Expressions of interest

Expressions of Interest are now open for the 2022 City of Yarra Exhibition Program

Two digital pictures with red frames side by side on a white wall. The pictures contain two people wearing overalls with the emblem 'mama'.

Installation view of ‘Invisible Labour', 2021 with work 'Motherhood' (2021) by Claudia Phares. Photo: T. Harrison

We are seeking innovative and engaging artists to exhibit as part of our 2022 exhibition program at:

  • Richmond Town Hall
  • Fitzroy Library
  • Bargoonga Nganjin, North Fitzroy Library and
  • Carlton Library Light Boxes.

Application eligibility

  • Artists in all stages of their career (emerging, mid-career and established) are eligible to apply.
  • Applicants must be living in Australia
  • Current employees of Yarra City Council are ineligible to apply.
  • Artists cannot exhibit solo exhibitions in the City of Yarra Exhibition Program two years in a row.

Expressions of Interest close: Friday 24 September 2021

How to Apply

Expressions of Interest will require:

  • A completed application form (which includes an exhibition rationale)
  • a CV and;
  • up to 4 high res (1MB) examples (images) of work.

Applicants can propose one space only as part of any application. Alternatively, applicants can submit multiple applications for distinct exhibitions tailored to each exhibition space.

Expressions of Interest are to be submitted through the Smarty Grants portal.

Selection criteria

Submissions will be assessed on the following criteria:

  • Innovative and engaging art forms and practice.
  • Works of high quality and artistic merit presented in a professional manner.
  • Clarity of theme/concept of the exhibition.
  • Quality of documentation provided.
  • Works that fit within the limitations of the exhibition spaces.
  • For Carlton Library Light Box submissions: Responsive to the site, a photographic, or digital medium/other work that demonstrate suitability to the Duratrans medium, the illuminated aesthetic and display (light box format).

About the City of Yarra Exhibition Program

Richmond Town Hall, Fitzroy Library and Bargoonga Nganjin exhibitions are programmed for twelve weeks duration. A fee is paid to successful applicants to contribute towards the exhibition development and presentation costs.

Exhibition spaces in these three venues are in high traffic areas. Richmond Town Hall hosts a broad range of functions and events in the evenings. Although all care and consideration is given to the safety of the works on display, artists exhibit works at their own risk. Council takes no responsibility for any theft, loss, or damage to artwork during transportation or display at all three venues and recommends that all exhibitors have artwork insurance for the duration of their exhibition (including installation and dismantling) and for associated events, such as exhibition openings.

As part of Council’s commitment to artists, the Arts and Cultural Services Unit will:

  • support and advise exhibitors in the installation and dismantling of exhibitions ensuring standards of exhibition best practice are adhered to.
  • produce exhibition signage and wall text (if applicable).
  • produce a room sheet with information on the artist/s, works and price for sale (if applicable).
  • Council will not take any commission on artworks sold.
  • promote the exhibition in relevant Arts and Cultural Services promotional material and platforms where opportunities are available.
  • produce professional photographic documentation of the exhibition for reference and promotional purposes.
  • support an exhibition opening (if applicable), and
  • reserve the right to make final decisions determining the exhibition, exhibition dates and installation of works.

Note: If the exhibition program must close due to public health directions, exhibitions that are impacted may be rescheduled at staff discretion.

Exhibitors' responsibilities:

  • All works must be ready to hang or display with hanging mechanisms or object mounts as appropriate for installation, by the install date.
  • Exhibitors are responsible for the cost of transportation to and from the gallery including the install and deinstall of their artwork.
  • Exhibitors must provide the Visual Arts Officer two high- and low-resolution images and an exhibition statement for promotional purposes at the acceptance of an offer.
  • Exhibitors must provide the Visual Arts Officer a list of works (title, materials, and dimensions) at least six weeks prior to the exhibition opening.

Richmond Town Hall

Richmond Town Hall, located at 333 Bridge Road, plays a key role in the delivery of services to the community. Members of our community attend the town hall for a variety of reasons including Council and community meetings, functions and on Council business.

The exhibition spaces at Richmond Town Hall are on the upper floor and consist of three meeting rooms with alcoves and a corridor. The exhibition spaces at Richmond Town Hall can be viewed during business hours (ask for access at the reception).

Please note: meeting rooms are only accessible when there are no meetings or other business taking place and the Richmond Town Hall is NOT open on weekends.

Due to the nature of the venue the Visual Arts Officer may offer solo artist applicants an opportunity to share the venue, exhibiting their exhibition alongside another solo artist’s exhibition. This may be a condition of the acceptance of your application.

Four exhibitions will be selected for Richmond Town Hall for a duration of twelve weeks. Date of exhibition will be scheduled from Feb-April, May-July, Aug- Oct, November 2022-February 2023.

Technical support towards the installation will be provided. A stipend of $1250 will be paid for the exhibition selected for the full space as well as promotional support.

Fitzroy Library

Fitzroy Library is located at 128 Moor Street, Fitzroy.

The exhibition space consists of 12 wall mounted glass cases in a busy corridor that leads to the library meeting rooms and staff offices. The cases are suitable for two-dimensional works (particularly series of work), jewellery, small sculptural objects, and historical exhibitions. Library spaces can be viewed during opening hours.

Four exhibitions will be selected for Fitzroy Library for a duration of 12 weeks each. Installation will be managed by the exhibiting individuals/groups unless otherwise stated and technical support is requested. Access will be organised in coordination with Arts & Cultural Services and Yarra Libraries.

A stipend of $650 will be provided to each selected artist/group to support an exhibition. The available spaces are February-April, May-July, August-October, November 2022–January 2023.

Bargoonga Nganjin

Bargoonga Nganjin is located at 182 St Georges Rd, North Fitzroy. It includes a Library, Maternal and Child Heath Centre, community rooms and rooftop garden.

The exhibition space consists of one curved wall in a busy area within the ground floor foyer area that leads to the children’s library, library meeting rooms and reception. The wall is suitable for framed works installed on hanging track, two dimensional installations and/or custom paste up, wallpaper or mural/drawing works. An optional addition to the wall is the inclusion of two transparent wall cavity cases which are suitable for suspended two-dimensional works (particularly series of work), jewellery, small sculptural objects, and historical exhibitions. Library spaces can be viewed during opening hours.

Four exhibitions will be selected for Bargoonga Nganjin, each (bar one) for a duration of 12 weeks. The available spaces are Jan-Mar (8 weeks), June-Aug, Sept-November, November 2022– February 2023.

Installation will be managed by the exhibiting individuals/groups unless otherwise negotiated and technical support requested. Access will be organised in coordination with Arts & Cultural Services and Yarra Libraries. A stipend of $1000 will be provided to each selected artist/group to support an exhibition.

Carlton Library Light Box Public Art Program

Carlton Library is located on a busy, inner-city street at 667 Rathdowne Street, North Carlton. It plays a vital role in the delivery of services to the community and many members of our community, of all ages, frequent this important facility.

The Carlton Library Light Box Public Art Program enhances the library’s profile and the surrounding streetscape, while also ensuring contemporary art is part of the everyday experience of our community and visitors to Yarra. Located on the south wall of the library, along Newry Street near the junction of Rathdowne Street, they are visible and illuminated during the evening hours from dusk.

Light Box Dimensions

  • Each box is landscape format and measures 931mm (height) x 1,279mm (wide).
  • The material size of the print will be produced at 841mm (h) x 1,189mm (w); and
  • The image/visual will measure 821mm (h) x 1,169mm (w).

Two series of four works will be selected, printed on photographic Duratrans, and exhibited for six months each in 2022. Artists should be mindful of the key audience for the Light Boxes that includes users of the Carlton Library, residents, pedestrians, nearby business patrons and commuters along Rathdowne Street.

Each selected artist will receive a fee of $2,000 (excluding GST).

This fee is inclusive of all costs involved with the creation of the works including artist fee, production of digital files to specifications for printing, transport, and administration.

Council will manage and cover the costs associated with printing the Duratrans and installation, however the artist will be required to liaise with the appointed supplier regarding supplying files and overseeing test prints.

Due to the nature of the materials and working with UV light in an outdoor environment, the selected artworks will be displayed on a rotation to ensure the lifespan of each print is maximised. By rotating the works, it is hoped the prints will last up to 15 years at least and will be displayed multiple times over this period.

Council will retain ownership of the works and they may be accessioned into Yarra’s Art Collection.

Further Information

If you require a hard copy application form, information, or other assistance to complete your application for the 2022 City of Yarra Exhibition Program, please contact:
Grace Longato, Visual Arts Officer on 03 9205 5029 or by email Grace.Longato@yarracity.vic.gov.au

For the Carlton Library Light Box Program contact Karra Rees, Public Arts Officer on 03 9205 5404 or email at Karra.Rees@yarracity.vic.gov.au