Art For Tibet Canada: Call for Submissions

We invite you to be part of the first ever ART FOR TIBET (A4T) show in Canada. Honouring the Tibetan people’s unwavering commitment to nonviolence, a group of committed activists and artists are organizing a group art sale to raise money for Students for a Free Tibet Canada (SFT): a non-profit global grassroots network that campaigns for Tibetan freedom and human rights and trains young Tibetan and non-Tibetan students worldwide in strategic nonviolent action.

Art plays a vital role in Tibetan culture, and has long been a profound tool for social and political change. This event will showcase work from a diverse pool of artists and allow patrons to purchase reasonably priced original pieces, while raising money for an important cause.

We would be honoured if you would join us in helping Tibet by submitting a piece of your work or a piece you own and would like to donate to the event.

Two years ago, SFT’s inaugural ART FOR TIBET in New York City: 50X50 was a phenomenal success. It brought together and showcased established and new artists from all over the world – including a growing number of outstanding contemporary Tibetan artists. ART FOR TIBET: 50X50 garnered significant New York and art world press and brought in hundreds of New Yorkers. Now we hope to bring this event to Toronto and make ART FOR TIBET Canada into a major art show in its own right.

In addition to the Toronto gallery show, we will be featuring all participating artists and artwork on our site to expand our reach.  This website will include an online auction of pieces included in the show.


Over 50 years ago, China illegally occupied Tibet. In 1959, the Dalai Lama escaped to India where he still lives today. In search of freedom, tens of thousands of Tibetan refugees have since made the treacherous journey over the Himalayas. Many who remain have been imprisoned, tortured and killed. Despite a renewed crackdown on basic human rights, Tibetans still remain actively nonviolent in their ongoing struggle to regain independence.


ART FOR TIBET is tentatively scheduled for October 15, 2011. The art auction event will be filled with art, music, and culture.  Artwork donations will be hanging in the gallery for the duration of the event.

The event will be open to the public and feature a bar, live painting performances as well as live musical performances.

THEME: You may submit any work to the show – a new piece, or something you’ve already produced.  Please consider presenting a work that relates in some way to the Tibetan experience: exile, resistance, closed vs. open society, non-violence, freedom of expression, hope, dissent, courage, etc…

MEDIUM: There are NO limitations on the types of artwork we will include in this event. Painting, illustration, sculpture, woodblock, crochet, art toys, etc.

PRICING: At benefit art auctions, opening bids are typically set at 50% of the estimated retail price of your work. Therefore, it is crucial that you let us know what you think the value of your piece is.

Your suggested retail price will be used as a guideline to help us determine the final pricing, based on the goals and spirit of the event. At the completion of the auction, you will be sent a tax receipt letter acknowledging your in-kind donation that you may use for tax-deduction purposes.


1) A JPEG of your submission is due by Thursday, September 15, 2011. This will be included on the website.  Please submit with your JPEG:

    • YOUR NAME (exactly as you would like it to appear in press release/website)
    • MEDIA
    • DATE

2) All artwork must be received by Friday, September 23rd in order to make sure we get your piece onto the website, into the book, and included in our press kits.

CRATING AND SHIPPING: We kindly request that you cover the cost of crating and shipping your submission, so that we limit our expenses as much as possible.  If you are based in the GTA, we can make arrangements for pick up from your studio.


Art for Tibet
c/o SFT Canada
@ Centre for Social Innovation
215 Spadina Avenue, Suite 415
Toronto, ON M5T 2C7

HANGING: We will not be able to frame or mount any submission, so please send your piece in the state that you would like it to be displayed.  If you have any hanging or display instructions, please include them and we will do our best to follow your guidelines.

If you have any questions, please direct them to

Thank you,

Art For Tibet Canada Benefit Event Committee


3 responses to “Art For Tibet Canada: Call for Submissions

  1. Pingback: Art For Tibet Canada: Call for Submissions (via Students For a Free Tibet Canada) | LEE'S BLOG

  2. I can’t Submit This Time, but I will Get the Word Out on my Blog.

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