Artist Call for Extractions: Resources Through an Artistic Lens

January 05, 2022 - May 19, 2022


Coquitlam Heritage is seeking artwork for an upcoming exhibit to be held at Place des Arts in Coquitlam from April 1st – May 19th, 2022.

The abundance of natural resources in British Columbia has inspired artists for millennia. While landscapes are often represented for their beauty and grandeur, Extractions will feature work that highlights our use and/or abuse of land-based resources, such as mineral extraction, aquatic and land farming, and logging, both today and historically. The Gold Rushes, in British Columbia created wealth for some, but for others it destroyed eco-systems and generated pollution. The lumber industry supplies the world with wood, but at what cost to the environment? Fish farms may allow us to avoid the overfishing of wild salmon but what impact do they have on the land and waters around us?

Artworks can include, but are not limited to, depictions of natural resource extractions, your own extractions from nature, examinations of resource industry practices, or illustrations of an issue or idea regarding the description above.

Mediums can include, but are not limited to, photography, painting, drawing, collage, textile, mixed media, and sculpture.

Deadline for submissions is Friday January 21st, 2022 at 5pm.

Eligibility: Artists 18+

Entry guidelines:

·        Artists may submit up to three entries.

·        There is no entry fee.  

Size restrictions:

·        2D media: width up to 34 inches and height up to 36 inches

·        Sculpture: maximum 12 width x 12 height x 30 length

Photo Publicity Rights: Coquitlam Heritage and Place des Arts reserve the right to reproduce the submitted images for promotional use during the length of the exhibit and beyond

Compensation: Coquitlam Heritage is pleased to provide artist fees for this exhibition in accordance with CARFAC recommendations. Exact compensation amounts will be outlined in the artist contract prior to the exhibit.

Artwork Drop-off: Details about drop-off and return of art will be provided via email after submission and approval.

Notification of Acceptance: Selected artists will be notified as soon as possible. We appreciate all submissions, but only selected artists will be contacted.

Contact: If there are any questions or concerns about submissions or the exhibit contact Heritage Manager, Exhibits Tannis Koskela at or (604) 516-6151.

Submissions Deadline
January 21, 2022

January 05, 2022 - May 19, 2022
12:00 am

Place des Arts
1120 Brunette Avenue
Coquitlam, Canada, V3K 1G2