Gallery Gachet Annual Call for Submissions



DEADLINE August 30, 2019

Gallery Gachet is currently accepting submissions for our 2020-2021 exhibition calendar.

Gallery Gachet is a unique artist-run centre located in the Downtown Eastside neighbourhood of Vancouver, the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl’il’wətəʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. Engaging local and international communities, our programs support participants as artists, educators, and curators. We present exhibitions of relevant arts practices that demystify mental diversities, challenge stigmatization and marginalization, and promote social and economic justice. We believe that the expression and practice of art and participation in culture-building are a human right, and that art and culture are critical elements of a healthy society. For more information on Gallery Gachet’s vision and Basis of Unity, please visit

Gallery Gachet welcomes submissions for exhibitions and projects that engage our mandate in interesting and challenging ways. We welcome work in any medium, including photography, video, performance art, drawing, installation, ceramics, textiles, community- and socially-engaged practices, and more. We accept proposals for solo, group, curated, or major exhibition projects, as well as screenings, workshops, performances, and collaborations. Themes addressed through the art work could include (but are not limited to) modes of healing, therapy, and ceremony; culture, spirit, and psyche; housing, displacement, and land restitution; neurodiversity, (dis)ability justice, and accessibility; substances, medicines, harm reduction, and safe supply; institutions and the asylum; poverty, criminalization, and marginalization; climate crisis and mental health; mad pride and the mad arts movement. We value practices emerging from lived experience and self-expression, although disclosure of personal narratives is not required. Gallery Gachet artist fees meet 2019 CARFAC rates. We provide support for openings, catering, marketing, A/V equipment, and installation for a five-week exhibition run at Gallery Gachet. Our accessibility audit is available here:

Selection Process

The Gallery Gachet Collective selects a jury of both internal and external artists and curators, including members of the Gallery Gachet Collective. Jurors meet in September 2019 and put forward their suggestions to the Collective for final approval. Notification of the results will be sent by September 2019.

Submissions Deadline

All materials must be postmarked, dropped off, or emailed to Gallery Gachet by Friday, August 30, 2019

Submissions Materials

  1. Documentation of your work or project may include but is not limited to:
    • 10–20 images clearly identified with artist name, file number, and work title
    • a short video that typifies your work
    • audio recordings
      If possible, include a corresponding list of all submissions materials, including the following information for each image/file/document: artist name(s), title of work, year of creation, dimensions, medium.
  2. A written proposal describing a well-thought out theme or body of work explaining what you wish to present and any special requirements (250–500 words)
  3. A CV or biography, charting your arts education and exhibitions/publications/project history. We value diverse forms of arts education and arts practices. Feel free to include workshops, mentorships, or profound/lived experiences that have led you to cultivate the work you are proposing.
  4. An artist statement. Beyond the exhibition proposal, describe your practice, your interest in art/culture, and/or why your art matters to you and/or your communities.
  5. A self–addressed, stamped envelope for return of submission materials (optional)

Ways to send submissions material

Work can be dropped off, mailed, or emailed to the gallery. Gallery Gachet aims to be a low-barrier space and accepts proposals in many formats: paper, CD, DVD, Flash Drives and email submissions will all be accepted.

Submit materials by e-mail to: with the subject line:

Submit materials in person or by mail to:
Gallery Gachet
ATTN: 2019 Annual Submissions
9 W Hastings St
Vancouver, BC
V6B 1G4 Canada

For more information please contact Gallery Gachet Programming: