Careers in Culture – Careers in Visual Arts and Crafts

> Developing your submission

As an artist, you will be looking for outlets for your work, be they artist-run centres or private galleries. It is important to learn where to send your work and how. For information about shows and other opportunities, check out the Canadian Artists Representation/Le front des artistes canadiens (CARFAC) website and websites of other regional or local organizations and funding bodies.

Submission Tips

  • Look for art shows that are endorsed by a reputable organization. Ask questions if you are not sure. Check unknown leads with the Better Business Bureau.

  • Beware of any group that requires you to pay to submit or contribute work.

  • For any gallery, especially a private one, visit the gallery or go online to see what kinds of work they represent. If your work doesn't fit with what they seem to show, don't waste your time, money and energy sending in a submission.

  • Follow submission guidelines carefully. Generally galleries and artist-run centres have submissions guidelines. Check out their website, or call them to get a copy of their guidelines. Submit reproductions, not original works, unless specifically requested.

  • Write a letter that explains who you are, includes an artist statement about your current work, and indicates what you are submitting. An artist statement is often difficult to write, so have an artist friend, an editor, or a writer review it to help you make it stronger.

  • Include a self addressed stamped envelope (SASE) with correct postage if you want your submission returned.

  • Use these presenting opportunities to build your résumé.