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OPEN CALL | Summer Seven at SoMa 2019

Open Call Summer Seven at SoMa 2019

During June and July 2019, South Main Gallery will host its Third Annual Summer Seven at SoMa. More of an arts festival than an exhibition, the gallery will welcome emerging artists and present their work in three two-week solo shows, and a four-person show throughout the Summer.

1. Eligibility

Summer Seven at SoMa is directed to emerging artists without gallery representation in British Columbia. It is open for submissions from local and international artists, but drop-off and pick-up in Vancouver are required. Artists based outside Vancouver are welcome to submit, as long as they are entirely responsible for all the shipping costs (to ship to and from the gallery).

2. Criteria

a. Original works created between 2016–2019

b. All medias and sizes welcome

c. Artists must submit between 6–15 pieces

d. Four (4) artists will be selected for a group show, curated by South Main Gallery, and two (2) artists will be selected for solo-shows. The winner of the Vancouver Art Attack Award of Excellence in Visual Arts, in partnership with Emily Carr University of Art & Design, will be granted the third solo-show.

3. Availability

All the works selected must be available for exhibition between June 1, 2019 – August 4, 2019. The specific dates for each show will be assigned after the selection process.

4. Presentation

All the works must be suitably prepared and ready for presentation. Wall-mounted work must be ready for hanging and/or appropriately framed, if necessary.

5. Sales

All the works are required to be for sale. South Main Gallery will retain a commission of 50% of all works sold.

6. Application Checklist

a. Exhibition Proposal: A statement about the body of work submitted (max. 500 words)

b. Images for each piece should be named with Artist Name, Title, Year, Medium, Size (inches), and Retail Price in CAD.

Example: JohnDoe_PrettyPainting_2018_AcrylicOnCanvas_23x48inches_CAD800

c. Artist Bio + CV

d. Website (if applicable)

e. Instagram handle (if applicable)

There is no submission fee.

Submission Deadline: Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Official Notification: Monday, April 29, 2019

Selected artists will be directly contacted between April 25 – April 28, 2019. On Monday, April 29, all applicants will be notified via email about the selected artists.

Send application to with subject line Application Summer Seven 2019. Applications sent with a different subject line won't be considered.