Submitting a Proposal

Please do NOT submit a proposal unless it is in response to an Open Call on social media.

Selection Criteria

Artists are chosen based on strength of ideas and quality of work.

We particularly welcome artists whose work focuses on relevant concerns in contemporary art practice, who would like the opportunity to experiment and push their work without commercial constraints, and who use varied media such as film, sound and installation as well as painting, drawing and sculpture.

One Paved Court’s ethos is to give visitors the opportunity to engage directly with artists, and so we give preference to artists whose work has a particular focus on community engagement and are planning to offer workshops during their show.

Every selected artist will be expected to give either an artist’s talk or a more informal ‘Meet the Artist’ event.

Our artist-led shows suit early to mid-career working artists, who are not regularly represented by a gallery.  We welcome shows from all artists regardless of sex, age, race, disability, sexual orientation, or religion. We particularly encourage applications from people from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, as these groups are currently under-represented in our programme.

Proposals go through a rigorous selection process by our panel, from which we curate a varied cohesive programme of exhibitions to engage and challenge our audience.

What to include in your Proposal:

Please send your proposal by email to [email protected]

The proposal should be in PDF format and should include the following:

  1. The title of your show.
  2. A list of participating artists and the curator (where relevant).
  3. A statement about the show in under 400 words.
  4. 3 or 4 images (or 2 per artist for a group show) within the PDF.
  5. For each artist involved:
    • A cv/bio
    • A link to website(s)
    • Links to Social media