fear? Insecurity? Longing? Depending on your perspective, culture and identity, the gothic can encapsulate myriad experiences. In a queer context, our very existence is haunting ― a reminder of what colonial culture attempted to erase; a ghostly representation of our kin taken from us because of their queerness; an ephemeral suggestion of what future lays in wait across generations. 


This year’s QAF Community Art Show will be held June 20 – July 8, 2022 at the James Black Gallery (144 East 6th Avenue, Vancouver). We’re inviting the artists in local LGBTQIA2+ community to contribute works that explore the Hauntings theme – though all submitted works will be considered. 

The Community Art Show was founded in 1998 by a collective of queer artists and was the foundation on which the Queer Arts Festival was built. QAF and the James Black Gallery are excited to join forces for the very first time this year to co-present the QAF Community Art Show, which continues to be an integral Festival event and a declaration of solidarity within our local 2SLGBTQIA+ communities. Our annual Community Art Show presents work from artists regardless of their professional resume and is open to all artists from the Lower Mainland.

We are accepting 2-D visual works, sculpture, media art, and interdisciplinary works for submission. Public and outdoor installations will also be considered. As this is a group show, the opportunity to present large-scale, multiple piece/series works and work requiring special technical display equipment may be limited in order to accommodate as many artists as possible.

Please submit the following, to submission@queerartsfestival.com:

  • digital images of artworks (as attachments)
  • all works must be professionally presented; wall-mounted pieces must be ready to hang
  • artwork information (title, medium, year, dimensions, price)
  • artist bio (optional)
  • artist statement (optional)
  • resume/cv (optional)
  • headshot (optional)
  • links/social media (optional) 

Submissions will be accepted until May 13, 2022 or when the venue has reached capacity. Participating artists will receive an honorarium. Installation will take place at the James Black Gallery from June 18 – 20. QAF and JBG staff will be on hand to help with installation, but your participation and assistance is always appreciated whenever possible.


Submission deadline: May 13, 2022
Please allow minimum 2 weeks for a response. We appreciate your patience.

PIA Community Arts Show Submissions

The Pride in Art Community Show takes place in the Roundhouse Great Hall. Art for this show doesn’t need to fit the festival theme.

Where: The Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre (at Davie/Pacific), Vancouver, BC

When: June 17 – June 28, 2019.

Submission deadline: April 15 or until space is filled.


Roundhouse Great Hall specs:

  • 25 hanging places: work must be no wider than 30″, and be able to hang from silver hooks at 7′ high
  • All works must be professionally presented; wall-mounted pieces must be ready to hang
  • Plinths: 24″ sq 4 ft high, or 16″ sq 3 feet high
  • 2 glass shelving unit glass display cases, 16″ square

Submission Checklist:

  1. Complete the Online Submission Form below. Submissions are accepted via online registration only. Please fill out the information in the appropriate fields.
  2. Email the following files with the subject line “Community Show Submission” to submission@queerartsfestival.com
    • digital images of artwork(s) being submitted for consideration. Format: JPG (no larger than 200 kb per image). All image files must be clearly titled with artist name_work title_year of creation, or the submission will not be accepted.
    • a 75-word Artist Bio
    • an Artist Statement pertaining to the work submitted
  3. Pay the submission fee (see below for payment options)

Curated Visual Art Submissions

Artists are invited by the curator(s) to make or submit work

For the QAF Curated exhibition, a curator chooses the artists and works of art, or art projects, grouped around an idea or theme. If you would like us to keep your work in mind for the Curator simply send an email with the subject line “Curated Visual Art ” to submission@queerartsfestival.com including:

  • your full contact details (including where you reside)
  • your artist bio
  • a link to your website
  • critical reviews of your work
  • how your work will speak to the next year’s theme (if applicable)

We do our best to review all inquiries in a timely manner but can only guarantee a follow up if your work is selected for our exhibition. We thank you in advance for your patience and interest.

”nfortunately, we cannot respond to every email so please do not be surprised if we are not able to get back to you. We are always pleased to know of interesting work and will keep your work on file for future consideration.

Deadline: none

Also consider participating in the Pride in Art Community Show, accepting un-themed open submissions.


Performance Submissions

Proposals from all performing arts disciplines (dance, music, theatre, circus arts, and any hybrid, interdisciplinary forms) are accepted on a year-round basis, but the best time to submit is in March for the festival of the following year (ie. submit in March 2022 for the June 2023 festival).

Due to the large number of submissions, only proposals under serious consideration will receive a reply.

Please email at submission@queerartsfestival.com with your submission:

  1. One page performance proposal describing the piece, including title, duration, artistic discipline(s), and technical requirements.
  2. Short bios of 250-500 words of all participating artists, including website URLs.
  3. Headshots or other promo images .jpg no larger than 200 kb. File names must indicate title and name of artist.
  4. Phone number and email for contact person.
  5. Audio or video sample of work. Accepted formats DVD, CD, mp3 and youtube or vimeo links. Please check your media: if we cannot open your files, the submission will not be considered.

Submit to SUM Gallery

SUM Gallery Exhibition or Performance

If you would like to show us your work for consideration, simply send an email with the subject line “SUM gallery Submission” to submission@queerartsfestival.com including:
For Visual Arts submissions:
  • full contact details (including where you reside)
  • short bios of 250-500 words of all participating artists, including website URLs
  • digital images of artwork(s) being submitted for consideration. Format: JPG (no larger than 200 kb per image). All image files must be clearly titled with artist name_work title_year of creation, or the submission will not be accepted.
  • critical reviews of your work
  • artist statement pertaining to the work submitted and how it fits with SUM’s mandate
For Performances submissions:
  • full contact details (including where you reside)
  • short bios of 250-500 words of all participating artists, including website URLs
  • one page performance proposal describing the piece, including title, duration, artistic discipline(s), and technical requirements
  • promo images .jpg no larger than 200 kb – All image files titled with artist name_work title_year of creation.
  • audio or video sample of work – accepted formats DVD, CD, mp3 and youtube or vimeo links. Please check your media – if we cannot open your files, the submission will not be considered
  • critical reviews of your work
Unfortunately we cannot respond to every email, so please don’t be surprised if we aren’t able get back to you, we are always pleased to know of interesting work and will keep your work on file for future consideration. Shows are booked two years in advance, please be patient.

SUM GALLERY MEASUREMENTS

678 square feet
93 linear feet

Ceiling height:

  • to the light rails: 9’
  • to highest point: 11’

North wall: 22’
West wall: 15’
South wall: 22’
East wall: 24’

The gallery space has no windows.

SUM GALLERY FACT SHEET

Capacity:
  • standing: max. 100
  • seating: max. 70
Equipment:
  • gallery lights and rails
  • 1920 x 1080 monitor
  • projector with 4K Enhancement
  • sound system with speakers, subwoofer, wireless and wired mics
  • grand piano Petrof 6.3′


Also consider participating in QAF Pride in Art Community Show, accepting un-themed open submissions annually.

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