Call for Artists

Gentle Disruptions
Open to: Student and professional artists based in Katarokwi-Kingston
Submission Deadline: April 17, 2023
Exhibition Dates: June 13-August 5, 2023
Curator: Vince Ha, UG Curatorial Assistant

On streets or sidewalks, we often find green slender stems that have managed to push their way through the unyielding grip of pavement, defying their surroundings, delicate leaves reaching for sunlight. This sight of determination and resilience fills us with wonder because it reminds us that even in more hostile environments, life finds a way to thrive. So how does a plant break through concrete? It finds microfissures, paths of least resistance, and over time its growth causes the concrete to displace and crack.

Gentle Disruptions explores small, mundane, or playful acts that intervene in our habits, communal distortions, and systemic biases. Where bold acts are faced with bold resistance, gentle disruptions, on the other hand, can be overlooked and underestimated, easing through nooks and crevices to affect change.



Union Gallery invites work that engages a sense of play, of child-like curiosity, that is cognizant of the microfissures—personal, communal, or institutional. We welcome work from locally-based artists, students of Queen’s University, and recent alumni (graduating within the last 5 years).

Potential work for submission can include (but is not limited to) the following:

  • Notions of art as play, and play as art
  • Time-based work with nature as a collaborator
  • Ideas of dreams, fantasy, and futurism
  • Personal well-being and survivor hood
  • Practices that invite gradual transformation

This is a group exhibition with a community-focused core/approach/intent. Artists may submit a maximum of two works. Artists must be located in the Katarokwi-Kingston and surrounding area. Shipping is not available; artworks will need to be dropped off and picked up at Union Gallery (101 Union St, First Floor Stauffer Library, Queen's University, Kingston ON K7L 5C4).


Deadline for online submission: April 17, 2023
Notification to selected artists: May 3, 2023
Artwork drop-off dates: May 23-26, 2023
Exhibition: June 13-August 5, 2023
Submissions Closed

****PLEASE NOTE: If you prefer to submit an application over Zoom as a verbal application, we are happy to accommodate that process. If you have any questions or require other accommodations during the submission process, please reach out:

Vince Ha, Curator,
Union Gallery,


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+.