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Arts 2017: Reflections on Canada

A highlight during summer is the Arts Council of Surrey’s juried exhibition.

The Arts Council of Surrey presents the 33nd juried exhibition showcasing the diverse talents of established and emerging visual artists from across the Lower Mainland. In conjunction with Canada's 150th anniversary, artists have been invited to reflect upon themes central to our national conversation, such as the environment, diversity,  inclusion, youth, and reconciliation.

Artists will submit work that addresses Canadian identity, both now and in the future. Visitors will see a range of topics addressed in a variety of media, such as painting, drawing, sculpture, fabric arts, and photography.

If you are an artist interested in submitting to ARTS 2017, please visit our Calling All Artists page.

With a broad range of styles and themes, every ARTS exhibition is popular with locals and visitors alike, who are invited to vote for the People’s Choice Award that will be announced at the close of the exhibition. The show generates awareness of local artists’ work, and often plays an important role in emerging artists’ professional development. Each year, the jury is charged with nominating artworks to receive first, second, third, and honourable mention awards in the categories of:

  • Painting: Works on Canvas
  • Painting: Works on Paper
  • Drawing
  • 2-D Mixed Media & Printmaking
  • 3-D Works & Fibre Arts
  • Photography & New Media

Works will be selected for their technical skill, the demonstration of innovative artistic thinking, and the extent to which they address Canadian themes. ARTS 2017 is organized by the Arts Council of Surrey and presented with the assistance of Surrey Art Gallery.

ARTS 2017 will launch with an opening reception on Friday, June 23.