Colours of South Asia
July 14 – 28, 2019
Beaux-Arts Brampton
70 Main St. North
Brampton ON. L6V 1N7

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 Artist.

Colours of South Asia is a curated exhibition. We welcome digital submissions of original artworks from all levels of artists across Canada. Artworks can be two and three-dimensional including painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, textiles, sculpture and mixed media.

Select participating artists will also have an opportunity to offer free workshops of their art form to public during the exhibition and will be provided a small fee to cover costs of supplies. Please mention in your email if interested in this opportunity.



Deadline for entry: June 21st, 2019 (11:59 pm Eastern Time)
Notification of Selection: on or before June 28th, 2019
Accepted Works Drop-off: July 14th, 2019, 10 am – 12 Noon
Exhibition Dates: July 14th, 2019 – July 28th, 2019
Pick-up Date: July 28th, 2019, 1 pm – 3 pm


  • Each digital submission allows an artist the opportunity to submit up to 3 images of original works of which, up to 2 will be selected for display.
  • We are only accepting digital entries. Send submissions via email to Aparna Rangnekar – with “Colours of South Asia Submission” in the subject line
  • Each image must have your first and last name, followed by title of work. Example: JanedoeTitle.jpeg. Your submission email must include a list with details of your artwork such as title, medium, size in your email. Image files should have minimum resolution of 72 dpi.
  • Results will be emailed no later than June 28th, 2019 with further information. The curator will appraise work in accordance with the exhibition theme while looking for innovative work along with technical skill, form and concept.


  • All works accepted to the show must be ready for display. Work must be dry and ready to be hung. VASA – Arts Festival reserves the right to reject unacceptable framing, works not ready to hang or works which are misrepresented on the digital submission.
  • 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.
  • Delivery to and pick up from the exhibition venue of own artwork is responsibility of the Artist. Final works will be accepted if they are mailed or shipped, but costs incurred are the Artist’s responsibility. Shipping insurance and that of the artwork is the responsibility of the applicant.
  • No entry may be withdrawn once accepted. All artwork must be on display and cannot be removed from the exhibition for the entire duration even if the artwork is sold.


As an art professional Aparna Rangnekar’s style has developed from her connection to her Indian heritage and a 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.

An art educator at the FirstOntario Arts Centre Milton, Aparna is also engaged with various art groups in the community and serves on the board of Arts Milton, a not-for-profit organization that promotes, facilitates and catalyzes Arts and Culture engagements in the community of Milton. 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 third 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 South Asian Cultural Festivalto create awareness and appreciation for South Asian Art and foster cross-cultural understanding that is integral to Canada.

Visual Arts of South Asia (VASA) – Arts Festival and exhibition aims at introducing the unique flavour of South Asian art with an underlying objective of bringing together 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