Colours of South Asia: Horizons of Hope

Visual Arts of South Asia (VASA) – Arts Festival an initiative by Arts & Culture of South Asia (ACISA) was launched in 2017 to introduce the unique flavour of South Asian art to art enthusiasts in Canada by showcasing South Asian influenced art created by Canadian artists from different cultures. The event showcases South Asian arts & culture as it has evolved in this country and integrated with Canadian values. VASA’s aim is to bring this vibrant art and culture to the Canadian mainstream.

Each year VASA puts together Colours of South Asia – a curated exhibition giving amateur, emerging and professional artists an opportunity to showcase their talent. Last year due to the COVID pandemic, VASA had to pivot its annual in person programming of exhibition, workshops and community art project to a virtual exhibition and workshops for the first time. Following the huge success of last year, VASA – Arts Festival is once again holding its visual arts expo online, with a new theme – “HORIZONS OF HOPE”.  We invited artists to share their art that explores positive social & cultural influences narrating the transitional experiences they have had during the pandemic or artworks that show how they modified their artistic process to adapt to the current new reality.

We have received an overwhelming response from many local, regional and national artists. There are over 35 artists participating and over 55 artworks in the virtual exhibition. You can take a guided tour of the virtual gallery or browse at leisure and be enthralled by some of the intricately detailed wildlife paintings, the stylized portraits, be inspired by the creative compositions and the colourful landscapes.