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Open: Feb 5 to March 31

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Last updated January  25, 2021

The Arts Council of Ladysmith and District welcomes established and emerging artists living and working on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands to participate in our 9th biennial  and first virtual Juried Show.


Artwork accepted into the show will be on display on our website, from Friday February 5th, 2021 to Sunday February 28th, 2021.


Interested in advertising in our show online catalogue? Click here

Submission Guidelines

The competition is open to all established and emerging artists living on Vancouver Island and  the Gulf Islands.

Artists in a large variety of media are encouraged to submit an application  


 All artwork must:

  • be of a high quality

  • show a good understanding and mastery of the medium

  • be the original creation of the artist

  • show a high level of technical ability and artistic accomplishment

 Art work must not have been accepted in other Vancouver Island or Gulf Island juried shows online or otherwise. Newer work is preferred. Individual art work must have a minimum price of $200. Computer generated art must be entirely original and/or created from the artist's original work. Artwork derived from the work of another artist is not permissible, unless you are demonstrating a significant creative departure from the original, and you should indicate that this the case.

No members of the organizing committee of this show are allowed to take part in the show.


To accommodate many art forms we have expanded our categories and added sub-categories:

  • 2D

    • Oil​

    • Acrylic

    • Water colour

    • Drawing

    • Mixed Media

    • Hand Pulled Prints

    • Pastel painting

  • 3D

    • Jewelry​

    • Clay

    • Glass

    • Fiber

    • Wood

    • Metal

    • Stone

    • Paper/mixed media

  • Photography

    • People

    • Places

    • Things

    • Ideas



Best in Show: $1000 - Sponsored by Ladysmith and District Credit Union

Each Main Category winner: 25% of the Show fees in the category

Each Sub Category winner: 25% of the Show fees in the sub-category

People's Choice award: $100 Sponsored by Brenda Clarke


Opening Ceremony


Meet our presenter for the event:                Sheila Norgate

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Sheila Norgate does a lot of different things, sometimes at the same time, although not necessarily. She is a painting, writing, performing, TEDx talking, dog-crazy feminist (please don’t mention “post-feminism” to her unless you are referring to putting one in the mail). Norgate makes her home on Gabriola Island where she practices kisses her dog on the lips and being present. 

Our opening ceremony will take place on February 5th, 2021 at 2pm.

It will be online with Zoom for artists only and for the public live streamed to Facebook and our website. Keep  a watch for more information and links on this page.

All  awards apart from the people's choice will be announced at the time.

Supporters of the ARTS


  • Ladysmith and District Credit Union

  • 49th Parallel Grocery Store

  • Little Valley Restoration

  • Brenda Clarke Enterprises


  • Kathy Holmes

  • Nick Meijer Drees

  • Patricia Haley-Tsui



Sales will be dealt with through our ACLD office. Artists will be responsible to ship their art and negotiate for shipping fees with the purchaser. 

Commission for art pieces sold will be charged to the artist at 30% of the sales price. Sales will be paid to the artist preferably by e-transfer or cheque.

If you are close by we can help with packing and shipping.


How to take part

Submissions open Now

For help with the submission click here:

You should choose a maximum of three pieces to submit to the show. Follow the steps below to prepare for submission.

  1. To complete the submission form you will need to gather some information. You will receive an entry number, please take note of that, as you will need it later. Apart from personal information such as your full name, your phone number, email address, and physical address,  you will need the following:

    • A short bio ​(max 150 words)

    • An artist statement (max 150 words) here is a link that will help with these
      You can copy and paste by CTRL V and CTRL C. 

    • A photograph of yourself for the webpage and catalogue

    • Information on each piece such as:

      • Title​

      • Description ( the story behind the piece and more info on your medium if needed)

      • Dimensions in inches,  in the format ( HxWxD)

      • Price 

      • Category of entry and subcategory (medium)(see above)

      • If the piece is 2D is it Framed and under Glass, just framed or not framed

    • Photographs:​ 

      • A photograph of you ​

      • Photographs of your art work: up to three photographs of each piece, one should be of the piece without frame, others could be the frame or detail you want to show. Please upload the one of just the piece first.

      • If you are submitting 3D work please submit 3 photographs of each piece

      • Photo(s) should be 500 kb, 1500 to 2500 pixels wide here is a link to help with resizing your image.

      • Photo(s) should be saved as a .JPEG

      • Save the Photo as follows: title of the piece_your full name. JPEG

      • Need help with taking a photograph? Watch this video

      • You will have to upload your photographs to the web. You will get the opportunity to upload your photographs from the submission form.

      • Do you need a photographer: 

Call: 1-250-924-0901
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  1. Read our guidelines on copyright below and here is a video to watch

  2. Read our guidelines on Cultural Appropriation and here is a video to watch 

  3. You will need to pay the non-refundable entry fee of $15 per piece when your submit your form online.

  4. If you would like to pay by phone call Delie on a Wednesday or Thursday between 9 and 3 pm at : 250-245-1252

  5. If you do not have a credit card you can send us a cheque at 
     Fine Art Show
     PO Box 2370,
    BC V9G 1B8

    Please fill out the form online and when you get to the area that has a button to proceed to payment, just close your browser

  6. You will receive confirmation of your entry.

  7. You will have to do all of this before January 24rd, 2021 at midnight.

  8. Once the jury has selected the show pieces you will be notified by email whether your pieces were successful or not.

  9. If you have pieces in the show you will have to pay the fee for the show of $30 per piece you have admitted to the show. Your work will only be part of the show once payment has been received.  Payment will be done online.

  10. You will receive an invitation to a Zoom award ceremony that will take place on Feb 5th. This ceremony will also be streamed live on social media and you will receive a link to pass to friends and family. Please note that the ceremony will be only online.

  11. The show will open on Feb 6th to March 31 to the public.





Artists must submit their own original work. You are not allowed to use in part or as a whole, the work of another artist. If the work is based on a photograph not taken by you, you must have permission from the photographer.

Artists should familiarize themselves with copyright laws and ensure that their work does not infringe on any copyright. If you are unsure please talk to our Curator at gallery@ladysmitharts.ca

Cultural  Appropriation

We respect the cultural rights of all Indigenous Peoples. Please ensure your work is  culturally appropriate in its content, and  if you have used Indigenous motifs/designs in your work, please provide written permission. If you use any cultural symbolism in your work, you must ensure that you have written permission to do so.

  • January 4 - Open for submissions

  • January 24 - Submissions close

  • January 28- 30  - Jurying takes place

  • January 31 - Artists receives email re acceptance

  • February 3 - Last day for payment of show fee

  • February 5 - Opening for artists and announcement of awards via Zoom

  • February 6 - March 31 Open to public

  • February 28 Announcement of People's Choice award

Important Dates


Meet the Jurors

Jacqueline Nolte


Originally from South Africa, Nolte holds a PhD in historical studies, an MA and a BA (Hons) in the history of art, and a BA in fine art from the University of Cape Town, as well as a diploma in higher education from the University of South Africa. She immigrated to Canada in 1998.


She has been Dean of the College of Arts at the University of the Fraser Valley since 2011, after being Department Head of Fine Arts for 6 years.

Jacqueline has taught courses such as "Arts in Context: Special Topics. Contemporary African" and "Advanced Digital Imaging". She is widely published on a variety of art related topics.


David Goatley

David Goatley is considered one of North America’s foremost portrait painters. 

He was born in London, England in 1954 and emigrated to Canada’s west coast in 1992.

Goatley studied painting at London’s Camberwell School of Art before embarking on a successful 16 year advertising career. Whilst advertising did not prove creatively satisfying (the need to paint was never far away) it did give him a taste for hard work, imaginative solutions, and the strong sense of design that has helped make his paintings immediately recognizable. Each of his portraits is as distinct as the individuals in them, capturing the personality and life in his subjects with real feeling. To stand in front of one his portraits is to experience meeting the subject.

It is a skill that has led to almost 400 commissions thus far, across Canada, the UK and 24 states of the USA as well as in Israel, Panama, Spain and India. His subjects have included Princes, a Peer, a Prime Minister, Provincial Premiers, five Lt. Governors, First Nations Chiefs and Elders, a Bishop and leaders in Business, Academia, the Arts and the Law as well as numerous families. His work is included in 2 Royal Collections as well as the collections of governments, museums, corporations, institutions and in hundreds of private homes.

David is also a noted muralist and paints the people and places he encounters on his travels for exhibition and sale when his busy schedule of commissions allows.

David currently resides in the Pacific Northwest from where he travels widely to fulfil commissions.


Rachel Penney

From a young age, the many forms and glorious diversity found in nature, art and music have been vital influences in my life and travels from coast to coast. At first photography was an occasional, fun way to create lasting memories of places, family and events using film cameras.


 Arriving in Cowichan Bay in 1999 presented an abundance of sailing and hiking destinations, both locally and along the B.C. coast. It quickly became evident a camera was essential, even when looking out my kitchen window over Cowichan Bay.


In 2002 I purchased my first digital camera, an HP 1mega pixel point and shoot.   


In 2009, I was introduced to the Cowichan Valley Camera Club. The skills, expertise, techniques and creative styles generously shared by CVCC members continue to inspire and nourish my enthusiasm for the art of photography. 


I am an individual member of the Canadian Association for Photographic Art, CAPA.  It along with the CVCC club membership to CAPA has given me the opportunity to participate in an array of national competitions over the years. I have twice taken advantage of the great learning tool offered by CAPA in the form of a judging course.


My camera equipment includes a Sony A 77II, Sony DSC-RX100 M3 and recently a Samsung Galaxy S9 cell phone.   Wildlife, landscapes and flora are definitely favourite subjects. I also enjoy the challenge of long exposure day or night techniques and the creative possibilities using in-camera and -computer programs. The fun and learning continues.

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