To aid the sourcing of new material and help provide a balanced programme, the Burton at Bideford welcomes exhibition proposals from individual artists, curators and artist groups or societies.

The exhibition programme is planned 12-18 months in advance offering a balance of exhibits addressing the interests of our audiences and visitors, including local heritage, community based exhibitions, open selections, exhibitions drawn from the permanent collection and touring exhibitions often including works by artists of national or international reputation.

In the first instance, it is advisable to read through the Exhibitions Policy to ensure proposals fit the criteria. Any queries can be followed up by an informal discussion with the Exhibitions and Collections Officer. Final exhibition proposals should be submitted for consideration to the Exhibitions and Collections Manager, who is responsible for curating the overall exhibitions programme.

Proposals must include

Exhibition proposal

No more than 2 sides of A4, outlining the content of the exhibition including: themes, artists included, type of audience aimed at, practical considerations such as equipment, lighting, temperature, amount of wall, floor space requirements, description of works – size, media, retail price or insurance price as appropriate, and taking into consideration and demonstrating how the exhibition, and artwork within, support the aims of the Exhibitions Programme

Artist statement

No more than 2 sides of A4 per artist outlining the practice of the artist, current research themes and interests.

Artist’s and/or curator’s CV to be no more than 2 sides of A4 per artist/curator, including group and solo shows, current and forthcoming projects, awards, prizes, scholarships, publications, website links and gallery they are represented by.

Maximum of 10 images

Preferably in digital format and no bigger than 2 MB, as Jpeg or Tiff files on a CD – preferably of artworks to be included within the exhibition although previous work influential to the exhibition is also of interest. Each image supplied must be accompanied by image credits including: artist name, title, media, date and size.

Catalogues/publications/reviews – no more than 5 x A4 sheets or 4 catalogues/publications or written reviews.

Contact details

Full contact details including: phone numbers, both landline and mobile, postal address and website links.

All materials supplied must be clearly labelled with the sender’s name and materials will only be returned if an appropriate SAE is supplied. Proposals should be sent to the Exhibition and Collections Officer c/o The Burton at Bideford.

Proposals will be reviewed on an on-going basis, at least twice a year. As such there is no deadline for submissions, but adequate time must be allowed for the review process (6 months). Only successful artists will be contacted, with a request for further material and or a discussion of the submission. Such a request will not guarantee an offer of an exhibition. Receipt of proposals will only be acknowledged if the applicant contacts the Burton at Bideford directly.

The exhibition programme is reviewed by the Burton at Bideford’s staff on a regular basis, who assumes the final responsibility for ensuring the Exhibitions Programme meets the criteria as set out in the Exhibitions Policy.

Please note

The Burton at Bideford Trust is a very new trust and is currently updating its policies. In the meantime, our policies relating to governance under Torridge District Council still stand. We endeavour to have our new policies in place soon.

new Exhibition Policy coming soon
new Acquisition & Disposal Policy coming soon