The Foyer Gallery Artists Association (FGAA) is now accepting applications from local community arts groups for the 2024 Foyer Gallery Invitational Exhibition. The selected exhibition will be presented at Foyer Gallery in the Nepean Sportsplex, 1701 Woodroffe Avenue, Ottawa, from June 4th to June 23rd, 2024, with set up on June 3rd and removal of artworks on June 24th.

One of the mandates of the FGAA is to provide valuable and rewarding opportunities for local artists. As part of this mandate, FGAA annually invites a local arts group to use the gallery for selling their artworks, curate, hang and publicize an exhibition, staff and operate the Foyer Gallery during the exhibition, receive and record the number of visitors and process sales transactions.

The Foyer Gallery has approximately 100 feet (width) of hanging space. The back (south) wall is up to 27 feet and the rest of the space is divided among the columns and fronts and backs of the re-positionable panels.  The exhibition space can vary depending on how the panels are configured.

The gallery typically holds 40 to 50 artworks in a range of sizes for a group show. Historically, the minimum has been 30 artworks. The maximum, during Joy of Art, our Christmas show, was 160 this past year, and was mostly small works of art.

Moveable plinths are available for sculptural pieces. Please see the floor plan of the gallery space for further information and clarity.

Foyer Gallery Opening Hours

Mondays and Statutory Holidays: Closed

Tuesday & Wednesday:     10 am – 1 pm and 6 pm – 9 pm

Thursday & Friday:            9 am – 3 pm and 6 pm – 9 pm

Saturday & Sunday:          10 am – 4 pm

Foyer Gallery Sitting Shifts

Tuesday & Wednesday:     10 am – 1 pm and 6 pm – 9 pm

Thursday & Friday:            9 am – 12 pm and 12 pm – 3 pm and 6 pm – 9 pm

Saturday & Sunday:          10 am – 1 pm and 1 pm – 4 pm

All eligible applications will be reviewed by the FGAA Board of Directors. They will not adjudicate the quality of the artwork to be exhibited.

**Should an arts group have too few members to take on the challenge of the Foyer Gallery Invitational Exhibition, it has the option to partner with one or more local art group(s). These groups should work together to plan and submit one joint application.

In order to apply, the following criteria are mandatory:

  • your group operates within a 150 km radius of Ottawa;
  • your group does not have permanent access to a gallery; i.e. “gallery” refers to an enclosed space that is dedicated to the exhibition of the group’s works; a wall in an area that is primarily used for other purposes is not considered a gallery;
  • your group can fully demonstrate and describe how it will take on this challenge. This includes, but is not limited to, staffing the gallery, handling financial transactions for sales and providing enough artwork to fill the gallery space (see attached chart);
  • your group agrees to be responsible for any damage to the gallery itself during the exhibition;
  • your group agrees to pay a 15% commission on all sales to support the Young at Art Fund; and
  • should your application be successful, your group will consent to sign an agreement.

The City of Ottawa reserves the right to deny any application or rescind any decision at any time (e.g., works or acts containing themes of violence, profanity, and hate, or encouragement thereof). Artwork is considered based on appropriateness and suitability of the artwork to the highly public nature of the exhibition space.

The City of Ottawa Community Galleries are located within buildings that are designed as “people places” where the public is invited to freely visit the exhibition space unsupervised. The exhibitor, when requesting an exhibition, is asked to keep in mind that the Community Galleries may not be a suitable venue for exhibiting all forms of artwork.

The City of Ottawa encourages applications from individuals with lived experience and identity as a member of Indigenous, Black and other racialized communities, persons with disabilities, women and other equity-deserving groups. Applications from Anishinabe Algonquin Host Nation, First Nations, Inuit and Métis artists and curators are welcome and encouraged. The City of Ottawa recognizes both official languages as having the same rights, status and privileges.

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  • Direct sales of artwork by your group are permitted and encouraged. If artwork is sold during the show, replacement pieces are recommended to be installed.
  • Your group will be responsible for all sales transactions, however the FGAA has a Square terminal which will be available for processing transactions.
  • All artworks exhibited in the gallery must be framed and/or presentable and safe to be hung, with secure wires and D-rings. The gallery has a click rail hanging system and repositionable panels that use nails. Display stands for 3-dimensional artworks are also available.
  • The gallery is in a City of Ottawa facility. As such, all artwork must adhere to City of Ottawa guidelines and be suitable to be exhibited in what is a very public space.

Your group is responsible for all signage for your exhibit, for all social media posts and promotional materials. The FGAA will post on its website the nature of the exhibition and the group(s) involved.

Applications will be accepted until midnight, May 4, 2024.

Confirmation: Applicants will receive an email after submitting the application form. If your group has not received this email within 2 days, please contact for confirmation.

Notification: Applicants will receive an email with the FGAA Board of Directors’ decisions within 2 weeks of the deadline date.

  • A complete application must include all of the support material listed below. It may be beneficial to have the required information written and ready to copy & paste into the online Application Form. The online form does not save your information if you leave or refresh the page.
  • If the group completing this application consists of two or more art groups, the answers supplied should be representative of all of the groups. A designated representative should complete the application form on behalf of the arts groups involved.
  • Application can be submitted English or French. Support material may be written in English or French.
  • a brief background of each group applying, specifically your purpose / vision, your objectives and what type of visual art your members are creating;
  • your reasons for applying to this invitation;
  • a listing of exhibitions your group has made in the past five years;
  • the approximate number of participants expected to be in this exhibition
  • the approximate number of pieces estimated to be exhibited; and
  • a brief statement as to any technical or electrical specifications required for your exhibition.

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