AFC's Annual Exhibit of Nature in Art
The Artists for Conservation Festival 2021, presented by RE/MAX Agents of the Lower Mainland, is returning to Vancouver from September 23-26 at VanDusen Botanical Garden. Our art exhibit will be indoors.
IMPORTANT COVID-19 NOTICE: The live portion of this event, is a limited capacity, indoor/outdoor, limited-contact event optimized for self-guided participation. MASKS AND PROOF OF VACCINATION are required for indoor activities (art exhibit & some art demos). Tickets should be purchased in advance from VanDusen Botanical Garden website with designated entry times. Admission at the door may be subject to delayed entry. Programming times subject to change.
Featured at the event is AFC's annual juried "International Exhibit of Nature in Art" - the world's top conservation-themed art exhibit and sale. The exhibit offers a rare opportunity for art collectors to buy original artwork by internationally acclaimed artists and directly support conservation work. The exhibit will feature 90 original paintings and sculptures for sale. At least 40% of proceeds from artwork sales benefits conservation and environmental education, and each artwork is dedicated to supporting a conservation organization of the artist's choice. See who's been selected for the exhibit this year.
To learn more about our mission, about individual AFC artists, as well as how to become a member, please visit the main Artists for Conservation site. Artists are juried for membership and only accepted members can participate in the AFC annual juried exhibit.
Each year since 2008, as a companion to the exhibit, AFC publishes a harcover book featuring the artworks from the year's exhibit. The annual exhibit features approximately 200 artworks selected from submissions by Signature Members of Artists for Conservation. These are featured in AFC's annual book and virtual exhibit online. Of these, approximately 1/2 are selected for display in AFC's live exhibit.
AFC's annual exhibit is accessible globally through a Virtual Exhibit format. All artwork juried into the exhibit is featured in a gallery style format. The 2021 Virtual Exhibit will go live on Sept 23. Until then, see the most recent Virtual Exhibit.
Silent Skies Mural
"Silent Skies" is an international collaborative super-mural mosaic featuring all 678 endangered species of birds of the world. 160 AFC artists from 15 countries participated in the project.
The 100-ft installation was first revealed in near-completed form as the artistic centrepiece of the 27th International Ornithological Congress in August 2018 in Vancouver, BC. A copy of the mural will be on display in the gardens.
A series of 8 x 8 canvas giclee editions are available for purchase at the event or online. Each print is $100 US + shipping with a portion of proceeds supporting bird conservation and environmental education.
Eligibility to Participate
The Artists for Conservation Annual Exhibit is open to Signature Members and Associate Members of Artists for Conservation. For information about joining AFC as an artist member, please visit our membership application page.