Image Competition 2021

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An Art Exhibition
Members Competition

In the Sun Star Online Gallery

Deadline for submissions:
5 p.m June 30th

Exhibition opens July 1st

Winners announced July 22nd

Every year, the Nanaimo Arts Council uses various images to advertise its programs. We want to support local artists by paying our members to use their artworks for this purpose.

To start this off, we are hosting a competition where members submit images for two of our programs. Members may submit up to two images for consideration. A selection committee of Board members and volunteers will choose two different images: one to represent the 2021 Downtown Nanaimo Artwalk, and one to represent the 2022 Islands Short Fiction Contest.

We will pay $250 for the right to use each selected image. Artists will retain their copyright and ownership of the artwork, and this will be a limited licensing agreement only.

Works entered into the contest may be for sale, provided the artist agrees to retain copyright of their work, and to license the image to the Nanaimo Arts Council should it be chosen.

– You may submit your work June 1st until 5 p.m. June 30th

– Artists may submit up to two images.

– Images must be 300 dpi and a minimum of 1200 pixels on one side

– There is no charge to enter your work

– This contest is for members only

All work will go on exhibition on or shortly after July 1st. Judging will take place by July 15th, and announced on Thursday, July 22nd.

The exhibition will close on July 31st.

We hope to hold this contest every year, to select new images for these and other programs.

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

This exhibition and promotional material contest has no entry fee, but is only open to members.

It's very easy to become a member, and you will receive access to many other benefits from membership! Simply click the button below, and fill out the form.

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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

  • 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.