Proof is Gallery 44’s annual group exhibition of work by emerging* Canadian artists, reflecting a range of current concerns and practices in contemporary photography and lens-based media. Proof is often one of the first exhibitions in a professional context for an emerging artist. Past exhibitions have featured work by Kotama Bouabane, Leila Fatemi, Isabelle Hayeur, Anique Jordan, Laurie Kang, Germaine Koh, Luther Konadu, Meryl McMaster, Elise Rasmussen, and Althea Thauberger. Proof 28 will take place in late spring, early summer with an opening date in June 2022.
The submissions received through the Proof open call are juried by Gallery 44’s Exhibitions Programming Committee (EPC) and a Proof artist from the previous year. The committee is composed of the Executive Director, the Curator of Exhibitions and Public Programs, two community members, two Gallery 44 members, and one board member. Every submission is considered. Together, the EPC and the past Proof participant create a shortlist and then decide on the successful applications.
To apply, please fill out our submission form with the required materials. Late applications will not be considered. All applicants will hear back within 4 months of the deadline. Unfortunately, due to the high volume of applicants, Gallery 44 is unable to provide feedback on submissions. If you have any questions about the submission process, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Emerging artists are defined as being in the early stages of their professional career, have produced a small body of work and achieved some local recognition and/or have limited public exhibition experience. Generally, they have had between 0 and 5 years of professional arts practice.
Required Submission Materials
10–20 JPGs, 2000 pixels on the long edge, 2MB max
Video link(s) if applicable
Maximum of 3
Titles, dates, medium, dimensions and any relevant information. PDF or DOC.
Please provide a written explanation of the concept behind your project, and relevance to Gallery 44 programming. 200- 250 words.
Outline how the body of work you are submitting relates to your practice as a whole, and how and why the materials you chose to work with relate to your conceptual premise. 250 words max.
PDF or DOC
Gallery 44's floorplan can be found here. (A floorplan/layout is not necessary to include with a submission.) We will provide curatorial** and installation support for selected submissions.
**Curatorial Support includes:
- CARFAC exhibition and talk fees
- Return shipping
- Support for travel
Deadline: September 30, 2021, 5:00PM EDT