In light of the recent changes due to the Covid-19 outbreak, we have made some adjustments! With social gatherings paused for the foreseeable future, we have pivoted our 50th celebration from a physical exhibition in the Deer Lake Gallery to a print and digital publication. We are still accepting submissions but instead of a show, your work will be published! Because of that, we are opening up the submissions to not just visual arts, but also written and any other forms that are suitable for print publications! The topic remains the same, and this is the perfect time to dive into Heritage Burnaby’s online archives. 

Call for Artists

In 50 years, Burnaby has grown to become a unique city. We are no longer just Vancouver’s next-door neighbor. The culture here has been shaped and reshaped by experiences, events, and action by the diverse individuals and communities that reside here. We want to be able to share that through the lens of the artist. 

The Burnaby Arts Council is celebrating its 50 year anniversary of being a platform for arts and culture in the city of Burnaby. Our mission is to create a diverse presence for the arts in the city and inspire the creative minds in everyone.

For our 50th year, we want to spark conversation about this community and uncover Burnaby’s journey in the past 50 years. Where did we come from? Where are we going now? How did we get here? 
We are inviting artists to contribute their perspectives to this retrospective. If you’re inspired by the city in some way, we want to be able to showcase that at this upcoming exhibition in May. If you’re still looking for inspiration, we recommend diving into Heritage Burnaby and drawing ideas from the vast historical archives. We accept all types of mediums, from 2D to 3D, or even 4D (?!). Share your ideas with us no matter what stage it’s at. We’re marking our 50th year with a celebration of the arts in Burnaby!

To apply, please complete the Online Submission Form below, which will ask for the following information:

  • Name
  • Contact information
  • Artist’s Bio
  • Artist’s Statement
  • CV/Resume
  • Works (in progress, or completed) submitted for the show
  • Portfolio

The deadline for submissions is May 14th, 2020 at 11:59 pm. Works will be juried by the BAC and successful applicants will be contacted.


  • Contact Information

    •  Artist Bio - Briefly describe yourself as an artist
    •  Artist Statement - Briefly describe the work that you are submitting
    •  CV/Resume
    Accepted file types: jpg, jpeg, gif, png, pdf.

  • Uploading your work

    Below are 3 options for uploading your works. Please choose the one that suits the medium of your artwork. Please note that photos of work must be of high quality for print use (200dpi or higher).
  • Please title images in the following format: ArtistName_Title_Medium.jpg
    e.g. JoeSmith_Retrospective_Acrylic-on-canvas.jpg
    Drop files here or
    Accepted file types: jpg, jpeg, gif, png, pdf.
  • Please title images in the following format: ArtistName_Title_Medium.jpg
    e.g. JoeSmith_Retrospective_Acrylic-on-canvas.jpg
    Drop files here or
    Accepted file types: doc, docx, pages, pdf, mp3, mov, mp4.
  • By submitting this form, you agree to the terms below: You represent and warrant that the work being submitted is the original product of your own creative efforts, and to the best of your knowledge does not infringe upon, or violate, any right, including the copyright, in any other artistic work or subject matter of any other person. If selected, you agree to have your artwork posted on the Burnaby Arts Council website and other media for publicity purposes. If selected, you shall agree to have your works printed or displayed digitally in the publication. You understand that submissions received without all of the items required and without the proper file naming format will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed by the adjudication committee. The BAC reserves the right to select artists and/or a group of artists that they think support the theme. The BAC does not offer an artist fee for exhibitions at the Deer Lake Gallery, but artists have the opportunity to sell their works. With regards to publication, featured artists will receive proper credits and a free copy of the print edition.