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Summer Community Art Show: Call for Artists

Calling Bay Area artists!

SHOW DATE: JULY 9-31, 2017





The Creative Soil for Arts and Culture in The Castro

 Have you dreamed of showing your art at a gallery in San Francisco?

About Spark Arts

As the creative soil for arts and culture in The Castro district, Spark Arts welcomes the opportunity to enrich the lives of the Castro community by providing a platform to showcase art, music, and other forms of cultural celebration. We aim to support local emerging artists and nurture local talent while designing and running creative community experiences. As a social enterprise, these two activities – representing artists and convening community – mutually inform each other.

The Spark Bi-annual Community Art Show

We hosted our first community art show in September 2016. Inundated by local emerging talent, we had such a great time hosting the show that we've decided to host a community art show bi-annually in July and December!

I’m excited to participate, how do I apply? We are accepting electronic submissions on a rolling basis. Please use the cart function at the bottom of this page to purchase your entry(s) to the show. Upon receipt of your payment, we will send further instructions for completing the submissions process. Deadline for submissions is 5PM, Tuesday, May 15, 2018. You must be a resident of the San Francisco Bay Area to participate.

I work in a number of different mediums; what art can I submit? Two-dimensional art only please! No sculpture or installation art. Artwork should be ready to hang - framed, mounted, wired, or on stretched canvas that is wired for install. There is plenty of space for large canvases!

Is there a fee? The non-refundable entry fee is $20 per submission. You may submit up to threepieces. Please scroll down to bottom of this page to select the number of pieces you would like to submit from the dropdown menu and click ‘Add to Cart’. Within 24 hours of your payment, we will send further instructions for completing the submissions process. Artists who have submitted work will be informed of inclusion by June 15th, 2018. Thank you in advance for your patience!

When do I drop-off/collect the artwork? Physical drop-off of the piece(s) must occur on Saturday, July 7th or Sunday, July 8th during gallery hours 12-5PM. The show will open July 9th and conclude on July 31st. Take-down will occur Wednesday, August 1st. Pieces must be collected after the closing reception on July 31st or on August 1st. No exceptions. We do not store items beyond 24 hours so please ensure that your work can be retrieved promptly. If you are unable to drop off or pick up your art on these dates, we suggest you wait for the December winter show. Storage of artwork beyond 24 hours will result in storage fees.

How do sales work? Does the gallery take a consignment fee? All pieces must be ready to sell with pricing information included. No artwork with a sale price over $1,000, please.  Spark Arts will handle all sales and collect a consignment fee of 50%. Checks for sold pieces will be made payable to the artist and mailed within 30 days of the conclusion of the show.

What if I’m not selected? We receive a very high volume of submissions for our shows and it is not possible to showcase every artist. However, we retain your images and information on file and will contact you if there is another opportunity to show your work in the future! We also encourage you to submit for our December winter show!

Thank you for your interest! We can't wait to see what you've created!

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