Submission Guidelines

The goals of Oxygen Art Centre are to stimulate the creation, exhibition, and discussion of contemporary art in all disciplines; to stimulate rural cultural development and professional practices in artists; to engage in community development through art-based projects; and to achieve diversity in all programming. Oxygen Art Centre encourages applications from BIPoC, LGBTQIA2S+, and persons with disabilities.

Applicants can submit proposals for an Exhibition OR a Residency OR both. Please see submission guidelines for more information.


Exhibition & Residency Submission Guidelines

Oxygen Art Centre is a multidisciplinary artist-run centre that provides space and programming for artists and the public to engage in the creation, study, exhibition and performance of contemporary art in all forms. We are particularly interested in work with regional relevance that pushes the scope of artistic practice. 

Oxygen Art Centre’s Exhibition and Residency program accepts submissions from professional and emerging artists on an ongoing basis. Exhibitions and Residencies are typically planned two to three years in advance. 

Oxygen Art Centre encourages applications from BIPoC, LGBTQIA2S+, and persons with disabilities.

Applicants can submit proposals for an Exhibition OR a Residency OR both. Please submit all documents specified in the Submission Guidelines.


EXHIBITIONS

Oxygen’s Exhibition Program aims to present the work of professional and emerging artists that challenges both our audience and the boundaries of artistic practice. 

The Exhibition Program presents three to four exhibitions in a calendar year and are typically four weeks in length. Exhibitions can be resultant from an artist(s) residency or be presented as a singular project. Curators, artists, and artist collectives are encouraged to submit proposals to this program.  

In addition to the exhibition, Oxygen will produce an exhibition catalogue as both an archival and educational document. Catalogues represent the exhibition as documented by a professional photographer and commissions an arts professional and/or writer to contribute a critical exhibition essay. Catalogues are typically created during the exhibition run and are printed up to one month after exhibition closing. Catalogues will be on display and for sale at Oxygen Art Centre, as well as on Oxygen’s website. 

Oxygen Art Centre is committed to paying CARFAC fees for exhibitions and artist talks.  Pending funding, Oxygen will also pay fees related to transportation of artist(s) and artwork(s). To review previous exhibition programming visit here.

Selected artists for the exhibition program will be supported in the following ways:

— CARFAC Artist fees for exhibition, talk(s), and royalties
— Artist Talk and community engagement opportunities
— Staff may be available to assist with installation
— Exhibition catalogue with commissioned exhibition essay and documentation
— Oxygen will support the artist(s) in the execution of their project through travel and accommodation, per diem, shipping, installation, and technical support, wherever possible
— Oxygen encourages selected artists to apply for travel and project funding to support their project, and can assist with letters of support


RESIDENCIES

Oxygen’s Residency Program supports process-based projects that encourage experimentation and push conventional practice. The Artists-in-Residence Program aims to offer artists the time and space to research and create work in the context of Nelson, BC. This program is open to both professional and emerging artists, curators, and collectives. 

Residencies are one month in length. Artists are expected to work independently. Artists will be given full access to Oxygen Art Centre’s facility to use as their studio space throughout the duration of their residency. The facility is a 900 sq-ft warehouse space, located along an alleyway in Nelson’s downtown. The facility features a ramp access, wheelchair accessible bathroom, small kitchenette, and wifi. 

Wherever possible, visiting artists will be billeted within the community for the duration of their residency. Billeted accommodations will be within a short walking, biking, or driving distance from the residency facility and will be chosen to best suit the artist(s) needs.

Artists-in-Residence are required to present an Artist Talk and host an Open Studio(s). Artists-in-Residence are required to engage with the community by way of a School Tour and or artist studio visits. 

Oxygen Art Centre is committed to paying fees for residency and CARAC fees for artist talks. Additionally, funds may also be available for materials and transportation. All accepted proposals are contingent on funding. To review previous residency programming visit here.

RESIDENCY GOALS:

To provide professional and emerging artists with unrestricted time and space to research, develop, and produce ongoing or new body of works/projects.

To introduce visiting artists to the Kootenay community.

To provide the Kootenay community with exposure and access to a diverse range of contemporary Canadian and international arts practices and theories.

To provide outreach activities such as talks, workshops, open studios, and exhibitions, intended to promote interaction and professional development within the community.

Selected artists for the residency program will be supported in the following ways:

— Artist fees for residency, CARFAC fees artist talks and community engagement
— Artist Talk and community engagement opportunities
— Billeted accommodation
— Artists are expected to work independently, but will have access to Oxygen staff and resources to assist with any aspect of the residency, as needed
— Oxygen will support the artist(s) in the execution of their project through travel and accommodation, per diem, shipping, installation and technical support, wherever possible
— Oxygen encourages selected artists to apply for travel and project funding to support your project, and can assist with letters of support
Accessibility: Oxygen Art Centre is committed to ensuring all residencies, exhibitions, programs, and events are accessible to artists and visitors. Our facilities are wheelchair accessible and equipped with an accessible all-genders washroom. Oxygen’s facilities are located along an alleyway behind Baker Street without parking. Loading and temporary parking is available, but due to the high traffic of trucks, vehicles, and pedestrians this can become a tight area. For more information about our facilities and accessibility, and making arrangements to best utilize our space, please contact us.


EXHIBITION & RESIDENCY SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

— Letter of Intent Indicate if you are applying for an Exhibition or a Residency or both (maximum two pages)
— Curriculum Vitae (maximum three pages)
— Residency proposal Program of work intended for the residency (maximum one page)
OR Exhibition proposal Statement of proposed exhibition (maximum one page)
OR Residency & Exhibition proposal Program of work intended for the residency and statement of proposed exhibition (maximum two pages)
Artist Bio and Statement (each 150 words max) Include artist(s) website if applicable.
— 10 to 15 images a maximum of 1 MB file size each (.jpeg format with a resolution of 72 dpi at 1024 x 768 pixels) of the work intended for exhibition or related/recent work for a residency proposal. Images must be labeled with a number_title_lastname (example: 01_Untitled_Oxygen). For media or performance projects submit direct links to vimeo or youtube. Do not send video files electronically.
Image List with image numbers, artist name, title of work, year, medium, and dimensions.

Group exhibition proposals should include C.V., Artist Bio and Statement for each participating artist in addition to the above application contents.

Email Applications To: info@oxygenartcentre.org

Subject line: ATTN: Submissions

Or by WeTransfer – share your submission folder with Oxygen Art Centre

Please contact info@oxygenartcentre.org if you have any questions.

Proposals are reviewed by the Oxygen Art Centre Exhibition and Residency Committee. Exhibitions and residencies are planned one to three years in advance, as such applicants can expect to receive a reply within that time frame. 

To review previous exhibition and residency programming visit here.

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