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Call for Artists

Our primary focus is to bring non-traditional artists to the forefront.

For us, these are artists who identify as outsider, self-taught, and living with a disability.

All artists are welcome to apply but these artists are always given priority in our selection process. 

We are currently seeking artists for the following upcoming exhibitions:

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Open to BC artists with lived experience of mental health and/or substance use issues.
 

Exhibition Title:  The Many Faces of Time
Date:  May 2024, World Mental Health Awareness Month

Location:  Outsiders and Others’ window gallery @ 938 Howe St., Vancouver, BC
Application Deadline:           March 31, 2024

Many works of art capture a moment in time and hold it frozen – be it a feeling, an experience, a reflection of self or other, or a statement about society. For some works, time is conveyed through subject matter, from the depiction of a season to a vision of the future. Materials and techniques can also add an element of time to art, such the use of vintage ephemera or weathering effects.

For this exhibition, Outsiders and Others is inviting BC artists with lived experience of mental health and/or substance use issues to submit artwork that connects to the theme of The Many Faces of Time. Submissions may be as varied as the many ways time can influence a work of art.

This exhibition will be co-curated by Yuri Arajs, the Director/Curator of Outsiders and Others, and Seema Shah, an artist with lived experience of mental health issues.

Important Details

  1. Open to BC artists with lived experience of mental health +/- substance use issues only. 

  2. Self-taught artists will be given priority, as this is the gallery’s mandate, but we encourage any artist to apply who fits the criteria of the exhibition.

  3. Accepting 2D & 3D visual art in any media. Maximum width = 46 inches.

  4. There is no fee to submit.

  5. Exhibiting artists will be paid an exhibition honorarium.

  6. The gallery retains a 25% commission on sales.

  7. Artists are responsible for any costs related to getting your artwork to the gallery for exhibition

  8. If an artist is not able to frame their artwork for the exhibition because of financial barriers, the gallery is usually able to assist. The artist can request this after the selection process has been completed.


How To Apply

  1. Email up to 6 jpeg images of artwork to be considered for this exhibition. 

  2. The name of the image files should include your name and the title of the work, such as “1. Sam Stone– Outer Space”, “2. Sam Stone – Alien Family”.

  3. Provide a list of submitted images. Include title, size, medium & price (if for sale).

  4. Include a brief summary of your education, exhibition history, and how your work in the show relates to the theme (250 words max; only include information you’re comfortable sharing publicly if your work is accepted). 

  5. Include artist website and/or social media handles, if applicable.
     

Email all your information to: outsidersandothers@gmail.com

Application deadline: March 31st. 

Artists will be notified of the curators’ decision by April 8th.

Teenage Super Star

April 2024

We are looking for artists who fall into the category of being a teenage which we are going to be between ages of 13-19. 

Submissions due *February 1

"During adolescence, teenagers are learning to define who they are and to develop their own values, priorities and goals. Teenagers are also gaining a sense of belonging to a community and to the world around them."

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Simply send us an email with:

1. the name of the exhibition in the subject line,

2. your name, contact, website and social media links if you have them,

3. a bio about yourself,

4. some information about your education and exhibition history,

5. include up to 10 jpeg files of your artwork. 

Email it all in one email to outsidersandothers@gmail.com

If you have any questions don't hesitate to email us with any questions. 

* Please note that these dates may change so we encourage you to email us your information sooner than later.

Blackbird Singing in the Dead of Night

September 2024

Submissions due *June 1

This exhibition will feature Blackbirds only!

Simply send us an email with:

1. Your name, contact, website and social media links if you have them,

1. Some writing about yourself, your education and exhibition history

5. Send a digital image of the ONE piece of artwork you would like to have in the exhibition. 

Email it all in one email to outsidersandothers@gmail.com

If you have any questions don't hesitate to email us with any questions. 

* Please note that these dates may change so we encourage you to email us your information sooner than later.

General gallery submissions

Introduce yourself to us!


Send us an email with some information about yourself and about what you make.

Images, resumes, artists statement, bio, website link, whatever you think will give us a good understanding of who you are and what you do.

Please include your contact information as well. 


Email us at outsidersandothers@gmail.com

If this process creates any barriers for you to fulfill our request please contact Yuri directly at outsidersandothers@gmail.com so he can make other arrangements that better suit your needs.

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