The closing date has been extended until Friday, November 29, 2019, 4:30 pm.
If you applied before the original closing date of October 4, 2019 and have not received an email confirmation, you are asked to resubmit an application.
Selected candidates will be informed in early January 2020.
Application Form 2019
The City of Ottawa Community Arts Program invites emerging and established artists, artist collectives and community arts organizations working in visual arts and fine craft to propose an exhibition.
The intent of the Community Galleries is to provide exhibition spaces to local and regional artists residing within 150 kilometres of Ottawa. The Community Galleries’ growth was tempered by the insights and the ambitions of local artists and arts organizations and their support towards public access and exposure to the visual arts throughout the City of Ottawa.
Proposals will be reviewed by a peer assessment committee and selected exhibitions will be presented at one of the four Community Galleries in 2020 to 2021.
Participating Community Galleries
The Archives Gallery 112
Central Archives, James Bartleman Centre, 100 Tallwood Drive (corner of Woodroffe)
Floor plans [ PDF - 190 KB ]
The Atrium Art Gallery
Atrium at Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive
Atrium Gallery Floor Plans [ PDF - 44.57 KB ]
The Trinity Art Gallery: Salon A and Salon B
Shenkman Arts Centre, 245 Centrum Boulevard
Floor plans Salon A [ PDF - 148 KB ]
Floor plans Salon B [ PDF - 141 KB ]
Each Community Gallery offers the artist shared promotional opportunities and consistent exhibition space service delivery specific to the host facility.
Direct sales of artwork by the artist is permitted in the Community Galleries’ exhibition spaces and therefore no Canadian Artists Representation/le Front des artistes canadiennes fee will be paid to exhibiting artists. Professional artists and curators that wish to be supported by Canadian Artists Representation/le Front des artistes canadiennes fees and guidelines may submit exhibition proposals to Karsh-Masson Gallery or City Hall Art Gallery.
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, including people from diverse ancestries, abilities, ages, countries of origin, cultures, genders, incomes, languages, races and sexual orientations. The City of Ottawa recognizes the Algonquin Anishinabe Nation as Ottawa’s Indigenous Host Nation. Applications from artists of diverse origins including First Nations, Inuit and Métis are welcome and encouraged. The City of Ottawa recognizes both official languages as having the same rights, status and privileges.
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 has been 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 2020 and 2021 must apply by Friday, November 29, 2019, 4:30 pm, following the eligibility and submission guidelines below.
Artwork submission guidelines
All submissions must include 6 images of recent artwork. These images must be submitted as digital JPEG images (72 dpi) (See page 3 application procedures for details on digital image submission.) The Peer Assessment Committee will not review any other format of images.
It is recommended that the images reflect work that has been completed in the last two years and be representative of the intended direction of the artist's future exhibition.
It is recommended that two of the images submitted should appear as artworks in the exhibition.
All artworks accepted for exhibition must be framed and/or presentable and ready for installation on a click rail display system. Three-dimensional works will require display stands suitable for a gallery exhibition, arranged for and provided by the artist.
Copyright / moral rights
Copyright of artworks shall remain the property of the artist. Moral rights shall remain with the artist. The City of Ottawa will seek copyright permission to reproduce the images for non-profit publicity purposes.
Confidentiality of information
Administrators and peer assessment committee are required to treat both the content of submissions and the deliberations of the committee as confidential. Information provided by the applicant may be available to City of Ottawa staff, committees, and members of the peer assessment committee. Personal information contained therein shall be dealt with on a confidential basis pursuant to the Municipal Freedom and Protection Privacy Act.
All eligible proposals are reviewed by a peer assessment committee based on the following criteria:
- artistic merit and professionalism
- regional importance and innovation
- quality and cohesiveness of the artwork images and the brief written proposal statement
- appropriateness of the proposal to the public nature of the gallery space
Each peer assessment committee consists of three art professionals. Committee members meet to review the proposals together. The composition of each committee aims to balance representation of artistic specialization, practice, style and philosophy, as well as fair representation of official languages, gender, geographic areas and culture-specific communities. Peer assessment committee members are invited to participate by City employees based on their knowledge and experience, fair and objective opinions, ability to articulate ideas, and ability to work in a team environment. Committee members change with every competition. If you are interested in participating as a committee member, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The decisions of the peer assessment committee on all matters pertaining to the assessment of artwork related to the Selection 2019 application shall be final.
Deadline and notification
Submissions must be dated, postmarked or received by hand or mail no later than Friday, November 29, 2019 at 4:30 pm. Late or incomplete submissions will not be reviewed.
Applicants will be notified of peer assessment committee details by e-mail approximately two months after the submission deadline.
Due to the large number of applications, submission feedback will not be provided. If you are not selected for the 2019 Community Galleries Selection you are encouraged to reapply in 2020.
Artists selected for exhibiting will be engaged through Community Gallery “Gallery Agreements”.
The Exhibitor may sell his/her work during the exhibit therefore no Canadian Artists Representation/le Front des artistes canadiennes fees will be paid to exhibitors.
The artist is responsible for the sales transaction, the pickup and/or delivery of any artwork sold. The artist will pay a 15% commission on all sales to support the Young at Art or ARTicipate Endowment funds.
All pieces of artwork are to remain in the exhibition for the duration of the show.
The City of Ottawa is not involved in the sale of exhibition artwork.
All interested artists are invited to submit their application to the City of Ottawa’s Community Galleries Selection 2019 by Friday, November 29, 2019 at 4:30 pm.
Please note that the digital support material you provide to us will be viewed by means of an LCD projection system during the peer assessment committee selection.
Please submit good quality, JPEG images of your artwork: 72 dpi; no larger than 1 MB each; RGB format; maximum of 1240 pixels (length or width).
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_2018.)
Selection will not accept materials that require software, plug-ins, extensions or other executables that need to be downloaded or installed.
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, the application form and images.
Support material sent for Community Galleries Selection submissions will not be returned.
Artists submitting support material that does not correspond to the preceding guidelines will not be considered.
Artists are responsible for testing submission materials to ensure readability.
Should you have any questions please contact:
Penelope Kokkinos, Arts Programmer
Mike Taylor, Arts Programmer
613-580-2424 ext. 29288