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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS ‘The Compassionate I : Personal Images of Loss & Healing’ pop-up exhibition

We acknowledge that we live and work on the unceded, traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples of the QayQayt (qiqéyt) Nation as well as all Coast Salish Nations.

The Arts Council of New Westminster and the New West Hospice Society present:

‘The Compassionate I : Personal Images of Loss & Healing’ pop-up exhibition

Festival of Loss and Healing | May 2, 2020


We invite all visual artists from Metro Vancouver to submit photographic images for a group exhibition during the Festival of Loss and Healing in New Westminster, British Columbia. Reproductions of submitted images will be featured in a pop-up exhibition at the New Westminster Festival of Loss and Healing on May 2, 2020.

The theme of the exhibition is “The Compassionate I : Personal Images of Loss & Healing”.

In recognizing how diverse our community is, and in order to break down any exclusionary barriers and create a platform for marginalized voices, we specifically encourage artists with lived experience of homelessness, poverty, and substance use to submit. Artists on the LGBTQ spectrum, non-binary artists, artists of colour, Indigenous artists, and disabled artists, are strongly encouraged to submit.

Submissions will be received up to 4:00pm on Tuesday, March 31, 2020


This Call for Submissions is for photographs engaging the broad themes of loss and healing.  These images will become an important part of the May 2020 New West Hospice Society’s Festival of Loss & Healing in New Westminster. A whole range of loss affects the human condition. Loss of loved ones including pets, loss of home, ability, identity, and so on. With loss comes different modes of healing. There is no correct response to loss, nor right way to go about healing – it is very individual and personal.

We are seeking all types of photographic images for this contest. Images can be black & white or colour; captured by digital camera, film camera, or a phone. They can be of people, places, things — realistic or abstract. Anything goes. Images should be an interpretation of loss and healing and captured by a compassionate eye / I.

Although not mandatory, you are welcome to submit a short synopsis to enhance the story of your image.

One image per entry will be allowed. All varieties of photographic methods will be considered including Phone Camera, Digital Camera, and Film/Polaroid. Up to nine images will be selected by the jury to be included in the pop-up exhibition.

Please note: The New West Hospice Society will reserve the right to retain the reproductions of the selected images and may be auctioned off in support of the New West Hospice Society. Digital images will may also display on the New West Hospice website and promotional materials


This call is open to applications from both established and emerging photographers. To apply to this Call, you are not required to be a member of the Arts Council of New Westminster.


The Festival of Loss and Healing will not charge for submissions for exhibiting, nor will the Festival pay a photographer to participate in this exhibition. The Festival will pay for reproduction costs of the images to be exhibited.

How to Apply for an Exhibition:

The Selection Committee will meet in early April 2020 to consider applications for the exhibition. A well-prepared proposal helps in the selection.

To be considered, please submit the following:

  • One digital image of proposed work you wish to exhibit. Digital images should be in JPG format at 150 dpi; each image should be a maximum of 5MB. Image files should be clearly labelled with your Name, the Title of Work, Size in inches and Medium.
    Example: Artist-Title-Size-Medium.jpg
  • Contact information (mailing address, phone number, email, website, or shelter address).
  • An Artist Statement giving your aims and objectives as an artist in relation to your submitted work (optional).

If possible, please include all written material as PDF files and submit via email to with “Exhibition Submission – Festival of Loss and Healing” in the subject line. Please ensure that attachments total less than 5MB. For handwritten submission options, please contact the gallery at 604-525-3244.

Deadlines for submission is 4:00pm on Tuesday March 31, 2020.

The Selection Process:

The Selection Committee will meet in early April 2020 to consider all applications received. All applications will receive a reply by email, stating whether the work has been accepted.  If your application has been successful, you will be contacted by telephone, exhibition details will be confirmed, and a contract will be sent to you. This contract will outline your responsibilities and provide other details and dates.  A signed contract is required before the exhibition can proceed.

Application Tips:

  • Be sure that all documents include your name, name of your artwork, and complete contact information.
  • Email submissions are preferred. For physical submissions, please phone the gallery at 604-525-3244 for equitable access procedures.
  • DO NOT send composite images or prepared slideshows
  • Please test all digital documents on a PC computer to ensure compatibility

Estimated Timeline:

February 15, 2020
March 31, 2020
Early April 2020
Mid-April 2020
May 2, 2020
May 2, 2020
Call for Submissions Launched
Deadline to submit
Selection Committee meets
Artists contacted, contracts signed and returned
Installation dates
Festival of Loss and Healing

All inquiries should be directed to:
Stephen O’Shea, Executive Director
Phone: 604 525 3244

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