2023 Call for Exhibition Proposals at the Mary E. Black Gallery

Jim Smith, Passion for Beauty: Collecting the Work of Jim Smith. Photo: Ian Selig.

Mary E. Black Gallery Call For Exhibitions Submissions for 2023

Deadline for applications
March 31, 2021 at midnight

The Mary E. Black Gallery is pleased to receive proposals from community groups, cultural groups, guilds, artists/craftspeople and curators for exhibitions in 2023. Annually, seven shows are selected by the Exhibition Review Committee to fulfill the gallery’s mandate, as Nova Scotia’s only public fine craft gallery, to exhibit traditional and contemporary fine craft created by aspiring and established local, regional, Canadian and international artists. Juried, curated and travelling exhibitions are eligible.

We are available to answer your questions regarding the application process or to get feedback on your submission. The best way to reach us at the moment is by email at centre.admin@craftnovascotia.ca. Through email we can also schedule appointments for phone meetings to assist you further in the process if desired.

Year round the Centre for Craft Nova Scotia hosts exhibitions in the Mary E. Black Gallery which educate the public about craft and promote the pursuit of excellence in the craft community.

Find the full applications on our website:

Submissions must include the following:
Proposals and support material must be submitted via Dropbox link to centre.admin@craftnovascotia.ca by midnight on March 31, 2021.
Your file must be titled with your/your organization’s name first Followed by “MEBG Submissions 2023” (eg: Emily Wareham MEBG Submissions 2023)

Letter of Intent/Proposal:

  • Clear description of theme/concept and the type of work defined by medium, technique, membership or function (maximum of 500 words.)
  • Proposed or working title of exhibition.
  • A list of artist/s and justification for their inclusion if the proposal is curatorial or a group exhibition.
  • Contact information with email and phone number for at least one artist or curator on the proposal.
  • We encourage you to include a brief description of the how you envision the works being presented ie: general layout, interpretation equipment or special display requirements.
  • Please indicate if you are open to the possibility of being curated into a two person show, group show, or shared use of our gallery space.

Support Material:

  • A list of works to be exhibited (include artist, title, medium, dimensions in metric, date of work) or if not yet created, a list of what is planned for inclusion.
  • Maximum of 20 Images. Image requirements are as follows: JPEG format, maximum of 300 dpi. Titles of image and media files should be numbered (01-20) and titles must match the list of support material.
  • Digital media such as video or audio can be included within the maximum of 20 images. A maximum of 5 min. of digital media will be considered. Digital media can be submited via a JPEG image of a written link.
  • A list of the support material provided including the title, medium, dimensions in metric, date of work.
  • Artist Bio(s) (maximum 250 words.)
  • A curriculum vitae of the principal organizer/curator or artist.
  • Be sure to include contact information with email on your CV.
  • Additional support material can include any materials relevant to the application, promotional materials, reviews and catalogues.

Late submissions, incomplete, or submissions sent outside dropbox will NOT be accepted. (However we are here to assist and accommodate in any way we can in light of the extenuating circumstances we all find ourselves in.) The Mary E Black Gallery staff offers assistance to applicants who face barriers to applying or have any difficulty with the process. If you require assistance, or have any questions please contact the gallery at centre.admin@craftnovascotia.ca

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Proposal evaluation is based on:

  • The artistic merit of the exhibition proposed.
  • The quality of the applicant’s work to date.
  • Visitor engagement, programming and educational opportunities.
  • The ability of the organization/individual to bring the exhibition to fruition.

In response to the gallery’s mandate and the above listed evaluation criteria, the most successful proposals illustrate or address the following:

  • A strong, cohesive concept or theme that in its presentation, will work in our gallery setting.
  • Concepts that inspire, challenge, motivate, inform, excite, or incite emotional and intellectual responses, offer new perspectives and address issues of relevance for our craft community and our visiting publics.
  • Artistic merit also includes opportunities to showcase innovation in craft in the use of new materials and/or techniques or which push the boundaries of craft and craft discourse.
  • Unique gallery experiences that are more active or interactive.
  • We welcome collaborative exhibitions and proposals by curators and groups, as well as projects proposed in partnership with other organizations.
  • Suggestions for public programming which could accompany and enhance the exhibition‘s concept, provide exposure for craft artists, activate our gallery space and engage/educate current and new audiences

The Mary E. Black Gallery covers:

  • Artist’s fees based on recommended CARFAC rates
  • Cost of an opening reception (subject to restrictive conditions)
  • Invitation / exhibition mini catalog
  • Inclusion in our standard publicity program

The Mary E. Black is an accessible gallery. Please see our website for more detailed access information.

Centre for Craft Nova Scotia & Mary E. Black Gallery
1061 Marginal Road, Suite 140
Halifax, NS B3H 4P7

Image Description:
Photo credit: Ian Selig, Image is of Jim Smith’s ceramic vessels displayed on plinths in the Mary E Black Gallery. The photo is taken from the back of the gallery with the ceramic displays filling the space. Title of the show “Passion for Beauty: Collecting the Work of Jim Smith”