Simultaneity: Pop-up Exhibit and Art Market - Open Call for Artist Submissions

We acknowledge that the land on which we gather is the traditional and unceded territory of the Stó:lō peoples. The Stó:lō have an intrinsic relationship with what they refer to as S’olh Temexw (Our Sacred Land); therefore, we express our gratitude and respect for the honour of living and working in this territory.

Simultaneity: Pop-Up Exhibit + Art Market will feature a display of art in a range of diverse aesthetics, creative practices, and mediums submitted by members of the Lower Mainland who self-identify as part of LGBTQ 2S+ and allied community who experience, or their art expresses, interesectionality.

Applicants may submit their work online or in person starting on June 10th, 2019. Accepted artwork is to be delivered to the Kariton Art Gallery on July 12th or 13th between the hours of 11:00-4:00 p.m. Artwork must be finished / in display condition with d-rings/wire attached at the time of delivery. No submissions will be accepted after July 13th.

Artwork will be displayed on a 2’ x 4’ pegboard, and must be able to hang on small hooks. Smaller pieces may be displayed in proximity with other artists, and the AAC Gallery Co-ordinator & team reserve the right to make executive decisions regarding exhibition layout and arrangement. Please inform our team if your work requires special display instruction.

Artists may submit multiple pieces, however as the total exhibition space is limited to a 20’ x 10’ area, the Gallery Co-ordinator and team will assign layout accordingly. 

Simultaneity will be on display at Jubilee Park in downtown Abbotsford at Jam in Jubilee on Thursday, July 18th, 2019 from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m., and a second showing will be displayed at Fraser Valley Pride Celebration on Saturday, July 20, 2019 from 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. The show + market presents a great opportunity for the local community to support emerging LGBTQ 2S+ and allied artists, and encourages active participation with a goal to strengthen a sense of creative citizenship among participants and the public.

Sale of Artworks - 60% of the total amount will go to the artist, with 40% being split evenly between the Abbotsford Arts Council and Fraser Valley Youth Society (Fraser Valley Pride).

Application forms are available for download below or at the Kariton Art Gallery. (Hours are Tuesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.) This application is free. It is encouraged that artists become members of the Abbotsford Arts Council, but not mandatory for this exhibit.

For more information please contact the Abbotsford Arts Council by phone at 604-852-9358, or email your inquiry to Renée at Again, all provided information will be kept confidential without your express permission otherwise.


The primary focus of Simultaneity is to create an opportunity in our community for the display and sale of artworks by LGBTQ 2S+ and allied identifying visual artists from all walks of life - with equality of representation and a diversity of voices. We would like to communicate that curatorial preference will be given to people who identify as LGBTQ 2S+, who also face exclusion and/or other barriers while living as part of marginalized groups. This is directly in relation to the title of this exhibition; ‘Simultaneity’, in recognizing that these persons live simultaneously as LGBTQ/2S+ identifying and Indigenous, non-white, non-Euro-American, women, and feminist artists. This communication also includes transfolks, and persons with disabilities, or other forms of intersectionality with the aim to include experiences of people who are subject to multiple forms of oppression within society.

The title ‘simultaneity’ is a call to the work of pioneers in intersectional feminist theory; the concept was realized and named in the 1970’s by members of the Combahee River Collective in Boston, Massachusetts. [You can read the Combahee River Collective Statement here. Members of this group simultaneously lived their lives with the multifacted and interconnected influences of race, class, gender, and sexuality informing their lives and practices; they experienced these factors not in singularity, but in simultaneity. 

As articulated by Maura Reilly [Curatorial Activism: Towards an Ethics of Curating, ©2018 Maura Reilly.] curators have a responsibilty to address issues of discrimination directly through “...initiatives that are leveling hierarchies, challenging assumptions, countering erasure, promoting the margins over the center, the minority over the majority, as well as positing curatorial “strategies of resistance,” provoking intelligent debate, disseminating new knowledge, which, in the end, offers up signs of hope and affirmation.”

We follow in the footsteps of those who have fought for equality through decades of postcolonial, feminist, anti-racist, and queer activism and theorizing. There is still much work to be done, and as such we aim to be fully inclusive in our artistic endeavours - seeking equality and equity in gallery representation and our walk through the art world.