Exhibition proposals are invited from practitioners at all stages of their careers with new work to test in the public domain. We are looking for exhibition projects that will provoke discussion and engage students and public audiences, and for ideas that extend contemporary practice.

We are looking to support innovative curatorial ideas and approaches to exhibition making and will work in collaboration with exhibiting practitioners to consider the practicalities of the gallery (see About the space, below). Exhibitions will generally extend for 3-4 weeks, including installation or construction, and will occur during term-time between March – December 2016.

Exhibitions will be launched with a defined event that should be considered an artistic work in itself. The event is intended to activate the space and the proposal should put forward ideas as to how it may manifest. Practitioners should consider the potential of each part of the exhibition framework as a platform for the production and distribution of artwork, e.g. producing editions, publications or texts, and in the design of posters and invitations.

A public discussion will take place towards the end of the exhibition period to debate the work within wider cultural, social, historic, and political contexts, and will be led by invited speakers and/or academics from the University in conversation with exhibiting artists.

Proposals will be selected by a panel comprising the gallery curator and independent advisors with a working group of students from the School of Art & Design. Applications should be submitted by email as one combined PDF document to hardwickgallery@glos.ac.uk. The deadline for submission is 5pm, Friday 15th January 2016. 

Applications should include:

  • Concise practice statement, with relevant research interests.
  • Exhibition proposal, including details of fixings or support structures, and any previous iterations and/or future plans for the work.
  • Event proposal, including additional strategies for working with students and engaging the public.
  • Installation and de-install timeframe.
  • Equipment requirements.
  • Value of works for insurance purposes.
  • Selection of relevant images.
  • Biography and CV.
  • An inclusive exhibition fee of £600 is available. Material expenses, travel to events, and transport and handling of works are the responsibility of the artist. It is essential that practitioners are available for publicised events.
  • Confirmation of Insurance: practitioners are required to hold Products & Public Liability insurance before the exhibition takes place (this can be obtained with a subscription to a-n). Artwork is left unattended in a semi-secure space, so please bear this in mind.
  • H&S and risk assessment: exhibiting practitioners are responsible for their own safety and should consider the safety of members of the public when proposing an exhibition or project, and comply with Health & Safety guidelines. Proposals should include a risk assessment stating if the project presents particular risks. No activities, substances or materials presenting a high or unmanageable risk will be considered. If your project involves regulated activities or working with particular groups of people, referrals or licenses may be required, and this must be discussed and agreed prior to the activity taking place.

About the space:

The gallery is situated near the entrance to the Arts campus with good accessibility. On the floorplan you will see a structure called the “acoustic partition”, a folding door that divides the gallery from the project-space – a teaching room whose use can occasionally be negotiated (for launch events, etc.) and expanded into, creating a double-sized room. The folding door is made of a laminate which cannot be fixed to. If your work is to be wall-mounted, a proposal for the support/hanging structure is vital. The ceiling is not a viable hanging option – it is only possible to suspend from one joist in the ceiling running across the width of the room.

There are also trunking columns on both side walls, which means there is not a lot of uninterrupted hanging space.

Gallery dimensions: 8.8m x 6.7m. Door aperture: 1.7m wide x 1.99m high; 2.67m on diagonal.