Union Gallery

submission Guidelines

General Information

The Union Gallery welcomes proposals from student artists, professional artists, collectives and curators to present their work in a critical context. Our exhibitions, publications, and special projects offer education and mentorship, facilitate regional and extra-regional dialogue, and encourage collaboration, conversation and pedagogical inquiry. Each year, approximately 20 exhibitions and projects are presented, exploring technical, conceptual and experimental production across a wide range of media.

Our exhibition platforms include the Main Space, Project Room and Vitrine Space. Proposals from students (undergraduate and graduate) will be accepted throughout the year and reviewed by a Committee chaired by the Director. Priority is given to student exhibitions during the academic year. Students must be studying at Queen&rsuqo;s University, or include collaboration with Queen’s students.

Exhibition proposals from professional artists, curators and collectives for the Main Space and Project Room will be accepted during our Annual Call for Submissions. There are special calls throughout the year, and Members are invited to apply for the Ongoing Call for Submissions for the Vitrine Space. Let us know if you would like to sign up for our mailing list to find out when to apply for future calls.

We program approximately one year in advance and aim to maintain flexibility for student-led projects.

Exhibition Platforms

The Main Space is approximately 1,000 square feet with a ceiling height of 12 feet. The gallery’s structure includes an overhead grid that supports ceiling-mounted works.

The Project Room is approximately 160 square feet and is situated as a self-contained space within the main gallery space. The primary purpose of the Project Room is to present new media, video, installation and sound-based works, yet remains a flexible space based on proposals.

The Vitrine Space is a two-sided display case situated just outside the main entrance to the gallery in the Stauffer Library Loggia. Approximate dimensions: Height: 35”, Width: 41”, Shelf Depth: 2.25” (6 shelves with a height of 10.5” each).

Our gallery floorplan may be viewed here.

Artist Fees + Support

In accordance with the Canada Council guidelines, for exhibitions by professional artists, the gallery pays CARFAC fees. Exhibitions by student artists, and exhibitions or projects in the Vitrine Space, are not eligible for CARFAC fees. The Union Gallery provides insurance coverage for artworks while in the gallery’s care and control. The gallery staff provides installation support within its small team capacity. We encourage successful applicants to apply for project funding. If required, the gallery can assist with additional letters of support. If you have accessibility needs, we will be adaptable to those requirements.

Please see the descriptions for each call below in order to identify which opportunity is best suited to your practice and objectives.

Calls for Submissions

Professional Artists, Curators, Collectives:
Main Space and Project Room

Annual Call for Submissions: Currently Closed

We invite proposals from Kingston-based, extra-regional or national professional artists, curators and collectives at all stages of their career for projects in our Main Space and Project Room. Applications open in October, with an annual deadline of November 15. Applicants will be notified of their results within 12 weeks after the submission deadline.

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Students: Main Space and Project Room

Call for Submissions: Ongoing

In addition to special calls for submissions, we invite students to submit proposals throughout the year for exhibitions, performances, workshops, community events, site-specific interventions, or other unique initiatives. We encourage students to develop group proposals or self-curated projects that engage with their practices and artistic research in new and unconventional forms.

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Members and Students: Vitrine Space

Call for Submissions: Ongoing

The Vitrine Space is a two-sided display case situated just outside the main entrance to the gallery in the Stauffer Library Loggia. Recent installations have featured a curated selection of artist books, catalogues and artist print multiples from the gallery’s archive. We invite collaborative, curatorial, alternative and experimental uses for the space.

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Students: Writers/Essayists

Call for Submissions: Ongoing

We welcome submissions from student writers interested in producing short texts to accompany our exhibitions and programs. Selected writers will be called upon to respond to the specific content of an exhibition and produce an essay or text of up to 1000 words, to be published online or as a hardcopy publication, dependent on the scope of the project.

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Have any questions or need help with your application?

Contact us!
Call our office at 613.533.3171
Gallery Assistant, Nicole Daniels: ugallery@queensu.ca
Director, Carina Magazzeni: c.magazzeni@queensu.ca