Thank you for your interest in submitting work to Gallery Gachet!
While we will not be able to accept a submission from you right now, we invite you to consider submitting when the process opens.
We accept submissions each year during our annual call for submissions. Our next call for submissions for the 2018-2019 exhibition calendar year will open on September 15th, 2017.
Gallery Gachet supports artists who have experienced marginalization due to their mental health, addictions, trauma and/or abuse experiences, by working for cultural and economic justice. It is not necessary that those submitting have experienced mental illness or social marginalization personally, however the work must speak to our mandate in specific and interesting ways.
Our exhibition calendar features a range of art practices from contemporary to outsider to exhibitions representing community-engaged and social practice methods, as well as a diversity of mediums: photography, video, performance art, drawing, 3D, installation, ceramics, textiles and more. For more information on Gachet’s vision and Basis of Unity, please see http://gachet.org/about.
We welcome proposals that challenge mental health stigmas, barriers to full social, cultural, and economic participation; disability art; art for social change; as well as ideas that actively engage the community in your work. We look to create and maintain collaborations within the mental health and cultural sectors, as well as our local Downtown Eastside neighbourhood. Exhibitions may thematically coincide with other events and festivals. We accept proposals for solo, group, juried, curated, or major exhibition projects; as well as screenings, workshops, performances and collaborations.
We pay CARFAC fees, and provide support for openings, catering, marketing, A/V equipment, installation and a six-week exhibition run at Gallery Gachet.
The Gallery Gachet collective selects a jury of six artists, curators, and gallery collective members. Jurors meet in November 2017 and put forward their suggestions to the collective for final approval.
Submitting artists and curators will be notified of the results of the selection process by January 2018.
Ways to Submit
Work can be dropped off, mailed, or emailed to the gallery. Gallery Gachet aims to be a low barrier space and accepts proposals in many formats – paper, CD, DVD, flash drives and email submissions will all be accepted.
1. Documentation of your work or project may include but is not limited to:
• 10 – 20 images clearly labeled with name, number, title, dimensions, and a numbered image list.
• a short video that typifies your work (no more than 3 minutes).
• audio recordings (no more than 3 minutes).
2. A written proposal, describing a well-thought out theme or body of work, explaining what you wish to do and any special requirements (250 – 500 words)
3. A CV or biography, charting your arts education and exhibitions history
We value nontraditional and traditional forms of arts education and arts experiences. Feel free to include workshops, mentorships or profound experiences that have led you to cultivate the work you are proposing.
4. An artist statement (Optional)
5. A self-addressed, stamped envelope to have hard copy submission materials returned (Optional)