Sooner or Later


  • Exhibition June 1 - 30 2016
  • Opening Event June 3 2016 / 7:00pm

Call for Submissions

submission form deadline Wednesday, April 27
delivery of submitted work to CVAG Wednesday, May 4 to Wednesday, May 18

Sooner or Later Submission Guidelines

The Comox Valley Art Gallery and the Comox Valley Community Arts Council invite you to participate in a community exhibition that celebrates our diverse creative community. We welcome current, past and historical local Comox Valley artists, writers, performers, collaborators, creative collectives and cultural thinkers to submit work for Sooner or Later, a thematic show that examines diverse representations of contemporary self-portraiture in all media.

Exhibition Theme: Contemporary Self Portraiture

Sooner or Later every artist makes a self-portrait. Self-portraits involve looking inward and/or looking out to the world around us, and this representation of self may change over time and in relation to shifting perspectives. Self-representation covers a wide range of territory and may reflect such things as historical, social, political or personal circumstances.

Independent or collaborative contributors may submit up to two works for the exhibition – one CURRENT self portrait (within the last three years) and one EARLY self portrait. Early may be interpreted as a representation of yourself made early in your creative practice or early in your life.

We welcome work in all media including, but not limited to: visual arts, time-based + media arts, print + written word, performance, site-specific, non-traditional formats, mobile and social media, experimental and interdisciplinary explorations. This may involve traditional or mixed processes, repurposing, upcycling or more hybrid creative approaches.

Contemporary Self-portraiture: What is my inspiration?

– Representations of identity, awkwardness, vulnerability, desensitization, empowerment and risk-taking;
– Opportunities for community storytelling, collaboration, choreography and autobiography;
– Declarations of self-existence, authorship, consciousness and unconsciousness;
– Explorations of body as material, randomness, control, mortality and immortality, concealing, and exposure;
– Expressions of past/present/future selves, desires, fantasies, self as signifier (personal, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, class, culture);
– Positioning self as protagonist/ antagonist;
– Connections in relation to place and/or placelessness