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Gallery A and Art Lab


Would you like to explore and present your own work, collaborate, share ideas, and boost inspiration? You may be a professional or fledgling artist seeking residency experience. Or maybe you’re a community activator with a big, creative idea in need of space. For innovative and creative souls like you – artists, activists, and makers of all stripes – THIS IS YOUR SPACE!

Gallery A and the Art Lab are an exhibition space and working studio, offered by The Robert McLaughlin Gallery for free! Together, they present an opportunity for professional growth, artist-residency, and community activation experience.

  • What’s an artist-residency?

    A residency will give you an opportunity to spread out and make a mess somewhere new. It will allow you to share and discuss your ideas, explore new influences, and receive feedback. In our case, it also provides artists with 1000 ft2 of professional, exhibition-ready space in which to play and experiment.

    We want you to take risks – to be encouraged to make dramatic departures from past work. Try something new and make mistakes. Choose a new medium or technique. Work with a collaborator. Cross disciplines, blending performance and sculpture, or drawing with video, etc.

    There is no pressure to complete a body of work! Your residency is going to be fully self-guided and flexible, and you will have the support and curiosity of staff and visitors. Be encouraged to be and express yourself.

    Perhaps most importantly, participating in Gallery A and Art Lab programs will help you grow. You’ll have an opportunity to give an artist talk to the public, host a peer-to-peer critique, propose a workshop related to your chosen field of interest, and participate in any other professional development programs we have on offer.

  • What if I’m not exactly an artist?

    Groups and individuals may also apply to use Gallery A and Art Lab for special presentations and events. We encourage a wide range of project proposals including solo or group shows, community collaborations, film screenings, community art projects, and other special events.

    Individuals who have already had a solo exhibition in Gallery A within the last 3 years are not encouraged to apply unless as part of a group show or special event.

  • What's Included?

    • Insurance and security monitoring
    • Didactic panels and labels if needed
    • Installation and lighting assistance in Gallery A. Use of tools and basic hardware (nails and screws)
    • Financial compensation for giving workshops and/or artist talks associated with your work, negotiated on a case-by-case basis
    • Promotional and marketing support with the assistance of our Communications and Digital Media Lead. Content in seasonal press releases, our newsletter, website and social media are included.
    • Designated time and space for a reception or ceremony, artist talk, and peer-to-peer critque
    • Accommodations for artists with disabilities

  • What's Not Included?

    • Artist or reproduction fees
    • Catalogues or publications
    • Vinyl signage
    • Framing and art materials
    • Digital media support such as projectors, TVs and DVD players
    • Transportation and/or storage of work
    • Travel, per diems, or living expenses
    • Printing costs for invitations and/or marketing in addition to our newsletter, website, social media accounts and free community listings

  • Additional Information

    • Gallery A and the Art Lab are for you to set up and work in as you wish, but must be accessible for public viewing at all times.
    • Artists may sell their artworks to buyers directly, without the RMG acting as an intermediary.
    • We do not have adequate ventilation in Gallery A and the Art Lab for use of products with toxic fumes such as encaustics, aerosols, oils, etc.
    • All food, beverages or liquor licenses must be arranged through the RMG’s Event Coordinator and its preferred caterer.

  • How do I apply?

    Applications are accepted online via our online form. We suggest that you have all your materials ready before you begin the application. Online applications will close at 11:59pm on October 15, 2017.

    The process is free, and the online application process happens twice per year – March and October. A team of past program participants selects future projects. Once you have submitted your proposal we will contact you to schedule a brief interview. Both aspects of your proposal – written and verbal – will be taken into consideration, along with our priority criteria.

    Priority will be given to projects that are:

    • Experimental and collaborative;
    • Durham Regionally relevant;
    • Inclusive of multiple perspectives and engage underrepresented or marginalized artists. This includes, but is not limited to artists, art practices and communities that are Aboriginal, Culturally Diverse (POC), Deaf, Disabled or LGBT2Q;

    Please contact Leslie Menagh, Gallery A Coordinator at or 905.576.3000 ext. 102 for more information and support.


If you applied to Gallery A and Art Lab by our last deadline – October 15, 2017 – please stay tuned. Our selection process is underway.

Our next deadline is March 15, 2018, and our online application will be made available here on our website in January.

In the meantime, please direct all inquiries about Gallery A and Art Lab to Gallery A Coordinator, Leslie Menagh.
905-576-3000 ext 102