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The Langley Arts Council is inviting BC-Based Portrait Artists to compete in the 2023 Portrait Artist of the Year Competition!

Deadline Extended : January 10th, 2023

Exhibition Dates: February 1st, 2023 - March 4th, 2023, at the Aldergrove Kinsmen Community Centre located at 26770 29th Ave, Aldergrove BC V4W 3B8.

Competition Date: Sunday, February 5th, 2023 from 9:00 - 3:30 PM

Artists are welcome to enter three works for consideration to the first round of judging through the application at the bottom of this page. To provide payment, please use the PayPal button below the application form or call the LAC Office at 604-534-0781 to complete your payment over the phone.

After applications are received, 9 artists will be chosen to compete in this live portrait painting competition. The rest of the artists will be showcased in the exhibition alongside the competition, please note space will be limited so all artists and all their submitted works may not be showcased.

To select the 9 artists participating in the completion, the LAC will use the process attached HERE.


This exhibition is open to artists who reside in B.C. Canada.

~ This call can only accommodate 2D artworks.

~ All artworks must be original, no photographs or prints, please.

~ Artists are welcome to submit 3 artworks for consideration and will receive a notice via email about the status of their submission after the show's submission deadline.

~ All artworks must be for sale, and any sales that take place during the duration of the exhibition must be facilitated through the LAC.

~ All artworks must remain hung for the duration of the exhibition.

~ Please ensure your work follows the LAC's definition of an 'Original Artwork'

Original artwork is created at the hand of the artist who is submitting the work. The creation process must be the effort of a single individual to convey their own personal interpretation of an image or multiple images. Submitting artists are allowed to use reference photos to inspire their work, but artists must use their own design and composition for the final artwork to be considered original.

~ 2D artwork must be suitably prepared for display. Artworks must be appropriately framed or stretched with finished sides and properly wired for hanging, using d-hooks and wire. The D hooks should be 4” from the top of the frame or 1/3 of the height of the frame. The stretched wire should be 2” below the top of the frame. The Langley Arts Council reserves the right to refuse any piece. Work not properly prepared may not be exhibited (consult with the LAC regarding any questions or special considerations before exhibition).

~ Submission fees are non-refundable.

About the Live Competition

The in-person portrait competition will take place on February 5th, 2023 from 9:00 - 3:30. The 9 chosen artists will be given two and a half hours to work on their portraits quietly without an audience. At 11:30 spectators will be invited into the Main Hall Gallery to watch the artists complete their works! Artists will continue to paint until 1:00 PM. Four hours after the start, bushes will be set down, the sitters we are able to view the portraits, and the judges will go around to take in the works. After the judges have deliberated, a top three will be chosen. One artist will be selected as the winner of this year's competition, and two others will receive honorable mention. The winning artist will receive a $100 OPUS Gift Card and $100 cash, the two artists awarded honorable mention will each receive $50 OPUS Gift Cards, and $50 cash. The other participating artists in the top 9 will each receive a $25 OPUS Gift Card for participating in the event. As a thank you to the sitters, each sitter will be awarded a portrait of themselves completed by one of the top 9 artists. The three artists whose works are chosen by the sitters to take home are going to be compensated with LAC membership for the year, and an exhibition opportunity alongside the two other artworks whose work is being taken home in one of the AIFS Gallery spaces in 2024!

Details For the Top 9 Artists

~ Top 9 artists will be provided with one 12" x 16" (canvas, linen, watercolor paper, or cradled panel) surface to paint or draw on. 

~ Top 9 artists will be provided with Kroma Acrylic Paints (black, white, red, blue, yellow), Oil Paints (black, white, red, blue, yellow), or watercolor paints (black, white, blue, red, yellow). Artists are welcome to bring more colours to work with if they choose. The LAC will not be supplying artists with Medium. If artists would like to use mediums in their live painting event they will be asked to bring their own.

~ Artists are asked to bring their own easel, brushes, and any other additional materials they may need to complete their work.

~ Please note: we will have 3 sitters for this event, and each sitter will have three artists painting their portraits.

More information will be provided to the Top 9 Artists after they have been selected.

Questions about the Exhibition or Competition? Please contact galleries@langleyarts.ca

To Apply please fill out the Application using the form below, complete the application in full, and hit submit before paying using the PayPal button below.  

If you have trouble submitting your application please email events@langleyarts.ca before midnight January 10th 2023. 

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