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The Chester Art Centre is not currently accepting proposals. Applications for 2026 Exhibitions will open in early 2025.


Proposal Guidelines:

Artists working in all media are invited to submit a proposal. Group exhibition proposals are also accepted.

Proposal Submission Criteria
Proposals must include the following information in order to be considered:

1. An application cover letter including a title for the show, a clear description of the theme concept and medium.
2. An Artist Statement and a current photo.
3. A list of works to be exhibited including artist, title, medium, dimensions, and date of work. If work is not yet completed a list of what is planned for inclusion.
4. Images of works in jpeg format max. 1024 x 768 resolution.
5. A current curriculum vitae for all artists included in the exhibition.


Jury Process
– a jury including at least one professional artist will make its selection based on the quality of the work, the overall integrity of the proposal, and its relation to the programs of the CAC.
– The jury will meet once per year in the spring.
– All artists whose proposals have been reviewed by the jury will be notified of the jury’s decision within 3 weeks of the jury meeting. All decisions are final.
Once the jury has met, additional exhibits will be selected by the exhibition committee as space is available.


Conditions of Exhibition
The selected artist will be responsible for the shipping/transport of work to and from CAC. All special equipment and/or display materials will be supplied by the artist. If the artist does not have this equipment or materials CAC will make their best efforts to assist in procuring them.

Chester Art Centre will supply:

– Artist fees/honorarium
– Opening reception
– Colour promotional materials
– Inclusion in CAC publicity
– Personnel to invigilate the show during the exhibition’s open hours (we do encourage artists to invigilate as well and promote these times with their audience).


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