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  • International Call To Artists

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    $2000 in Cash Prizes Annual International Mail in Art Exhibition For professional artists the rising..
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  • Call for Submissions: AIR

    Location: Calgary, AB

    The Alberta Society of Artists invites all Alberta artists (18 years of age..
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  • Call for Submissions: The Best of East Central Alberta

    Location: Drumheller, AB

    The Alberta Society of Artists invites all artists (18 years of age or..
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  • Call for Submissions: The Best of South Western Alberta

    Location: Lethbridge, AB

    The Alberta Society of Artists invites all artists (18 years of age or..
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  • …Everything Remains Raw: Photographing Toronto’s Hip Hop Culture from Analogue to Digital

    Location: Kleinburg, ON

    Dates: March 3 to October 21, 2018 Description: Archival photographs act as visual representations..
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  • Canada West Illustrators Group Show

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    Members of The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) represent a..
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  • TPH® Charitable Greeting Card Campaign - Call for Submissions

    Location: Toronto, ON

    For more than 25 years, The Printing House (TPH®) has produced seasonal greeting..
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  • Spring into Art

    Location: Calgary, AB

    The Calgary chapter of the Federation of Canadian Artists is hosting a juried..
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  • Whitby Art Show

    Location: Whitby, ON

    ABOUT Whitby Ribfest welcomes over 50,000 guests each year who enjoy a fantastic..
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  • Call for submissions; Norouz 1397

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Queen Gallery is seeking submissions for our upcoming group show, NOROUZ 1397 to..
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  • Into the Void Magazine Seeks Visual Art for Issue 8

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Award-winning print, digital & online Into the Void Magazine seeks visual art for..
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  • Call for Artists -

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for its 6th quarterly group online art competition. For..
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  • Call For Entries Small Works

    Location: Inverness, NS

    SMALL TREASURES, July 2018, an INTERNATIONAL juried small works show, all media, all..
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  • Become an Art Collector

    Location: Edmonton, AB

    To Become an art collector and get a beautiful print reproduction from original..
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  • 3rd Annual Open Juried Art Competition

    Location: Toronto, ON

    International Gallery of the Arts (IGOA) is looking for excellent pieces to feature..
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  • David Tycho | Fire and Rain

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    Tycho's abstract and expressionist landscapes document his 9,000 km journey from the coastal..
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  • Twitter Art Exhibit - Call to Artists

    Location: Canberra,

    OPEN TO ALL PROFESSIONAL & AMATEUR ARTISTS WORLDWIDE WORKING IN 2D MEDIUMS REQUIRED: Fill..
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  • Oil and Acrylic Painters

    Location: Toronto and Montreal, ON

    looking for portrait artist/painters that can paint dogs and people...
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  • FLORA - A Juried Exhibition Gallery in the Grove

    Location: Sarnia Bright's Grove, ON

    FLORA A Juried Exhibition Entry Deadline May 15, 2018 Exhibition June 3 -..
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  • 19th Birthday Party

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    NVCAC has partnered with Housing Matters Media Project to bring the 19th Birthday..
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  • National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society Spring Online International Exhibition

    Location: Windsor, ON

    INTERNATIONAL CALL Open to all artists 18 and over. This International Juried Online..
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  • Call for Submissions: JN EXPO 2018

    Location: Toronto and Montreal, ON

    OPEN SUBMISSIONS to WRITERS, PHOTOGRAPHERS & ARTISTS This years Jamaica National Expo is looking..
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  • Clarkson Society of Artists Show & Sale 2018

    Location: Mississauga, ON

    Annual show & sale of 38 talented local artists exhibiting original paintings in..
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  • Call for Artists - 2nd Annual

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for its 2nd Annual Colors online juried art exhibition..
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  • Call for Entries

    Location: Sarnia, ON , ON

    ARTZscape by the Bay Centennial Park, Sarnia ON August 18 & 19, 2018 ARTZscape..
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  • The Spirit Messenger Exhibition

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    Naoko Takenouchi has devoted most of her life to honing her craft as..
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  • Art Gallery of St. Albert Fundraiser: Light Up The Night

    Location: St. Albert, AB

    The 28th Annual Art Gallery of St. Albert Fundraiser: Light Up The Night..
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  • SCOPE BASEL 2018 APPLICATIONS OPEN!

    Location: Basel,

    SCOPE BASEL 2018 APPLICATIONS OPEN! THE EXHIBITION WILL TAKE PLACE FROM THE 13-17 JUNE..
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  • Art Exhibit

    Location: Okotoks, AB

    Turgor by Edmonton artist Daniel Evans is an exhibit of large-scale drawings exploring..
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  • Art Exhibit

    Location: Okotoks, AB

    Okotoks artist Manny Blair’s intention for this exhibit is to attempt the futile..
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  • The Artist's Lens

    Location: Calgary, AB

    The Artist’s Lens is an open themed exhibit presenting the best of film,..
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  • 6x6x2018

    Location: Rochester, NY

    Artists in Canada, we need you to participate in the International Small Art..
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  • Colour Blizzard

    Location: Saint John, NB

    THIS IS A YOUNG, MAGICAL ARTIST, Advait Kolarkar Happening: A ‘Colour Blizzard’, an exhibition..
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  • “Happiness” International Call For Artists and Writers by ArtAscent - Deadline February 28, 2018

    Location: Toronto, ON

    | Theme: Happiness. We all want it. We all have different ideas of..
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  • Film Screening: The Leisure Seeker - North Shore International Film Series

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    The Leisure Seeker was the nickname of the old RV used by Ella..
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  • The Chelsea International Fine Art Competition

    Location: New York, NY

    Break out and elevate your artist career! Gain exposure on the international stage!..
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  • Layne Verbeek & Sharon Thompson

    Location: Toronto, ON

    February 25 - March 10 Reception: Feb 25, 1 - 4 pm - Glass/..
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  • Symposium Bromont en Art 20th Anniversary 24,25,26 August 2018

    Location: Bromont, QC

    A gigantic open sky gallery with more than 1500 paintings. Come to Bromont, located..
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Art Vancouver, Hurry Deadline Approaching!

By January 29, 2018

4th Annual Art Vancouver Art Fair for Artists in Canada

In 2015 Artists in Canada decided to get out from behind the computer and cyberspace of the Internet and reach out to the serious emerging artist. It's not everyone that can stand the profession of an independent artist. Some days you feel like your feet never touch the ground and then there are days you wish you had a day job. There isn't much coasting time as an artist. You tend to work from grants and funding contracts, residencies, workshops, studio sales, commissions and if you are lucky you are part of an art gallery or galleries that promote and sell your art. These are rare occurances early in a career – as galleries do more sales on line these days – you can't just waltz into a gallery with your portfolio. Many galleries have reduced hours for public viewing of commercial shows, with art being presold online. This leaves bricks and mortar art galleries questioning why they have a building at all. When I travel to different cities, it personally frustrates me that galleries are quite often closed more than they are open. Not the same experience looking at art online.

If you are under 30 you better get your art life together, because by the time you are 40 you won't qualify for most grants and funding. Even the Sobey Art Awards, now $100,000 for the top prize, is for 40 and under. You need to make your mark early in your career, not so good for late starters or those who wait till they finish a career with a pension, then strike out as a full time artist. That doesn't mean you won't make it, but galleries take a hard look at you and your work before picking you up. Do they want to invest a lot of time in someone that will have a relative short career?

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Book your booth today!

If you are in Vancouver between April 19–23 make sure you stop in at Art Vancouver. If you are able to purchase a booth space, even share a space with a fellow artist, do it. As an artist you will need to invest in these types of opportunities to connect to the right people and galleries.

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As an emerging artist you will live from contract to contract or the odd commission, so remember to charge enough to sustain yourself. Art materials, food, overhead, travel, health insurance, disability insurance, life insurance, savings and a pension. Consider all these costs into doing those projects. Yes, you can have a Pension Plan as an independent artist. It all sounds a bit over whelming as you just want to make a living. You need to think differently if you are going to survive as an artist.

See PENSION PLAN DETAILS.

This week my HOROSCOPE read:

Talent creates opportunity. Opportunity creates talent. Neither are crutial to success. DESIRE IS THE MAGIC. Desire will bring you everything you need: talent, opportunity and the work ethic to keep going until you get there.

It's a bit like a fortune cookie wisdom, but has some merit. Work smarter, not harder and join Artists in Canada, the best deal for Canadian artists. Listing is free, membership is inexpensive.

I will talk more about this at Art Vancouver, drop by our booth and say hi.

Paul Constable, Director