Open Call

SPAACES is accepting proposals for future solo, group themed and curated exhibitions. 
Please email your proposal to marianne@spaaces.art

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Resume / CV
  • Narrative Bio – up to 200 words
  • Artist statement – up to 400 words
  • Short synopsis of exhibition – up to 60 words
  • Detailed exhibition proposal that outlines both the concept and plan for the exhibition, and the relationship of the work samples to your proposal – up to 600 words
  • If you need funding from SPAACES, a full budget worksheet
  • Work samples – IMAGES:
    – Upload up to 10 images. Images must be submitted as JPEG, PNG, or PDFs, with filenames formatted as: ARTISTLASTNAME_1.jpeg. Images should be       optimized for web/screen preview and no larger than 2MB each. We recommend images that are 72dpi and around 2000px on the longest side
    – A detailed image list formatted as follows:
    – Filename (eg. ARTISTLASTNAME_1.jpg)
    – Artwork title, year, medium, dimensions
    – Any additional description
  • Work samples – VIDEO/AUDIO:
    – If applicable, please provide up to 4 URL links for video and time-based work. Vimeo is preferred for video. Soundcloud is preferred for audio. Please note: Video/audio samples exceeding 3 minutes may not be viewed in their entirety. For longer pieces we recommend creating an excerpt or providing a cue point in the notes.
    Include the following information:
    – URL
    – Password (if applicable)
    – Artwork title, year, duration
    – Any additional description

Advice on Crafting a Strong, Compelling Solo Exhibition Proposal

  • Use simple language, avoiding art jargon and buzzwords.
  • Open with a strong, clear sentence that succinctly communicates your idea.
  • Write directly and avoid using the conditional or future tenses. “The exhibition addresses ______,” is a stronger phrase than, “The exhibition would address/ will address/ seeks to address______.”
  • Be specific when writing about your work. Rather than describing your practice generally, write about a specific project or artwork that you want to use, and make a clear, compelling case for its inclusion.
  • Clearly describe the exhibition plan: how will viewers experience the work? Consider the scale and layout of the gallery space (see gallery blueprint).
  • Ask questions! If your proposal hinges on something related to the space: hanging from the ceiling or building a false floor, send us a short email asking if it’s possible, and we’re happy to let you know. Proposals are often rejected because they aren’t realistic for our space.
  • Be sure to submit high-quality images of your work. Images should be bright, clear, and photographed on a neutral background. The stronger your images, the stronger the proposal
  • Ask for feedback from a friend or family member.
  • Read and follow all application instructions carefully