Opportunities for Artists

Submit a Proposal for an Exhibition / Event at OVADA

OVADA runs a regular programme of curated exhibitions and events from our semi-industrial warehouse in central Oxford. In addition to open-call opportunities throughout the year we also welcome proposals from artists and curators. As the visual arts development agency for Oxfordshire, OVADA also encourages proposals for off-site projects across the County and beyond.

Opportunities for Artists

We accept proposals from artists, collaborative groups and curators for exhibitions and events that would complement our existing Artistic Programme. These will be selected by OVADA’s Programming Team and are carefully chosen in line with OVADA’s Artistic Policy. We are not currently accepting proposals for solo exhibitions.

To submit a proposal download and complete our Application Form and send, preferably by email, to: info@ovada.org.uk

Alternatively proposals can be sent by post to:

Lucy Phillips – Director
OVADA Warehouse
14A Osney Lane
Oxford OX1 1NJ

You are also required to include a CV and up to six supporting photos (max 1MB each) of current or relevant previous work. Please label all your images with title, size, medium and date. Alternatively you may prefer to send us a website link, particularly for video and sound work.

Please note that we programme up to 12 – 18 months in advance.* Occasionally we have free slots within our existing programme however we ask that proposals are submitted with as much notice as possible, preferably 12 months in advance. Normally our exhibitions are between 4 – 6 weeks long and our standard opening hours are: Thursdays – Sundays, 12-6pm. When proposing the length of an exhibition, please consider that due to our full schedule, there may be more flexibility for programming shorter exhibitions of up to 2 weeks or one-off events.

*PLEASE NOTE: We are currently only accepting exhibition proposals for 2019 onwards as this year’s programme is fully scheduled. We can however accept applications for short events in 2018 which can be programmed between exhibitions.   

We recommend site-visits before submitting a proposal. You are invited to visit during our exhibition opening hours or alternatively please contact us by email: info@ovada.org.uk. We may not be able to discuss your proposal in person at this stage. You may also refer to our online resources, which includes a floor-plan, photos and a virtual tour of the space: www.ovada.org.uk/warehouse.

Applications can be submitted at any time however the Programming Team meets quarterly to review proposals on the following dates:

  • 9 February 2018
    (Deadline for applications to be considered at this meeting: 31 January 2018)
  • 10 May 2018
    (Deadline for applications to be considered at this meeting: 2 May 2018)
  • 13 July 2018
    (Deadline for applications to be considered at this meeting: 4 July 2018)
  • October 2018 (TBC)

Dates can change at short notice – please check this page regularly if planning to submit an application. It will not be possible to provide updates on the progress of applications until after our Programming Team has met on the nearest date after a proposal has been received. We will aim to inform all applicants by email within 2 weeks of this meeting and regret that due to the number of proposals we receive, we are not always able to offer feedback to applicants. If the proposal is viable and fits within OVADA’s Artistic Policy we will invite selected applicants to a meeting to discuss their ideas in more detail.

If your proposal does not fit into our Artistic Programme we may be able to consider your event as an external hire. Please see our website for further details: www.ovada.org.uk/space

Please contact us if you are having difficulties completing your application or require a different format/method of application.

Visit OxOnArts for a useful directory of other Visual Arts organisations and Galleries in Oxfordshire.

We look forward to hearing from you and thank you for your interest in working with OVADA.