Artist FAQ

Q. How do I enter?

Go to Artist tab and click to see the drop down menu.  All entry information can be found under the headings:  The Entry Process, Call to Artists, Submission Guidelines and the Entry Form as a printable PDF. 

Q. How many pieces can I enter?

Up to 3 pieces.

Q. What does it cost to enter?

$16 for each piece entered; two pieces for $32, three pieces for $48.

Q. Do I have to pay more if my piece is accepted into the Show?

Yes.  The Display Fee for accepted art is $37 per piece; two pieces $78, three pieces $111.

Q. Do I need to send digital images of the work?

No.  All entered artwork must be brought in for Adjudication in September for the Jurors to physically view.

Q. Do you accept photography?


Yes.  Go to Artists tab, click on Submission Guidelines for further information.

Q. Can a woodworker, jeweler, potter, fibre artist or other 3D artist enter?

Yes.  All mediums are accepted for Adjudication.

Q. Where can I find information about Submission Guidelines?

Go to Artists tab, click on Submission Guidelines.

Q. What is the deadline for entries?

Entries MUST be received by July 13, 2018 including completed entry form and payment.  Late entries will not be accepted.

Q. When will I be contacted once I have sent in my entry?

All artists who have entered will receive an Information Package in the mail by July 31.  This package will contain specific forms for you to fill in identifying each piece of work you have entered and instructions for Adjudication.

Q. When and where is Adjudication?

September 9 – 12, 2018 at the Mary Winspear Centre, 2243 Beacon Avenue in Sidney.  All entered pieces must be brought in on Sunday, September 9 from 10 am – 4 pm.

Jurors view the art September 10 & 11.  All art must be picked up on Wednesday, September 12 from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

Q. How does adjudication work?

Each of the three Jurors views each piece individually and scores it from 1 – 5.  Aggregate scores are then tallied from each Juror’s score sheet for each Art Identification number.  Jurors confer as a group to choose the Prize winners.

Q. Is framing important?

Yes.  Professional presentation is required.  Entered artwork must be ready for display with proper hanging system in place.

Q. What prizes are presented?

Best In Show, Best Work on Canvas or Board, Best Work Paper or Under Glass, Best 3-Dimensional, Best Photograph/Digital Media, Award for Innovative Work, Show Designer’s Award and six Jurors’ Choice Awards.

Q. What is the price allowed for an entered piece?

In 2018, the minimum price has been changed to $250.  Artists set the prices for their pieces.  The Show does not adjust the price of accepted art from what appears on the Art Identification form.

Q. If my work is accepted for the Show, where do I bring it and when?

Accepted art in-take is on Tuesday, October 9 from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm at the Mary Winspear Centre, 2243 Beacon Avenue in Sidney.

Q. If my work sells, is there a commission?

Yes.  The Show charges a 25% commission on sales calculated on pre-tax price.

Q. What if I have a GST number?

Fill in your GST number on the Entry Form and include the GST in the price of your artwork.  You are responsible for remitting the GST to Canada Revenue.

Q. Do you charge tax on art sales?

Yes.  PST is added at the Sales desk.  The Show remits the PST to the provincial government.

Q. My pieces are in limited editions. Can I sell them all at the Show?

No.  Only the edition exhibited in the Show may be sold.  Please read Submission Guidelines.

Q. Can I sell my work directly to a visitor who has seen it in the Show?

You of course may arrange a sale after the Show closes.  However, please note we depend on revenue from sales commissions to off-set the costs of displaying the artwork on your behalf. 

Q. Who is invited to Opening Night?

Patrons and Sponsors are invited to the Preview Reception.  All Artists with work accepted into the Show are invited to the Awards Ceremony in the Charlie White Theatre at Mary Winspear Centre and may bring one guest.  This is followed by a general reception for Artists, guests and Volunteers.

Q. Can I sell cards and other merchandise at the Show?

No.  We do not have a gift shop.

Q. Can I demonstrate my work during the Show?

Yes.  Demonstration times are scheduled in one-hour slots.

Q. I need further information.

Please contact us at [email protected]