Workshop proposal submissions for the 2021 IOTA Festival are now open.

The Isle of the Arts Festival is a multidisciplinary celebration of the arts. Participants learn, make, and play with artists in workshops and the community comes together for
evening events spotlighting the arts.

IOTA 2020 was not to be due to COVID-19, so we pivoted into IOTA-mini, which worked out brilliantly. We are using this model to plan IOTA 2021 for a safe and fruitful festival.

Isle of the Arts Festival 2021 is planned for March 31 – April 11.

We are looking for workshop proposals from artists of all disciplines. We would like to see returning workshop leaders and also encourage artists new to the festival to apply.

We are looking for hands on workshops, where participants are actively making something, trying something new, or learning a new approach or technique.

Guidelines for Conducting Workshops

If your proposal is accepted to the festival, the Gabriola Arts Council gives you support by:

  • promoting workshops through our brochure and website, and through other
  • finding and renting venues
  • paying instructors $70/ instructional hour
  • paying for materials and ferry travel
  • setting fees and taking registrations

The deadline to submit a workshop idea has been extended to January 06, 2021.  See the link below to apply.

Apply here

Decisions about the workshops will take place by January 15, 2021.

Please pass along. We love to get submissions from people who have never taught at Isle of the Arts before.

Thank you.
Victoria Banford
Festival Coordinator