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Exhibition Policy

We work with artists when developing exhibitions, projects and public activity programmes. We recruit and work with artists in different ways according to the needs of Queen's Hall Arts programme and the individual artist.

Read on to find out more...

What opportunities are there for artists? 

Examples of artists' opportunities include residencies, commissions and exhibitions.

What is classed as a large project? 

A large project is classed as anything with a budget over £10,000.

How are opportunities for artists managed? 

Opportunities for artists will be managed through open, direct, tendered or speculative procedures.


Opportunities will be advertised in the appropriate place as described below under the promotion of opportunities. This method will be used to identify new artists and to gauge overall enthusiasm for new projects. It is also a speculative method of clarifying the artist's role in a project when there is not a clear idea of what kind of artistic practice is required for the project.


This is similar to open procedure however there may be occasions where we contact artists directly and commission work where it is deemed necessary for the larger programme. In terms of large-scale projects, we will contact artists who will be asked to submit proposals following the standard timeframe.


This will be followed when we have a clear idea of who we wish to work with. This will take the form of a single tender. This procedure will be followed when we wish to work with an artist of national or international standing and have good reason to do so.


We also love to find out what you are making and how you think you could work with us in future. Please send links to work, and projects to [email protected]. However please also bear in mind that our programme is often planned years in advance. We also receive a lot of emails and as a small team, we can’t reply to all exhibition requests.

How are proposals submitted? 

When we advertise opportunities, artists will be invited to submit a proposal in the form of a CV, examples of recent work and a response to the project brief.

The selection process will vary according to the scale of the project being developed. With smaller scale projects we make decisions as a small project team. In the case of a larger commission, we may bring additional expertise on board in the form of an experienced artist and/or specialist curator to help guide the process as is deemed relevant to the project.

What are the timeframes? 

Selection should take no longer than one month from the application deadline.

From advertising an opportunity we will allow on average three weeks for application, giving an additional fourth week to manage any questions that may be raised. The selection/shortlisting process will begin in the fifth week. In the case of small-scale projects, applicants will be informed of the result of the selection process by the end of week six. In the case of larger projects invitations to participate in an interview will be sent in week six with the interviews and final selection taking place in weeks seven and eight.


  1. Week 1 – 3: Advertise an opportunity

  2. Week 4: Manage queries and responses

  3. Week 5 – 6: Selection for small-scale projects. Shortlisting and invitation to interview for larger projects.
  4. Week 7 – 8: Interview and selection for larger projects.


How are opportunities promoted? 

Opportunities will be publicised according to the chosen recruitment procedure as well as the media and type of work required. Standard promotional strategies apply and we will advertise via standard arts opportunities websites such as Curatorspace and Artists Newsletter.

We also publicise opportunities via the Queen's Hall website here and when relevant via mailing lists such as the ArtsJobs and through social media.

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