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The New Gallery (TNG) is currently welcoming submissions for its Main Space programming beginning in 2022. TNG is an artist-run centre located in Calgary Chinatown on the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta which includes the Blackfoot Confederacy (comprising the Siksika, Piikani, and Kainai First Nations), the Stoney Nakoda (including the Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley First Nations), and the Tsuut’ina First Nation. Mohkínstsis—also known as Calgary—is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.

TNG’s Main Space call accepts proposals for solo and group exhibitions, curatorial projects, and also considers these applicants for internally organized group shows. The Main Space call is also open to other types of artistic programming, including but not limited to residencies, community engagement initiatives, and publication projects.

Proposals of this nature must follow the regular submissions guidelines, as well as provide a project budget outlining any additional financial resources required beyond the typical budget outlined in this call.

When considering applying, please note that TNG is mandated to provide opportunities and venues for artists that foster social and political creative practices, while engaging and educating audiences through artist-run culture and contemporary art. Relevance to this mandate is a primary consideration for the peer jury during their adjudication process.

Main Space programming typically ranges from four to six weeks in duration. The Main Space gallery and washroom are barrier-free, and the single-stall washroom is all-gender.

A detailed floor plan for the Main Space can be found on TNG’s website, visit

Exhibiting artists are offered a fee commensurate with CARFAC’s Fee Schedule under section A.1.1. These rates are updated annually, with 2022 fees projected to be $2,161.00 CAD for a solo exhibition. Curatorial projects include an additional fee of $1,000.00 CAD to supplement CARFAC rates. TNG also provides accommodations during installation and a budget to support shipping and travel costs. Details of this budget are determined on a case-by-case basis, but typically cover 90 to 100% of these costs for solo projects within North America.

Submission Procedure

The following materials should be included in your application:

  • Proposal: Briefly describe your project. Provide complete details of your spatial, physical, and material requirements, including any special equipment or technical needs.
  • Artist Statement: Discuss how your proposed project is situated in relation to your current artistic practice and the broader context of your work, research, and interests. Please remember that congruity with TNG’s mandate is a major consideration during the selection process.
  • Support: Please include up to fifteen pieces of additional support material, including digital images, videos, or audio clips alongside a corresponding numbered image list detailing the artwork’s title, medium, physical size, date of completion, and any other necessary descriptors. The jury will review up to five minutes of time-based work. TNG accepts links to video and audio work hosted online.
  • Curriculum Vitae: Describe your artistic background to a maximum length of three pages. Please include all relevant contact information.
  • Accommodations: TNG is committed to supporting artists who may require accommodations to fairly access this application process. If you require any accommodations, please call us at 403.233.2399, or email us at with the subject line Accommodations Request.

TNG accepts digital submissions via email. Please format all written materials as a single .PDF document. Images must be numbered RGB JPEG files with a maximum resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels at 72 DPI and no larger than 1MB in size. Emailed applications must be submitted in a single ZIP folder containing both documents and images.

Send completed submission packages to:
ATTN: Programming Committee, Main Space

Deadline: Friday, June 19, 2020

Applicants will be informed of the jury’s decisions by the end of October 2020.

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