ART AT THE LIBRARY

New Westminster Public Library provides space for art exhibits reflecting the diverse cultural interests of the community. We currently offer an accessible space for artists working in two-dimensional media, such as painting, drawing or photography on our 2nd floor, Upstairs Art Space.

Currently showing – July 2021
Coming soon – August 2021

KRISTY SHANDAL – Inside Euphoria
Burnaby-based artist Kristy Shandal recently graduated from Emily Carr University of Art and Design. She works mainly with oil paints on canvas, with thick layers that create a dream-like feeling in her work. Kristy’s paintings are quick illustrations of moments of time, like memories. They are imperfect reflections of routine habits, remembrances of a year spent at home – a place both of sanctuary and isolation.

Kristy Shandal – Accessible Audio Description

DOMINIQUE NORVILLE – Observe the Stars

In Observe the Stars, Vancouver-based artist, Dominique Norville, uses collage to explore the idea of misremembered places, myth creation, and dreams. Through juxtaposing multiple time frames and places in the same plane, new memories and reality can be created. Her work draws on family history, displacement, and reconstructed memories and realities, often exploring intriguing relationships between advertising and feminism, the built environment and the natural world, and humans and animals.

MICHAL FEDELES – Nature in the City – June 2021

A photography enthusiast since childhood, Michal Fedeles takes delight in long walks with his camera, in New West and beyond. Often abstract, but sometimes literal, he seeks solitude in nature’s company, capturing moments of being in the now. His photographs show inner experiences painted with light and textures.

Michal Fedeles – Accessible Audio Description

ANGUS AND CALLUM COWAN – March 2021
Angus & Callum Cowan are brothers and young artists from New Westminster, BC. Their exhibit is titled, “Free Flow”, and is a collection of pieces made in 2020 using a variety of techniques, including paint, collage and drawing.

NUHA AL-QATAWNEH – February 2021

Trained as an accountant, Nuha Al-Qatawneh is now a professional artist. She believes in a universalist and populist approach to art – that everyone should have a chance to express themselves with a brush and colours. Through her art, she aims to show how different shades of colours have deep meanings and can have positive effects on our lives.

LARYSA FEDARAVA – January 2021

Born in Belarus, Larysa has been a New Westminster resident for over 10 years. She is fond of three types of ART: her occupation in Assisted Reproduction Technology, martial Arts and the Art of painting.

Her artwork focuses mainly on animals, birds, and sometimes people, using acrylic and pallet knives to show movements and emotions with bold colours. Though Larysa considers herself an amateur, she has had a few shows in Vancouver and Surrey, and looks forward to more!

STEVE VANDEN-EYKELDecember 2020
For almost twenty years, lifelong New Westminster resident and itinerant photographer, Steve Vanden-Eykel has been capturing stunning panoramas of British Columbia, and beyond. He takes to the back roads whenever he gets the chance, looking for beautiful things to point a camera at. “Photography to me is the most Darwinian of arts. You discard a hundred images to get five good ones. The hard part is discarding four more to get one GREAT one.”  In this, his first public exhibition, Steve contrasts some of his favorite panoramas with smaller shots that show he is equally comfortable peering in for a closer look. Hence the title, “Senses of Scale”.

UPDATED: March 29, 2021:

The annual Call for Artists is now closed! Check back regularly for updates.

Are you a New Westminster-based artist with a body of 2D work, who would like an opportunity to have a solo exhibition in New Westminster? We want to hear from you!

In 2021, 10 artists will be chosen to have a month-long exhibit in our upstairs gallery space. Successful applications will have a body of work (small is fine!), a strong artistic eye, and a desire to contribute to the artistic conversation in our community.

A Community Art Selection Committee ensures the community and library’s interests are echoed in the works selected for exhibit. The Committee is comprised of one library trustee, library staff, and members of the community who are active in the creative arts in their personal or professional lives. A set of criteria is used to guide selection of work to exhibit each year.  Our selection process ensures that we represent the varied community interests and artistic talents of New Westminster and beyond.

Selected artists are given one-month showings. Priority is given to exhibitors who live or work in the City of New Westminster and we encourage any artist or group who exhibited previously to apply.

NOTE: Submissions cannot be for work that has already been showcased in New Westminster in the preceding 12 months, nor (upon acceptance) be displayed in any other New Westminster gallery during the exhibiting year.

CRITERIA FOR ARTIST SELECTION

Exhibit space at New Westminster Public forges a creative dialogue with the community, brings attention to local art and creates new opportunities for artists in our city. It is an accessible space and open to artists working in two dimensional media. The Community Art Selection Committee uses the following criteria in the selection and approval of exhibits. All works must be:

  1. responsive to the diverse interests of the entire New Westminster community;
  2. original;
  3. suitable in scale, material, form, subject and content for the library environment;
  4. consistent with the principle of respect for the dignity and worth of all people;
  5. not intended as advertisements or solicitations for recruitment, business, political campaigning or fund-raising; and
  6. ready for display/hanging.

Our annual Call for Artists is open. Expressions of interest for any artists interested in exhibiting their work for one month during 2021/2022, can be made by completing all fields in the form below. On receipt of your complete application, an acknowledgement will be sent via email. Artists selected to exhibit will be notified by the end of April, 2021. Successful artists will be required to submit a promotional image and exhibit statement upon notification of acceptance to exhibit.

We are not able to accept paper and in-person submissions.

Estimated Timeline:

February 1, 2021: Call for Artists opens
March 5, 2021: Deadline to submit applications, Call for Artists closes
Early April, 2021: Exhibition Selection Committee meets
Late April, 2021: Exhibition dates confirmed, contracts signed and returned
June 2021 – March 2022: Monthly exhibits

To ensure exhibitors have a positive experience, we have compiled a list of  Exhibition Guidelines that outline the responsibilities of artists exhibiting at the Library. By accepting a booking to display their work all artists agree to these rules and conditions.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact us at: art@nwpl.ca

CALL FOR 2021 ARTISTS IS OPEN!
PLEASE USE THE FORM BELOW TO SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: MARCH 5, 2021

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    Art must be display ready in order for works to be protected and well-cared for in the Library:

    • Paper pieces framed;
    • Canvases, if unframed, have finished edges;
    • If artwork is in a non-traditional format or left unframed/unfinished by design, the artist must present ideas on how to display on the art wall;
    • Each piece should be labeled on the back with name of artist and title of piece for easy identification: and
    • Exhibitors are responsible for the delivery, installation and removal of their exhibits, as well as the means for hanging their work (picture hooks, chains, etc).

    Works are hung by the artist on the burlap area of the 4 Double-sided 53″ wide x 67″ high panels in the Gallery area. Works must be hung during the first two days of the month and taken down by end of day on the last day of the month or before if the last day falls on a statutory holiday.

    Works of art may be offered for sale, with prices established by the artist. The Library will not serve as a liaison for selling exhibited art or collect commission. The artist is responsible for providing contact information to communicate with the public for any sale. Works that are not available for purchase must be designated “NFS” (Not for Sale). Works sold must remain on exhibit throughout the designated period.

    The artist will display an exhibition statement and labels for each work. The labels will include the name, medium and price (if applicable). The exhibition statement may include a brief biography of the artist, a description of the artistic process, inspiration and influences, or other information to guide the audience.

    New Westminster Public Library, the City of New Westminster and the New Westminster Public Library Board and employees have no responsibility for any loss, theft or damage to works while they are being displayed in the library. We strongly suggest that you insure your work for any loss, theft or damage during your exhibit at the library.

    The Library reserves the right to cancel or change show dates for any reason and has sole and final choice of artist’s works for hanging based on space considerations and the appropriateness of works for display in a public building. Exhibits will be evaluated within the context of the public space and its users. The Library may require the removal of any item during the period of the exhibit. To avoid potential issues, artists are encouraged to share the work they plan to hang in advance.

    The Library will issue press releases and promote art displayed at the library on our website and through our social media channels.  Any information and images provided by the artist in their art submission may be used for the promotion of the exhibit.

    The Library cannot accommodate exhibit openings.

    The New Westminster Public Library currently owns artwork that may be displayed in the Library or be stored for future use. From time-to-time, the Library is offered gifts of artwork, including paintings, photography, textiles, and three-dimensional works such as statuary. When considering the suitability of a donation, the Library will use the following criteria:

    • The artist or the subject of the work has a direct connection to New Westminster
    • The gift is in good condition and does not require any restoration or repair
    • Paintings or other items intended to be hung are framed and suitably prepared for hanging or display
    • The library has space to display or store the work

    When a decision has been made that a work of art is suitable for the Library’s collection, the Donor must agree on the following conditions:

    • Gifts must be unconditional, transferring ownership and all rights of ownership to the library.
    • Gifts are accepted only with the understanding that the Library has the right to determine retention, location, and other considerations relating to the use of disposition of the donated gift.
    • The Library may display the gift or not.
    • The Library may sell the item and use the proceeds for any purpose appropriate to the library’s mission.
    • The Library may transfer ownership to any other person or agency it deems appropriate.

    The Library will not supply Income Tax receipts for donation without appraisal by a recognized Art Appraiser. Donors are responsible for having their gifts appraised for Income Tax purposes, and the cost of any appraisal must be borne by the donor. Only appraisals that are not more than 12 months old will be accepted. No appraisal is necessary if the donation does not need an Income Tax Receipt. Before any donation of artwork can be accepted by the library, a Donation form must be signed by the donor and the Chief Librarian or the Chairperson of the Library Board. The Donation Form transfers ownership of the gift to the Library and clarifies the conditions of this policy.

    The Library reserves the right to refuse a donation that does not meet the collection criteria or the previous conditions.

    Please note: The Arts Council of New Westminster also considers art donations from local artists. More information can be found here: https://artscouncilnewwest.org/gallery/art-donation/

    The New Westminster Public Library currently owns artwork that may be displayed in the Library or be stored for future use. From time-to-time, the Library is offered gifts of artwork, including paintings, photography, textiles, and three-dimensional works such as statuary. When considering the suitability of a donation, the Library will use the following criteria:

    • The artist or the subject of the work has a direct connection to New Westminster
    • The gift is in good condition and does not require any restoration or repair
    • Paintings or other items intended to be hung are framed and suitably prepared for hanging or display
    • The library has space to display or store the work

    When a decision has been made that a work of art is suitable for the Library’s collection, the Donor must agree on the following conditions:

    • Gifts must be unconditional, transferring ownership and all rights of ownership to the library.
    • Gifts are accepted only with the understanding that the Library has the right to determine retention, location, and other considerations relating to the use of disposition of the donated gift.
    • The Library may display the gift or not.
    • The Library may sell the item and use the proceeds for any purpose appropriate to the library’s mission.
    • The Library may transfer ownership to any other person or agency it deems appropriate.

    The Library will not supply Income Tax receipts for donation without appraisal by a recognized Art Appraiser. Donors are responsible for having their gifts appraised for Income Tax purposes, and the cost of any appraisal must be borne by the donor. Only appraisals that are not more than 12 months old will be accepted. No appraisal is necessary if the donation does not need an Income Tax Receipt. Before any donation of artwork can be accepted by the library, a Donation form must be signed by the donor and the Chief Librarian or the Chairperson of the Library Board. The Donation Form transfers ownership of the gift to the Library and clarifies the conditions of this policy.

    The Library reserves the right to refuse a donation that does not meet the collection criteria or the previous conditions.

    Please note: The Arts Council of New Westminster also considers art donations from local artists. More information can be found here: https://artscouncilnewwest.org/gallery/art-donation/