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Ekphrastic Artwork Submissions

Purple Urchin

An Art Exhibition
Ekphrastic Poetry Competition


In the Purple Urchin Online Gallery


Submissions to the Art Exhibition open until April 30

Due to stipulations in our funding, this is a local competition. All artists, poets and judges must live in Nanaimo. The small pool of entries means more chances to win! This competition is open to NAC members and non-members.

Poets will respond to artworks in this exhibition. Local judges will award prizes to the top poems, and to the artworks their poems are about.

Before submission, please review the event details, and review the general submission guidelines.

Of particular note: The artwork selection process will be competitive, and only twenty-five pieces will be chosen for exhibition by the NAC selection committee. Even though you may enter up to three works, a maximum of one artwork will be selected from any one artist. Entry fees are non-refundable.

If you have trouble submitting online, please note any error messages you receive, and send us an email at: info(at)nanaimoartscouncil.ca




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.