Abbotsford Arts Council

Promoting local artists since 1971

Open Calls

Canada Day - Main Stage Performers & Art Market Vendors

July 1st 2018

Performers Apply Here

Vendors Apply Here

Vendors - Berryfest Artisan Market

Saturday July 7th 2018 10am - 10pm

Application Here

Anonymous 2018

July 7th - August 7th 2018

The Anonymous Art Show Fundraiser showcases art that is submitted anonymously by various members of the community of all ages and skill levels to be featured and sold in a lightly juried exhibition in support of the arts. The show enables the community to support emerging artists and gives the buyer an opportunity to take home an artist’s original work at an affordable price!


Each piece displayed in the show is on a 12”x12”x1.5" canvas and will be sold at $100. 50% of the proceeds go right to the artist, and the remaining 50% stays with the Abbotsford Arts Council to help fund valuable programs like free community events, exhibition space, arts initiatives and much more! Purchased pieces are immediately taken off the wall and given to the purchaser. In its place, a sold tag will reveal the artist’s name. The Abbotsford Arts Council will announce each participating artist on Instagram @abbotsfordartscouncil as their work is sold.

Artist applications are being accepted until July 5th and are available HERE.

Jam In Jubilee 2018

We are now accepting applications for performers and vendors/food trucks for Jam In Jubilee 2018

Performer Application

Vendor/Food Truck Application

Say It With Flowers

August 11th - September 12th, 2018

Do you LOVE making art with Flowers? If so, this open call would be perfect for you!  The Abbotsford Arts Council is looking for local artists of all ages and skill levels to create art using diverse styles and range of different mediums; sculpture, metalwork, textiles, glass, painting, drawing, photography, print media, mixed media or even floral arrangements.

The Abbotsford Arts Council is pleased to announce this open call for Say It With Flowers. This exhibition will be a fundraiser for the Abbotsford Arts Council,  with half of the proceeds going directly towards participating artists.

The exhibition runs from August 11th –September 11th, 2018 at the Kariton Art Gallery and                                                               the opening reception will be held on Saturday August 11th, from 6 pm – 8 pm.

Who Can Apply?

•The Abbotsford Arts Council encourages artwork from ANYONE currently residing in B.C.’s Lower Mainland--artists, non-artists, children, etc. Children under the age of 19 must provide a parent or guardian signature.

How to Apply?

• Completed application forms including photo of works, can be submitted to the Kariton Art Gallery or emailed to Emma at

Deadline to Apply: July 15th 2018

2019 Gallery Exhibitions Applications

The Abbotsford Arts Council is currently accepting applications for the 2019 Gallery exhibitions. Submit concepts for a solo exhibition, group exhibition with your colleagues, school or as an organization. 
Online form may be found Here 
Download a printable document application here.
Submission deadline: Ongoing

Artist In Residence 
The Abbotsford Arts Council is accepting applications from local artists on an ongoing basis for its Artist In Residence Program. The residency is a self-directed program offering opportunities for artists to work in the secondary space of the Kariton Art Gallery. This program accommodates artists working in any discipline for the production of new or ongoing bodies of work. In exchange, artists will facilitate an outreach or education program for the local community, set weekly hours to interact with the public through their art, and may participate in an exhibit if deemed appropriate. 
Submission deadline: Ongoing

Looking for more artists opportunities? - Check out the Alliance For Arts Calls for Artists here.


Kariton Boutique - Ongoing intake for artisan's of the Fraser Valley to sell their wares in our boutique. 
Online fillable application may be found here, or download printable application here.