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Ekphrastic Celebration

Purple Urchin


An Art Exhibition
Ekphrastic Poetry Competition


In the Purple Urchin Online Gallery

Poetry Submissions for 2022 open until June 13

The art gallery for the 2022 Ekphrastic Celebration is now live!


Poetry submissions now closed!

Join us for the Closing Ceremony!


Nanaimo Arts Council’s Ekphrastic Celebration Closing Ceremony

Fri August 5, 2022 @ 7PM, online event

Zoom link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/87807246532
Facebook event: https://fb.me/e/1SB4TJatD

Join us for an evening of art and poetry! We’re celebrating community members who have shared their art and writing with us. Judges Carla Stein and Kamal Parmar will reveal our winning poems and their related artworks.

If you’re wondering what ‘ekphrasis’ is: it’s poetry inspired by art! Ekphrasis may include literal descriptions of a work of art, the poet’s mood in response to a work of art, metaphorical associations inspired by a work of art, or personal memories triggered by a work of art.




Hanging Date: October 15, 2020
Time: 10:00 am
Location: Port Theatre

We are excited to announce that the Art around Town show at the Port Theatre is now open for registration!

  • Art Around Town is open only to Nanaimo Art Council members

  • Renew your membership at https://www.nanaimoartscouncil.ca/join

  • This exhibit is 2-D work only and will show for approximately 3 months

  • Work will be juried by the Hanging Committee on the day of hanging

  • Work must be for sale. Commission is 30%

  • Due to space limitations, outside dimensions must be NO LARGER THAN 36 inches in the longest dimension

  • All work must be hanging ready, appropriately framed or finished with braided-wire hangers and the artist name, medium, title of work, and price firmly affixed to the back of the art

  • Space is limited so only one piece per artist will be hung

Entrants are required to register before October 12 using the form below.
Note that registration is necessary. Due to space limitations, we will limit the number of entries to 25.  Those not pre-registered will not have their work accepted.