Instead of running specific open calls, some galleries have an ongoing submission process, allowing you to send project proposals and your portfolio throughout the year. Here is a selection of these galleries and art spaces that accept unsolicited submissions.
Do not send out your portfolio to all galleries without thought; take the time to reflect on your work in relation to the gallery – does it fit? Read the submissions guidelines carefully and adapt your submission accordingly. Your artist statement should be up to date and make sure to choose artworks that represent your practice.
It’s also important to note that not all galleries welcome unsolicited submissions; if you are interested in a gallery, make sure to read their website carefully before contacting them.
This article was updated on 07.07.2020.
PAPER is an artist-led, commercial gallery in Manchester, founded in 2012. They represent a range of emerging and mid-career artists whose practice is based around the medium of paper. This ranges from drawing, painting, and printmaking to artist’s books, video, and performance.
You can send them unsolicited material, preferably a link to your website. PAPER looks over all submissions, but only replies to artists who are being considered.
gr_und is a nonprofit artist-run space in Wedding, Berlin and is a platform for experimentation and re-adjusting the status quo of the commercial art world. They work from various media outlets via exhibitions, workshops, live web radio and an open source art library. You are welcome to send them your project proposal.
Artplex Gallery is a commercial gallery in Los Angeles, showcasing established and emerging international artists. They are always looking for emerging talent and accept ongoing submissions. Make sure to follow their submission guidelines, and take note that your material will become the gallery’s property – don’t send your originals.
Bass & Reiner
Bass & Reiner is a curatorial project with the goal of introducing artists to a broader audience in San Francisco, expanding beyond traditional regional boundaries. Their purpose is to expand, strengthen, and connect arts communities, and accept digital submissions of work from emerging artists for individual exhibitions.
Cameron Contemporary Art
Cameron Contemporary Art in Brighton showcases established and up-and-coming British artists. They hold around eight exhibitions annually and accept unsolicited submissions. Email six images that represent your work and a recent CV with details of any current gallery affiliations. The gallery reviews submissions every eight weeks, only successful submissions will be contacted.
Art in General
Art in General is a nonprofit organization based in New York, that assists artists with the production and presentation of new work. They have a fluid open call model, and review submissions quarterly throughout the year. Send your submissions via email as a PDF, and make sure to read through their submissions guidelines.
The Biscuit Factory
The Biscuit Factory is an independent commercial contemporary art, craft & design gallery located in New Castle. They host four exhibitions per year. Artists can send submissions to exhibit throughout the year. And there are no charges to exhibit, as the gallery runs on commissions.
synthesis welcome artists to submit their VR/AR artworks on an open-ended basis. They are interested in cutting-edge projects that are time-based or interactive, with ideally a strong interdisciplinary approach. And believe the extent of the experience inside the VR headset begins as the experience outside ends and have, in the past, worked with artists who aesthetically engage with the exhibition space or play with different art forms accompanying their VR piece.