Please note: Fort Gallery currently has two open calls - one for programming and one for our annual juried exhibition.
Open Call for Submissions Fort Gallery September 2022- December 2023 Programming SUBMISSION DEADLINE: June 30, 2022
Fort Gallery is a non-profit, artist-run center situated on the banks of the Fraser River, in the historic town of Fort Langley, on unceded q̓ic̓əy̓ (Katzie), q̓ʷɑ:n̓ƛ̓ən̓ (Kwantlen), Máthekwi (Matsqui), and se’mya’me (Semiahmoo) territory.
Fort Gallery’s mission is to cultivate public appreciation for contemporary art and to support the work of contemporary artists. To achieve this, we prioritize providing artists with resources. Artists are given exhibition space, critical direction, artist fees, administrative support, photographic documentation, and technical support required to realize their projects. Each artist has different needs, and we strive to address these individually. By lowering barriers, we hope to encourage artists to take risks and experiment with their practices.
We are seeking proposals for solo and group exhibitions and exhibitions organized by artists, independent curators or collectives for our October 2022- December 2023 programming year. Exhibitions run 6-8 weeks.
The Fort Gallery welcomes and encourages submissions from emerging and established artists of all abilities, ages, cultures, ethnicities, citizenships, gender identities, and races. We welcome submissions of ideas/proposals, completed works, and works in progress.
Selected exhibitions will receive CARFAC fees. For group exhibitions, the solo exhibition fee will be split between all participating artists.
Open Call for Submissions EXHIBITION TITLE: What we leave behind- Juried Exhibition I August 19-October 1, 2022 SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Monday July 4, 2022 @ 11:59pm
Fort Gallery is a non-profit artist-run centre that focuses on experimental contemporary art. The gallery is located in Fort Langley on the traditional and unceded territory of the q̓ic̓əy̓ (Katzie), q̓ʷɑ:n̓ƛ̓ən̓ (Kwantlen), Máthekwi (Matsqui), and se’mya’me (Semiahmoo).
The Fort Gallery is seeking submissions for What we leave behind, a juried exhibition that invites artists to envision the legacies we leave to future generations. We ask: what have we inherited and what do future generations stand to inherit from us? How might viewing our current reality in light of generational time reshape our present?
The field of epigenetics reveals the way that trauma and resilience lodges in our bodies and our DNA as it’s passed down through generations. Likewise, the land bears the scars of colonial exploitation in the absence of Indigenous land management. In this way, both our bodies and the land carry the choices from previous generations while impacting the choices of future generations. At this critical juncture, how will we allow the future to break through in our present? What do we owe to the human and non-human inhabitants that will come after us?
The Fort Gallery welcomes and encourages submissions from emerging and established artists of all abilities, ages, cultures, ethnicities, citizenships, gender identities, and races. Art works in all mediums are accepted.
About the Juror This exhibition will be juried by Manuel Axel Strain, a non-binary 2-Spirit artist from the lands and waters of the xʷməθkʷəyəm (Musqueam), Simpcw and Syilx peoples, based in the sacred region of their q̓ic̓əy̓(Katzie) and qʼʷa:n̓ƛʼən̓ (Kwantlen) relatives. Strain’s mother is Tracey Strain and father is Eric Strain. Tracey’s parents are Harold Eustache (from Chuchua) and Marie Louis (from nk̓maplqs). Eric’s Parents are Helen Point (from xʷməθkʷəy̓əm) and John Strain (from Ireland). Although they attended Emily Carr University of Art + Design they prioritize Indigenous epistemologies through the embodied knowledge of their mother, father, siblings, cousins, aunties, uncles, nieces, nephews, grandparents and ancestors.
Strain often perceives their work to confront and undermine the imposed realities of colonialism, proposing a new space beyond its oppressive systems of power. They have contributed work to the Capture Photography Festival through Richmond Art Gallery, the Vancouver Art Gallery, Surrey Art Gallery, and more distant places across Turtle Island.
Submit up to three works for consideration, max 9 images.
Full Submission Guidelines for What we leave behind - Juried Exhibition
Fort Gallery / 9048 Glover Road / Fort Langley / 604.888.7411 / Tuesday to Saturday 12 to 5pm
The Fort Gallery resides on the unceded traditional territory of the Kwantlen, Katzie and Coast Salish nations. We gratefully acknowledge the ongoing support of the following funders as well as our members, donors and volunteers.