The Pictures Project Visual Art Entries

The Vancouver Island Symphony is pleased to announce the call for visual art entries for our exciting new community and education project Pictures at an Exhibition. The Pictures Project involves a new arrangement of Mussorgsky’s orchestral work Pictures at an Exhibition by BC’s own Jason Nett; a staged orchestra concert; an educational film featuring the VIS musicians and artistic staff; and the 10 winners of this community art competition.

A panel of jurors will select the works that it feels best exemplify Mussorgsky’s 10 movements in mood, colour, innovation, composition, perspective or subject. Ten shortlisted submissions will be displayed in a public showcase in Nanaimo, BC throughout April 2022 and at The Port Theatre prior to the performances on April 23-27, 2022. The digital version of the winning images may be used on stage during the concerts. One winning piece of art will be selected as the concert image to be used in print and online at The 9 short-listed artists will each receive a prize of $300 CDN and the Concert Image artist will receive $1,000 CDN.

Pictures at an Exhibition is a suite of ten pieces—plus a recurring, varied Promenade. Inspired by the works of his late artist friend Viktor Hartmann, Mussorgsky wrote these musical works after viewing Hartmann’s posthumous exhibition, with each of the ten numbers of the suite serving as a musical illustration of an individual work. This community art Call for Entries works in the opposite way: artists are asked to submit new or pre-existing works that are inspired by listening to Mussorgsky’s ten pieces of music. The Promenade and its variations are excluded from this project.

The call for entries is now closed. Winners will be announce March 15, 2022.


Oct 1, 2021                  Call for Entries Opens

Jan 16, 2022                Call for Entries closes (11:59PM PST)

Mar 1, 2022                 Artists are notified of jurors’ selections

Mar 15, 2022               Public announcement made of accepted artists

April 1-27, 2022           Artworks are on display in Nanaimo, BC – Location TBA

May 7, 2022                 Artworks pick up deadline


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