Are you an artist, writer, musician or other type of performer?

Stigma around mental illness adds to the challenges faced by people living with mental illness and their loved ones. Last year, in recognition of National Schizophrenia & Psychosis Awareness Day, B.C. Schizophrenia Society hosted “Re-Mind: A day of art, music and readings” to reframe serious and persistent mental illnesses to showcase the hope and achievements of artists, musicians and writers with severe and persistent mental illness, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, etc. Through this event we challenged ourselves to re-frame our understanding of who is affected by mental illness and asking people to re-imagine the possibilities of those affected by severe and persistent mental illness. This event was a huge success and brought people together and to “re-mind” us what people living with mental illness are able to achieve.

This year, we want to build on this success and are looking for more people to celebrate and highlight that having a diagnosis of schizophrenia or other severe mental illness isn’t an end, but a new beginning… if we are willing to re-adjust our plans and re-think the definition of success.


What:   Call for artists to submit work for “Re-Mind: A day of art, music and readings.” BCSS will be hosting a one-day event focusing on artists, writers, musicians and other types of performers with schizophrenia and other severe and persistent mental illness. Some key elements will be displaying the works of visual artists, readings by poets and authors and performances through the evening. The event is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted on the day.

When:  Deadline for submissions – Monday, May 7 2018  @ 8:00 PM  |  Artists will be notified – Week of May 14, 2018

Event date: Thursday, May 24, 2018

Where: Beaumont Studios, 326 W. 5th Avenue, Vancouver, BC

Media: Artwork can be in any medium. Preference will be given to 2D works no larger than 4’x5’ and free standing sculptures. Writers will have the opportunity to sell their books and potentially do a reading on the day. Musicians and performers will also be provided the opportunity perform in the evening. Performance and reading spots are limited.

How to make a submission: Please make your submission via email to and include the following:

  • Full Name & Email & Phone Number
  • Website (if applicable)
  • Diagnosis
  • Name/Title of piece (if applicable)
  • Year
  • Dimensions of work
  • Medium
  • Artist statement (if applicable)
  • Concept behind submitted artwork
  • Artists are required to send a high-resolution image of your piece
  • Writers are required to send a sample of the book or piece that they would like to perform
  • Musicians and performers are required to send a video and/or summary representing your performance

Subject: Our emphasis will be on creating a day to end stigma surrounding these brain disorders by showcasing members of the community to come and take part through artistic means. In Canada, one percent of the population is affected by schizophrenia and approximately three per cent will experience a psychotic episode during their lifetime. We are looking for artwork that challenges stigma, offers hope to people living with serious and persistent mental illness and allows them to know that they are not alone in their struggles to manage and treat their illness.


  • Submitters will be notified of acceptance the week of May 14, 2018
  • All decisions of the curator/jurors are final
  • Upon acceptance, BCSS use images submitted to promote “Re-Mind: A day of art, music and readings.” All credits to artists will be included.
  • We may ask select artists to provide higher resolution images for publication purposes
  • All artwork must be available for display and cannot be removed from the exhibition for the duration of the event

Please contact Jean for any questions at 604-270-7841,


We will determine how best to showcase your work depending on your submissions.