Open Call: Artists in the Garden

Gallery Garden
Spring – Summer 2024

Apply by: April 9, 2024
Open to: Katarokwi-Kingston community members

Union Gallery is home to a small garden bed just outside our doors and this year we are excited to offer it as a collective hub for knowledge sharing, social exchange, and arts-based activities. Selected participants will work together to plant, grow, tend to, and harvest plants for their artistic practices and creative pursuits, with the opportunity to collaborate with each other in open-ended ways. This may include but is not limited to: working with living material as relationship building, growing dye plants for textiles, engaging with native species for seed collection and sharing, or gardening as part of an ecological art practice.


Header Image: Close-up of Jill Price's PhD thesis Unsettling to UN/making growing in the Gallery Garden, 2023


Union Gallery’s broad curatorial theme for this year is home/land, which centres Indigenous stories of kinship, harvest, healing, resistance, and dreaming—expanding the conversation outward to include other perspectives on the idea of belonging to place.

Apply through the application form. Union Gallery welcomes Katarowki-Kingston community members to apply to be a participant in the Gallery Garden Collective. Fill out the application form, and applications will be reviewed by the Union Gallery team.

For alternate submission options or application support, please contact


Submission Deadline: April 9, 2024
Applicants notified: April 23, 2024
Project Duration: May–September, 2024 (with room to extend)
Apply Now


Union Gallery is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion in all aspects of our programming and operations. We welcome applications from qualified 2SLGBTQ+ individuals of all races, gender identities, socioeconomic statuses, and (dis)abilities. We strongly encourage applications from equity-seeking communities. We recognize that BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour), QPoC (Queer People of Colour) and 2SLGBTQIA+ (Two-Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, +) are disproportionately underrepresented within institutional art spaces. Due to ongoing systemic barriers, we prioritize applicants who self-identify as BIPOC, QPOC, 2SLGBTQIA+.

UNION GALLERY is funded and supported by Queen's University, Alma Mater Society (AMS), Society of Graduate and Professional Students (SGPS), Ontario Arts Council, City of Kingston Arts Fund–Kingston Arts Council and the City of Kingston, with partnerships with Stauffer Library, Cultural Studies, Screen Cultures and Curatorial Studies, and Art History and Art Conservation.