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HOW TO APPLY
Victoria and area artists are invited to apply for an opportunity to display their work in visual arts. The shows are organized by the Goward House Art Committee which decides if the work meets an acceptable standard.
If you would like to have an art show, please review the application material on this page and follow the process outlined. Thank you for your interest.
In a Nutshell: Applying for an Art Show
What is an Art Show?
Each Art Show is about a month long. Dates vary. As many as 40 works are hung throughout Goward House. Shows are FREE and open to the public 9:00am to 4:00pm Monday to Friday. Some rooms may not be available for viewing if activities are on-going. Goward House is wheelchair accessible.
Can anyone show their art?
How much does an Art Show cost?
How long can we display our art?
How soon could I/we have an Art Show?
No less than 105 days prior to the Art Show start date provided by the administrator.
Time must be allowed for the Art Committee to consider your application, for the webmaster to place your material on the website and for the public to learn of the event. In reality, however, Art Shows are typically booked 6 to 9 months in advance. Thus, Art Shows must be applied for and planned well ahead of the show date.
Who decides who gets an Art Show?
I’m an independent artist. Can I have a one-person Art Show?
Can I get together with other independent artists to put on an Art Show?
Must art works be framed?
Can my art group have an Art Show?
Can I/we have an opening reception?
Yes. Receptions are booked on Sundays to ensure a good public turn out. The particular date (which is also the opening date) is arranged with Heidi Hodgins, our Administrator, to fit in with facility rentals. Receptions are not required.
Okay, so what's the basic Art Show process?
Visit Goward House to see if the facility meets your needs
Get a tentative show month from the Administrator. Does it work for you?
Submit the Application for Art Show to the Administrator for qualification by the Art Committee (by email, mail or in person)
Receive an email approval from the Administrator to proceed and arrange to sign group and artist contracts
All artists are encouraged to review the Art Show presentations on this website, both future and past and to contact the Administrator or any member of the Art Committee for further information.
So how exactly do I/we apply for an Art Show?
Call Heidi Hodgins, the Goward House Administrator, who will review the process with you, provide you with the application form and answer your questions.
Note: if you have already submitted information for previous Art Shows, you may choose to tell us to use that information in this application. To do that, put ‘Use info from X Month, Y year’ at the top of your application
You may mail the completed application to Goward House or drop it off at the front desk
2495 Arbutus Road,
Victoria, BC, V8N 1V9
If I have questions, who do I contact and how?
The Art Shows are coordinated by our administrator, Heidi Hodgins. Please email your queries to Heidi at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 250-477-4401.
Thank you for your interest
Nuts and Bolts
The Twelve Steps
Artist has at least 25 framed art pieces to display Or can have by the show date
Artist visits the venue to confirm its suitability (you can pick up the application form then)
Artist identifies a show month with Administrator (call Heidi Hodgins, our Administrator, at 250-477-4401)
Artist submits “Application for Art Show” You are ‘penciled in’ pending the Art Committee’s decision
Art Committee reviews the application Artist submits app at least 105 days prior to identified show date
Art Committee authorizes Art Show Artist is notified by email
Artist signs contract See ‘The Contract’ below
Artist hangs pieces A date is arranged with our Administrator
Artist holds reception A date is arranged with our Administrator
Show continues for about a month Artist is available to solve any problems
Artist removes show A date is arranged with our Administrator
Administrator sends artist a cheque for sales less commission
About the Art Committee
Goward House Society art shows are curated by the Art Committee. The Art Committee is comprised of: one member from each Goward House Art Group, one Goward House director and if desired, members at large. The Goward House Administrator will call and chair meetings as required.
Responsibilities of the Art Committee
- Correspond directly with potential showing artists
- Meet monthly or at the request of the Chair
- Evaluate the quality and suitability of the work of artists requesting a Goward House show
- Enable the hanging of the show by the artists
- Hang the show, for a fee, if requested to by the presenter
Art Committee Evaluation Criteria:
The primary goal of the committee is to organize shows of artistic merit and interest. To this end the committee may visit artists’ studios with a view to inviting some of these artists to show at Goward House, as well as the usual practice of soliciting proposals from time to time.
Interest and Educational Potential
Consistent with the purposes of Goward House, the Art Committee will consider the educational potential of each show and the interest it may generate among various Goward House constituencies such as:
a) Goward House Members:
The art Committee seeks to sustain the interest of the members by providing a variety of artistic experiences. Hence, repeat shows in consecutive calendar years will generally be discouraged. Also, some shows will be selected for their potential to challenge and expand viewers’ aesthetic perceptions. Special consideration is given to involving our own Goward House art groups.
b) The larger Community:
The Art Committee will consider the interest that art shows may generate among the general public in order to attract visitors and raise the profile of Goward House in the community and among artists.