Call for Exhibition Submissions

Call For Exhibitions Submissions 2024

The Mary E. Black Gallery is pleased to receive proposals from artists/craftspeople, community groups, cultural groups, guilds, and curators for exhibitions in 2024. Annually, we host seven exhibitions, selected by a rotating Exhibition Review Committee to fulfill the gallery’s mandate. As Nova Scotia’s only public fine craft gallery, we strive to host a selection of exhibitions that educate the public about craft while promoting traditional and contemporary fine craft created by emerging and established local, regional, Canadian and international artists. Juried, curated and travelling exhibitions are eligible.

We are available to answer your questions regarding the application process or to get feedback on your submission. The best way to reach us  is by email at Through email we can also schedule appointments for phone meetings to assist you further in the process if desired.

Craft Nova Scotia is committed to following the Nova Scotia Human Rights Act in all aspects and activity of its operation. In accordance, all Craft Nova Scotia exhibitions, including those at the Mary E. Black Gallery or other venues, will be directed by principles of respect, equity, transparency, and accountability. This includes consideration and care for the stories being told through craft displayed in the gallery–ensuring that exhibited craftwork honours the genuine representation of an artist’s own stories, culture, community, heritage, and related practices.  

Craft Nova Scotia will assess the broad community impact of all programming and craftworks displayed in the Mary E Black Gallery and other affiliated spaces to ensure alignment with this commitment. Craft Nova Scotia will take into consideration craftworks and programs within a broader historical, social, and cultural context, and how craftworks/programming may impact communities engaged by or reflected in the artwork or programming.  

This commitment means that Craft Nova Scotia and the Mary E. Black gallery have the right to exclude or omit any works that do not follow the principles outlined above. 

Proposals and support material must be submitted via Dropbox link to by midnight on April 19th, 2022. (The deadline has been extended to allow administrative/technical support for anyone submitting on the final day of the deadline)

Your file must be titled with your/your organization’s name first Followed by “MEBG Submissions 2024” (eg: Emily Wareham MEBG Submissions 2024)

In addition to submitting your full proposal sent via drop box you must fill out this short application form.

Proposal files must include the following:


  • A 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.
  • Biographies for submitting artists and/or organizers/curators. (Maximum of 300 words per bio)
  • Contact information with email and phone number for at least one artist or curator on the proposal.
  • We encourage you to include in your letter of intent a brief description of the how you envision the works being presented ie: general layout, interpretation equipment or special display requirements.
  • 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.
  • Maximum of 20 Images. Image requirements are as follows: JPEG format, maximum of 300 dpi. Titles of image and media files should be numbered (01-20) and titles must match the list of support material.
  • Digital media such as video or audio can be included within a maximum of 20 images. A maximum of 5 min. of digital media will be considered. Digital media can be submitted via a JPEG image of a written link.
  • 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.
  • Be sure to include contact information with email on your CV.
  • Additional support material can include any materials relevant to the application, promotional materials, reviews and catalogues.

Late submissions, incomplete, or submissions sent outside Dropbox will NOT be accepted. (However, we are here to assist and accommodate in any way we can considering the extenuating circumstances, we all find ourselves in.) The Mary E Black Gallery staff offers assistance to applicants who face barriers to applying or have any difficulty with the process. If you require assistance, or have any questions please contact the gallery at:


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Proposal evaluation is based on:

  • The artistic merit of the exhibition proposed.
  • The quality of the applicant’s work to date.
  • Visitor engagement, programming and educational opportunities.
  • The ability of the organization/individual to bring the exhibition to fruition.

Proposal evaluation is based on:

  • The artistic merit of the exhibition proposed.
  • The quality of the applicant’s work to date.
  • Visitor engagement, programming and educational opportunities.
  • The ability of the organization/individual to bring the exhibition to fruition.

In response to the gallery’s mandate and the above listed evaluation criteria, the most successful proposals illustrate or address the following:

  • A strong, cohesive concept or theme that in its presentation, will work in our gallery setting.
  • Concepts that inspire, challenge, motivate, inform, excite, or incite emotional and intellectual responses, offer new perspectives and address issues of relevance for our craft community and our visiting publics.
  • Artistic merit also includes opportunities to showcase innovation in craft in the use of new materials and/or techniques or which push the boundaries of craft and craft discourse.
  • Unique gallery experiences that are more active or interactive.
  • We welcome collaborative exhibitions and proposals by curators and groups, as well as projects proposed in partnership with other organizations.
  • Suggestions for public programming which could accompany and enhance the exhibition ‘s concept, provide exposure for craft artists, activate our gallery space and engage/educate current and new audiences

The Mary E. Black Gallery covers:

  • Artist’s fees based on recommended CARFAC rates
  • Cost of an opening reception (subject to restrictive conditions)
  • invitation / exhibition mini catalog
  • Inclusion in our standard publicity program

Expressions of Interest For Jurors (Ongoing)


We invite expressions of interest for participation in our annual Mary E. Black Gallery exhibition selection process. Each year a new panel of three guest jurors are invited and paid an honorarium to assess and select proposals for exhibition.

If you would like to be added to a roster of potential jury members please express your interest by emailing our administrative coordinator. This roster is used each year to create a list of guest jurors who may be called upon. We endeavor to create a balanced jury for each annual exhibition selection process.

Please contact to express interest.