What the Plus (+)

LGBTQ2S+ Group Art Exhibition and Festival in Powell River, BC

SUMMER 2021 – ‘Creative Self-Portrait’ theme

 Although LBGQT2S stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, Queer/Questioning and 2-Spirited, the plus (+) that is usually included after the initialism encompasses a list of other identities that fall under the queer umbrella.


Artists depicted in self-portraits above: Nadar, Cindy Sherman, Vincent van Gogh, Andy Warhol, Sarah Jane Moon, Frida Kahlo, Catherine Opie)


(Regular hours Tues, Thurs & Sat Noon-5PM at The Art Centre qathet public gallery just above the Powell River Public Library)

We’re back in 2021 with a new theme: ‘CREATIVE SELF-PORTRAIT’!

2020 was a year of introspection and self-care. We celebrate ‘the self’ this year, and encourage work that is self-reflective/self-reflexive and self-representational – in any medium and however you choose to define ‘creative self-portrait’ beyond the ‘selfie’. Our art exhibition will showcase the works of 6-10 local artists in a gallery space, and our QR Zine on the same theme is open to dozens more folks who like to write, draw, photograph, etc. (see middle panel)

Some ideas on what Creative Self-Portrait can mean:

2 Discussions + QR Zine!

We are planning two artist talks in summer 2021 (one on writing memoirs for identities in flux and one on ‘sketchbooks-as-diary’) – stay tuned for dates!


NEW this year, we’re aiming to produce 250 copies of a 12-page mini Zine that we’re calling QR Zine (as it will employ QR codes and augmented media aspects) and, yes, the QueeR is part of the title too.

If your work is used we will give you 3 free copies of QR zine and you’ll get lots of readers and press too!

Remember to keep content and resolution high quality, and as short as possible to allow for more submissions! (no files over 1MB please otherwise use this link.) Remember to think about virtual content as well… we will be in touch regarding this too.


Roles as defined psychologically and physically over time, can shift and vary from person to person. What does it mean to you and how is it constructed? Check out this useful guide.

Think about the exhibition’s overarching queer theme and how that fits into the ‘creative self-portrait’ theme this year.


Consider submitting to both our formal art exhibition and to the QR Zine too (see middle panel).

Help support our art show and festival planned for Summer 2021 or contact Giovanni with your questions/comments at whattheplusart@gmail.com

As we did last year, we will pay close attention to BC Health Guidelines regarding COVID-19 precautions we must take to ensure the safety of all involved.

We thank our sponsors for our 2020 What the Plus + Festival!

We are accepting community sponsors for 2021- please reach out: whattheplusart@gmail.com

Check out our Summer 2020 line-up

We live and work on the homelands and territories of the Tla’amin People. We honour the land, the Tla’amin People and their treaty and continually seek to strengthen our relationship and responsibilities to them as guests in the territory.

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