VOAF is dedicated to supporting self-identified outsider artists who are committed to creative practices and experience exclusion

Organizations working with socially excluded artists please contact us about group exhibition opportunities.


  • Saturday, April 17 @ 10:30 AM – via ZOOM
  • Wednesday, April 21 @ 6:00 PM – via ZOOM
  • Saturday, May 8 @ 1:00 PM – via ZOOM
  • Wednesday, May 19 @ 6:00 PM – via ZOOM


Email voaf@cacv.ca or call 604-682-0010 and leave us a voice mail. We will respond ASAP.

Visual Artists: How to Apply

In 500 words or less, please tell us the following:

  • Provide Your Name, Email, and Phone.
  • Describe how you identify as an Outsider Artist.
  • Tell us about your practice: why do you make art, what form(s) or medium(s) do you work in? Are you self-taught or have you had training?
  • Tell us about your ongoing commitment to making art.
  • Tell us about your exhibition history, if any. Previous exhibitions are not a requirement.

Artwork image submission details:

  • 2-D and 3-D artwork in any medium is accepted.
    (Maximum width/diameter of artwork is 48″)
  • Video/digital media work samples up to 3 minutes in duration can be submitted for consideration.
  • Attach photos of four (4) artworks as .jpg files attached to your email. If mailing an application, please provide printed copies of the photos. We cannot return original photo prints.
  • Images should be examples of the type of work you would exhibit if accepted.
  • Attach a separate document listing each of the 4 images you are submitting for consideration in your application like the following:

See examples in ( )

– Last Name (eq. Smith)
– Title (eq. Summer Breeze)
– Year (eq. 2018)
– Medium (eq. Mixed Media)
– Dimensions (Width in Inches X Height in Inches) (eq. 24” x 30”)

Performing Artists: How to Apply

In 500 words or less, please tell us the following:

  • Please include your Name, Email, and Phone.
  • How do you identify as an Outsider Artist? What kind of work do you make, and why? What is your history of performing? What barriers do you face to sharing your work?
  • Describe your performance including duration (10-20 minutes recommended)
  • Please specify the number of performers, technical requirements, and whether you could perform outdoors if needed (tent provided)
  • Please attach links to a video of the intended piece or another that represents your work.

Submission e-mail and mailing address can be found at the bottom of the page.

How Will We Choose?

Our primary value is the inclusion of self-identified Outsider Artists who have committed artistic practices, are ready to participate, and will benefit from the opportunity. Staff and outsider artists from our festival advisory will determine eligibility. Live exhibition and performance slots may be limited and curated. Through an online exhibition and live streaming, we plan to have enough capacity to include additional artists in the virtual festival.