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Ekphrastic Celebration

Splashes of words and paragraphs of paint


The Ekphrastic Celebration is a new addition to our roster of programming. This will be a competition in which poets respond to the works of visual artists.

The 2021 event will be fully virtual, although when COVID conditions allow we hope to hold this competition as a live event.

A Local Event

All participants must be residents of Nanaimo to enter, and competition judges will be Nanaimoites as well. Visual artists will submit works of art to serve as inspiration for the poets’ words. Poets will then compose responses to the art, and submit these to the competition judges for evaluation.


Prizes will be awarded to the authors of the top three poems, and the artists whose works the winning poems are about will also win a prize.

As soon as further details are available they will be announced here, on social media, and in the NAC newsletter.





Hanging Date: October 15, 2020
Time: 10:00 am
Location: Port Theatre

We are excited to announce that the Art around Town show at the Port Theatre is now open for registration!

  • Art Around Town is open only to Nanaimo Art Council members

  • Renew your membership at https://www.nanaimoartscouncil.ca/join

  • This exhibit is 2-D work only and will show for approximately 3 months

  • Work will be juried by the Hanging Committee on the day of hanging

  • Work must be for sale. Commission is 30%

  • Due to space limitations, outside dimensions must be NO LARGER THAN 36 inches in the longest dimension

  • All work must be hanging ready, appropriately framed or finished with braided-wire hangers and the artist name, medium, title of work, and price firmly affixed to the back of the art

  • Space is limited so only one piece per artist will be hung

Entrants are required to register before October 12 using the form below.
Note that registration is necessary. Due to space limitations, we will limit the number of entries to 25.  Those not pre-registered will not have their work accepted.