Call for Submissions: Colours of South Asia 2020

Brought by Visual Arts of South Asia (VASA) – Arts Festival

AUGUST 15, 2020 – NOVEMBER 30, 2020

Due to the current COVID-19 situation, this year Visual Arts of South Asia – (VASA) is going bigger and taking its annual visual arts expo – “Colours of South Asia” online. We have extended the usual 2 weeks duration of the exhibition to span over 3 months to extend our reach to larger audiences.

Art from South Asia is culturally rich and artistically diverse attracting admirers from all over the world. To bring this vibrant art and culture to the Canadian mainstream Colours of South Asia invites art that narrates and explores social, cultural and transitional experiences. We are keen to see art that brings to life personal stories, memories and influences that are important to the artists and have shaped their journey.

A curated exhibition Colours of South Asia welcomes digital submissions of original artworks from all levels of artists across Canada. Artwork images can include painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, textiles, sculpture and mixed media. If your artwork is 3-dimensional we would need images from all view points.

There is an opportunity for participating artists to offer few online workshops of their art form during the exhibition. Artists facilitating the workshops will be paid an honorarium. Please express your interest in the submission email.



Deadline for entry: July 10, 2020 (11:59 pm Eastern Time)
Notification of Selection: on or before July 30, 2020
Exhibition Dates: August 15, 2020 – November 30, 2020


  • Each digital submission allows an artist the opportunity to submit up to 3 images of original artworks of which up to 2 images will be selected
  • Send submissions via email to Aparna Rangnekar – with “Colours of South Asia Submission” in the subject line
  • Name images with your first and last name, followed by title of work. Email must include image list with details of your artwork such as title, medium, size, date. Image files should have minimum resolution of 72 dpi
  • Results will be emailed no later than July 30, 2020 with further information. The curator will appraise work 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


  • If you are accepted, by submitting your entry you give VASA – Arts Festival the right to publish your images for publicity purposes (credits to the artist will be included) for the current year and within all future promotions
  • No entry may be withdrawn once it has been accepted


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 over the last few years. Aparna’s unique style of using vibrant colours and bold textures to create striking yet simplistic compositions have fast become her signature.

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 Ontario Culture Days in Milton.


Now in it’s fourth 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.

Visual Arts of South Asia (VASA) – Arts Festival and exhibition aims to introduce the unique flavour of South Asian art to mainstream art aficionados by showcasing south asian influenced art created by Canadian artists from different cultures. The event showcases South Asian culture as it evolves in this country and integrates with Canadian values.

Aparna Rangnekar
Festival Director & Curator