RAC News and Open Calls

Artist Opportunities:

Submission Deadline: March 31
Richmond Maritime Festival Signature Artwork
Richmond-based visual artists and graphic designers again have a chance to create this year’s signature artwork for the annual Richmond Maritime Festival.
The winning artwork will become the poster image for the 14th annual festival, which takes place at Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site on August 12 and 13. One of Richmond’s most popular summertime events, the Richmond Maritime Festival was recently nominated as one of five finalists for Best Public Entertainment Event or Festival at the 2017 Canadian Event Industry Awards.
The winning poster image will convey Steveston’s maritime and wooden boat heritage, as well as recognizing that 2017 marks Canada’s 150th anniversary of confederation. The poster will be seen throughout Metro Vancouver in print and online advertising, brochures, transit shelter advertising, site decor and other promotional materials over the summer. The selected artist will receive a $500 honorarium. In April, the winning artist will be announced and the final artwork will be made public in early June. Last year, local artist Brenda Clark created a memorable artwork capturing the fun, maritime theme of the festival and the natural and historic beauty of its historic site. Artists who wish to be considered for this project are invited to submit a portfolio of up to five work samples (in electronic format).
Submissions: Email to festivals@richmond.ca.
Phone: Major Events and Film Office at 604-247-4659

Submission Deadline: April 5 – between 3pm and 7pm
17th Annual 2017 Art about Finn Slough Show – “Time and Tide: Finn Slough Space and Place”
Presented,by the Finn Slough Heritage and Wetlands Association and Richmond Cultural Centre.
Call for submissions: Artists and Writers.
You are invited to participate in this un‐juried but single‐focused show. Photographers, painters, sketchers, sculptors, textile artists, and other media welcome. Writers of short works, short reflections (up to 500 words-ish) are also very welcome. Writers too need to bring work mounted and ready for display.
How to participate: Artists bring art ready to hang/show to the ATRIUM at the Richmond Cultural Centre (7700 Minoru Gate) on Wednesday, April 5th, between 3pm and 7pm. Art MUST be brought at that time only please. Three pieces of art maximum per artist, Artists will please collect their work on Sunday April 9th at3pm when the show comes down. No commission is taken on any sold artworks exhibited at this community created exhibition.
Website: www.finnslough.com
Email: tr0wse@hotmail.com

April 6
Artist Salon: April Session
Richmond Art Gallery
7700 Minoru Gate
Group Show-and-Tell.
This month we will host a group show and tell to familiarize ourselves with each others work. For those interested in receiving feedback on their artwork and/or online presence, group members have shared their websites and Instagram pages for review before we meet next month.
The goal of this session is for group members to get to know each other better, and also to support each artist move forward in their artistic goals by sharing feedback, resources, and insights on how their work is communicating to a larger audience. This session is open to all artists looking to be a part of the regular meetings of the Artist Salon Series, for ages 19+.
For more information or to participate in this month’s group show and tell, contact Charis at CAu2@richmond.ca.

April 22 and April 29
Exhibition and Residency Proposals with Sunshine Frere
Richmond Art Gallery Program Room
Artist, curator and arts writer Sunshine Frère presents an overview of writing proposals that can be used for Exhibition or Artist Residency Proposals. In Session One, receive practical advice and useful techniques for further developing your writing skills. This will be followed by a question and answer period that will get you started on your own writing. Session Two will have a hands-on component, providing a peer editing session and personalized feedback on your proposal writing. Free. 12 participants maximum. Participants must register and attend both sessions.
For more details and to register: Kathy.Tycholis@richmond.ca

Submission Deadline: April 28
RCCS Canada 150 Celebration in Lansdowne Centre – Invitation to be our Booth Exhibitor
Richmond Chinese Community Society (RCCS) is planning to celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday at Lansdowne Centre, Richmond on Saturday July 29, 2017. We will have live performances on stage and booth displays inside the Lansdowne Centre. RCCS welcomes you and your organization to come and celebrate with us in this multicultural event. We hope your presence will enhance and promote cross cultural understanding. We are arranging with the City to occupy the outdoor Plaza underneath the Canada Line Lansdowne Station as our Art venue. We believe art to be a crucial aspect of our lives, as it makes our soul grow. This outdoor venue will give greater exposure to our artists work, and bring the Richmond community closer to our talents. We are excited and honoured in being the first organization to utilize the outdoor Plaza. We hope artists will attend and showcase their work and their unique talents at Canada’s 150 birthday celebration. We encourage you to share your stories with the public; your trials, tribulations, joy, challenges, history, future visions, and aspirations.
It is a free event to everyone, for both exhibitionist and audience. Please fax or email the application on or before April 28, 2017 to our office at (604) 270-7252. Booths will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis.
Application Form for Exhibitors: http://richmondartscoalition.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Exhibitor-Information-and-Application.pdf

Submission Deadline: May 31
Saltspring National Art Prizes
The Salt Spring National Art Prize (SSNAP) is pleased to launch its second national juried competition of Canadian visual art. The intent of SSNAP is to encourage artists whose practice demonstrates originality, quality, integrity and creativity—resulting in significant work with visual impact and depth of meaning. Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada who are eighteen years of age and older as of January 1, 2016 are invited to submit their two-dimensional and three-dimensional work for consideration. Approximately 50 finalists will be chosen by an independent jury from across Canada. All artists’ submissions will be anonymous to the jury.
THE JOAN McCONNELL AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING WORK: $17,000 ($12,000 and a $5,000 Salt Spring Island artist residency)
THE JUROR’S CHOICE AWARDS: Three awards of $2,000 selected by each juror
THE ROSEMARIE BEHNCKE PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS: Three awards determined by a vote of visitors to the exhibition: 1st prize – $3,000, 2nd prize – $2,000, 3rd prize – $1,000
THE ASA (Alliance of Salt Spring Artists) AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING SALT SPRING ARTIST: $1,000
Original works will be exhibited and presented for sale at the Finalist Exhibition at historic Mahon Hall on Salt Spring Island, from September 22 to October 22, 2017 (Open daily from Saturday, September 23).
Guidelines and Submission Details: www.saltspringartprize.ca
Event: http://tinyurl.com/SSNAP2017Call

Various dates
April 2017 Grant Deadlines
Little Dog Creative Consulting helpfully compiles monthly lists of grant deadlines for artists in BC. You can find it online at: http://littledog.ca/2017/01/29/apr-2017-grant-deadlines/

BC Artist Registry
Calling all BC artists! We invite all British Columbian adults who are artists in any discipline to be counted in the BC Artist Registry. Whether your arts practice is your full-time or part-time career, or your avocational pursuit, you may join the Registry through our simple online form.
Across the province, arts champions in municipalities and local agencies express the need to learn more about artists in their communities, but lack the channels to connect with those individuals. The BC Artist Registry becomes an important tool for reaching artists directly, inviting their participation in surveys and other types of consultation.
The BC Artist Registry uses a simple online form recording an artist’s name, contact information, and field(s) of artistic discipline. Joining the Registry is free, and the personal information remains private and confidential. From time to time, artists on the Registry will be invited to participate in more detailed surveys or other consultations. The Registry will be open for ongoing registration with no deadline, to ensure a growing resource for meaningful statistics and research in our province’s cultural sector.

Website: http://www.allianceforarts.com/bc-artist-registry/

Rocanini Cafe
Call to artists wanting to show at Rocanini Café in Steveston Village: please send short bio and 8-10 thumbnail images of your paintings with title, size, medium and price.
Email: art@jeanettejarville.com

SpaceFinder BC
SpaceFinder BC increases the visibility of creative workspaces throughout the province of British Columbia. Venues can market unbooked rental space by creating a listing and uploading a digital calendar, while artists and public alike can discover space based on location, price, amenities, and up-to-date availability. Built by nonprofit Fractured Atlas, SpaceFinder BC is free to list or search for space.

Open Call for Artists to exhibit in City Hall Galleria
The Richmond Art Gallery is accepting submissions for 2017 exhibitions at Richmond City Hall located at 6911 No. 3 Road. Proposals should include a current CV, an artist statement, a statement of the proposed work and 5–8 images of work. Please contact Carie Helm, Interim Curatorial Assistant at chelm@richmond.ca for more information and/or download the application form here: http://www.richmondartgallery.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/submission-application-RAG-CityHallGalleria-2016.pdf