Call for Submissions: PLOT

Sun 30 Apr 2017 11PM


The word “plot” describes a small parcel of land, designated for a specific purpose. It refers to a sequence of events that drives a story. To “plot” can mean to chart one’s position, as on a map, or to devise a secret plan or scheme.


PLOT is a forthcoming space at Access Gallery, launching in Fall 2017 following an extensive gallery renovation and space-creation project made possible by the generosity of the Province of BC’s Collaborative Spaces program. We are seeking submissions from collectives, artist initiatives, nascent or small-scale organizations, and those conducting itinerant projects who seek space, greater visibility and, most importantly, who desire to cultivate a relationship with a community or public.

Given Access Gallery’s mission to create conditions for emergence, PLOT will exist as a platform for occupants who will benefit from reaching these publics, and who are in need of physical space to manifest their initiative. The 200ft² space will be gifted in kind to occupants for an agreed-upon duration (between one and six months), and will serve as a public interface, a site for exchange, experimentation or otherwise. PLOT will be accessible to the public during Access’ regular opening hours, and for special programmed events. We welcome submissions from applicants of differing natures, and are particularly interested in those demonstrating a set of values shared with our own, or who are developing projects that might converse with Access’ upcoming artistic programmes. We encourage applicants to consider conducting events, workshops, research, talks, reading groups, work-ins, and so on.

The aim of PLOT is to establish a collegial relationship with occupants, to support one another through a cross-pollination of communities, a sharing of skills and resources, and an investment in the cultivation of conversations that might otherwise remain isolated. We are motivated by the increased potential and unexpected synergies for both artists and audiences who work alongside one another. This strategy seems increasingly important given the many forces attempting to divide and disintegrate community within our current socio-political and economic milieu, and considering also that we remain uninvited guests on the unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Peoples.

*PLOT occupants will also have a large format plotter printer at their disposal, generously donated by Measured Architecture, which may or may not factor in their programmes, artistic output and interface with the public.

The PLOT initiative was made possible by the Province of BC’s Collaborative Spaces Program, and is generously supported by Measured Architecture. Access acknowledges the ongoing support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Province of BC through the BC Arts Council and the BC Gaming Commission, the City of Vancouver, and our donors, members, and volunteers.


Submission Guidelines

Please format your application as a single PDF, and email it directly to by 11:00 PM, April 30, 2017. Please use subject line “PLOT 2017-18.”

Your submission must include the following:

-> 250 word introduction to / background on your organization, collective, or initiative, including descriptions, if applicable, of past programme

-> 250 word proposal for your occupation of PLOT, including prospective timeline and a budget that indicates projected and/or confirmed funding sources. (*Please remember to budget for CARFAC level fees for all invited artists and practitioners)

-> Up to 10 images of relevant past work

-> One-page CVs of all participants/collaborators

-> Max 100 word biographies of all primary participants and, if applicable, of invited artists/practitioners

Please direct all questions to