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The First Floor Gallery

The First Floor Gallery, created to profile the incredible artwork of local artists, opened in January 2015. 

This exhibition space is located at City Hall, between the Service Barrie and Court and Legislative Services counters, and is curated by Cultural Development staff with the assistance of local visual artists.

Guiding Principles
Application Process

Each exhibition will be installed for 2 months at a time. Successful applicants will be notified in early April.

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 individuals 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

Cultural Development staff 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 

On display and available for viewing from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday for October 2021:

The Steel Spirit Art Gallery

See artwork on display created by Military, First Responders and Hospital Practitioners. Biographies on the artists and write ups on various pieces will also be on display.

 

Enjoy a self guided tour of the art and stories through the Rotunda and First Floor Galleries.

 

Join us for a FREE Online Art Gallery event on: 

Sunday October 17th, 

1PM to 2PM EDT

A handful of artists from military and first responder services will present their work and speak briefly about their backgrounds. 

Please register for this event so that the link can be sent to your email prior to the event.

Platform: Zoom

Register at https://www.thesteelspirit.ca/new-online-gallery-oct-17th

See the variety of art created by the presenters; paintings, photography & pottery. We love to keep things informal so that attendees can ask the artists questions during the event.

Unlike previous years there will be no reception for this event. 

 

If you have any questions or comments, please don't hesitate to reach out.


More informationis available at www.thesteelspirit.ca


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