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PARTICIPANTS: Participants (staff/students) must be part of the Burnaby Central community.

THEMATIC CONNECTIONS: All entries must be related to the theme of the exhibition: Ubuntu – Building Community Through a Colourful Practice of Collective Compassion

 QUOTES: Participants will submit one photograph, original piece of artwork (painting, illustration, pastel work etc.), or musical piece which is a response to at least one of the following excerpts. How might the excerpt you select help to inform your artistic piece?

  • “Ubuntu is nothing more or less than compassion brought into colourful practice.” (Credo Mutwa – “Ubuntu” – film)


  •   “Individuals begin to feel that by […] helping others they are profoundly helping and transforming themselves.” (Paul Van Slambrouck – “Radical Generosity” – essay)


  • ” The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.”(Coretta Scott King)


 All entries must be original and accompanied by a short artist’s statement (a minimum of 100 words and a max of 500). Artist’s statements can also be in the form of a poem. The aim of this statement is to tell the story of what is captured in the artistic piece.

If a participant is unable to submit a statement that meets the above guidelines, please connect with one of the sponsor teachers, and we would be happy to work with the participant to help create their artist statement.

Sponsor teachers include:

  • Ms. Pereira
  • Mr. Katsionis
  • Ms. Jolliffe
  • Ms. Morabito
  • Ms. Uhren
  • Ms. Campbell
  • Ms. Barichello
  • Ms. Payne
  • Ms. Daconceicao

The artist statement must include the quote in the statement.  The quote will not be included in the artist statement word count.

Please proofread and edit your artist statements before submission. Sponsor teachers can help you with this if needed.


Artist Statements must respond to: 

  • What informed your decision to create this artistic piece? (must)
  • What meaning does the subject of your artistic piece have for you? (must)
  • In what ways does the subject of your artistic piece reflect creating community and fostering a sense of belonging? (must)

Artist Statements must also respond to ONE of the following…

  1. In what ways have you experienced compassion or have afforded compassion to others?
  2. How have you been transformed by helping others?
  3. How do we define what makes a thriving community?

Artist Statement Formatting

Check Box Once Completed
Margins – top, bottom, left, right at 0.3”


Font – Calibri



1st Line – First Name, Last Name (bold), Grade  – size 36 font
2nd Line – Title of Piece (bold & italicized), Year – size 26 font
3rd Line – Type of Artwork (illustration, musical composition, painting, etc.) – size 18 font
4th Line – Quote and source (bold) – size 14 font


Artist Statement – size 14 font


Distribute text evenly between margins
Top Ruler @ 5”



 Artistic pieces should help to express the participants’ experiences with the theme of Ubuntu. Participants can include themselves and others in their work. Be creative! If your piece contains a person, you will need to get consent from the individual.

 The artistic piece submitted must take into consideration the overarching intention of the exhibition: Building Community Through a Colourful Practice of Collective Compassion.

 Each artistic piece and response must be original and previously unpublished. Work may also include original collages (ie. collection of personal photography or artwork),and may not include the work of others.


    • Musical compositions must include appropriate language for sharing at school.
    • If the musical composition includes lyrics, a Word file of the lyrics and title must be submitted.
    • Participants will submit the musical composition as an MP3 file.
    • Musical compositions will be incorporated into the exhibit using a QR CODE.


Photographs must be submitted as a RAW or JPEG file – with a minimum of 1200 pixels.

  • DIGITAL CAMERA – If you are using a digital camera, your photo will be a RAW
  • SMART PHONE – If you are using your smart phone camera, you will need to change your camera settings using the following steps:
    • Step 1 – Go to Settings
    • Step 2 – Click Camera
    • Step 3. Click Formats
    • Step 4 – Click Most Compatible (will use a JPEG format)

Please be mindful that if you are using a smart phone camera, it needs to be able to take a picture with at least 300 dpi or 8 – 12 megapixels (800 – 1200 pixels) to ensure that the printed photo can be enlarged to an 8 X 10 size.  You will also need to make sure that you use the raw phone file (not optimized for iCloud storage) to ensure the highest quality print.