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Oxygen Art Centre Call for Submissions: Exhibitions and Residency Program


Oxygen is thrilled to announce our call for submissions for our exhibition and residency programs. We are excited to welcome proposals from artists of any discipline that engage our mandate in experimental and challenging ways. 

As of 2022, we no longer seek submissions for specific projects or exhibitions. Instead, we are interested in receiving applications that present your practice, interests, and research questions. This could include a summary of current concerns, methodologies, mediums, and research interests that you are working with or are interested in exploring further. While we do not expect that you apply with a resolved project in mind, you are welcome to propose solo, group, curated, or major exhibition projects and screenings, workshops, performances, and collaborations.

The shift in our submission model seeks to build some flexibility in how artists and Oxygen may approach programming together, and allow for more reflexive engagements with the space. This work is inspired by the curatorial and programming approach that Oxygen is already cultivating as well as models from different ARCs around the country. 


Applicants are encouraged to submit proposals expressing interest in an exhibition, a residency, or both. Oxygen’s Submission Guidelines are structured to offer an introduction to you and your practice; you are not expected to have a resolved project at the time of application. We are interested in hearing about your approaches, ideas, and methodologies with which you might approach collaboration with us.

We encourage you to take a moment to consider Oxygen’s history, our past exhibitions and our current accessibility initiatives as you prepare your submission. Click here to visit our website.

Click here for full submission guidelines including what to send us, a floor plan of the gallery and a breakdown of the compensation that OAC provides professional (CARFAC) exhibition and artist presentation fees are paid for all programming.

We are now accepting applications via Google Form. We suggest familiarizing yourself with the form in advance of submitting your application. 
 Deadline: December 3, 2022 Questions?
Please contact the gallery with any questions about the exhibitions and residency program, the application process, or preparing your submission.

We look forward to hearing from you!Images (top to bottom): (1) OAC Call for Submissions promotional image by Megan Quigley, 2022; (2) “Become a Member” text overlaid on an image documenting an installation in progress at Oxygen Art Centre, 2015;
Oxygen Art Centre
#3- 320 Vernon St. (alley entrance) Nelson, B.C. V1L 4E4 Canada

Hours of Operation:  Wednesdays – Saturdays, 1:00 – 5:00pm (during exhibition run)
Admission by donation

Oxygen Art Centre acknowledges with gratitude that we are located on the tum xula7xw/ traditional territory of the sn̓ʕay̓ckstx/the Sinixt People. As uninvited guests we honour their ongoing presence on this land. We recognize that the Sinixt Arrow Lakes, Sylix, Ktuxana, and Yaqan Nukij Lower Kootenay Band peoples are also connected with this land, as are Métis and many diverse Indigenous persons.

We are grateful for the financial support we receive from Canada Council for the Arts, BC Arts Council, BC Gaming, Province of BC, Government of Canada, Vancouver Foundation, Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance, Columbia Basin Trust, United Way, Osprey Community Foundation, Nelson Lions Club, and Nelson and District Credit Union.

We offer thanks to Elephant Mountain Literary Festival and other key partners including Hall Printing, Speedpro Signs, and Selkirk College for their support.

We especially thank all of our volunteers, donors, and members.

Oxygen Art Centre is committed to ensuring all exhibitions, programs, and events are accessible to visitors. Our facilities are wheelchair accessible and equipped with an all-genders washroom. Please contact Oxygen if you have any questions or concerns about your visit.