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Exhibition Policy

NGCA exhibitions are initiated and organised in response to a number of factors:

NGCA exhibitions aim to maximise the gallery's physical resources, including the new NGCA gallery and other exhibition spaces around the National Glass Centre building. Exhibitions are also generated with regard to the gallery's ability to deliver ambitious, adventurous and varied projects with finite levels of resources and its' small core team.

Projects are organised in relation to the gallery's location within National Glass Centre, and with both existing and potential audiences in mind.

NGCA aims to provide significant opportunities which further artists' careers at crucial points in their creative development. The gallery works with both emerging artists and more established practitioners. Ordinarily projects are initiated 12-24 months in advance. The gallery will, wherever possible and desirable, show primarily new or recent work by artists. Our aim is to have as high a proportion as possible of works premiered at or commissioned by the gallery wherever appropriate.

NGCA's projects often draw upon emerging ideas and developments in recent art production, to reflect the diversity of contemporary artistic practice, at the levels of media, approach and subject matter.

Ordinarily there will be five - six exhibitions each year. We currently work with between 10-30 artists across a year depending on the scale and complexity of projects.


NGCA welcomes submissions from artists, which should be submitted by post to:
Programme Director, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, At National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, SR6 0GL.

In the first instance, artists wishing to submit materials for consideration should send a typed CV and statement along with full contact details, press coverage if applicable, and 6 images on CD, slide or as prints, or a showreel if appropriate.

Exhibitions are programmed roughly 12-24 months in advance, to comply with funding agreements and to allow developmental time for artists to create new work.

We receive a very high number of applications each year and will endeavour to look thoroughly at all and respond within 8 weeks. In certain instances it may be useful for the gallery to retain material for future reference.