Expressions of interest

Expressions of Interest for the 2021 City of Yarra Exhibition Program are now closed. 

Man featured in artwork hanging in hallway at Richmond Town Hall

Installation view of ‘Intergalactic Plasma: A way back to go forward’, Bon Mott (artist), Amanda Fordyce (documentation), 2020, /Adam/. Photo by J. Forsyth

 We are seeking innovative and engaging artists to exhibit as part of our 2021 exhibition program at

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

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 close: Sunday 30 August 2020 

HOW TO APPLY
Expression of Interest are to be submitted through Smarty Grants.

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.
  • Works that fit within the limitations of the exhibition spaces (Carlton Library Light Box submissions - responsive to the site and/or format of the light boxes).
  • All works proposed in submission must be available for exhibition.
  • Carlton Library Light Box Program submissions only: Photographic, digital or other works that demonstrate suitability to the Duratrans medium and the illuminated aesthetic and display.

Richmond Town Hall, Fitzroy Library and Bargoonga Nganjin Exhibitions

Richmond Town Hall, Fitzroy Library and Bargoonga Nganjin exhibitions are programmed for approximately 12 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 and Bargoonga Nganjin will be operating an ‘Open Library’ policy, extending library hours for unmanned, self-service access to facilities. 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 artist 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);
  • promote the exhibition in relevant Arts and Cultural Services promotional material and platforms;
  • produce professional photographic documentation of the exhibition for reference and promotional purposes;
  • provide advice and/or support in organising an exhibition opening (if applicable).

 

Richmond Town Hall 

Richmond Town Hall, located at 333 Bridge Road, plays an important 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 Monday to Friday from 9am – 5pm (ask for access at the reception) Please note: meeting rooms are only accessible when there are no meetings or other business taking place.

One exhibition will be selected for Richmond Town Hall for a duration of approximately 12 weeks. Date of exhibition will be scheduled from November 2021-February 2022. 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.

For exhibition space dimensions, Richmond Town Hall click here:

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.

Three exhibitions will be selected for Fitzroy Library for a duration of 12 weeks each. Installation will be managed by the exhibiting individuals/groups unless requested otherwise, and 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-May, August-October, November 2021–January 2022.

For cabinet dimensions, Fitzroy Library click here:

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.

Note: Bargoonga Nganjin will be operating an ‘Open Library’ policy from 2021, extending library hours to members for unmanned, self-service access to facilities.

Three exhibitions will be selected for Bargoonga Nganjin for a duration of 12 weeks each. The available spaces are February-May, August-November, November 2021– February 2022.

Installation will be managed by the exhibiting individuals/groups unless otherwise negotiated and 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.

For exhibition space dimensions, Bargoonga Naginjin North Fitzroy Library click here:

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 an important 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, the light boxes 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 2021. Artists should be mindful of the key audience for the Light Boxes that includes users of the Carlton Library, local 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 etc.

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 in regards to 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.

For more information, Carlton Library Light Boxes click here:

For further information about the 2021 City of Yarra Exhibition Program:

If you have any questions about the exhibition program please contact our Visual Arts Officer on 03 9205 5029

For the Carlton Library Light Box Program contact our Public Arts Officer on 03 9205 5404