Entry Deadline:
Friday October 7, 2016 at 4:30 pm

Application Form 2016

The intent of the Community Galleries is to provide exhibition spaces to local and regional artists and to enhance public access and exposure to the visual arts in the City of Ottawa. Proposals will be reviewed by a peer assessment committee and each selected exhibition will be presented at one of the four Community Galleries in 2017-2018.

These spaces act as a venue for local and regional artists and community art groups residing within 150 kilometres of Ottawa to display and cultivate the experience of the public exhibition of artwork. They present artists with the opportunity to introduce or expand upon the visibility of their artwork through interaction with a viewing public within a local environment.

Canada Naturally posterCanada Naturally: landscapes by local artists

In celebration of Canada’s 150th Anniversary, the Community Galleries and the Community Exhibition Spaces have decided to do something special to honour the tradition of the depiction of Canadian landscape in art by assembling related exhibitions across the city during July 2017.

The Community Galleries would like to extend an invitation to artists and community arts organizations to generate proposals for exhibitions about Canada Naturally: landscapes by local artists.

Along with the Community Galleries’ regular call for submissions, the Atrium Art Gallery, the Trinity Art Gallery: Salons A and B will be accepting submissions for Canada Naturally: landscapes by local artists solo or group exhibitions to be held during the month of July 2017.




List of Community Galleries

The Archives Gallery 112Central Archives, James Bartleman Centre, 100 Tallwood Drive (corner of Woodroffe)

The Atrium Art Gallery - situated in the Atrium at Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive.
Atrium Art Gallery
Atrium elevation

The Trinity Art Gallery: Salon A & Salon B - situated at the Shenkman Arts Centre, 245 Centrum Boulevard.

Trinity Salon - A
Trinity Salon - B

Eligibility Guidelines

  • Emerging and established artists currently residing within 150 km of Ottawa are invited to apply.
  • The City of Ottawa supports cultural activity that is inclusive of Ottawa's diverse community in areas such as gender, official language, ethnicity and disability. Proposals from First Nations, Inuit, Métis and new Canadian applicants are welcome and encouraged.

Artwork suitable for visual arts exhibition spaces

The City of Ottawa Community Galleries are located within buildings that are designed as “people places” where the general public is invited to freely visit the exhibition space unsupervised. The exhibitor, when requesting an exhibition, is asked to keep in mind that the Community galleries may not be a suitable venue for exhibiting all forms of artwork.

Application and Selection Process

  • If an artist is awarded three consecutive exhibitions, they must refrain from applying to the gallery selection process for a period of one year after which they may apply again.
  • Artists wishing to apply for an exhibit in a Community gallery for the period between April 2017 and March 2018 must apply by Friday October 7, 2016 at 4:30 pm, according to the Application Procedures.

Application Procedures

Application Form

1. All interested artists are invited to submit their application to the City of Ottawa’s Community Galleries Selection 2014 by FRIDAY, October 7, 2016 at 4:30 pm.

2. All submissions must include 6 images of recent artwork. These images must be submitted as digital JPEG images (300 dpi or ppi) via www.WeTransfer.com to CGC@ottawa.ca

Please note that the digital support material you provide to us will be viewed by means of a LCD projection system during the peer assessment committee selection.

3. Images of your artwork & application form & c.v. will be submitted together electronically via www.WeTransfer.com to CGC@ottawa.ca 

• Please submit good quality, 300 dpi JPEG images of your work electronically using www.WeTransfer.com to CGC@ottawa.ca
• Please be sure to properly label your images as follows: First and last name, followed by title of work, and year of creation used on the application form.
(Example: Firstname_Lastname_Title_Year; Julia_Smith_TheGrey_2016.)

• Selection will not accept images that are imbedded in any type of presentation, such as PowerPoint, websites or Word.

• Please use the Image List Template below to describe your images and place images in order of creation (most recent artwork first).
• Attach your curriculum vitae to the application form.

4. Support material sent for Community Galleries submissions will not be returned.

5. Completed applications can be mailed to or dropped off at the locations listed on the application form [ PDF - 332.57 KB ].

6. Should you have any questions please contact Penelope Kokkinos, Arts Programmer at 613-596-5783
or Mike Taylor, Arts Programmer at 613-580-2424 ext. 29288.

Artists submitting support material that does not correspond to the following guidelines will not be considered. You are responsible to test your submission materials to ensure readability.

Locations and hours

Atrium Gallery

Ben Franklin Place
101 Centrepointe Drive 



Monday to Thursday: 8:30 am to 9 pm
Friday: 8:30 am to 6 pm
Saturday: 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday: 1 to 5 pm

Closed on Sundays in July and August. 
Closed on statutory holiday


The Archives Gallery 112

Central Archives
James Bartleman Centre
100 Tallwood Drive (corner of Woodroffe)
Ottawa, Ontario 

Tel.: 613-580-2857
Fax :613-580-2614


Monday to Friday 8 am to 4 pm
Saturday (September to May, except long weekends): 10 am to 5 pm

The Central Archives is always closed on Sundays, statutory holidays and long weekends.


Trinity Art Gallery

Shenkman Arts Centre
245 Centrum Boulevard, Ground floor
Ottawa, Ontario

Tel.: 613-580-2424 ext. 29288
Information: 613-580-ARTS (2787)

Email: shenkmanartscentre@ottawa.ca


Monday to Sunday: 9 am to 10 pm