Open to: Queen's University Students
Union Gallery invites Queen's University student artists, collectives and curators of all kinds—from all disciplines—to submit proposals throughout the year. Students must be studying at Queen's University, or proposals must include collaboration with Queen’s students. We want to hear your ideas! 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 (i.e. performances, film screenings, workshops and other non-conventional forms of creative exchange) are encouraged. Artwork submissions should be completed work, but proposals can also include examples of recent artworks, sketches, etc. Please keep in mind: we program on average 6 months in advance.
Submissions are juried by a student-majority Selections Committee Chaired by the gallery Director. When reviewing submissions, we consider:
Please note: Not everyone who applies for an exhibition will be given the opportunity to exhibit solo. In the case that the Selections Committee notices a common theme amongst a number of submissions, we may propose group shows of 2-4 person exhibitions. Students are encouraged to curate exhibitions amongst their peers. We invite proposals from students in all programs and disciplines at Queen's University.
If you have any questions, or require accommodations during the submission process, please reach out: firstname.lastname@example.org / 613.533.3171
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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. Download the floorplan package.
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. Download the floorplan package.
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.
Submissions are juried by a student-majority Selections Committee Chaired by the gallery Director. The committee meets on average once a month and we aim to respond to applicants within 6 weeks after their submission. All those who submit interest will be contacted. Please keep in mind that we program about 6 months in advance.
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 proposals from student artists, collectives and clubs.
Single artwork submissions are better suited to our special calls. Our open call for proposals is ideal for complete projects and installations, rather than a single, individual artwork. We encourage artists to consider the exhibition space and scale when submitting.
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.
As a gallery that is centred in experiential learning, students 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.
Since the gallery operates on an exhibition schedule of rapid-turnover, any special paint colours or alterations to the physical space must be requested and approved well in advance of the exhibition. Approval is based on gallery budget and capacity. The gallery supplies white paint only for touch-ups and repairs; any other paint colours must be approved by the gallery.
Yes! The gallery is responsible for the insurance of artists' work during the time that the artwork is in the gallery's care and control. In the event of loss or damage, the gallery will provide insurance coverage of the full replacement value of the work. Artists must provide the insurance value of work to the gallery upon signing their artist agreement.
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. ☺
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.
The gallery will arrange online and print promotions of the exhibition and send notices across social media, mailing lists, press, etc. We ask that artists provide high-quality images of their artwork to help with promotions. We work collaboratively with students to determine the final content and aesthetics of promotional materials. The gallery hires a professional photographer to document the exhibition once installed.
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