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Thursday 8 June 2023

Calling early career artists and collectives!

Residue exhibition in The Stables Gallery by Anna Blom and Pía Ortuño

We are now accepting proposals for exhibitions at Orleans House Gallery.  

Our Emerging Artists programme (September 2023 – June 2024) is for those establishing a career, focussing on creatives within the first 10 years of their practice. Through this programme we want to understand how we can support artists in sustaining themselves in the early stages of their work.  

All propositions are welcome, across visual and contemporary arts.  For this year’s programme there is a fee of £1000 to support artists in developing necessary documents for the exhibition, site visits, and install and de-install days. There is also a production support budget of £500.   

Artists are offered the Stables Gallery at Orleans House Gallery as a space for experimentation and building conversations with audiences. Artists can exhibit works to sell or present a show of interactive ideas and works in progress for audience participation and feedback. Artists may propose a collaborative, theme-based exhibition, or a wholly innovative arts-based project. We are interested to hear your ideas. This programme is an opportunity to develop your producing skills and work on the production of your exhibition from start to finish.   

We are not able to pay artists to create new work for the show, so ask that the works submitted already exist.  

Rudy Loewe, The Gossip Circle (2022). Acrylic on canvas, 160 x 170cm. Photography: Ben Deakin.

We are keen to work with artists from a variety of backgrounds with different skills, stories, and experiences. We actively seek applications from our diverse communities including Global Majority, Deaf, disabled, neurodivergent, LGBTQ+, to represent diverse lived experiences in our programme.     

Our vision has the following values, and we are particularly interested in proposals that interrogate or support this direction. We will select against these values.  

  • Collaborative – we work with people in innovative and inspiring ways.   
  • Socially engaged – we respond to the needs and wishes of local people. We aim to widen participation in the arts and connect people from different backgrounds.   
  • Experimental – through the arts we test new ideas and approaches and share our learning to support the work of the borough. This might involve being playful, adventurous and taking risks.  

The exhibition will be for an 8 week slot in our Stables Gallery between September 2023 – May 2024 – see the application form for specific dates.  

The deadline for proposals is 11th July . 

Orleans House Gallery provides:  

  1. Free exhibition space in the Stables Gallery at Orleans House Gallery   
  2. Free use of workshop space in the lead up to the exhibition (depending on available dates)  
  3. Support from the Exhibitions & Collections team, given as required, at key development and delivery moments.  
  4. Learning and development opportunities   
  5. Marketing support – poster design and print, social media marketing and listings.   
  6. Front of House and volunteer invigilation of the exhibition  
  7. Networking opportunities with the other emerging artists.   
  8. Networking opportunities with professional artists working in other spaces at Orleans House Gallery.   
  9. An artist fee of £1000, and a production budget of £500. This should cover all necessary technical equipment, technician requirements and install and de-install costs.  

We support artists looking to sell works through their exhibitions, and a 40% commission applies to all works sold. This money supports our work across Orleans House Gallery programmes.  

Artist provides:  

  1. Existing body of work to be displayed at the gallery  
  2. Production documents and procedures related to the exhibition and opening event (i.e. risk assessment)  
  3. Images, headshots and blurbs that will be used to promote the exhibition  
  4. Collaborative marketing strategies and cross promotion, including a press release  
  5. Tour for volunteers who will be supporting the exhibition  
  6. Install and deinstall schedule and plan including overseeing any technical support  
  7. Public Liability insurance for themselves for working on site  

You can access the proposal form by clicking the button below. You can fill out the form, write us a letter, send us a video, or tell us about your work in the format which is most comfortable for you.   

If you have access requirements and would prefer to apply in a different format, or would like to have a conversation with us to make reasonable adjustments to the process, please let us know. If required, you may submit an access document that includes an outline of your disability access needs. (See for more information)  

If you have further questions about the programme please email 

Please click the buttons below to download the submission form.