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Guidelines for Exhibition Proposals by Curators

Statement of Purpose

The Foreman Art Gallery of Bishop’s University, located beside the foyer of Centennial Theatre, is committed to art presentation and discourse, as well as the exploration of diversity of culture. The goal of the art gallery is to become an important centre for visual arts through an exhibition program of recent, innovative and challenging art by professional artists from Canada and abroad. The art gallery achieves its goals through its programming of exhibitions of contemporary and historical arts: painting, sculpture, mixed media, installation, video and films. These exhibitions, together with lectures, symposia and workshops, are presented with the objective of generating curiosity and provoking public debate on cultural and social issues.

One of the Gallery’s main objectives is to provide visitors who are unable to travel to major metropolitan Canadian centres with the opportunity to view the work of artists who challenge their perception of art and life. Admission is always free of charge. Secondly, the flexibility of our structure and the technical facilities available to artists are one of our main tools with which we want to pursue the development of production-residencies and of subsequent publications. Finally, each year one of our exhibitions focuses on art which has a direct relevancy to the area in which we are based.

The Foreman Art Gallery of Bishop’s University presents four to five exhibitions per year by professional artists with a balance of Canadian and international content. Exhibitions are organized by  the gallery’s curator or guest curators  and programmed  two or three years in advance. The gallery only considers curated exhibitions by emerging and established curators. The gallery’s Director/Curator conducts ongoing research on artists throughout the year.

How to submit a proposal

Curated exhibition proposals must be addressed to the Director/Curator, Foreman Art Gallery. Enclosure of a stamped return envelope is appreciated. Complete submissions include the following elements:

  • A letter of motivation that summarizes the curatorial proposal and situates it within the mandate of the Gallery;
  • At least 10 images of the work of each artist to be presented (e-mail, WeTransfer or USB key) ;
  • All other documents such as exhibition catalogues, press dossier, and the outline of the curator’s practice;
  • The professional Curriculum Vitaes of all persons implicated in the project.

When to submit

Foreman Art Gallery curatorial staff schedule proposal reviews on an ad hoc basis. Allow at least six months for a reply.

Any packages sent to the gallery will be reviewed with great interest. If the curator wants the material to be sent back, he or she must include a self-addressed envelope with appropriate postage.

Gentiane Bélanger, Director/Curator



Constructed in 1992

Originally was an artist-run-centre
Since August 1998 as a university art gallery
Average exhibitions per year: 7
Average duration: 7-10 weeks
Receives circulating exhibitions

Publicity Press releases, catalogues, invitations, posters, and media coverage

One gallery: 154.5 sq. meters

Additional panels: can be provided

Location: first floor in Centennial Theatre

Exterior walls: Brick

Interior: Concrete, gyprock, and plywood

Steel structural support

Floors: concrete covered with carpet

Ceiling: hung gyprock ceiling; height:3.55 m

Hanging walls: gyprock and wood

Exit doors off gallery: Height: 2.0 m/Width: 1.80 m2


Doors (leading from shipping/receiving to exhibition area)

Height: 2.0 m/Width: 1.80 m

Separate receiving and loading area

Hydraulic lift available

Loading area at truck level

Crate storage area available

Empty crate storage stored on premises, temperature-controlled, pest-controlled

Loading area can accommodate any type of truck

Loading and unloading personnel available

Personnel available for packing

Separate storage area available; secured, climate-controlled, and fire alarmed

The movement of objects in assured by professional transport company


Windows in exhibition area: none

Air conditioning equipment: steam

Temperature and relative humidity in exhibition gallery and storage area:

Summer: 20 degrees Celsius, 35% RH

Winter: 20 degrees Celsius, 35% RH

Variations of temperature and relative humidity in gallery and storage area

Summer: 2-5 degrees, +/- 5% RH

Winter: 3-5 degrees, +/- 5% RH

The records of the hydrothermograph is verified daily and calibrated every month

Heating: forced air

Heating thermostatically controlled in the exhibition area and by one thermostat in the storage area is controlled and humidistat

Smoking is not permitted in exhibition area and surrounding buildings


In exhibition area: incandescent

Light meter available

Light level: maximum 150 lux–according to National Gallery standards

Lighting may be obtained at many different preferred levels in separate areas of the exhibition area

Electrical outlets: drawn from the walls and the ceiling


Covered for burglary and theft, fire, rising waters and water damages, natural disasters

Wall to wall coverage (transit)


Self-activated smoke detection in exhibition area, and heat activated in storage area

In-house controlled station panel, in house audible fire alarm

Local fire code inspection and testing of portable fire extinguishers assessed quarterly

Material of basic structure non-combustible, wood, concrete, building is fire-resistant

Type of fire department: volunteer

Average respond time of the fire department is of 4 minutes

Type of water supply: town

Supply of electrical service: 600 volts 3 phase

Maximum size of electrical service: 400 amp

Emergency system in case of power failure: generator in the main core of the building, not in the exhibition area

Sprinklers in the building but not in the exhibition area


The gallery keeps hydrothermographic charts which staff verifies on a regular basis

Staffs performs regular verifications of thermostats, humidistats and other air control equipment are on duty 24 hours a day.

While open, the gallery employs surveillance staff that oversees the exhibition area and assists the public.

Have a trained security supervisor in charge at all times

Sound and motion detectors

Audio Equipment

(Technical Assistance available)

AM/FM Radio/ Double-Cassette/ CD player

Headphones x 5

Laser Disc Player


Video Cassette Player: 3/4 inch+A39

Video Projection Unit (VPU)

Computer Projection Unit (CPU) -includes

Computer – Laptop x 2

Video Tape Duplications

Transfer 8mm to VHS/Transfer Hi-8 to VHS

Super 8mm or 16mm Transferred to VHS

Transfer VHS-C Compact to VHS

Projection Equipment Video Projectors x 3, Blu-ray DVD players x 5
Photographic Equipment

Data Projectors

35mm Camera

8mm Camcorder

Hi-8 Camcorder

Digital Camera

Portable Video Editor

Camcorder Battery – NP 55 to NP 98

Camcorder Battery – Lithium (4 hour)


Sound Systems

Large/Medium/Small P.A. System

Conference Audio Recording System

Large/Small Microphone Mixer (4 Mics up to 12 Mics)

Microphone (Clip-On Wireless)


Floor Plan

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3D Model

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