Submission FAQ’S

Submission FAQ’S

Submitting an application for a Tiny Galleries exhibition frequently asked questions.

Do I need to be a member to apply for an exhibit? 
No, art calls are open to everyone. If you are a member there is no fee to apply for any exhibit. Non members have a $15 application fee. Click HERE to become a member.

Do I have to be from Bowness/Calgary to apply? 
We welcome all artists of all disciplines to apply, regardless of where they live. Artists are responsible for delivering or shipping art to the collective in Bowness. 

Can I apply as a collective or do I have to be a single artist? 
We accept proposals from both artists and artist collectives.

How do I apply for an exhibit? 
Please visit our submissions page to apply for current exhibits. Visit our exhibitions page to see our upcoming themes.

What do I need to submit? 
The application process requires your contact information, your proposal for the gallery exhibition, examples of past work, an Artist CV and Artist Statement and a $15 application fee unless you are a member.

Is my exhibition for sale? 
All art exhibitions will be purchased by the art collective so that the artist is compensated in the case of theft or damages. Because we are grassroots and in the process of seeking sponsorships and grants our first show is by donation. We are asking artists to donate their piece in exchange for a free space to sell their art at Tour De Bowness and a free space at our Members Spring Art Walk.

What happens to the art works after the exhibition? 
All pieces will be auctioned off at our art walk to raise funds for the next years exhibits. Artists will receive a 15% commission on the auctioned off art work after the sale.

Can I apply for more than one exhibit? 
Yes we encourage artists to apply for all exhibitions that they are interested in. Because we only have eight spots available per exhibition artists that may not be accepted for one may be a good fit for another. We will also have a large art show/walk in the Spring which will have room for many artists. If you feel you will apply for multiple shows please consider signing up for a membership.

What type of artwork is accepted? 
The exhibition space measures 18″ wide by 12″ deep, 16″ tall.. clear space with no overhangs.. and no electricity. While we do gravitate towards installation based works we are not opposed to any use of the space provided.. if selected, it is YOUR space after all. We would love to see all art forms represented from painting, sculpture, textiles, writing, photography and any art form that will fit within the space. Due to the public nature of the exhibition space art works must be appropriate for all ages. 

Do the images in my application need to be of the works proposed  for the exhibition? 
No, your application is a proposal of what you would like to create for the exhibit. We would like to see past examples of your work so we can see your style. If you have a piece already that you would like to submit as your exhibition piece please include and/or if you have sketches of your proposal but this is not a requirement. 

How are artists selected? 
Artists will be juried by a small group of local Bownesians. The panel will vote based on theme alignment and a good fit for the galleries. They will aim to chose a variety of art forms/styles. 

When will I hear if my application has been successful? 
We will notify all applicants within 1-2 weeks of the deadline. You will receive an email wether you are successful or not.

Why was my application not successful? 
Due to the fact we only have eight galleries per show unfortunately we can’t accept all those that apply. We encourage you to apply for more shows if you were unsuccessful as you may be a fit for a future show. Consider becoming a Member so applications are free.

I am a member and my application was not chosen, how do I show my work? 
We encourage you to apply for upcoming shows as well as our large Members art walk in the spring. Our art walk will have a lot of space and members will have priority applications. So artists will be chosen from our member base before we would outsource to non members. 

How do you promote the exhibition? 
Each exhibition will have a poster that will be distributed across Calgary. Each exhibition will also have a “News Page” that will be distributed to businesses, cafe’s, pubs etc  all across Calgary promoting the show and each artist as well as other fun tidbits to encourage readership. This will also be emailed out to all email subscribers. Because we are involving the local small businesses within Bowness many will also promote it and the Bowness Mainstreet Business Association will be promoting it. We will also be attending local events as a collective to promote and have some fun promotional ideas up our sleeve. Social media ads will also be incorporated and reaching out to local News stations. 

If selected how will the public know a gallery has my art work? 
All galleries will have a biography about you and your work with a QR code taking visitors to our website with an information page all about you with links to your website, social media email etc. You will also be featured on our social media, website, News Page that’s delivered city wide, and will have the option to attend our Art openings. The first one being during the Tour de Bowness.

What is the Opening Reception? 
Our first show is opening on August 5th, the same day as Tour De Bowness ( an awesome community festival) so we will have the galleries set up in the middle of the festival along with an info booth where community members can vote on names for each gallery. Participating artists have the option to showcase extra art with their own table/display alongside the galleries free of charge.

I missed the Zoom information session, did you record it? Yes you can watch it Here

How do I ask specific questions regarding the application process?