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2021 Call for Submissions | Beaux Arts

Updated: Apr 21

A Celebration of the Sculptural form in Metal

Please note that this call for entry has been changed to clarify and expand the scope of the original call, and that we have extended the Beaux-Arts deadline for application to January 15, 2021. Read the memo here.

Call for Entry:

Vancouver Metal Arts Association in partnership with the Italian Cultural Centre Gallery (ICC) will host a juried metal arts group exhibition for April of 2021. The Vancouver Metal Arts Association and the ICC Gallery are seeking metal artists who are willing to explore (figuratively and literally) the stylistic theme of Beaux Arts.

Beaux arts strive to merge classical forms with non-traditional use of materials, methods and technologies. In essence, this exhibition seeks metal artists who are willing to bridge, and meld, the world of the traditional with the new and innovative. The year 2021 marks the 150th birth anniversary of Italian-Canadian artist Charles Marega, whose work is characterized by his devotion to this artistic practice and perspective.

Update (December 2, 2020): ICC and VMAA are very pleased to announce that we will be able to offer CARFAC artist fees to those accepted for exhibition.

Update (November 9, 2020): While the theme of Beaux-Arts goes hand-in-hand with the legacy of Marega, who is one of its most celebrated exponents, VMAA and the Italian Cultural Centre recognize that some of his works, which include the iconic lions of Vancouver's Lions Gate Bridge and the statue of George Vancouver outside Vancouver City Hall, were raised as monuments on traditional, ancestral and unceded Indigenous land, and may serve as unwelcome symbols. This a catalyst for dialogue, and we would like to invite artists inspired by these themes, and who have explored it in their work, to likewise submit them for exhibition.

We hope the extended deadline of January 15 gives artists some more time and space to explore our exhibition themes. The 2021 exhibition will take place from April to June 2021. Please join us for this festival dedicated to the sculpture form, big and small, in celebration of an art movement that has inspired landmarks and monuments the world over.


Entry Deadline: 15 January 2021 (extended from 15 November 2020)

Exhibition Dates: April–June 2021

Opening Reception: early April 2021

Terms of Application:

  1. This is a VMAA Group Exhibition. If selected for the exhibition, you must hold a current membership. If you are not a current member, you may apply via

  2. We accept submissions accepted through Slideroom (application fee is US$20 ):

  3. Artists may apply with up to three pieces per submission

  4. One submission per artist

  5. Submissions may not have been previously exhibited by the VMAA

Accepted Works:

  • All works must include return pre-paid shipping and be packaged in re-usable materials for return. Artists outside of Canada may submit, but please note that we will only accept works shipped from within Canada, therefore artists will be responsible for making those arrangements themselves.

  • Any works received late, damaged in shipping, do not match submitted photos or show poor craftsmanship may be refused for exhibition.

  • Additional information, including artist fee payment schedules, will be outlined in the artist contract.

Please direct any questions or inquiries to:

1 Comment

Christine Pedersen
Christine Pedersen
Oct 22, 2020

Will VMAA accept working drawings and stills of pieces/components under preparation for this application? I am working on a very complex piece (including porcelain, currently drying) and will not have final images available for Nov 15. Thanks, C.

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