Union Gallery is the primary public gallery at Queen's University dedicated to showcasing the excellence and diversity of artistic 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, coordinated group shows (i.e. student club exhibitions, curatorial experiments, class exhibitions), one-day/night events and any program proposals (i.e. performances, film screenings, workshops and other non-conventional forms of creative exchange) are encouraged.
UG also supports local, regional and national professional artists with projects that support the exchange of ideas and/or skills with Queen's and Katarokwi/Kingston communities to foster a diverse network of artistic production, presentation and interpretation.
We program on average 6-months in advance.
Submissions are juried by a committee Chaired by UG Director and are prioritized in the following order...
• Graduate thesis and dissertation exhibitions
• Undergraduate students in their graduating year
• Group and/or class exhibitions
• Professional exhibitions
When reviewing submissions for selection, UG will be considering...
• Your needs based on the priorities of projects identified above
• Artists who identify as BIPOC, QPOC, 2SLGBTQIA+
• Quality and completion of submission
• Our capacity to accommodate and support your project
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.
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Please advise us of any accommodations needed to ensure you can access and complete the submissions process.
Union Gallery invites proposals from professional artists, collectives, and curators at various stages of their careers for its exhibition platforms and public programs. We welcome proposals from artists working in all disciplines and from local, regional and national communities.
As a student-centred gallery located in Katarokwi/Kingston, we are passionate about providing a platform for connection and exchange with members of Queen's University and local communities. We are interested in proposals that centre the creative exchange of critical, conceptual, or experimental ideas and professional skills with students, members of the Queen's community and local audiences.
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.
Main Space: 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.
Project Room: approximately 160 square feet. Ideal for solo exhibitions and installations including new media, video, and sound-based works.
Vitrine: self-contained display case. We are currently re-designing our Vitrine to be mobile. Stay tuned for details.
~other/the virtual~ web-based projects, exhibitions or programs that can be supported via our website or social media.
Artists and curators are responsible for installing and dismantling their artworks, with support and consultation provided by gallery staff.
We offer 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, painting and equipment are the responsibility of the artists.
UG operates by Campsite Rules/Accountability to Future Artists—leave the gallery in the condition you found it, if not better, please & thank you.
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