The Vestibule Group Exhibition – Call For Work

EXTRA Call for Art, Design & Ornament

Due April 6th  2020

Exhibition Sept 12 – Nov 15th 2020

Bring something EXTRA….

The Vestibule is accepting submissions for a group exhibition, EXTRA, September 12 – Nov 15th 2020.

We invite submissions of art and design that play with ornament, excess – anything extra. Is ornament equivalent to excess? Is ornament a formal quality or can ornament be a characteristic of process? Does ornament belong to post-modernism? Romanticism? Craft? We invite contemporary art and design that addresses these questions. Submission may be art, design, craft, industrial design, graphic design, installation or any combination of these.

Visitors can spend the night in the Vestibule gallery via AirBnB.

The gallery will select work that accommodates and plays with the our unique format that lets visitors spend the night in the gallery. We encourage submissions of work that can be incorporated into the interior design of the Air BnB gallery – even work that can be used and touched by guests. This work will be for sale to Air BnB guests and public visitors.

We encourage submissions from artists who identify as women, POC, Indigenous and LGBTQIA artists. The Vestibule has historically, though not exclusively, show 90% women/LGBTQIA artists.

Application deadline is MONDAY APRIL 6th, 2020: 5:00pm (ish. we’re human too)

The Vestibule 

· encourages to visitors to spend time with art: whether by sitting on our couch or spending the night in the AirBnB,

· provides a contemporary exhibition space for artists who are working outside the traditional commercial gallery

· presents exhibitions that play with questions and concepts that cannot be easily addressed in traditional gallery formats


· Work sample as jpeg, audio or video file.

· Submissions must be shared via or Google drive. Please don’t email files. JPEG no smaller than 1800 pixels on longest side at 72 dpi. For large videos, please send a link. Include year made, materials used, photo credit.

· Artist statement about the piece and its context in the artist’s body of work: 3-5 sentences max.

· Resume or CV and link to professional website or online presence. This document should not be a hurdle to application. The documents merely provide context for the curators.


The gallery will provide:

1.     One 10 week group exhibition in our professional, non-commerical gallery, free of charge to the artist.

2.     Weekly hours when the gallery is open to the public.

4.     A loan agreement for the piece(s) of work displayed. Artists are responsible for sales and for shipping sold work.

5.     Press releases and advertising through social media and possibly some local print listings.

6.     Beverages and snacks for a public reception on the second Saturday of September in conjunction with the Ballard Art Walk.

7.     The gallery does not provide insurance coverage for artwork or personal equipment.

Curators have final say on the look, feel and installation of the exhibition. We ask that artists be open for constructive criticism during installation of any site specific work.

Sept 14 – October 10


April 6th Submissions due.

May 1 Acceptances

May 15th Press information – final bio, statement – to gallery

August- Sept Regular promotion via social media

September 5th Work delivered to the gallery

September 5-10th Installation of any site-specific work

Sept 12th 6-8 pm Opening

Nov 17th Deinstall and shipment of work. Artist will be responsible for transport of artworks to and from the gallery and will need  to pay/ pre-pay for any costs. The gallery has little to no storage space and cannot be held responsible for works left over 1 week after the exhibition.

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