Youth Opportunities

We have a number of exciting opportunities for youth to get involved in arts!

Youth Art Winners Display


The Youth Arts Scholarship Award was established in 2014 to assist young artists in pursuing post-secondary studies in the arts, and has been made possible through private donations and events. We look forward to making higher education in the arts accessible to many more talented young artists.

Awards will be presented on the evening of Saturday, July 27th at the Sooke Fine Arts Show Artist Celebration Evening, a gala celebration to honour our 2019 accepted artists and award winners.

The 2019 application deadline (May 14, 2019) has now passed. Thank you to all applicants. All applicants will be notified by the end of May, 2019.


The Youth Art Gallery houses up to 200 pieces of student art, selected from 4 local schools, framed, matted and professionally displayed. We are very proud of our emerging artists and the body of work they produce! Artists of all ages are invited to submit work to the show. Acceptable artwork includes both 2D and 3D mediums. Awards will be given to seven outstanding works of art. Submitting artwork for the Youth Art Gallery is a different process than that for the main gallery, as we encourage students to submit through their school art teacher.

Please let your teacher know you would like to submit. If you are homeschooled, email the office at or call us at 250-642-7256 and we’ll get you in touch with the Youth Art Gallery Team Lead.

Sooke Fine Arts Show – Student Art – 2018 Youth Art Gallery

Sooke Fine Arts Show – Student Art – 2017 Youth Art Gallery

Information to Include With Your Youth Art Gallery Submission:

Work to be framed must be a maximum of 18” x 24”. Please include the following information with your artwork:

  • Name
  • Email address (for office records only)
  • Mailing address including postal code (for office records only)
  • Telephone number (for office records only)
  • Title of the art
  • Medium used to create the piece
  • Whether the piece is for sale, and the price
  • Your school and grade


  • June 13 – Artwork will be picked up from Belmont, Royal Bay and West Shore Schools
  • June 14 – Artwork will be picked up from Edward Milne School
  • June 17 – Artwork will be juried
  • June 20 – Student works that were not selected will be returned to their respective schools
  • July 26 – Aug 5 – Student works that have been selected will be framed and displayed in the Youth Art Gallery at the Sooke Fine Arts Show
  • July 27, 7-10 pm – Award winners will be contacted and invited to attend the award ceremony at the SEAPARC Leisure Complex in Sooke
  • August 6, 2-8 pm – Art that was exhibited (if not sold) can be picked up at the SEAPARC Leisure Complex


Each year, SFAS hires 2 students to gain work experience in our office; those positions are filled for 2019. However, we have one new position in 2019 for a student to help out in the Youth Art Gallery. Please click here in to see the posting.


We have a special program on Tuesday, July 30th from 4-7 pm, where talented young students are featured performing live music, dance, mime and acting. If you are interested in performing, please contact Sooke Fine Arts Society office at or call 250-642-7256.


Get involved! Helping out during setup/takedown or during the show itself provides fantastic work experience, can help with grad credits, or can help build your arts resume. Contact Gunny Tennese at 250-588-5852 or by email: