The Comox Valley Art Gallery is committed to supporting research, creation, presentation, collaboration, dissemination of contemporary art and cultural practice. The Gallery provides programming opportunities in all disciplines; encourages diverse public engagement; promotes awareness of contemporary art; and provides adjunct learning opportunities. CVAG engages with regional, national and international communities to present contemporary art issues and practices.

CVAG welcomes proposals from artists, curators, collectives and community on an ongoing basis each year. All submissions are acknowledged when received and are reviewed at the end of each calendar year.

CVAG presents four to five curatorial programs annually consisting of exhibition projects, screenings, creative residencies, research engagement events and production projects in all media. The gallery activates diverse interior and exterior presentation spaces and formats to support the convergence of presentations in 2D | 3D | Media | Live Art | Hybrid Research + Creation Residencies, both offsite and onsite.

The Comox Valley Art Gallery pays CARFAC fees. Where funding permits, a portion of one-way travel/shipping, accommodation and per-diem are provided. CVAG produces printed and digital material to promote and engage audiences including invitations, media releases and didactics. All projects are documented digitally and in other media as appropriate – this source material is available to participants for their archive. Selections of documentation are housed on the CVAG website and posted to the gallery’s Facebook page regularly.

CVAG’s spaces include the South Gallery, George Sawchuk Media Gallery, Media Window + Gallery Plaza, and CVAG HUB gallery: Comox Valley Art Gallery Floor Plan PDF


Submission Components:

  • Cover letter with your contact information (mailing address, email address, website, phone contact)
  • Artist and/or Curatorial Statement (1 page max)
  • Project Description/Intention for presentation (2 page max)
  • Curriculum Vitae for all participants (3 page max each)
  • Image list (title, dimensions, dates, media)
  • Other relevant support material
  • Equipment list and/or specialized technical requirements
  • Schedule of activities (if applicable)
    – Compile items 1-8 into one PDF document and label with your full name_submission.
  • Support material can include digital images (20 max, 1024 x 768, 1 MB each max) and/or time-based work (15 min max).
    – Images must be numbered, titled and correspond to the image list (example: 01_title.jpg) or
    – You may compile your JPEGs into one PDF file and label this with your full name_support material.
    – Time-based work may be submitted as .mov, .mp4, .avi or a private link to YouTube, Vimeo or Flickr.

*If you are submitting a combination of images and time-based work, include 10 images and 10 min of time-based work maximum.

CVAG encourages digital submissions by email or by shared Dropbox invite:

You will be sent an email confirmation of your application.

Call 250.338.6211 or email if you require other assistance regarding your submission.


The Comox Valley Art Gallery provides artists and communities with space to engage in independent arts-based research, activations, creative exploration of materials and process, community relations, and concept development through:

CVAG Next Door ­– an independent creative research residency opportunity for deep and sustained artistic inquiry during periods that are two – six weeks in length. CVAG provides residence accommodation with a working space and access to the CVAG toolshed. Participants cover residence related costs. This opportunity is open to artists and curators engaged in contemporary interdisciplinary art practice. More information and applications can be found on the CVAG Next Door page and at

CVAG Project Room Studio – a creative research opportunity situated throughout the gallery that offers artists dedicated time and space to do their work. Projects may be self-directed or woven into the gallery’s thematic programming as preparatory inquiry and development for future exhibition work.  Occasionally, artists will open their space to community, informally or for specific events. Project Room Studio events are posted in the CVAG e-news, on CVAG’s web and social media sites. Click here to learn more about Project Room Studios.


Throughout the year, calls are put out for participation in the Youth Media Project, the SHOP:MADE winter market, and special programs at CVAG.