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Call for Art Submissions

York Pride 2020: "Just Be" Art Exhibition
Submission Deadline: Sunday, April 26, 2020 EST 11:59 p.m.

This year "JUST BE" ART EXHIBITION welcomes you to celebrate our history, diversity and courage through York Pride's 20th Anniversary. It's our pleasure to invite 2SLGBTQ+ artists and allies of York Region and beyond to share their voices, stories and perspectives through visual art reflecting on what this milestone means to them and their community.

York Pride shines a light on human diversity within York Region through its annual events and initiatives, providing residents with opportunities to express and celebrate their sexualities and gender identities. Together, York Pride and the Town of Newmarket aim to foster and support living free of fear and discrimination. However, homophobia and lack of acceptance remain a reality for the 2SLGBTQ+ community.  This exhibition will provide a platform for these unique voices to be heard. The progressions, achievements and setbacks, faced in the last 20 years and before, play an important part in our collective history and personal narratives. We eagerly await the many contributions the 2SLGBTQ+ community will make in the next 20 years!

Exhibition: May 15 to June 20, 2020
Located at: Newmarket Old Town Hall | Serpa and Community Galleries (460 Botsford Street), Newmarket


How To Enter

Submission Deadline: Sunday, April 26, 2020 EST 11:59 p.m.

Cost:  No fee for entry

Eligibility:  2SLGBTQ +/ allied emerging or established artists and makers are invited to apply.  Open to York Region residents and beyond. Each applicant can submit up to two (2) pieces of artwork in any medium for consideration. All mediums of art are eligible (e.g. photography, painting, sculpture, multimedia, video, etc.)  For individuals under the age of 18 years, parental/guardian contact information is required to enter. 

Submission Details:  Submissions must be submitted through the email submissions@newmarket.ca with the subject line of 'YORK PRIDE'.

What to include in your submission:

  1. A Signed Submission Form 
  2. A CV (Microsoft Word or PDF), describing years of experience as an artist and a list of galleries/shows where your work has been exhibited (if applicable).
  3. Digital JPG images of each work (72 dpi) labelled as: YourName_title of work_01
  4. A brief explanation about each artwork and how it relates to the theme of the exhibit (max 250 words, Microsoft Word or PDF).
  5. If your work(s) requires special equipment such as technology, video, projection, display cases, plinths, sound, etc.  Please specify. 
  6. For 2-dimensional works, please refer to our Hanging Requirements doc

Conditions of Entry:

  • The applicant agrees to provide original artwork(s) and content for this exhibition.
  • Submissions are accepted from 2SLGBTQ+ / allied emerging and established artists and makers working in any media.
  • Each applicant can submit up to two (2) works for consideration.  All submissions require a minimum of one (1) colour digital image per work.
  • Work in progress or proposals for works are welcome.
  • Series or multiplies (i.e triptych image) will be considered as one (1) submission
  • All 2D works must be hanging ready at the time of installation, please refer to our Hanging Requirements doc {link to PDF}
  • Works must have been created within the last two years.
  • Submissions must be submitted through the email submissions@newmarket.ca
  • If accepted, the applicant acknowledges that Newmarket Old Town Hall Gallery may use images of accepted works for promotional use in print and online. 

Conditions of Delivery

  • The applicant acknowledges responsibility for costs associated with the transportation/delivery of accepted works to and from Newmarket Old Town Hall.
  • Newmarket Old Town Hall Gallery does not provide insurance for accepted works during transportation/delivery. Newmarket Old Town Hall will ensure all works under its Fine Art Policy once artwork has been delivered to the gallery premise.

Key Dates

  • Submissions must be received via email no later than Sunday, April 26, 2020 EST 11:59 p.m.
  • Applicants will be notified via email of the Jury's decision by Thursday, April 30, 2020.
  • Selected applicants will be required to deliver accepted works to Newmarket Old Town Hall Gallery (460 Botsford Street, Newmarket, ON L3Y 1T1) on: Thursday, May 13, 2020 between 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • All work must be picked up on Sunday, June 21, 2020 between 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • The exhibition will officially open on Friday, May 15, 2020 and close on Saturday, June 20, 2020. Please refer to Newmarket.ca/OTHexhibits for hours of operation.

Further inquiries: Logan Bales, Gallery Coordinator | Curator at lbales@newmarket.ca

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