Call for Submission

Nanaimo Chapter: Nanaimo Fine Art Show

The Nanaimo Fine Arts Show is returning for 3 days at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre November 4-6, 2022, where our Chapter’s best works will be on display. This is a qualifying call for entry, acceptance into this exhibition will constitute one point toward Signature Status applications with the Federation of Canadian Artists.


The FCA will host our online exhibition concurrently, as well as through Nov. 20th.


Participants are required to have current membership in good standing with the FCA; as well as be a registered member of the Nanaimo, Arrowsmith or Victoria FCA. (Sign up at if not already a member).

The show theme is open. All works must be completely finished, dry, with proper sturdy wiring, ready to hang. Waivers must be signed at drop-off.

First Prize $500
Second Prize $350
Third Prize $150

3- Honourable Mentions receive $50 gift certificate from Iron Oxide

On site voting for People’s Choice Award, presented Nov. 6th

Contact Show Chair, Brenda Brown 250 751 5589 if you have questions.

Note: Alternate drop off arrangements to be made by phoning Brenda Brown at
250 600 7233 prior to Nov. 3rd


FCA Guidelines:

To enter this exhibition, you must be an Active or Signature member in good standing with the Federation of Canadian Artists in Vancouver and the hosting Chapter for 2022. Renew your Federation Membership at, call 604-681-2740, or email Membership renewals for your Chapter must go through your Chapter directly.


Supporting members are not permitted to enter Chapter exhibitions.


Artwork that wins an award in any FCA exhibition may not be entered into any other Federation exhibition, except when the first exhibition was a Chapter exhibition and the following exhibition is a National Open Exhibition or an exhibition held at the Federation Gallery. 


If you have already successfully submitted artwork to an exhibition hosted by this Chapter, (the piece was included in some capacity, either live at a venue or in an online gallery), you cannot submit the same piece to a different exhibition hosted by the same Chapter, again.


Copyright and Standards


The following excerpt is taken from the Federation Policy Manual:

"7.1.5 While using photos as a reference for painting is a long-held accepted practice, making substantive use of stock imagery or photos taken by professional photographers is not permissible, even with their permission. Photographs by professional photographers are considered artworks in and of themselves. Reference photos must be taken by the artist themselves or provided to them by an amateur photographer with their express consent. Stock images may only be referred to for anatomical study and must be incidental to the completed artwork to be permissible".


While an artist may have paid a licensing fee or retrieved explicit written permission that places them on the right side of copyright laws, Federation Standards do not permit the use of stock photography or reference material from another artist - even with permission or paid licensing. 


Federation Standards are different than copyright laws, submitting artists must adhere to both to avoid being removed from the exhibition - if in doubt about the source material of your artwork - do not submit it.


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Please watch the tutorial video here if you need assistance with your digital upload. Do not leave submitting until the last minute. We recommend submitting as early as possible, artists submitting at the last minute will not be able to receive the assistance they need. All entry fees are non-refundable.


You cannot edit or add to your number of entries once you have started your submission.


Chapter Show Submissions are subject to the general Federation of Canadian Artists Submission Requirements, found in the policy manual.


Member Type Required:
Members in the "Arrowsmith, Nanaimo and Victoria Chapter" group of Federation of Canadian Artists, "Active" members of Federation of Canadian Artists, "AFCA" members of Federation of Canadian Artists, "SFCA" members of Federation of Canadian Artists
Cost to Submit:
Entry Cost: CAN$15.00
First item included with Entry Cost
Items 2-5: CAN$10.00 per item
Maximum Items:
Submission Dates:
Submission deadline has passed! (Oct 1 2022 11:59 pm PDT)
You cannot currently make an online submission.