2022 International Art Competition

Call for Established and Emerging Artists  

The 2022 Centre for Migration Studies International Art Competition is now closed.

The Art Competition invited both established and emerging artists to submit artwork on migration (broadly understood) for a juried competition with one first prize and one honourable mention. The competition was open to anyone (regardless of location, citizenship status, background, etc.–truly, we mean anyone!). The Centre values the way arts-based research and the work of artists contribute to academic conversations about the causes, consequences and experiences of global human migration and mobility. To learn more about the competition, visit: https://migration.ubc.ca/programs-initiatives/art-competition/ 

Deadline: 5pm PST, June 15, 2022


The first prize will be awarded for an artwork: CAD $1,250

One honourable mention will be awarded for an artwork: CAD $250

We will consider migration as it is intended broadly and as it is drawn from any historical periods or geographical areas. Please visit https://migration.ubc.ca/home for a better understanding of our research and public engagement as it concerns migration.

Artwork Criteria

  • We will only accept artworks in digital formats, such as photography, illustrations, short moving image works (max 5 minutes in duration), comics and graphic novels, and web-based works.
  • We will consider original artworks produced between 2020 and 2022.
  • The winning artwork and honourable mention are expected to be featured on the Centre’s website with the artists’ consent.
  • Entry in the competition means that the artists give consent to the Centre to feature their works digitally on the website if they are selected for an award. The Centre may want to use the winning artworks for future purposes too in agreement with the artists.
  • Multiple submissions of artwork are permitted. Please submit each artwork separately.

Display/Public Access

Artworks will be featured on the UBC Centre for Migration Studies website for several months in the spring of 2022, and may also be archived on this website for future access.


The submissions will be evaluated by a jury consisting of members of the UBC Centre for Migration Studies and selected visual and/or digital media scholars. The selection criteria include:

  • Strength and creativity of the submitted work
  • The work’s relevance and originality in addressing migration
  • The appropriateness of digital formats for a web presence
  • Artist’s consent to be featured on the UBC Centre for Migration Studies website

How to apply

Submit your works to the form below before 5PM PST on 15 June 2022. The submission package should include the following items and must be a single PDF no larger than 10MB

  • Artwork title, media, and year of production
  • Resume (1 – 2 pages) together with a brief artist’s statement of your submission (250 words maximum)
  • The submission itself

Submission Form: