How To Apply
Our Call for Submissions goes out in the fall every year inviting artists to apply to be exhibited in the Gallery. The Smithers Art Gallery is inviting artists and curators to submit proposals for the 2019-2020 exhibition year, which runs from June 2019 through to June 2020. PLEASE NOTE: The submission deadline has been extended to January 15th, 2019
To apply, download the Exhibition Application (PDF) or pick one up from the Gallery. Applications can be submitted by email, mail or in person.
An independent selection committee, comprised of artists and art-lovers from the community and headed by the Gallery's Art Director, juries the submissions and artists are notified of the outcome in late December.
We welcome exhibition proposals for solo shows and joint/group shows (thematic or non-thematic) in all media. Exhibitions change every 5 weeks. The Gallery does not hold an exhibition in January as we are closed to the public at that time for scheduling and planning purposes.
The Gallery holds a Members’ Show and a Valley Youth Show on alternating years. The Members’ Show is open to anyone who is a current member of the Gallery at the start of the exhibition, and we usually accept up to 2 pieces per member, depending on the number of applications received. Memberships are just $25, valid May 1-April 30. The Valley Youth Show is open to all youth in Grades 8-12 being educated in the Bulkley Valley from Hazelton to Houston.
The Gallery aims to hold one guild show a year – for example a quilt show, a ceramics show, etc. The decision on which guild show to hold is decided by the selection committee when it meets in November. Suggestions and proposals from the community are welcome!
If you would like to receive our Call for Submissions when it is posted, just join our mailing list!
(Gallery Floor Plan: click image to open in large format)
As a whole, the gallery measures approximately 121 running feet and can accommodate approximately 30-40 pieces of wall art, depending on size. The gallery can be divided into two connected spaces, referred to as the Main Gallery and the Mini Gallery. The Main Gallery measures approximately 87.5 running feet, and the Mini Gallery 33.5 running feet. The gallery has a large number of plinths for displaying 3D work. Artists select on the application form which space they are applying to be exhibited in – Full Gallery, Main Gallery, or Mini Gallery.
The Gallery reserves the right to exhibit two or more artists at the same time by displaying one artist in the Main Gallery and one in the Mini Gallery, or by combining different media and displaying 2D artwork on the walls and 3D artwork on the plinths. The Gallery receives a large volume of applications and this enables us to maximise the use of the space and accept a larger number of artists who apply to be exhibited.
MEMBERSHIPS & COMMISSION
Artists do not have to be a member to submit an application or be exhibited in the gallery, but members receive a reduced commission rate on sales. Commission on art sales is 25% members/35% non-members. Memberships are $25/year (valid May 1 – April 30) and need to be taken out by the opening date of the exhibition for the reduced commission rate to apply.
PREVIOUSLY EXHIBITED ARTISTS
In order to ensure an interesting and varied schedule, the Gallery will exhibit an artist in a solo show (Full Gallery or Main Gallery space) not more frequently than once every 3 years.
Applications can only be accepted when our Call for Submissions goes out annually in the fall. To receive the Call, join our mailing list! Artists are notified of the outcome of their application in late December. Application packs may be submitted by email, mail, or in person. Applications need to include the following:
- Completed application form.
- A written description of the proposed exhibition
- 10-15 digital images (jpeg format, max 1MB each) which show examples of the actual work you would be exhibiting, or which are representative of the style of work you would be exhibiting.
- Artist's Statement
- Biography/Curriculum Vitae