Art Abandonment Project


WANT TO MAKE A PIECE OF ART TO ABANDON?  Drop by the Arts Centre to learn more!

WANT TO ABANDON SOME ART?  If you are travelling, come by and pick up an Abandoned Art package to take with you!  See below to see where some of our art has ended up.  Or come into the Arts Centre and check out our map.


The Summerland Community Arts Council joined the growing movement of “Art Abandonment” by presenting our own version to the public starting at Culture Days October 2016.

Discover the joy of making art and letting it go  to spreading a little creativity and mystery around the world. It is our aim to complete 150 small works of art to ‘abandon’ during the year of the Canada 150 celebration starting with 20 masterpieces created for Culture Days.

Our  Creative Community workshop on January 25 was about creating a piece of “Abandoned Art”.



We have a world map with pins marking where Abandoned Art pieces have been dropped.  We also have copies of some of the replies we’ve received.


We are starting to get responses from the pieces we have distributed already!  Here’s some examples:

“Dear everyone at Summerland Community Arts Council

Greetings to you from a sunny and very hot South Africa!

I hope you are all doing well.

I am writing to you to say thank you to everyone involved.

I live in a small village ,called Aurora, near the west coast of South Africa.

I work at our local post office. This morning I found this lovely parcel of arts and gifts in my outside mailing post box. I was so surprised and it was so lovely to receive this gift.

I have no idea who left it, but it sure made my day!
What a wonderful project and idea! Thank you for the kindness! I’m going to find a special place to keep the little incredible painting that Sophia Zang (Phia) made. Thank you Phia!

Would you please be so kind the send me your postal address? I would like to send you a South Africa postcard (I participate in the Postcrossing project) to express my gratitude for my lovely gift.

Thank you so much again!

With love from SA !”

And more:

“Hi,    Just wanted to let you know I received Abandoned Art #36 for Christmas. My mother found the art near the Armdale Yatch Club in Halifax, NS. She mailed it me in Vancouver, BC where it is now hanging in my kitchen.”

“This is to let you know that I have received a fabulous piece of original art from the Art Abandonment Movement, Summerland Community Arts Council . The number of the piece is #23.  I live in White Rock ,BC  Please thank the artist for the generous gift.  I will treasure it always. ”

“We found this work of art on the grounds of our art center. What a
wonderful surprise!
Wishing you all the best!    The Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts in Ojai, California”

“I gave two abandoned art projects to my sister and cousin who went to New Zealand for a family wedding. Here is a photograph of Joy somebody or other (an artist) whom they met in a market in Wellington, the capital of NZ. My sister is on the right, Bette, my  cousin, next to her and Joy, I presume, the second from the left. Thought you might like to see where one of the art projects went.”