Calls for Submissions - Others

The Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Society (VAHMS) is a non-profit organization committed to building a community where Asian arts, cultures and contributions are lived, shared and celebrated as part of the harmonious diversity of Canada.

For their May explorASIAN 2016 exhibition, “Following the Silk Routes and Beyond” in Vancouver, Canada, VAHMS encourages the submission of photographs from emerging, mid-career and established artists who have an interest in showing part of their work in context with the Exhibition’s topic. Although VAHMS appreciates the effort of all who want to participate in this exhibition, they will contact only those artists whose submissions meet the requirements of the project. At this time, VAGNS is no longer accepting submissions from curators.

Please note: The deadline for our call is November 31st, 2015.

Subject Requirements for Project
Photographs showing cities around the Silk Routes (Archived or new); the different goods traded in any of the Silk Road cities; or cultural heritage and traditions from any trade countries listed.

Please refer to the list of countries, cities and products related to the Silk Route trade network at the end of this document to choose your photographic submissions.

The countries, cities, and goods listed are the most known and mentioned in different bibliographical sources.


Submission Guidelines

Please submit the following items 1 through 5.

Send your photographic proposals by email as a zipped folder to the Art Department,

Attn. Leticia Sanchez, Chair Curator

  1. 2 to 4 images representing the requirements of the project. Image files should be no more than 1024 pixels wide (either horizontal or vertical).
  2. If the artist collection includes works of more than one of the countries listed below, please send an email with the list of countries you would like to participate. We will consider the submission of more photographs if required
  3. Email descriptions indicating artist name, title of the image, dimensions in inches and year taken; include a 30 word max description of what the photo depicts.
  4. A maximum quarter-page artist’s statement or other written description.
  5. Biography of artist(s) with included photo of author.

Please note: 

  • The exhibition will support VAHMS – a not for profit organization and requires voluntary participation to this project.
  • Be sure to zip all files together including images and supporting documents
  • VAHMS welcomes the opportunity to collaborate with other communities and organizations
  • VAHMS Art Department handles all material with care; however we cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage of materials that are submitted.
  • Please allow 2 to 4 weeks to receive a response on the number of photographs accepted
  • It is the artists’ responsibility to print their selected pieces themselves, maximum size 8”x12”. Please send or drop-off pieces to 578 Carrall St. Vancouver, B.C., V6B 5K2 attn: Leticia Sanchez.
  • In an effort to keep the exhibition visually consistent, we ask that if you decide to frame your work yourself, please follow the frame and mat sizes chosen for the exhibit.

(11’’ x 14’’ Black Exhibition Frame. Recommended maximum image size 8” x 12”)


Updated List of Countries in the Silk Road

  • Azerbaijan (Baku)
  • Afghanistan (Bamiyan Valley)
  • China (Xi’an, Dunhuang, Urumqi, Kashgar, Quanzhou)
  • India (Madras)
  • Iran – Modern Persia (Herat,
  • Iraq
  • Japan (Nara)
  • Korea (Gyeongju)
  • Mongolia (Karakorum)
  • Oman (Muscat)
  • Syrian Arab Republic (Aleppo)
  • Turkey (Istanbul)
  • Kazakhstan (Almaty)
  • Uzbekistan (Bukhara)
  • Hindu Kush Mountains (Balkh)
  • Turkmenistan
  • Tajikistan
  • Pakistan
  • India
  • Bangladesh
  • Bhutan
  • Sri Lanka
  • Russia
  • Yemen
  • Egypt
  • Indonesia
  • Italy
  • Vietnam

Examples of Valued trade items along the Silk Routes:
Not only in, gold, turquoise, rubies, cotton, jade, camels, and horses were the most traded goods, but also religions, ideas and inventions such as metalworking, the wheel, the chariot, and writing.
Examples of Cities and products from the Ancient silk land routes:

Chang’an (modern-day Xi’an) – silk, chrysanthemums, rhubarb, paper, lacquer, gunpowder, mirrors, bamboo and inventions

Turfan (Turpan) – grapes, raisins, wine, cotton, dye for porcelain, alum, Glauber’s salt

Kashgar – pack animals, tea, dried fruit, medicinal herbs

Zamarkand –astronomy devices and inventions

Ferghana – horses, rugs, nuts, dried fruit, copper

Baghdad – dates, nuts, dyes, lapis lazuli

Damascus- almonds, purple dye, dried fruit, swords, glass cloth goods

Rome – gold coins, glass and glazes, grapevines, alfalfa

Delhi – cotton, herbal medicine, precious stones, jade


Examples of Cities and products from the ancient Silk sea routes:

Gyeongju – wood, iron, bronze bells, perfume, medicines, metals, tools, spices, scissors, copper needles, candle-snuffers, fabric dye, paper, Buddhist statuaries, silk, gold and glass, crystal jewellery, weapons, armour, horse trappings, etc.

Nara – Buddhist statuaries, silk, gold


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