Artist Call for 2019 Vancouver Outsider Arts Festival


Community Arts Council of Vancouver


Apr. 15, 2019

Call for Artists Description: 

Are you an Outsider Artist 19 years and older residing in Vancouver?
Want to share, learn, and connect? 
Ready to perform/show/sell your work?

Vancouver Outsider Arts Festival is dedicated to supporting self-identified outsider artists who face social exclusion and other visible/invisible barriers to sharing their work. 

Applications for Visual & Performing Artists Open Now

How to Apply: 

Visual Artists: How to Apply

In 500 words or less, please tell us the following:
1. Provide Your Name, Email, and phone numbers
2. Describe how do you identify as an Outsider Artist
3. Tell us about your practice: how did you get started, why do you make art, what medium(s) do you work in? Are you self- taught? 
4. Tell us about your ongoing commitment to making art. 
5. Tell us about your exhibition history, if any. Previous exhibitions are not a requirement. 

Artwork image submission details

1. 2-D and 3-D work is accepted. Maximum width/diameter of artwork is 48"
2. Video/digital media work no more than 5 minutes in duration can be submitted for consideration.
3. Attach photos of four (4) artworks as .jpg files attached to your email. If mailing an application, please provide printed copies of the photos. We cannot return original photo prints.
4. Images should be samples of the type of work you create. They do not have to be the exact works you will exhibit if you get to exhibit in the 2019 VOAF.
5. Attach a separate document listing each of the 4 images you are submitting for consideration in your application as the following: See examples in ().

  • Last Name (eq. Smith)

  • Title (eq. Summer Breeze)

  • Year (eq. 2018)

  • Medium (eq. Mixed Media)

  • Dimensions (Width in Inches X Height in Inches) (eq. 24” x 30”) 

Performing Artists: How to Apply

In 500 words or less, please tell us the following: 
1. Name, email, and phone numbers.
2. How do you identify as an Outsider Artist? What kind of work do you make, and why? What is your history of performing? What barriers do you face to sharing your work?
3. Describe your performance including duration (10-30 minutes recommended) 
4. Give us some sense of number of performers, needed technical support, space needed (indoor, outdoor, raised stage, roving, interactive…?)
5. Please attach links to videos or be prepared to audition.

Contact Information for Applications:

Apply by email:
Apply by mail:
440-111 W Hastings Street
Vancouver BC V6B 1H4

Email applications accepted until midnight on April 15, 2019; Mail-in applications must be postmarked on April 15 latest.

Contact Email:
Contact Phone: (604) 682-0010


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