The Deer Lake Gallery accepts exhibition submissions on August 1st for our 2025  programming. 

We value both traditional and experimental forms of art production, are interested in presenting the intersection of art and science, technology and design, and champion works that expand the viewer’s idea of what art can be. Our goal is to collaborate with artists and organizations in our community and beyond, and provide support and resources to emerging and established artists. 

We invite visual artists working with all media including painting, photography, mixed media, sculpture, ceramics, wood, metal work and installation work. Photography or digital mixed media work may include prints, otherwise all other work must be original. No giclee prints, photocopies, numbered prints, or commercial reproductions will be accepted for exhibition.

Exhibitions typically last five weeks, with an opening reception and the possibility for artist talks or workshops.

Application deadline: October 21, 2024 (Midnight)

Works will be selected by our Programming Committee based on the following criteria:

  • Alignment with the Deer Lake Gallery’s mandate
  • Quality of the artwork
  • Clarity of the written proposal
  • A demonstrated professionalism
  • Production cost and availability

The DLG Programming Committee seeks diversity of perspective, medium and theme when establishing our annual exhibition calendar.

The DLG is well suited to exhibitions from:

  • Early-career artists seeking professional exhibition opportunities
  • Emerging artists with a professional body of work
  • Mid-career artists creating experimental works that could be a departure from their established practice
  • Artists with a diverse body of work to exhibit

Exhibition considerations:

  • Artwork must be ready to display according to accepted gallery standards.
  • By submitting, successful artists grant permission to use images of artwork for publicity purposes (with proper attribution.)
  • Artwork cannot have been displayed at the DLG within the last 2 years.
  • You may be asked to volunteer to gallery sit on certain days during the exhibition
  • Artwork is not required to be for sale during the exhibition. A 25% commission is retained by the DLG on all works sold.
  • You do not have to be a current BAC member to apply, but will be required to purchase a membership if your proposal is accepted.

Submission Requirements:

  • All items must be included in one PDF document titled DLG_[LAST NAME]_[FIRST NAME].pdf submitted via email to info@burnabyartscouncil.org
  • Please be sure to include your name and contact details in your PDF and organize it in the following order:
    1. Artist Statement. Include information about your artistic vision, concepts, topics, themes, and/or areas of interest that motivate your artistic practice. (Maximum 500 words.)
    2. Exhibition Proposal.  An overview of the project you are proposing to exhibit. This should highlight the context for your project, how it supports your broader creative practice, its impact on the community and your vision for the space once the work is installed. Explain how it aligns to the DLG’s mandate and why it is relevant. (Maximum 500 words.) Floorplan and images of space can either be viewed below or shared with you by emailing info@burnabyartscouncil.org
    3. Curriculum Vitae. A summary of your professional history and achievements. If more than one artist is included in your proposal, include CVs of all involved artists. Maximum two pages per artist.
    4. Image list including the following information: Artist (if applicable), title of work, medium, date of creation and dimensions. Links and passwords to video support material should also be included in this section, as required.
    5. Images of work. Image(s) should correspond with those listed on the image list. One image per page. Images may be oriented vertically or horizontally. Maximum 20 images. If your work is video, sound or other media, please provide links and passwords to appropriate files in your image list.
    6. Budget (optional). In some cases, the DLG may be able to provide additional assistance with production expenses. Examples of applicable production expenses that may be considered include: customization to the gallery (such as painting walls), rental of electronics (such as projectors, monitors or media players), etc. Expenses related to the creation of work, research or project development will not be considered as production expenses.

How We Support your Exhibition:

Artists selected for exhibition will be supported in the following ways

  • Assistance with exhibition installation
  • Producing marketing materials and promoting the exhibition (press release, social media, online listings, and printed assets including postcards and sandwich boards.)
  • Organizing the opening reception for the exhibition (generally takes place on Thursday evenings, 6 – 8pm.)
  • We offer an honorarium for artist talks and workshops, but are unable to provide CARFAC fees for our exhibitions at this time.

Submissions for the 2025 exhibition schedule should be received by October 21, 2024 (midnight). Applications received after this deadline may be considered for the following year.

Applicants included in this intake can expect to hear final results of their submission by December 16, 2024.

For General Inquiries about submitting your application:

Call: 604.298.7322

E-mail us: info@burnabyartscouncil.org