The BAC has a mandate to reach out to and engage with community in many ways. It exists first and foremost as a hub for artists across all disciplines. The goal of the BAC is to support the Burnaby arts community by creating exhibition and performance opportunities, educating artists and community members and engaging art lovers in the programming that we provide. We seek to reinforce the idea that the arts contribute significantly to the quality of life in Burnaby. 

Artists are invited to submit original artwork for the “Changing Horizons: Art and Our Ecological Footprint” exhibit running on the Burnaby Arts Council website from January 2nd to March 6th, 2021. While the Deer Lake Art Gallery is closed for renovations, we will be hosting this online exhibition to give artists a digital platform to continue showcasing their work to the public. As this is an online exhibition and we will not be limited by space, distance or equipment we have opened up submissions to artists residing anywhere in British Columbia. We invite artists working with any media including painting, photography, mixed media, sculpture, ceramics, wood, metal work, installation, music, dance, and poetry to submit work that explores the intersection between art and environment. 

What is the role of art in solving the climate crisis? Is it best used to highlight the beauty and importance of the natural world, or should art be a device that teaches the viewer how to respond to environmental challenges? Artwork submitted for “Changing Horizons: Art and Our Ecological Footprint” should focus on exploring how art can be used to shape our experiences and beliefs around climate change. This can be work that uses the environment as its inspiration, that focuses on the fate of our planet through a political lens, or possibly even offers solutions to the climate crisis. 

Submission Deadline: Friday, December 11, 2020.

Eligibility: British Columbia residents. All work must be original and must be submitted by the artist who created it. 

Categories: Open but not limited to painting, photography, mixed media, sculpture, ceramics, wood, metal work, installation, music, dance, and poetry.

Size: As this will be a solely digital exhibition, the size of the work will not matter but we will be looking for very high quality images of the artwork. 

Sales: The work will not be for sale through the BAC, if we do receive inquiries about the work we will forward their contact information to the artist. 

Membership: You do not need a current BAC membership to apply. Non-members will have 1 piece selected for the exhibition, members will have 3 pieces selected. 

Application checklist:

  • A short bio (200 – 500 characters)
  • Resume/CV
  • An artist statement that provides a brief introduction to your practice and a description of the works you are submitting for consideration.
  • Images of the proposed artworks attached as jpg files (max. 10)
  • Image list including title, medium, size dimensions, and year of each piece

Submit your application at the form below. We encourage applications from everyone, including but not limited to women, Indigenous peoples, visible minorities, people with disabilities and persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities. 

For any questions, e-mail us at info@burnabyartscouncil.org

We thank all applicants for their interest and will contact you through e-mail with the results!

Featured photo: Fairy Bonsai by Adam Gibbs from our 2015 exhibition, Photographic Convergences.

Call for Submissions - Changing Horizons

  • Contact Information

  • Exhibition Proposal

    •  Artist(s) Bio - Briefly describe yourself as an artist
    •  CV/Resume
    •  Image list including title, medium, size dimensions, and year of each piece
    Accepted file types: jpg, jpeg, gif, png, pdf.


  • Uploading your work

    Below are 3 options for uploading images and samples your works. Please choose the one that suits the medium of your artwork. You are not required to submit one of each. Please note that images 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 files in the following format: ArtistName_Title_Medium.jpg
    e.g. JoeSmith_Retrospective_Acrylic-on-canvas.mov
    Drop files here or
    Accepted file types: doc, docx, pages, pdf, mp3, mov, mp4.
  • If you would like to share a link to a Dropbox, YouTube, or other type of file sharing formats to your work, submit the links here. Please ensure file sharing is enabled or else we won't be able to view your work!
  • 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.