Artists must be from Northern BC and identify as First Nations, Inuit, or Métis ancestry.
Artists must be 18 years of age or older.
All mediums and scales, large and small, are encouraged – sculpture, clay, glass, fibre, photography, painting, metalwork, carving, printmaking, jewelry and beyond.
All artwork must be of a high quality in their medium. Artwork must be original creations by
the artist, and not previously shown at the Smithers Art Gallery.
A completed application form. If you don't have access to the electronic application form,
Artists may submit up to 2 pieces. The curatorial committee - comprised of professional Indigenous artists - will review all submissions for acceptance. The Smithers Art Gallery
will not accept work that includes any discriminatory content, cultural appropriation or
contravenes copyright law.
Please provide 2 - 4 samples of previous work, and/or process images of the piece(s) you
are submitting to be included in the show. Please ensure images are clear, and provide a
good depiction of the work you are submitting to be included in the exhibition. Please
name your files LastName_FirstName_Title.
Please do not send original artworks with your application
2023 CALL FOR ARTISTS
We are now accepting applications for our 2023 exhibition season
Submission deadline: June 13, 2022
In its entirety, the Gallery measures approximately 111 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 78.3 running feet, and the Mini Gallery 32.6 running feet. The Gallery has a large number of plinths and an additional 40 running feet of moveable wall space for displaying work as well. Artists must indicate on their application form if they are applying for the Full Gallery, Main Gallery, or the Mini Gallery.
MEMBERSHIPS & COMMISSIONS
Artists do not have to be a member to submit an application or to be exhibited in the Gallery, however; members do receive a reduced commission rate on sales. Commission percentages are 25% for members and 35% for non-members. Memberships are $25/year (valid May 1-April 30) and need to be purchased by the opening date of the exhibition for the reduced commission rate to apply.
The Gallery will make payments to exhibiting artists based on the CARFAC 2023 fee schedule. We are a Class I small space, hosting exhibitions for a 4-5 week time period. Fees will be pro-rated. Payments will be made within 30 days of the end of an artist exhibition. Although artists are paid for royalties there is a requirement for having 75% of work available for sale during each exhibition at the Smithers Art Gallery.
PREVIOUSLY EXHIBITED ARTISTS
In order to ensure that there is a varied and interesting schedule, the Gallery will exhibit a solo show artist no more than once every two years.
Applications are only accepted during our annual call for artists in June. Artists will be notified of the outcome of their application in August. Application packs can 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 or high-quality prints of the work you are proposing to exhibit or examples of similar work saved as jpg files on USB or sent via email. All images must be labelled and accompanied by an image list with the artist name, title of each piece, medium and dimension (WxHxD).
A website address and/or a social media page handle relating to your work (if you have one)
Artist's Statement - artist introduction: why and how you make your art
Biography - include education, exhibition history, teaching or other relevant experience to your art, scholarships and awards
Submissions will be juried by an independent selection committee and evaluated on artistic and creative excellence, originality and impact of work. We welcome art in all mediums. Exhibitions change once every 4-5 weeks.
For questions or assistance putting together your application contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 250 847 3898.