James Gallery

James Gallery
Deadline: January 12, 2019

The James Gallery is the Inc.’s dedicated members’ gallery. You must be a member in good standing to exhibit in this space. The Inc. always welcomes new and returning members, who will then be eligible to exhibit in this space. Please visit: http://theinc.ca/membership/

Submissions to exhibit in the James Gallery are based on annual juried calls developed by the Programming Committee. The James Gallery provides a professional platform for member artists to exhibit current work. Once confirmed, exhibiting artists are encouraged to apply to the Ontario Arts Council’s Exhibition Assistance Program to help with the costs associated with mounting exhibitions. The Inc. provides an honorarium to member artists exhibiting in this space.

Exhibitions in the James Gallery are scheduled one year in advance. Applications submitted in fall 2018 will be juried for exhibitions in 2019.

Selections Process:

Submissions to the James Gallery are juried by members of the Programming Committee (comprised of artists, curators, and educators from the community). Priority is given to members who have not previously exhibited. The committee will often bring artists together in small group exhibitions. The committee typically meets to adjudicate in mid-January. Notification can be expected in February.

Application Requirements:

  • Completed Application Form (see below for applications for each themed call)
  • Images of your work (may submit video instead of images)
  • Artist’s CV (3 pages max.) and artist biography (150 words max.)
  • (Optional) Articles, reviews, interviews, etc. related to your proposed work, scanned and saved as a PDF or Word document (2 articles max.)

Please submit all information via email to selections@theinc.ca with the subject line James Application_Your Name. Submissions (excluding images) should be merged into a single pdf and sent via email.  Hard-copy (paper) submissions will not be considered. Do not send files using wetransfer or any other transfer platform that has a time limit for hosting the files. Do not send files using dropbox.

For further information, please email galleryassistant@theinc.ca or call 905-529-3355.

Exhibition Dates: March 23 – May 11

What does it mean to make art on the margins? Marginalia describes the practice of inserting comments, notes, doodles and illustrations onto the margins of ancient books, manuscripts, and other documents. For centuries, people have been using margins to question, clarify, make fun of, and criticise the text at the centre. Marginalia has had impact throughout history, changing the ways that these texts are used and understood. In our contemporary context, work at the margins takes many forms including activism, satire and the creation of spaces for voices that need to be heard.

For the exhibition Marginalia, Hamilton Artists Inc. is seeking submissions by artists who challenge and change dominant narratives by operating in spaces outside the status quo.

The application form for this exhibition can be found here.

Curated/ Self Curated Open Call
Exhibition Dates: June 13 – August 10

The Inc. is seeking applications for a curated/ self curated exhibition to be presented in the James Gallery. Members may act as an independent curator in an exhibition featuring up to 3 artists, or include themselves in an exhibition featuring up to 3 artists. Exhibitions should have a strong thematic connecting the works on display. The committee is interested in work that displays forward thinking and experimental qualities while also evidencing theoretical, critical and/or conceptual engagement. Projects with a community engagement component will also be looked at favourably by the committee.

The application form for this exhibition can be found here.

Minding the Archive
Exhibition Dates: August 29 – October 26

What is an archive? Some archives are official, organised and public — historical documents housed in libraries or museums. Some archives are messy, private and personal —family letters, photographs and keepsakes stashed away in basements and attics or under the stairs. Artists mine archives in many different ways to tell their stories and bring new histories to light.

For the exhibition Minding the Archive, Hamilton Artists Inc. is seeking submissions by artists who use personal or public archives to make their work.

The application form for this exhibition can be found here.

* If you are having issues filling in the forms, please update your PDF reader. A free download is available from Adobe HERE.

CLICK HERE to download a floor-plan of Hamilton Artists Inc.’s exhibition spaces.
A 3D sketchup model of the gallery can be accessed HERE

CLICK HERE to read the general call for submissions and learn about other opportunities.

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