Expressions 47: Call for Submissions

Learn how to submit your student artworks for our annual exhibition of young artists from across Waterloo Region


A watercolour painting of a young girl standing on top of a short set of steps to grasp a crescent moon, in black silhouette against a starry night skyA painting of spare black silhouettes of pine trees against a violet-streaked night sky, framed in a white and blue matWaterloo Regional Public, Catholic, and Independent Schools are invited to submit original student artwork for Expressions 47.

Students are asked to respond to the theme Look Up, inspired by Emma Kreuzer’s The Moon Never Stays in One Place and Nishi Patel’s Watercolour Sky Focus. We encourage students to see celestial movement as a symbol of change, and reflect on how they have moved, adapted and grown this past year. 

Schools are encouraged to submit 3-6 artworks. In addition to traditional media, short films, animations, photography and digital artworks are all welcome.

Note: Expressions 47 invitations will be available when you drop off student artwork at KWAG.


1.  Artwork Label Form submitted via email no later than 14 January, 2022 to Please also contact Sarah Bennett at this email address if you require an extension due to the return to virtual learning during this time.

2.  Parental Release Form submitted via email or with the artwork upon delivery no later than 2 February, 2022.

3.  All two-dimensional work, including prints of digital art and photography, MUST be framed and wired, ready to hang. Three-dimensional work should be accompanied by a diagram indicating how it is to be displayed. A paper copy of the Artwork Label Form must accompany the artwork upon delivery.

4.  Digital video submissions must follow the following file guidelines: Mp4 format, 1080p resolution, between 1-5 minutes, maximum file size of 2GB. Please name your digital artwork file using the following format: ArtistName_School_Title.

Digital submissions to be be sent via to

Key Dates

14 January 
Deadline for submission of Artwork Label Form. A separate submission is required for each artwork. 

27 January-2 February
Delivery of artwork to Gallery and final submission period for digital artwork. Each work must have a completed Artwork Label Form and Parental Release Form. Unfortunately, we are not able to accept late submissions. 

Artworks can be delivered to KWAG during the following dates and hours:

Thursday 27 January, 3-5 pm 
Friday 28 January, 3-5 pm 
Monday 31 January, 3-5 pm 
Tuesday 1 February, 11 am-5 pm 
Wednesday 2 February, 11 am-5 pm

If delivering works from 27-31 January, please call Visitor Services at 519-579-5860 x100 to enter the Gallery as we will be closed to the general public on those dates. 

19 February
Opening date for Expressions 47: Look Up

17 May-27 May
Pick-up of artwork at the Gallery.

September 16th, 2021 12:00 AM   through   February 11th, 2022 12:00 AM
101 Queen Street North
Kitchener, ON N2H 6P7-N2H 6P7
Phone: 5195795860

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