Vision: Our vision of the Back Alley Artists Night is an annual exhibition featuring the work of emerging visual artists, filmmakers, slam poets, performers and musicians while providing an opportunity for cross discipline networking and celebration.

Submissions: Beginning January 20, 2018, emerging artists of all disciplines - including Visual Artists, Filmmakers, Musicians, Slam Poets and Other Performers - are encouraged to submit their work for consideration for inclusion in this weekend exhibition and the chance to win one of our sponsored Audience Choice Awards.

The Exhibition: JULY 2018

This July we'll be hosting the 5th Annual Back Alley Artists Night as a two day festival including a dedicated international short film screening.

Saturday - Artists, community members and guests will be invited to grab a drink and mingle before the first act of short films and performances. Throughout the evening, you are encouraged to engage with the visual art gallery incorporated into the space. With alternating twenty-minute intermissions, a total of three acts each comprised of a short film and two performances will culminate in the voting and presentation of three awards chosen by the audience.

Sunday - Visual art, short play readings, and an international short film screening.

Our goals: a) to showcase socially conscious emerging artists from the lower mainland in an equitable fashion; b) to provide an opportunity for interdisciplinary artist networking; c) to celebrate summer and all of the challenges emerging artists overcome every year.

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The Purple Stapler Arts Society is a community focused arts organization that facilitates the creative activism of emerging artists by creating opportunities for learning, mentorship, public presentation, interdisciplinary collaboration and networking within a framework of conscientiousness and equity.

Membership: Annual, $2 CAD - free event submissions, optional participation in our bi-weekly writer's workshop, newsletter, members board, members directory, promotion of your events through our social media, vote at our Annual General Meeting.

Values: Authenticity, Compassion, Equity, Creativity, and Professionalism.

Statement of Diversity and Inclusion: The Purple Stapler Arts Society actively promotes and recognizes principles of equity, and social justice in relation to, and across, intersections of race, age, color, disability, faith, religion, ancestry, national origin, citizenship, sex, sexual orientation, social class, economic class, ethnicity, gender identity, gender expression, and all other identities represented among our diverse membership. We foster community building through inviting artists of many different disciplines to come together and share their work with one another. We acknowledge the importance of positive artistic collective experiences. We are not just allies but accomplices.

Audience Choice Awards - Short Film, Visual Art and Performance

Screening on Saturday or Sunday in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Short film award includes a secondary presentation of work on our website for one month during 2018/2019 along with a featured interview. This presentation will be developed in collaboration with The Purple Stapler Arts Society. **Local (Canadian) submissions may also be eligible for sponsored equipment rental. $ TBA.

1) Priority will be given to films of creative activism
2) Director is in their first 10 years of filmmaking
3) Film is between 3-15min long
4) Film finished within the past 5 years

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