Ayesha Green , Māori Girl, 2018


Call for Proposals (January–June 2020)

Blue Oyster invites proposals that are new, innovative and non-commercial with a focus on experimental practice by solo, duo or collaborating artist practitioners to be developed and presented in conversation and collaboration with the director. With support from Blue Oyster Arts Trust, the director will prioritise high-quality proposals that focus on the development of experimental visual practice and relate, add to and strengthen the diverse perspectives on local, national and global conversations on contemporary art.

The Trust aims to present original and varied exhibitions that respond to Blue Oyster’s context and vision. To read and understand more about the Trust's mission and goals visit our About Page.  

Proposal guidelines:

  • All proposals must be submitted by the closing deadline. Any proposals submitted after this time will not be considered.
  • Only emailed proposals in a single PDF with your name as the file name will be accepted. For more information on how to make a PDF, click here.
  • Proposals for exhibitions already presented will not be considered. Please refrain from submitting a proposal sent to another gallery or organisation.
  • Keep your proposal clear, succinct and as specific as possible.
  • We aren't able to accommodate all proposals submitted but are pleased to provide feedback to the best of our ability on request. 
  • You are not required to send illustrated floor plans, please only use the floor plans and Sketch Up file to write and inform your proposal.

Further information:

  • By the closing date you will receive an email confirming we have received your proposal. If you have not received this email, your proposal has not been received—please call or email the gallery for receipt. 
  • Successful applicants will be notified by Friday 11 October.
  • If your proposal is successful you will be reimbursed with a modest fee to assist with production, materials and transport. Blue Oyster also assists with install, deinstall, promotion, equipment and tools. If you live outside of Dunedin, you will be required to organise your own airfares and accomodation as well as extra freight costs.
  • Exhibitors are required to sign an artist agreement, set achievable goals and expectations for the project with the Director as well as complete a survey, or a feedback session after the exhibition.
  • This call for proposals is for a six-month period (January-June 2020) and another call for proposals will be made in early 2020 for the remainder of the calendar year. 
  • To download a floor plan, click here.
  • To obtain a SketchUp file, please email the gallery manager.

Blue Oyster's Call for Proposals for the January–June 2020 period opens on Thursday 1 August.

Proposal deadline: Friday 30 August, 2019.

Applications must include:

  • A 500 word written outline of your proposed project and how it fits into your current practice. It is not expected that this will be a finalised project at this stage, we seek projects that are robust and well researched to be further developed in conversation and collaboration with the director. Outlines that are self-aware, critical, well-researched and clearly written will be prioritised.
  • 4-5 examples of your previous work, written, photographic, audio and video documentation encouraged in links to websites.
  • 1 page artist CV with a bio that explains your professional background and experience.

How to Apply:

Read proposal guidelines again before submitting your proposal. Proposals must be in the advised format for consideration.

Email your proposal to: director@blueoyster.org.nz.

Deadline: Friday 30 August, 2019

Applicants will be notified by Friday 11 October, 2019.

For more questions and information, please email the director.