WE WANT TO HEAR YOUR IDEAS!


Union Gallery invites Queen's University student artists, collectives and curators of all kinds—from all disciplines—to submit proposals throughout the year. UG also supports local, regional and national professional artists with the aim to foster a diverse network of artistic production, presentation and interpretation.






OPEN CALLS FOR SUBMISSIONS


Union Gallery is the primary public venue at Queen's University dedicated to showcasing the current artistic and research-creation practices of Queen's University students. Students from any department, working in any medium, are invited to participate as artists, collectives and curators. Individual artworks, group shows, one-day events and any program proposals are encouraged. UG also supports local, regional and national professional artists with projects that support the exchange of ideas and skills with Queen's and Katarokwi-Kingston communities to foster a diverse network of artistic production, presentation and interpretation. UG encourages submissions that showcase artists and curators’ most recent endeavours as well as works that incite conversation and represent diverse perspectives.

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


Annual Call for Submissions


UG circulates an Annual Call for Submissions for professional artists and curators (typically in November). Due to the impact of COVID-19 on our programming, the Annual Call is postponed until further notice. In order to exhibit with Union Gallery, professional artists and curators must be a member of the gallery. UG pays professional fees to professional artists in accordance with the CARFAC fee schedule. If you have any questions, or require accommodations during the submission process, please reach out: ugallery@queensu.ca / 613.533.3171

Scroll down for a list of Frequently Asked Questions.



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GALLERY SPACE AND PLATFORMS


MAIN SPACE: 1,000 square feet with a ceiling height of 12 feet. The gallery's structure includes an overhead grid that supports artworks suspended from the ceiling.
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PROJECT ROOM: 160 square feet with a ceiling height of 12 feet and overhead grid. Ideal for solo exhibitions and installations including new media, video, and sound.
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OFF-SITE OR VIRTUAL: Web-based projects, exhibitions, performances or programs that can be supported on our website, off-site, on-campus, etc.

WANDERING ART STATION: Projects in any format or medium that will use the WAS as a station for public programming. Projects should be committed to thinking about its specific site, territory and environment, audience, community and publics.
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EQUITY STATEMENT


Union Gallery is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion in all aspects of our programming and operations. UG welcomes applications from qualified individuals of all sexualities, races, gender identities, socioeconomic statuses, and (dis)abilities. We strongly encourage applications from equity-seeking communities. UG recognizes 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, UG prioritizes applicants who self-identify as BIPOC, QPOC, 2SLGBTQIA+. If you would like to, please indicate if you self-identify as a member of any equity-seeking groups in your submission.




FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


HOW ARE SUBMISSIONS SELECTED?

Each call for submission is juried by a designated Selections Committee. Our Selections Committees are Chaired by the gallery Director, with a student-majority composition, including professional curators and artists. As a student-centred gallery, the majority of exhibitions feature student artists. Our annual programming decisions are guided by equity, diversity and inclusion; ensuring a range of media; projects that are responsive to evolving community needs; and projects that support the exchange of ideas and skills with Queen's and Katarokwi-Kingston communities to foster a diverse network of artistic production, presentation and interpretation. UG encourages submissions that showcase the most recent endeavours of artists and curators, as well as works that incite conversation and represent diverse perspectives. When reviewing submissions, we consider: artists' needs based on identified priorities (i.e. graduate thesis or dissertation exhibition; students in their graduating year; class exhibitions, etc.); artists who identify as BIPOC, QPOC, 2SLGBTQIA+; quality and completion of submission; our capacity to accommodate and support your project.

If you are interested in getting involved on a UG Selections Committee, please reach out: ugallery@queensu.ca / 613.533.3171



DO I NEED TO BE A MEMBER TO APPLY FOR AN EXHIBITION?

You do not need to be a current member to apply for an exhibition. If your submission is selected, in order to exhibit with Union Gallery, professional artists and curators must be a member of the gallery. Queen's University students do not need to be a current member to exhibit with the gallery, though it is encouraged. Various benefits including Virtual Studio Visits are available to our members, which is a great opportunity to gain feedback and support on your proposal prior to submitting. Click here to learn more about our membership options.



DO I HAVE TO BE A FINE ART STUDENT TO SUBMIT?

No, not at all! We are a space and resource open to all Queen's University students, regardless of discipline or program. We also encourage group or curated submissions from student artists, collectives and clubs.



DO I HAVE TO BE BASED IN KATAROKWI-KINGSTON TO APPLY?

We welcome proposals from artists and curators who are local (based in Katarokwi-Kingston), regional (based in the Katarokwi-Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington area) or national (within Canada).



CAN I APPLY TO MORE THAN ONE CALL?

Yes, artists are welcome to apply to more than one of our submission opportunities unless they have recently exhibited at Union Gallery. Students who have participated in an exhibition with four or fewer artists will not be considered for an exhibition of four or fewer artists within a period of one year. If a professional artist has recently had an exhibition in the Main Space or Project Room, they are not permitted to exhibit again until a period of three years has transpired in order to be fair to other applicants.



IS ONLY VISUAL ARTWORK ACCEPTED?

No, not at all! Union Gallery presents and interprets interdisciplinary contemporary art in a critical context, exploring technical, conceptual and experimental production across a wide range of media. This includes new media work, poetry, dance, music, performance art and digital art.



WHAT IS THE EXHIBITION INSTALLATION PROCESS LIKE?

As a gallery that is centred in experiential learning, artists are responsible for installing their own artworks and exhibitions. Gallery staff and volunteers provide support, guidance and consultation during the entire process. We provide a full inventory of installation materials such as plinths, tools, fasteners; and AV equipment including projectors, flat screens, speakers, media players. AV equipment is limited, must be reserved in advance of installation, and availability depends on concurrent exhibition needs. Any special hardware and equipment are the responsibility of the artist. The gallery completes final touch-ups on installation, finalizes lighting, vinyl and labels, and professionally documents all exhibitions.



CAN I SELL MY ARTWORK THROUGH THIS OPPORTUNITY?

No, we are not a commercial gallery and cannot manage art sales. However, we want to promote your work! Artist websites, social media, etc. will be shared publicly in promotions, with the artist's consent. We send any potential sale inquiries directly to the artist.



WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE EXHIBITION ENDS?

Artists must be present or arrange alternative arrangements to dismantle their exhibitions and remove artworks. We cannot store artwork after the exhibition closes, unless the artist and gallery have mutually agreed to the artwork being donated to the gallery for future fundraising. Union Gallery operates on the principle of Accountability to Future Artists and asks that artists leave the gallery in the condition they found it, if not better.  ☺



Can my proposal be reviewed before I submit it?

We do our best to accommodate all requests to review proposals. Gallery members and Queen's University students are invited to book a Virtual Studio Visit to receive specific feedback. Our staff are always available to answer your questions. If you have any questions, or require accommodations during the submission process, please reach out: ugallery@queensu.ca / 613.533.3171



Will I hear back if my proposal is not selected?

We thank all submitting artists and curators for the care and thought put into their proposals. All those who submit proposals will be contacted and provided with notification of the status of their submission. We receive a high volume of submissions. It can be quite competitive! If you appropriately follow the submission guidelines but your submission is not successful, we encourage you to consider applying again in the future.