James Gallery

James Gallery

Submissions to exhibit in the James Gallery are based on annual juried calls developed by the Programming Committee. You must be a member in good standing to exhibit in this space. Priority is given to members who have not previously exhibited. The James Gallery provides a professional platform for member artists to exhibit current work. The Inc. supports and encourages submissions showcasing artists and curators most recent endeavors as well as works that incite conversation and promote a range of intersectional narratives. We are committed to providing a platform for risk-taking and creating an inclusive space to explore expanded art practices. We are dedicated to social and cultural diversity in our programming and encourage applications from contemporary artists and curators of diverse communities and backgrounds. 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 a modest honorarium to member artists exhibiting in this space.

Submissions for 2018 programming are currently being accepted and can be found below. The deadline for all James Gallery calls is December 15th.


Transition & Transform
Mar. 24 – May 26, 2018

How might one transform the material refuse of late capitalism—the discarded, unwanted, cheap, or useless materials that bloat our daily lives—into new forms of aesthetic and political resistance?

How might we combat the ubiquitous precarity of neoliberalism through counter-transformations of negative value through valueless objects?
Is it possible for us to flip the script of consumerism to reveal the humorous, dramatic and farcical flaws of conspicuous consumption?

The form for submissions to this exhibition can be found HERE.


Impossible Expectations
Aug. 30 – Nov. 3, 2018

The Inc. is looking for works that intertwine fact and fiction to interrogate the mystery, longing, and enchantment of contemporary myths. If, as Roland Barthes writes, “The function of myth is to empty reality: it is, literally, a ceaseless flowing out, a hemorrhage, or perhaps an evaporation, in short, a perceptible absence” (Mythologies 143), how might we work to reclaim practices of meaning making in everyday life to combat this hemorrhaging?

How might we unmask the motivations of myth and lay bare the impossible expectations of contemporary cultural moment? If myths “transform history into nature,” how might we denaturalize our cultural contexts to question the ubiquitous affects of uncertainty, hopelessness and mediocrity—the emotional foundations of our manufactured broken dreams?

The form for submissions to this exhibition can be found HERE.


Curated/ Self Curated Open Call
Feb. 3 – Mar. 10, 2018 and Jun. 16 – Aug. 18, 2018

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 from a diverse range of perspectives and voices. Selections criteria are informed by the Inc.’s mandated objectives. The Inc. supports and encourages submissions showcasing artists and curators most recent endeavors as well as works that incite conversation and promote a range of intersectional narratives. We are committed to providing a platform for risk-taking and creating an inclusive space to explore expanded art practices. We are dedicated to social and cultural diversity in our programming and encourage applications from contemporary artists and curators of diverse communities and backgrounds

The submissions form for these exhibitions can be found HERE.


For more information, please email programming@theinc.ca.
The Inc always welcomes new members, who will then be eligible to exhibit in this space. Please go to:  http://theinc.ca/membership/

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