Living Arts Centre

The Gallery Mandate & How to Submit a Proposal

The Living Arts Centre Gallery’s mandate is to support the growth of emerging and mid-career artists and craftspeople with a connection to Mississauga, or the region. The gallery features group exhibitions of 3 or more artists in a wide range of media.

The Gallery presents six exhibitions each season, which runs from September 1 to August 31. The exhibition schedule for the season is usually finalized in early spring (i.e. spring 2019 for the season beginning September 2019). Proposals for exhibitions are accepted from November 1 to January 18 each year.

Free Admission

Interested in submitting a proposal?

• Exhibition proposals are accepted from November 1, 2018 to January 18, 2019.
• Proposals are accepted from collectives, art/craft organizations, or groups of three or more individuals. Collectives, organizations or groups must have art or craft as their primary purpose. Proposals from advocacy groups or commercial organizations are not accepted.
• Artists and craftspeople can be emerging and have limited exhibition experience, but should be considered professional.*
• At least one artist must be from Mississauga or Peel Region.
• The Gallery does not present solo exhibitions, however individual artists can submit proposals for consideration by the Curator for group exhibitions.

Your proposal must include:

• An exhibition statement: the issues or ideas which the exhibition will explore. Explain why the artists and works are being shown together. (400 words maximum)
• CV for each artist in the exhibition
• Up to 10 images of works to be included in the exhibition. If new work is being created, images should be similar to work proposed, or give a sense of the artist’s type of work. Image files must be 250kb or less each, and must be labelled to correspond to the image list. Submit time-based work as link.
• Image list. For each work, indicate the artist’s name, title of work, date of work, medium and dimensions.

What LAC provides:

• project management for the exhibition
• professional exhibition installation
• plinths for sculpture
• monitor for time-based work
• exhibition invitation cards (print and electronic)
• artwork labels
• promotion on LAC website and social media, plus media release
• gallery monitoring by LAC volunteers

What the artists/organization provides:

• $500 fee
• costs associated with reception (catered by the LAC restaurant LIVE Cuisine)

*Canada Council for the Arts defines a professional artist as an artist who:

• has specialized training in the artistic field (not necessarily in academic institutions)
• is recognized as a professional by his or her peers (artists working in the same artistic tradition)
• is committed to devoting more time to artistic activity, if possible financially
• has a history of public presentation or publication

Ready to submit your proposal? Send all of the materials by email to:

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