Mary E. Black Gallery Call for Submissions for 2020 exhibitions.

Call for Exhibition Submissions

The Mary E. Black Gallery invites proposals from community groups, cultural groups, guilds, artists, craftspeople and curators for exhibitions in 2021. Annually, seven shows are selected by the Exhibition Review Committee to fulfill the gallery’s mandate, as Nova Scotia’s only public fine craft gallery, to exhibit traditional and contemporary fine craft created by aspiring and established local, regional, Canadian and international artists. Juried, curated and travelling exhibitions are eligible.

Year round the Nova Scotia Centre for Craft and Design hosts exhibitions in the Mary E. Black Gallery which educate the public about craft and design and promote the pursuit of excellence in the craft community.

Image: XL/Excel, Craft Nova Scotia group exhibit

Submissions must include the following:

Letter of Intent/Proposal:

Clear description of theme/concept and the type of work defined by medium, technique, membership or function (maximum of 500 words)
Proposed or working title of exhibition
A list of artist/s and justification for their inclusion if the proposal is curatorial or a group exhibition
Please indicate if you are open to the possibility of being curated into a two person show, group show, or shared use of our gallery space.

Support Material:

A list of works to be exhibited (include artist, title, medium, dimensions in metric, date of work) or if not yet created, a list of what is planned for inclusion
Support material which can include any materials relevant to the application, images (maximum of 20), promotional materials, reviews and catalogues
Image requirements are as follows: JPEG format, maximum of 1024×768 resolution, 72 DPI, RGB
A list of the support material provided including the title, medium, dimensions in metric, date of work
A curriculum vitae of the principal organizer/curator or artist

Proposals and support material must be submitted via Dropbox link to by 4pm AST on March 29, 2019.

Late submissions, incomplete applications, or submissions sent outside dropbox will NOT be accepted. Responses to submissions will be sent out in June, 2019.

Proposal evaluation is based on:

The artistic merit of the exhibition proposed
The quality of the applicant’s work to date
The ability of the organization/individual to bring the exhibition to fruition

The Mary E. Black Gallery offers:

Artist’s fees based on recommended CARFAC rates
Cost of an opening reception
Colour invitation / exhibition brochure
Inclusion in our standard publicity program

The Mary E Black Gallery staff offers assistance to applicants who face barriers to applying and may have difficulty with the process. If you would like help applying, please contact the gallery at or 902-492-2522.  See our floorplan. For more detailed information on Gallery accessibility please email or call us.

There is a permanent Ramp at the front entrance of the Mary E. Black Gallery. The front doors are currently not automatic and have a 1” lip at front entrance and the interior doors are also not automatic. During open hours there is staff present at all times with view of all entrances ready to provide assistance. (See website for photos of location and entrance.) There is a single occupant washroom with a 34.5” non-automatic doorway. The bathroom is spacious with 2 horizontal bars around the toilet. There is currently no change table inside the bathroom.

Centre for Craft Nova Scotia & Mary E. Black Gallery
1061 Marginal Road, Suite 140
Halifax, NS B3H 4P7