Call for Submissions: 2023 Group Shows at Melt Studio + Gallery

Photo: Amanda Keenan

Call for Submissions:
2023 Group Shows at Melt Studio + Gallery

Melt Studio and Gallery is located just outside Picton in a historical air force barrack at the newly developed Base31, in the former Camp Picton. The gallery is managed and run by Canadian encaustic artist Susan Wallis and is the home to her encaustic working studio. Susan is thrilled to be in this wonderful historical space and looks forward to showcasing her work in the gallery space alongside a selection of other talented artists and artisans. The gallery’s mandate is to foster and enhance public awareness, understanding, and appreciation for the positive cultural significance of the visual arts by showcasing all levels of visual artists and artisans in our exhibition.

Artists may submit up to a maximum of 3 pieces for jurying to each of the following themed group shows. There is no fee to submit. All works must be for sale and if sold are subject to 40% commission. Please note that all submissions will be acknowledged upon receipt but only selected artists will be notified of acceptance by the specified date.

Artwork by Susan Wallis, Andrea Piller, and Mona Rutenberg. Photo: Levi Weir

RENEWAL: May 12 – June 11, 2023
Deadline for email submission: April 21, 2023

THE MOONWATCHERS: August 18 – September 17, 2023
Deadline for email submission: July 28, 2023

DECAY: October 27 – November 26, 2023
Deadline for email submission: October 6, 2023

GIVE A LITTLE BIT: December 1 – 31, 2023
Deadline for email submission: November 10, 2023


If you’re interested in applying to be a part of our group shows, please send us your proposal for what piece(s) you would like to display in the upcoming group show. Maximum three pieces per artist per show. Images of work will be required. Please provide title, size, medium and price for each piece submitted for consideration. Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

Submit the application via email to with “Artist Submission- Your name, Name of show” in the subject line.

Please be sure that your application includes your name, and complete contact information: phone number, email address, website, link to your Instagram account if applicable and photos of work for consideration. Please note all works must be for sale. A gallery commission of 40% is deducted from each sale.

Please visit our website for more detailed information about each of our calls for submission.

We also have two project rooms available for monthly rental for solo/duo shows.

Artwork by Janice Brant. Photo: Levi Weir

The FORMAT gallery’s mandate is to showcase and highlight artworks that explore the boundaries of art installation, audio/visuals arts and art beyond the 2D realms. Such works could include sculpture installation, video art/documentation, and mural installations. In the commercial art world, site specific, ephemeral arts and A/V installation often gets overlooked for exhibitions due to the concern that these artworks are “harder to sell” and commodify. At FORMAT we understand the intrinsic value of artists who push boundaries and ask questions about art and material “value”. We encourage artists to experiment, push art/technology forwards and introduce us to new facets of art creation.

FORMAT Gallery understands the nature of these mediums and works to provide artists the opportunity to exhibit their work free from the pressures of commodification. While we encourage artists to exhibit artworks and editions that can be for sale, it is not mandatory to exhibit in this gallery.

The FOCUS gallery is for rent for solo/duo exhibitions and is intended to provide and cultivate a supportive environment for artists to showcase their work in a gallery space. The rental fee is $500\month plus HST with additional add-ons if required. MELT Gallery will provide the gallery attendant, handle client inquiries and transactions and promote the Artist’s work on our website and through our social media platforms (Facebook and Instagram). Our gallery space is open and welcome to all artists and peoples regardless of their age, gender, orientation, backgrounds, etc.

Group show. Photo: Levi Weir

Please contact or call (416) 893-8664 with any questions.

Melt Studio + Gallery
343 County Road 22 at Base31
Barrack #3 (Dieppe Road)
Picton, ON K0K 1P0

Please note that our physical gallery space is not accessible.

Instagram / Facebook: @meltstudiogallery