July 16 – July 27, 2024


Creative Conversations explores art that communicates, resonates, tells interesting stories and speaks about your creative processes. Art that starts a dialogue and takes the viewer on a journey.

VASA Arts Festival aims to bring the culturally rich and artistically diverse vibrant art and culture from South Asia to the Canadian mainstream.

A curated exhibition Creative Conversations welcomes submissions of original artworks from professional, emerging and amateur South Asian artists across Canada. Artworks can include painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, textiles and mixed media.

We also offer an opportunity for select participating artists to facilitate online workshops of their art form or art practices. Artists facilitating the workshops will be paid an honorarium. Please express your interest and details of workshop here.

Submission is Free!

Important Dates

Deadline for Entry: June 21, 2024 (11:59 pm Eastern Time)
Notification of Selection: on or before June 30, 2024
Artwork Drop off: July 13, 2024, 10 am – 12 pm
Artwork Pick up: July 27, 2024, 4 – 6 pm
Exhibition Dates: July 16, 2024 – July 27, 2024

Submission Guidelines for Selection

  • Download the submission form here to your computer
  • Fill the required fields & return it only via email to [email protected] along with digital images of artworks.
  • Artists can submit up to 3 images of original artworks of which up to 2 artworks may be selected to be a part of the exhibition. Artworks must be Original and have been created in the last 2 years and not appeared in prior exhibitions. Artworks should not exceed size 36×36 inches, due to space constraint limited number of large artworks will be selected.
  • Name your submission images with your first and last name, followed by title of work. Image files should have minimum resolution of 72 dpi.
  • Results will be emailed by June 30, 2024, with further information. The curator will appraise artworks in accordance with the exhibition theme while looking for creativity that successfully represents the objective of the theme along with technical skill, form and concept.

Final Submission

  • If you are accepted, by submitting your entry you give VASA – Arts Festival the right to publish your images for publicity purposes for the current year and within all future promotions.
  • Artwork must be ready for display and arrive with professional framing and mounting with appropriate hardware securely attached. VASA – Arts Festival will not be held responsible for damage caused by faulty hanging hardware.
  • VASA – Arts Festival reserves the right to refuse artworks that arrive with sawtooth, clip hangers or faulty wiring. Art in unsuitable condition for display, copies, reproductions or controversial subject matters will not be accepted.
  • Only accepted artwork by the curator will be included in the exhibition. All selected entries will remain on display until the final day of the exhibition.

About the Curator

As an art professional Aparna Rangnekar’s style has developed from her connection to her Indian heritage and her desire to create art across a variety of genres and substrates as a mode of exploring form, texture and different mediums. While her early works have been an array of abstract and expressionist experimentation, she has now returned to her original passion of creating large scale murals using vibrant colours and bold textures to create striking compositions over the last few years.

A compassionate art educator, Aparna is also engaged with various art groups and not-for-profit organizations promoting Arts and Culture in the community. She has conceptualized and facilitated several community art projects in the Greater Toronto Area, at the Vibrant Brampton South Asian Cultural Festival as well as for Ontario Culture Days in Milton. Her recent projects include creating folk art inspired murals for Arts Milton’s Public Art project Exclusively Inclusive on Main Street, Milton and Gerrard India Bazaar BIA’s project Adivasi Akruti Art Jam.

About Us

Now in its eighth year Visual Arts of South Asia (VASA) – Arts Festival is an initiative by Arts & Culture Initiative of South Asia (ACISA), the organizers of the very successful Vibrant Brampton Festival to create awareness and appreciation for South Asian Art and foster inter-cultural understanding that is integral to Canada and its diversity.

Visual Arts of South Asia (VASA) – Arts Festival aims to provide a platform for South Asian artists to showcase how their art has evolved while they integrated in this fantastic melting pot of cultures that is Canada.

Aparna Rangnekar
Festival Director & Curator

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