Union Gallery

submission Guidelines

General Information

The gallery exhibition program supports the presentation of visual art that reflects a contemporary art practice by pre-professional student artists and professional artists including visual, interdisciplinary and time-based artworks, both solo and group shows. We also accept submissions for curatorial projects, events, and workshops. There are two exhibition spaces: the main gallery (approx. 1000 square ft) and the project room (16'x10'x16'), a self-contained space located inside the main gallery. The project room mandate is to present installation, new media, time and sound-based works although other proposals will be considered.

Calls for Submissions and Guidelines:

Level Earth | Call for Student


Deadline: November 1, 2019

The Union Gallery invites student submissions for the upcoming exhibition Level Earth, November 16-January 17.

Level Earth, as an exhibition, intends to respond to the climate crisis as an urgent issue. The proposition of the Anthropocene centres the human and human activity as the definitive force in the earth’s geology and ecosystems. For this exhibition, we are seeking work that attends to the ways in which human consumption impacts the environment. How might the interplay of nature, pollution and architecture shape our lived environment? In what ways are we implicated in the crisis we find ourselves in? How might art offer a means to respond to this crisis?

Submissions in all media (sculpture, photography, video, print, etc.) are encouraged. The Union Gallery supports the presentation of high quality contemporary art in the form of original, collaborative and experimental ideas and projects. Works in progress will be considered as long as they provide the selection team with a clear idea of the finished piece. If selected, works must be completed by November 12, 2019.

Completed packages should be submitted as a single PDF and emailed to Jocelyn Purdie at ugallery@queensu.ca.

Download the application guidelines here.

Vitrine Projects | 2019-2020

Deadline: November 9, 2019

The Union Gallery invites proposals for exhibitions in the Vitrine Project space located just outside the gallery. We are seeking submissions from undergraduate and graduate student artists and curators, as well as local professional artists.

In keeping with the gallery mandate, the project proposals should reflect on contemporary visual and interdisciplinary art and art practices. Please visit the archives on our website to view previous exhibits. You may also propose an alternative use for the space.

Please keep in mind the limited space of the vitrine. Approximate dimensions of usable interior space:
Height: 105 cm (41 in.)
Width: 89 cm (35 in.)
Shelf depth: 5.5 cm (2.25 in.) - 6 shelves; shelf height: 26.7cm (10.5 in.)

Submission Requirements:
1. Proposal description/concept - 1 page maximum. Clearly describe the proposed exhibition or project. Please submit as a pdf. Note: if you would like to discuss your project before applying please contact jp14@queensu.ca.
2. Artist/curator statement - 100-250 words.
3. Artist bio - between 50-100 words.
4. If applicable, please attach a list of supporting materials and/or images.
5. Submit above materials to ugallery@queensu.ca (ATTN: Jocelyn Purdie).

Please note: While the vitrine is locked, there is no security in the foyer area, which is open 24 hours. Projects are not insured by the gallery. CARFAC fees are not available for this space.

General Call | 2020-2021 Programming

Season | Main Space and Project Room

Image: Lindsey Wilson, worked up/wound up, 2018

Deadline: November 15, 2019, 5pm.

The Union Gallery invites submissions for the annual November 15 deadline. This includes exhibitions, projects, collaborations, and workshops for our 2020-2021 programming season. We encourage submissions from extra-regional, national and Kingston-based artists.

Please submit packages electronically to ugallery@queensu.ca, attn. Jocelyn Purdie.

For more information, please contact Jocelyn Purdie, Gallery Director, jp14@queensu.ca.

Download the application guidelines here.

Gallery Floor Plan: Download a PDF of this gallery floor plan here.