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 www.vancouverislandsymphony.com. 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.
SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS AND ELIGIBILITY
- Participation is open to the general public, to artists of all ages and levels.
- Submissions made by more than one artist (a group work) are acceptable.
- Applicants must listen to the publicly available recordings of any or all of the Pictures at an Exhibition movements and submit a work of art inspired by one movement. (See links below)
- Entries can be new or pre-existing.
- Artists must live and work on Vancouver Island, BC
- Each entry must be accompanied by a statement (100-word max) about the inspiration of the artwork in relation to the movement selected.
- Applicants can submit more than one piece of art for more than one music movement.
- Artwork must be 2-dimensional in nature (e.g. photos, painting, drawing, collages) and easily photographed.
- Artwork submitted must be considered 2-dimensional and easily displayed on easel, hung or on a stand.
- There is no size minimum or maximum.
- Any medium is acceptable.
- Artwork must be clearly labelled with artist’s name, and title (if applicable) and corresponding musical piece.
- Submissions will be received via email and include a submission form, including the artist’s statement, and a high-resolution picture of the artwork. One submission form shall be submitted per piece of artwork.
- Please see Image Requirements before submitting your work.
- Photo(s) should be around 500kb and should measure at least 1500 pixels on one side
- Acceptable format is JPEG
- Please include your work title and your name in the file name. e.g. title_artistname.jpg
- Image must be clearly in focus, well-lit and properly exposed
- Try to avoid including the frame (if applicable)
- Try to exclude as much of the background behind the artwork as possible.
The VIS’ reserves the right to refuse images if they do not meet these requirements. Selected artists will be responsible for organizing transportation of their work to and from the exhibition venue.
Check out these great tips from the Nanaimo Arts Council on how to photograph your work.
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
Contact the Vancouver Island Symphony at 250.754.0177 or email@example.com