A “Call for Art” is issued when a venue, such as a gallery, museum, public building with a large wall-space needing decorating, decides to ask artists to submit art to be shown in the building. Space may be open for three-dimensional art as well, and this could be for sculpture, pottery, ceramics, carvings, jewelry, fiber-art, or other artistic mediums.
We had hoped to provide a definitive guide for answering a call for art and a template. Upon researching various calls has come the realization that there is a great variation on what is asked for by venues, what their terms are, and what they want from artists. You need to find
your spot on that continuum and decide what you are comfortable with. If the venue asks morethan you are willing, or able, to provide, don’t apply. If there is not enough benefit for youversus the cost to you, to show your work, do not apply.
A venue may be a prestigious gallery showing only work of famous artists commanding a high price, or a local restaurant whose owner allows local artists to hang work on the walls as a way to help out and have some nice colour on the walls, and anything in between.
Determine the Value for You to Answer a Call for Art
Always do a cost benefit analysis before applying to show your work, and possibly sell your work at a venue.
We have provided a guideline, with some considerations and topics to think about. There are also links to helpful information.
CARFAC (Canadian Artists Representation / Le Front Des Artistes Canadiens), is a national voice of Canada’s Professional visual artists and CARFAC Maritimes is the regional affiliate. Their website has a lot of good information regarding dealing with venues. Their recommendations are desired ones; the reality is that you may not get paid for showing your work, you may have to pay an entry fee, and pay to insure your work yourself. You have to decide what you are willing to do to have your work shown.
Always follow the instructions given by the venue. Read them carefully and have someone you know, who has an eye for detail, check over your submission against the requirements list.
Both Sides of the Story
The table view below may help you to see both sides of the interaction.
For Art Being Shown in a Gallery Type Setting: Callout for Art Submission: