conditions of entry

The intent of the Salt Spring National Art Prize is to encourage artists whose practice demonstrates originality, quality, integrity and creativity, resulting in significant work with a real visual impact and depth of meaning.

The conditions of entry listed below are for information purposes only. Entries for the 2015 Salt Spring National Art Prize are now closed.

key dates

  • Online Entries begin 15 January 2015
  • Online Entries close 31 May 2015
  • Entrants notified by 6 July 2015
  • Gala Opening of Finalist Exhibition 25 September 2015
  • Exhibition open daily from 26 September – 26 October 2015
  • Winners announced at Gala Awards Night – 24 October 2015



Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents aged 19 years and over (as of 31 May 2015) living and working in Canada.


  • 2 dimensional and 3 dimensional contemporary art in any medium except new media, which cannot be accommodated in the exhibition space
  • Entries must be the original, unaided work of the entrant
  • Entries must have been completed after 30 November 2013 (18 months prior to the entry deadline)
  • Entries must not have been previously exhibited in any regional or national juried exhibition
  • Entries must be available for display, and for sale, for the entire duration of the exhibition
  • A commission of 25% will be deducted from the sale price of all works sold
  • Substitutions will not be permitted

Entrants may submit up to three works for adjudication, however only one work may be selected for exhibition. Each work submitted constitutes a separate entry. Please complete a separate online entry form for each work entered.

artwork specifications

2 dimensional

  • Work must not exceed 48″ wide (122 cm) x 60″ high (152 cm) x 4″ deep (10 cm) including frame
  • Multiple panel work is considered a single entry. Combined panels must not exceed 48″ wide (122 cm) x 60″ high(152 cm) x 4″ deep (10 cm)
  • Original prints and photographic prints must be numbered, in limited editions
  • Work must be completely dry. Work with wet paint or varnish will not be accepted
  • Work must be framed (a stretched canvas or cradled panel is considered framed)
  • Work must be fitted with D rings appropriate for the weight of the work, 4 inches (10cm) from the top of the work

3 dimensional

  • Work must not exceed 48″ long (122 cm) x 48″ wide (122 cm) x 78″ high (198 cm)
  • Weight of work must be indicated on entry form
  • Cast works must be numbered, in limited editions
  • Work must be ready for installation (pedestals will be provided if required)

The Exhibition Coordinator must be notified in advance if an unconventional method of presentation or hanging is required.

The Salt Spring Arts Council (SSAC)/Salt Spring National Art Prize (SSNAP) reserve the right to determine the most appropriate method for displaying work. Where the work can be considered a health hazard, or other physical risk to any members of the public, or in breach of Occupational Health and Safety and/or Workers Compensation guidelines, the SSAC/SSNAP reserve the right to withdraw work for selection.

photographic release

Entrants will allow the SSAC/SSNAP to reproduce their work by print and electronic media for the purpose of advertising and promoting the Salt Spring National Art Prize.

pre-selection and adjudication

An independent jury will pre-select approximately 50 entries from digital images to determine the finalists, followed by an in-situ viewing of finalist works to determine the award winners. Should there be a large number of entries, the organizers reserve the right to establish a short list prior to the jurying procedure.

Entries must meet the prize Conditions of Entry. Work that does not meet requirements will not be adjudicated.

Inclusion in the exhibition is at the sole discretion of the jurors and their decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into.

Following the pre-selection process, all entrants will be advised of the outcome, and those artists invited to participate in the exhibition will receive further advice.

If you have questions about the conditions of entry, please email: