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May 15, 2022

Call for Artists: Vancouver Outsider Arts Festival

Hosted by Community Arts Council of Vancouver

Are you an Outsider Artist 19 years and older residing in the Vancouver area? Want to learn more about being a working artist, and connect with other artists and audiences? Ready to show, sell, or perform your work?

Applications to participate in the Vancouver Outsider Arts Festival open on April 1, 2022!

The Community Arts Council of Vancouver (CACV) is excited to present the 6th annual Vancouver Outsider Arts Festival. This festival offers opportunities for exhibition, performance, connection and learning to visual and performing artists facing social exclusion and other barriers. The Vancouver Outsider Arts Festival invites artists and performers from varying disciplines, backgrounds, and levels of experience to apply!

Application Guidelines:

  • Applicants may be self-taught or trained
  • Applicants are self-identified “Outsider Artists” devoted to their creative practices, coming from a point of view that is outside the mainstream art world trends.
  • All applicants must be 19 years or older and have a body of work that will be ready for an October 2022 festival.
  • Applicants residing in the Metro Vancouver area are eligible to apply.
  • Visual Artist applicants must submit 4 examples of their artwork in their application. If the artwork they intend on exhibiting in the festival is not completed when they submit their application, they can submit 4 pieces as an example of the artwork they create.
  • Performer applicants are asked to attach a video of past performance, provide a link to a video that is online (on YouTube, Vimeo, etc.), record and attach a video solely for this application, OR be prepared to audition. 

Application Deadline: May 15, 2022 at midnight (PST)

Dates of Festival: October 14-16, 2022

Festival Location: Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre (181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2W3) Venue Information

Artist Fees: All participating artists and performers will be paid an industry artist fee according to CARFAC rates.


We are committed to providing a low-barrier and accessible festival for all participants and attendees. We will discuss accessibility with artists and performers as early as possible in the festival process to ensure all needs are met. Please do not hesitate to let us know what support you require when you submit your application.

The Roundhouse space is wheelchair accessible.

There will be ASL interpreters available in the Performance Hall for live performances and speeches. Following the festival, all videos of performances will also include ASL.

Performers, please note that works including music, theatre performance & puppetry, and spoken word poetry will require transcripts at least one month before your performance takes place to allow for our ASL interpreters to prepare.


Community Arts Council of Vancouver

111 West Hastings Street, #440, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Phone number: 604-682-0010

Email: info@cacv.ca

The Community Arts Council of Vancouver (CACV) was the first arts council in North America. Since its beginning in 1946, the Community Arts Council of Vancouver has been a contributor to shaping the cultural life of Vancouver. CACV has been a powerful force in creating and advocating for many of the institutions, traditions, and policies in Vancouver that we benefit from today. CACV is an independent non-profit organization, unaffiliated with any government department.