During this time of self isolation, the Penticton Art Gallery (Penticton, B.C., Canada) in partnership with the Syria.art association (Nice/Berlin), invites artists from across the globe to participate in an unprecedented art exhibition entitled, You Are Not Alone.

Like a message in a bottle, we are sending out into the world this call to artists working in any and all media, to serve as a testament of our resiliency, creativity, and our collective humanity in the face of these extraordinary times. We hope this exhibition will not only celebrate the power of art, but will serve as a poignant testament and celebration of our diversity, culture, and an important reminder, that regardless of where we live on this planet, we are not alone.

In an age where our society was already becoming increasingly insular, the onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic serves to only isolate us even more. In the spirit of the penpal and mail art movement, this exhibition will create a permanent and physical document of our existence in this unprecedented moment in history.

This is your opportunity to reach out to a global audience and share your story and celebrate the beauty and creativity you have brought into this world through your art and by your existence. More now than ever, we need to come together to celebrate our collective humanity in all its diversity of colours, shapes, and sounds.

As part of this project, one can connect and share their art with a global network of artists. Our hope is that through the act of sharing, deep, rich, and meaningful connections will develop that will not only bring us together but may help build bridges of friendship and understanding. No one is immune to this pandemic and we hope this will help us to get through this time by allowing us to share our stories, celebrate our diversity, mourn our losses, and heal as a planet.

Shipping Addresses for Physical Works: 

One of the following depends on your region


Paul Crawford c/o The Penticton Art Gallery

199 Marina Way

Penticton, British Columbia

V2A 1H5 Canada

Email: curator@pentictonartgallery.com


Houmam Alsaleim

Fischerinsel 4

10179 Berlin


Email: Syria-art@outlook.com


Khaled Youssef

590 avenue de la Paix

06190 Roquebrune-Cap-Martin


Email: asso.syria.art@hotmail.com


Humam Alsalim

Humam Alsalim Co-Founder/Curator at Syria.art and the Cyrrus Online Gallery






Paul Crawford Curator Penticton Art Gallery


(250) 493-2928


Khaled Youssef

Khaled Youssef Co-Founder Syria.art Association




Particiption and Conditions :

Participation Deadline: 01.July 2020

Digital participations can be sent to Syria-art@outlook.com

Only with high Quality Photos or Video, in Case of Video please send a downloadable material and (no youtube video).

Physical Participations can be sent to one of the adresses up there.

Maximum size for Physical works is 11? x 14? or around that size.

Due to the nature of the exhibition the works will not be returned but kept as an archive, a time capsule, a document of this moment in our cultural history, by the Penticton Art Gallery and the collection will be made available for loan to other galleries and museums.

Required Information with Submissions

Please send us the following information either per email or printed with the submission

Artist Name:

Title of work:


Contact information:


Brief Statement:

Brief Biography:


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