YOUTH ART EXHIBITION CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
“Mindfulness in May”: The ART of KINDNESS
Artist Diane Moran has partnered with Amber Academy Youth Fine Arts Society and the Sooke Arts Council for a youth exhibition of fine art and literary art created by students in grades 6-8 and grades 9-12 that will run May 5-15, 2021. The exhibition is open to students registered in School District 62 and to students residing in the communities served by SD62 (Sooke, Port Renfrew, Metchosin, Highlands, Langford and Colwood) who are registered in a Home Learning Program. The exhibition works will be available for viewing on display at the Sooke Art Gallery and online at mindfulmay.artistquarter.com for the exhibition period. All submissions will be featured in the exhibition.
The exhibition is taking place during BC Youth Week and during National Mental Health Week, so we have chosen “The ART of KINDNESS” as the topic for this year. We encourage students to explore what KINDNESS means to them in their own lives and in their own language. Students will draw inspiration from whatever KINDNESS means to them, and perhaps even what it means to be impacted by KINDNESS. We believe the resulting exhibition will be a great success and create powerful conversations and heart felt art around the subject.
Below are some potential interpretations of the theme (artists are encouraged to come up with their own interpretations too):
- Who benefits from kindness?
- Who has given or received kindness?
- Who needs or deserves more kindness?
- What does kindness look like?
- What does kindness feel like or sound like?
- What can kindness offer to you?
- What can kindness offer to others?
- What can kindness change or fix?
Students are invited to submit a maximum of one entry per Category:
Category 1 – Visual Art
- 2D Art – Includes all media on board, canvas or paper (excluding Photography – see below).
- 3D Art – Three dimensional, functional or sculptural work of any material(s).
- Photography – Either Traditional Print or Digital Print. Images that have been altered via digital software or other means must state “creatively altered and artists must advise how their artwork was altered, i.e. whether digitally altered, used as a base/foundation, etc.”. Artists may only alter their own original photographs.
- Fibre Art – Wall hangings, quilts, rugs, wearable work etc. where the primary material is fibre.
Computer-generated artwork is acceptable but must be entirely original and/or created from the artist’s original work.
The with respect towards the cultural rights of Indigenous Peoples, it is requested that artists’ work be culturally appropriate in its content, and that artists are authorized to use and can provide proof of permission, if they have used Indigenous motifs/designs in their work.
Maximum size for submissions is 11” x 17” (28 cm x 43 cm) except paintings which must be no larger than 20” x 24” (50 cm x 60 cm).
Category 2 – Literary Art
Writers should draw inspiration from what “Kindness” means to them in the form of one of the following:
- Fiction or Non-Fiction Story (500-1000 words)
Literary Art submissions must be double-spaced with all pages numbered using the format Page # of #. Please include your full name, email address, and phone number in the top right-hand corner of each page.
Awards will be given to the top three outstanding Visual Art submissions and to the top Literary Art submission in each Division (Division 1: Grades 6-8, Division 2: Grades 9-12) and selected by a jury. A People’s Choice Award will be chosen among submissions in both categories combined.
Prizes Available (per Division)
- Visual Art Submissions: 1st – $150, 2nd – $100, 3rd – $75
- Literary Art Submission: $50 and Gift Basket
- People’s Choice Award: $75.00
All exhibitors will receive Certificates for Participation. Winners will be announced at the Artist Reception Saturday, May 8, 2021, 2pm-4pm
HOW TO APPLY
Applications must be submitted online at mindfulmay.artistquarter.com/submissions. Deadline to apply is March 31, 2021.
Participating artists will be contacted by a curator with follow up regarding any additional informational details.
- Diane Moran (local artist)
Email enquiries please contact Diane Moran at email@example.com.
GUIDELINES AND REQUIREMENTS
- Exhibition Location: The exhibition will be hosted by Sooke Arts Council
Sooke Arts Council Gallery
Unit 6 – 6596 Sooke Road
Sooke, BC V9Z 0A7
- Who can Apply: The exhibition is open to students in grades 6-8 and grades 9-12 who are registered in School District 62 and to students residing in the communities served by SD62 (Sooke, Port Renfrew, Metchosin, Highlands, Langford and Colwood) who are registered in a Home Learning Program.
- Fees: There are no fees associated with this exhibition.
- Original Artwork: Students must be submitting their own original artwork and must ensure that their work does not infringe on any copyright. Artwork derived from the work of another artist is not permissible, unless it can be considered “transformative” – demonstrating a significant creative departure from the original (i.e.: new expression, meaning, or message). All artists should familiarize themselves with copyright laws and the concepts of derivative and transformative art. If you are unsure whether or not your work would be eligible, please email Diane Moran well in advance of the submission deadline. We retain the right to remove any artwork from adjudication that may contravene copyright laws.
- Images: Digital images of works must be submitted online at artistquarter.com/submissions by the prescribed date and must all be in JPEG or PNG format and of highest image quality possible. Please save images as Artist Last Name, First Name and Title of Piece e.g. Smith John MyFabulousPainting. If the image submitted is a misrepresentation of the actual artwork received for display, it may be refused.
- By submitting an image to the exhibition process, you are committing to deliver the artwork.
- Display: All Visual Art (Category 1) works must be delivered to the exhibition location. 2D Art and Photography submissions must framed, or mounted on matboard or construction paper with a maximum border of 2 cm.
- Printed copies of Literary Art (Category 2) works must be printed on plain white 20lb. paper, single-sided and delivered to the exhibition by the prescribed date. Please do not staple or hole-punch pages.
- Late submissions or substitute works will not be included in the exhibition.
- Art Sales: If a student would like to list their exhibited work as being “available for purchase” they must provide the selling price of their work. If the work is not for sale it will be listed as NFS.
- Other Information to Include with Submissions:
- Artist’s full name, email address, phone number, school, grade, and age.
- A brief explanation of the techniques and primary artistic materials (i.e. oil, acrylic, watercolour, ceramic, etc.) and the substrate or base materials, if any (i.e. canvas, steel, wood panel, rice paper, silk, etc.).
- Measurements of the artwork in inches, in two or three dimensions, as appropriate.
- An artist statement of up to 75 words about the piece that includes information about the creative process, technique, inspiration, background, etc.
FINAL Deadline March 31: All submissions must be in on or before.
Artist’s contacted via email and provided with information
- April 3 Curators to have all images (high res) and artist statements collected and submitted to for promotional use.
- May 2 Delivery of your art Work to Sooke Art Gallery between 4-5pm. This can be negotiated if students are unavailable or need to drop off at their school in advance.
- May 3, 4 Installation of works with Sooke Arts Council Hanging crew and curators in attendance (and students if available).
- May 5: Exhibition opens to public (Gallery Hours)
- May 8 (2-4pm): Opening & Artist Reception Sooke Art Gallery * By invitation only COVID protocols Winners announced.
- May 16: Last day for the exhibit. curators in attendance (and students if available). Take down of work 4-5PM