Thank you, Volunteers


Another year here at the gallery is quickly approaching. We’ve had a great year, with many successful shows, but, we could not have had such a successful year without the help of our fantastic volunteers! Our volunteers are an integral part of the federation.They work with us effortlessly and tirelessly, devoting so much of their time to helping us set up for exhibitions, helping out with fundraisers and special events, and helping the gallery run smoothly. Thank you for all your time and effort this year, volunteers! All of us here at the gallery greatly appreciate it!


Thanks again for all your help, volunteers!

The Salt Spring National Art Prize (SSNAP) – 2017 Call For Artist Submissions


Offering $30,000 Worth Of Awards!

The Salt Spring National Art Prize is pleased to launch its second biennial juried competition of Canadian 2D and 3D visual art.

The intent of the Salt Spring National Art Prize is to encourage artists whose practice demonstrates originality, quality, integrity and creativity, resulting in significant work with a real visual impact and depth of meaning.

Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada who are eighteen years and older (as of January 1, 2016) are are invited to submit their two-dimensional and three-dimensional work for consideration.

Approximately 50 finalists will be chosen by an independent jury from across Canada. All artists’ submissions will be anonymous to the jury.

SSNAP Awards Totaling $30,000.

THE JOAN McCONNELL AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING WORK; $17,000 ($12,000 and a $5,000 Salt Spring Island artist residency)

THE JUROR’S CHOICE AWARDS; three awards of $2,000 selected by each juror

THE ROSEMARIE BEHNCKE PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS; three awards determined by a vote of visitors to the exhibition;

1st prize – $3,000

2nd prize – $2,000

3rd prize – $1,000

THE ASA (Alliance of Salt Spring Artists) AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING SALT SPRING ARTIST; $1,000. Guidelines and submission details to be found on our website

Calendar of Events:

The call for artist submissions opens January 12, 2017 and closes May 31, 2017. The list of finalists will be announced by July 15th.

Original works will be exhibited and presented for sale at the Finalist Exhibition at historic Mahon Hall on Salt Spring Island, from September 22 to October 22, 2017 (Open daily from Saturday, September 23).

Gala Opening, Friday, September, 22 2017: Winners announced at the Gala Awards on Saturday, October 21, 2017.

This exciting endeavour is an initiative of the Salt Spring Arts Council (SSAC), which represents the arts for Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, known as one of Canada’s premier arts communities.

We look forward to celebrating the talent of Canadian artists!

2016 Day of the Dead Exhibition


As part of our outreach to other arts organizations, we recently were host to a large part of the 2016 International Day of the Dead exhibition. Professional international artists in Vancouver were provided with clay skulls to use as a canvas to recreate and express how they interpret death according to their own cultures and traditions. Each skull was unique with its own design and were great representations of the artists.

This video was produced by the Mexican Consulate in Vancouver in support of the project.