Due to the number of submissions and nature of our planning process, only proposals of interest will be contacted. We accept submissions on an ongoing basis to be considered by the Director/Curator, and we periodically host juried reviews to ensure a collective consideration of proposals.
Access Gallery’s programming includes visual and media art exhibitions, installations, performances, and special projects. We receive 100+ submissions each year. Access welcomes submissions from local, national, and international artists at early stages and/or at moments of risk in more established practices. Curatorial decisions are made by the Director/Curator, Katie Belcher, informed both by her independent research and a submissions review committee, which changes annually. This committee of artists, staff, and board members identifies practices of interest, giving equal attention to projects in development as to finished work.
If these submission guidelines are a barrier and you’d prefer to submit in a more accessible format, please contact Director/Curator, Katie Belcher, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-689-2907.
Please submit proposals as a single zipped folder by email to email@example.com. In addition to specific deadlines, we welcome submissions year-round, which will be kept on file for consideration by the Director/Curator, staff, and guest curators.
CV or short biography (maximum 2 pages)
An opportunity to tell us about yourself and your artistic practice. This could include previous projects, exhibitions, and experience, and/or the context in which you make your work.
Up to 10 samples of recent work and a detailed image list
- Images – JPEG file only, 72dpi, 1024x768px
- For video and audio files, please submit a URL to an online link – 5 minutes maximum
- Please include title, medium, date, and label each file, i.e 01surname.jpg
Critical reviews of past projects and professional references can be included but are not required. Weblinks are welcome, but please give us directions to relevant information.
Project description or letter of intent (maximum 2 pages)
A detailed proposal for your project, or exhibition, describing what you wish to do and any special requirements for your work.
- tell us about your practice (the material and conceptual concerns that drive your work).
- describe the structure of your project (are you applying for an exhibition, in need of support for a social practice, planning a series of events, etc?)
- discuss any specific needs from us including physical or technical requirements
- if it helps, here are some prompts:
- why do you want to present this work with us as opposed to another gallery?
- how might presenting it in this location inform and impact your work?
- does your practice rely on research, either formal or experiential?
Selected artists for exhibition will be supported in the following ways:
- we pay artist’s fees in accordance with the current CAR/FAC Fee Schedule under Category 1.
- the staff assists with installation of your exhibition.
- we will produce a text to accompany your show
- we will present an accompanying talk, for which CARFAC fees are also provided
- we aim to support the artist in execution of their project through travel and accommodation, childcare during installation, one-way shipping, and technical support, wherever possible.
- we encourage selected artists to apply for travel and project funding to support your project, and can assist with letters of support.
With gratitude as guests, Access is located on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.
Access additionally recognizes its location in Vancouver’s Chinatown, an area for the gathering of predominantly Cantonese-speaking Chinese labourers, settlers, and businesses since the nineteenth century. Our gallery borders the site of Hogan’s Alley, an important home to Vancouver’s Black population until their forced displacement through the construction of the Georgia viaduct fifty years ago.
Access gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of the following funders as well as our committed family of donors, members, and volunteers, for enabling this organization to remain vigorous and connected to the communities we support.