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Call to Artists: New West Portraits – Anvil Centre Community Art Gallery

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Local New Westminster artists are invited to submit artworks for a fall group exhibition to relaunch the Community Art Gallery at Anvil Centre. The exhibition New West Portraits is welcoming submission of works that respond to the personal and collective impacts of the pandemic, as well as the resistance and change associated with the social and cultural shifts unfolding around us.

Portraits can reflect a range of creative expression, from representational to abstract, sharing stories of community, hope and inspiration. Accompanying short written statements or poetry are also welcome and encouraged.


The Community Art Gallery, located in the lobby of the Anvil Centre Theatre celebrates the rich cultural landscape of New Westminster. The gallery forges creative dialogue, brings attention to local art and creates new opportunities for artists in our city. It is an accessible space where New Westminster-based art groups can organize members’ exhibitions. It is open to New Westminster emerging and established artists working in two-dimensional media.

Submission Deadline: Friday, September 25, 2020

Exhibition period: October – December, 2020 (Exhibition will be on display during the New Westminster Culture Crawl & Culture Days.)

Please send submissions via email by Friday, September 25, 2020 to
Submissions must include:

• Artist name and contact information (phone number, email, mailing address)
• 2-3 JPEG or PDF images of proposed artworks. Maximum 2 pieces per artist will be eligible for selection.
• Label information: artist name, artwork title(s), media(s) and dimensions
• Other didactic text such as a written statement, story or poem (no longer than 100 words). This is not a submission requirement.
• An artist biography

Please note that the proposed work submission must not have been exhibited in New Westminster in the preceding 12 months, nor (upon acceptance) be displayed in any other New Westminster gallery during the exhibition year.

Proposals will be adjudicated by a peer jury. All artworks need to be ready for exhibition (framed and/or ready to display with appropriate wiring). There is no exhibition fee paid to selected artists. Submission deadline: September 25, 2020.

Questions and media enquiries can be submitted to Hannah Bennett | Program Coordinator, Art Services
Pronouns: she/her/hers City of New Westminster | Office of the Chief Administrative Officer
777 Columbia Street, New Westminster, BC V3M 1B6
T 604.515.3837 | C 778.773.0587 | E

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