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The First Floor Gallery

The First Floor Gallery, created to profile the amazing work of local artists, opened in January 2015. The space is located at City Hall, between the Finance Department and the Legislative & Court Services office, and is curated by Department of Culture staff with the assistance of local visual artists.

Guiding Principles
Application Process

A call to artists will be advertised annually to encourage local artists to apply to have their work considered for exhibition. The call notes that each exhibition will be installed for 2 months at a time.

The annual deadline for submissions is the beginning of November, so that successful applicants can be notified by December 1. This allows those that are successful, especially for exhibiting early in the following year, to have time to prepare works of the appropriate size and nature.

Applicants are asked to submit:

  • a letter of interest,
  • a CV or resume and
  • a series of 10–12 images of their work on a dvd or usb key.
  • A list of works should be attached that includes title, year of completion, medium and the dimensions.
  • the name of the exhibit and a brief artist statement (2–3 paragraphs) that can be used in promotional materials.

Please note in your submission any special requirements for your exhibit. For the purposes of exhibition, any works on paper will need to be framed. Works on canvas or panels must be wired to enable hanging. We encourage artists working in a variety of mediums to submit to the process and we will work with them to accommodate exhibiting their works (e.g. fibre arts, mixed media, sculpture). 

Submissions will be reviewed by a committee of local arts individuals: artists or have experience in or are employed in the field of visual arts. The committee will be comprised of 3–5 individuals with arts expertise, plus the City's Culture Officer responsible for Development and Public Art. These (3–5) individuals will be appointed by the Department of Culture and will act as a jury panel to determine the successful candidates. The jury panel will create a schedule for the artists, in conjunction with the Culture Officer, in order to present a variety of work from different arts mediums.

Exhibit Length

Each exhibit will be on display for a period of two months. Artists will be asked to install their work on the first business day of the month and remove on the last business day of the relevant month. The installation date will be open to negotiations depending upon when the previous exhibit is being taken down. Every effort will be made to ensure continuity in the exhibit space. Please note that City Hall is not open on Sundays and the gallery is may be inaccessible on Saturdays due to the Barrie Farmers' Market.

Artists will be asked to leave their exhibit in place for the entire two months. Artists will be asked to sign a basic agreement/contract that will demonstrate the artist’s commitment and confirm the exhibition dates.

Sale of Art

City by-laws prohibit the sale of artworks in City Hall (with the exception of the Barrie Farmers' Market) so artists cannot display prices on their work. They can however put their name and contact information on or near their work, or include it in their artist statements. Should an artist sell a work in the exhibit, they are required to leave it in place until the end of the exhibit.

Group Exhibits

Multiple artists are welcome to apply to exhibit together. If this is the case, it is important that the application includes all names of artists, title of their works, dates and dimensions.

Promotions

The Department of Culture will be pleased to promote the exhibitions in the First Floor Gallery on this webpage and through social media where possible. The department will also be happy to promote openings of exhibits dependent upon budget approval.

Current Exhibit: NATURE AND STRUCTURES

This exhibit is on display in the First Floor Gallery at City Hall throughout September and October. Please drop in anytime between the hours of 8:30am and 4:30pm. 

Paintings by Georgian College Fine Arts students and graduates.

Interpretation of natural phenomenon and man-made structures allows artists to project their own sensibilities and ideas. Stylistic concerns and emotional content become as much a part of the image as the forms and objects rendered.

Dialogue arises as viewers negotiate their own interpretations starting visual conversations and new chains of association.

Featuring works by:

Hayden Cowie     Christina MacBean

Katherine Miller     Ryan O Connor

Amie Pilgrim          Danielle Timmers

Lillian  Vosper        Yourong Zhao

 

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