The Sidney Fine Art Show (SFAS) is a three-day art exhibition, with more than 400 pieces of 2D and 3D artwork on display. More than 1,000 pieces of art are adjudicated into the show to ensure a diverse selection of painting, sculpture, fibre arts, photography and more; guaranteed to intrigue the audience and stimulate discussion. Since the first show in 2003, the SFAS has been one of the largest and most prestigious juried art shows in British Columbia.
The Sidney Fine Art Show is Postponed Indefinitely
The Sidney Fine Art Show (SFAS) has been a cherished event in our community, showcasing exceptional artistic talent and fostering a deep appreciation for the arts. As the ArtSea Community Arts Council, we understand the significance of this event and the eagerness to see its return. We would like to address the future of the Sidney Fine Art Show and provide some insights into our considerations.
First and foremost, ArtSea would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to the volunteers who have made the SFAS possible in the past. Their dedication and hard work have allowed this event to flourish, and we extend our sincere appreciation to the previous Sidney Fine Art Show Organizing Committee, show volunteers, sponsors, patrons, artists and artisans.
Regrettably, pandemic restrictions and potential financial implications made it unfeasible for the show to proceed in 2020 and 2021. In 2022, the ArtSea Board carefully evaluated a proposal submitted by the SFAS Organizing Committee and concluded that the upfront financial investment and human resource capacity requested from the tiny ArtSea Team far exceeded our available capacity. Furthermore, the scenarios presented in the proposal would present a significant risk to future success of our organization.
We understand the desire to see the SFAS return; however, it is crucial to note that our current resources, both human and financial, are scarce and demand careful management and allocation. Despite these challenges, we want to emphasize that ArtSea remains committed to supporting and promoting arts and culture in our community. As an organization, we have several programs that significantly contribute to the artistic and cultural fabric of our community. These include the ArtSea Gallery in Tulista Park, the Salish Sea Lantern Festival, the ArtSea Studio Tour, the Sidney Art Walk, the ArtSea Scholarship, the Saanich Peninsula Arts and Culture Grant Program, and numerous others. Each of these initiatives requires dedicated attention and resources to ensure their success.
The ArtSea team, although small in size, has worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic and beyond to responsibly manage and maintain our organization. We have adapted and presented these programs in alternative formats to meet the challenges of the times. These efforts have fully utilized our financial and human resource capacity.
What would it take to mount a Sidney Fine Art Show in the future?
To present a successful Sidney Fine Art Show in the future, it would require careful planning, organization, and collaboration. As a starting point, a group of volunteers would need to form a committee and commit to working throughout the year to oversee the entire show (the previous Sidney Fine Art Show Organizing Committee resigned at the end of 2021). This committee would need to include individuals with experience in event planning, art curation, marketing, and logistics. At this time, ArtSea is not aware of any such group of volunteers that would like to take on this grand endeavor.
Due to a lack of financial and human resource capacity, ArtSea has made the difficult decision to postpone the SFAS indefinitely. We will continue to retain important materials, documentation, and the intellectual property associated with the show with the hope that circumstances may change in the future, allowing for the revival of the Sidney Fine Art Show. In the meantime, ArtSea remains committed to supporting and promoting arts and culture in our community through our existing programs and initiatives.
We greatly appreciate the continued support and understanding from the community!