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Do you know a young burgeoning artist?  Send them our way!


Please help us to inaugurate 'Youth Art Now', a new youth component of our annual juried fine arts show, Art Victoria Now! 

Youth Art Now will showcase 4 works by emerging youth talent at Art Victoria Now 2017 (May 20 - May 25 at the Atrium building) alongside the other unique, professional works chosen for the exhibition.  Each of the 4 youth artists chosen for display will receive a $500 cash prize to be put towards art education as well as a feature about their artistic impetus and practice.

Artists ages 15-19 in the Greater Victoria region (including Victoria, Sooke, Saanich, Sidney and Westshore) can submit up to 3 works for online adjudication in any media category (2D, 3D, Craft, or Photography) at no charge.  Youth will receive a complimentary Victoria Arts Council membership for their submission.  Submission guidelines and online form can be found below.  Submission deadline is Friday, April 15.


Jury Members:



Show Location:  The Atrium Building (800 Yates Street)

Important Dates:

EXTENDED! Submission Deadline: Friday, April 21, 2017 - 4:30pm

Donor and artist preview: Thursday, May 18
Opening Reception: Friday, May 19
Show dates: Saturday, May 20 - Sunday, May 25, 2017

Submission Guidelines:

All artwork is to be submitted for adjudication through our online application. 

Please volunteer your time to assist with the show.  Please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested.


Media categories:

2D - all media on board, canvas or paper excluding reproductions or giclees (see below).  All works must be professionally presented.

3D – three-dimensional or sculptural work of any material(s).

Fine Craft - unique hand-crafted objects including jewellery, glass works, fibre arts, metalwork, woodcraft and ceramics, etc.  It is up to the artist's discretion whether they deem their work craft or 3D.  Please note you may only submit work to one category.

Photography - both traditional and digital methods.

  • Up to 3 pieces per artist will be accepted for adjudication (diptychs and triptychs are considered one piece, but must be within maximum size dimensions for single entry)
  • Maximum size for 2-D work is 36”h x 36”w (up to 9 square feet) and for 3-D up to 8’ in height.  If you are entering heavy work you must be available to provide assistance in moving it in and out of the venue
  • Artwork must be original work of the artist not previously shown in a juried fine arts show in Greater Victoria (Victoria, Sooke, Saanich, Sidney and the Westshore)
  • All entries must be available for sale at a minimum price of $300
  • Photography both traditional and digital methods will be accepted.  Please include information on specific photographic and development techniques and whether the image was digitally manipulated.
  • Digital and photographic prints, engravings, lithographs and etchings are accepted for adjudication in limited editions of not more than 15.  All such work must be identified with the total number of editions of the piece available plus the method of producing the work.  None of the editions should have been sold prior to the show.
  • Computer generated artwork must be entirely original to the artist
  • Reproductions, giclees and copies will not be accepted
  • If any work is in violation of the above guidelines or contravenes copyright laws, the VAC retains the right to remove it from the show

Image Quality:

  • Use plain or graded backgrounds
  • Must be clearly focused, well-lit and properly exposed
  • Artists may be asked to submit new pictures if images are of poor quality
  • All images MUST give as close a representation of the work as possible in terms of colour and detail
  • Artwork that does not conform to submission image quality may be refused

Number of Images:

  • Up to two images for each 2-D or photographic submission
  • Up to three images for each 3-D submission
  • Up to three images for each Craft submission

Image Specifications:

  • Maximum 4MB
  • In jpg format


Contact Information: all contact information must be up to date and accurate.  The artist’s name, telephone number and email will appear in the show catalogue.

Category: media categories include: 2-D, 3-D, Fine Craft and photography (refer to media categories above).  Artwork may be re-categorized prior to adjudication.

Medium and Substrate: a brief explanation of the primary artistic materials (i.e. oil, acrylic, watercolour, etc.) and the substrate or base materials, if any (i.e. canvas, steel, wood panel, rice paper, silk, etc).

Dimensions: measurements of the artwork in inches (height by width), in two or three dimensions, as appropriate.

Price: All artwork submitted may put up for sale, but is not a necessity for the youth component.  Artists are asked to consider the following when setting their price:

  • Cost of materials
  • Framing or other professional presentation costs

Optional description: Artists may give an optional 25 word description of their artwork to give jurors insight into the artistic process and techniques used.  This information will appear with the artwork during exhibition.

n.b. We will only accept images up to 1000 pixels on the largest dimension and maximum 4 mb file size. If you do not have the software to resize your images, you can find an image resizer online.

Click here for a free one


  1. Click the "Browse" button just below "Upload an image"
  2. Select the image you wish to resize from your computer
  3. Click "upload image"
  4. Be patient as it uploads...
  5. Enter "1000" in the "New Size" field below the image
  6. If your image is wider than it is high, click "Width". If your image is higher than it is wide, click "Height"
  7. Click "Apply Changes"
  8. The resized image will appear above on the left
  9. Right Click on the image (MAC = Ctrl Click) and select "Save Image" or the equivalent for your browser
  10. Navigate to a directory you can easily find and give the new image a relevant name
  11. Click Save


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