Chapel Gallery | Information For Artists
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Information For Artists

1. Introduction to the Chapel Gallery

Chapel Gallery opened in 2001 after a significant period of research and consultation that established a desire for an arts facility in the town of Ormskirk, Lancashire. It was developed to provide an arts hub and tourist destination within West Lancashire.

Chapel Gallery provides an engaging exhibition programme of solo and group shows that explore a diverse range of themes through a variety of media.

While the gallery has been host to international artists such as David Hockney, Andy Goldsworthy and Peter Blake we have developed a strong reputation for working with artists. We also aim to encourage the development of inspiring artists at the beginning of their careers.

2. Exhibition Spaces at Chapel Gallery

A) Central Space

Description: Main exhibition space. Host to themed group shows, the Lancashire Open Exhibition, touring shows and individual artists with a significant body of work. Large, open exhibiting space with high ceilings and mobile partition walls. The space is reconfigured to suit the needs of each exhibition.

Dimensions: Approx 100 sq m

Lighting: Track lighting rig at 7m comprising of spotlights and floods plus supplementary lighting where appropriate.

Resources: A large number of plinths, display cabinets and cases of various shapes and sizes.

A/V resources: Laptop, DVD projector, microphone and amplifier, WiFi throughout and access to further audio/visual resources where appropriate.

Plug Points: 4 main plug points plus additional extension plug points where appropriate.

B) Foyer Space

Description: Showcase exhibition space. Glass fronted /roofed exhibition space at entrance to the gallery. The front of this space can be seen from the street and is the visitors introduction to the gallery. Both side walls are bare brickwork but are covered by exhibition board when appropriate. The space is reconfigured to suit the needs of each showcase.

Dimensions: Approx 9 sq m

Lighting: Flooded with natural light during daytime hours. Line of supplementary directional LEDs.

Resources: A large number of plinths, display cabinets and cases of various shapes and sizes.

A/V resources: Laptop, DVD projector, microphone and amplifier, WiFi throughout and access to further audio/visual resources where appropriate.

Plug Points: 4 main plug points plus additional extension plug points where appropriate.

C) Corridor Space

Description: Space used as showcase space or as an extension to the main exhibition space. Permanent site specific sculptural lighting installed along one wall.

Dimensions: Approx 80/100cm h x 350cm w

Lighting: Directional LEDs.

Plug Points: 2 main plug points.

D) Cafe Space

Description: Space used as showcase space or as an extension to the main exhibition space. Chapel Gallery Cafe is open during gallery opening hours. Permanent site specific sculptural lighting installed in ceiling.

Dimensions: Approx 10 m length, 2D hanging space.

Lighting: LEDs.

Plug Points: 2 main plug points.

3. Curatorial Process and Procedures

The Chapel Gallery produces an Exhibition Programme approximately every nine months. This programme most often includes four themed, group shows and a touring exhibition and individual showcase opportunities. There are currently three annual shows that are fixed in the gallery calendar: the Lancashire Open Exhibition, each July to September, Objects of Desire, in the run up to Christmas with Association of Illustrators World Illustration Awards touring show in the new year/early Spring.

The galleries primary strategic objective is to increase opportunities for engagement with the arts for people in West Lancashire by bringing nationally prominent artists to the area while supporting the professional development of artists based in the region. There is a balance between promoting the work of established artists while simultaneously encouraging the ambitions of artists at the beginning of their careers.

All contemporary art media are considered for exhibition. The gallery also promotes contemporary craft and design during the annual Objects of Desire group show and through the gallery Craft & Design Shop.

Although not all work exhibited is for sale, the Chapel Gallery endeavours to contribute towards the creative economy in the region and, consequently, participates in the Arts Council England’s Own Art scheme.

The Curatorial Team consists of the Gallery Manager/Arts Development Manager, Gallery Officer and invited guest artists and independent curators.

Artists interested in exhibiting with the Chapel Gallery are invited to consider the Current Opportunities listed on our website and/or to complete and submit the form below.

Exhibition Proposal Form

We also use our annual Open Exhibition as a way of scouring artists for future programmes. Exhibition proposals are assessed against a variety of criteria these include quality of artwork, whether the work fits the strategic objectives noted above, will the work suit the space, will the work stand alone or add to a themed group show and is the work appropriate for our audiences.

Chapel Gallery also facilitates a programme of artists’ talks, workshops and related events so any experience in these areas should be noted when submitting a proposal.

Curatorial meetings are held on a quarterly basis.