Opportunities for Artists

Submit a Proposal for an OVADA Exhibition / Event

OVADA runs a regular programme of curated exhibitions and events from a semi-industrial warehouse in central Oxford. We have two unique spaces available – the main Warehouse Space and our purpose built Grey Area. As the visual arts development agency for Oxfordshire, OVADA is also keen to receive proposals for off-site projects across the County and beyond.

Opportunities for Artists

We accept proposals from artists, artists’ groups, collaborations and curators for exhibitions and events that would compliment our existing Artistic  Programme. These will be selected by OVADA’s Programming Team and are carefully chosen in line with OVADA’s Artistic Policy.

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 (Arts Coordinator)
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. You may prefer to send us a website link, particularly for video and sound work.

Please note that we programme up to 12 months in advance. We may have occasional free slots within our existing programme however we ask that proposals are submitted with as much notice as possible, preferably at least 6 months in advance. When proposing the length of an exhibition, please consider that due to our full schedule, there may be more flexibility for programming short exhibitions of up to 2 weeks or one-off events.

We recommend site-visits before submitting a proposal. You are invited to visit during our exhibition opening hours or alternatively please contact Lucy Phillips 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 are ongoing with no deadline, however the Programming Team meets quarterly to review proposals on or around the following dates:

5 January 2016
5 April 2016
5 July 2016
28 September 2016

Dates may change at short notice. 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 only able to offer limited 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-hire

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

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