Submission Guidelines for Individual or Group Exhibitions

Please note that our exhibition programming is often determined from up to two years in advance, though submissions are accepted throughout the year and adjudicated on an ongoing basis.

Nanaimo Art Gallery welcomes submissions. To apply for an exhibition, the Canada Council for the Arts definition of a professional artist must be fulfilled, which is an artist who has specialized training in the field (not necessarily in academic institutions), is recognized as such by his or her peers and is committed to devoting more time to artistic activity, if financially feasible. To meet the definition of a professional visual artist, you must also have produced an independent body of work, had at least three public presentations of your work in a professional context over a three-year period and maintained an independent professional practice for at least three years.

Submissions to Nanaimo Art Gallery for all exhibitions must include the following:

- brief cover letter identifying artist and proposed work
- one-page artist statement
- recent Curriculum Vitae
- clear images of the work proposed for exhibition; these should be JPEG images (100 dpi maximum)
- an accompanying numbered image list with artist name, title, size, medium and date

Please submit with a zip file or through links to online press kits and websites.

Submissions are to be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Incomplete submissions or hard copies will not be reviewed or returned. We thank all applicants for their interest. Only successful applicants will be contacted. No phone calls or emails please.


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