Call for Submission

Active Status Application Intake - November 2023-ll

ELIGIBILITY: To be eligible to apply for Active Status, applicants need to join the Federation of Canadian Artists as Supporting Members first and are required to have a membership that is valid until December 2023.


Before you start submitting please make sure to read carefully through the Submission Guidelines outlined below.




GENERAL INFORMATION: Artists are required to submit 10 images for jury for Active Status. According to FCA polices Active Status is granted if the majority of the works submitted are suitable for FCA shows. This means that at least 6 out of the 10 submitted images need to be suitable for FCA exhibitions. Consider picking examples that form a cohesive portfolio of subject matter or medium. Not a portfolio showing one's breadth of talent.


IMPORTANT: When starting your submission process, the system will ask you to specify the number of items you are going to submit. Please make sure to choose 10 items before you click on "Continue to Payment", as you won't be able to go back to that page, after you completed your payment.


APPLICATION FEE: The application fee is non-refundable and accepted in Canadian dollars only. The Active Status application fee is $15.00. 


HOW TO ENTER: Submissions are accepted online only. We use the same online system for Active Status applications, as we do for our calls for submission for FCA exhibitions. Click here to watch a video tutorial.


ALLOWED MEDIA: Acrylic, oil, watercolour, pastel, mixed media, graphite, ink, pen and pencil. Original hand pulled prints are eligible in runs of up to 200 in an edition. All artworks must be two dimensional.


EXCLUDED MEDIA: Photography, digital artworks, giclees (whether hand modified or not), three-dimensional works (sculptures) and mechanical reproductions.



  • The image must be a true copy of the original art work in values, intensity and colour.
  • File format must be JPEG (.jpg) only. Non-JPG files will NOT be converted by the Gallery.
  • Please ensure the image you upload is cropped so that only the painting/image is visible. Use a photo or image editing program to remove unwanted parts, such as frames or borders.

  • The minimum pixel size is 1500 on the longest side (for a portrait image, the height should be this size or greater, and for Landscape, the width will have to be that size or greater in pixels) at 300 ppi. We recommend a pixel size of 2000 pixels on the largest dimension (either height or width). 


JURYING: Images are reviewed independently online by three Signature Members of the FCA. All artists will receive email notifications of their results.


SUCCESS: If you are successfully juried into Active Status you will be contacted to pay the $30 Active Upgrade Fee to the Vancouver Head Office, which makes up for the difference between the annual Supporting membership fee of $65.00 and the annual Active Membership fee of $95.00. Once this fee is processed, your Active membership upgrade will be completed and the Active Status Package will be emailed to you. Active members must annually renew their membership in order to maintain their active status. 



Members who are not successful with their application for Active status will be given the opportunity to participate in a free online session where they can receive feedback on their work. The feedback will be provided by one of our Signature members familiar with how to give constructive feedback, giving you solid ideas on what the jurors are looking for and how to improve your art practice. We strongly encourage declined members to continue their artistic growth so they can successfully reapply in the future.



While using photos as 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. 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.

The FCA seeks to display artworks that are original examples of an artist's technical skill, ability to compose images, as well as to work creatively. Because of this, artwork created in courses and workshops are not eligible for submission to juried exhibitions.

All submissions that appear to be in violation of copyright law will also be rejected.


DELIVERY: Applications for Active Status are processed solely online. Please do not ship any of your artworks to the Federation gallery or office. 


SUBMITTING INFORMATION: Submissions must be completed by 11:59 AM on the closing date. Artists cannot change details on their submission after the deadline for entries has passed. Attempts to change submitted information such as titles, sizes, mediums and/or prices after the deadline will not be honored. The artist is responsible for ensuring that the information provided at the time of submission is correct. This includes the correct orientation for and clarity of, uploaded JPEG images. Only your artwork should appear in your image submission, no frames or backgrounds. Images submitted that are blurry, poorly cropped, display a background/frame, or are the wrong orientation will be declined.


FURTHER INFORMATION: When submitting, present images which reflect the strongest examples of your current body of work. Jurors look for works which contain a working understanding of the use of line, color, composition, perspective, shape, light, proportion and positive and negative space. Jurors are also looking to see evidence of progression and a desire to progress in your artistic practice, along with evidence of exploring, establishing and developing a personal style.


CONDITIONS: Submissions automatically constitutes the entrant’s acceptance of the guidelines and rules outlined on this page.


Phone the Federation Office at 604-681-2740 for assistance.




Members Only - Must be Logged In
Cost to Submit:
Entry Cost: CAN$15.00
Items 1-10: Included with Entry Cost
Maximum Items:
Submission Dates:
Submission deadline has passed! (Dec 1 2023 11:59 am PST)
You cannot currently make an online submission.