proposals for exhibiting at an Talla Solais

our Exhibition programme

In developing its exhibition programme each year, An Talla Solais (ATS) aims to offer a diverse selection of artwork presenting a range of creative concepts, approaches, genre and media.  The selection panel includes practising artists as well as ATS staff and board members.  While artists are often invited directly by ATS to submit proposals, many of the applications we consider have been submitted independently.  This speculative approach is one that we both welcome and encourage. It introduces us to new work and artists and helps us to keep our exhibition programme fresh, exciting and current.   

We seek to maximise the diversity of the artwork we show and so do not look for our exhibitors to have studied a formal qualification in visual art or to have experience of previous solo exhibitions, although some experience of exhibiting in group shows would certainly be desirable. What we are looking for are proposals for exhibitions that are aesthetically strong and provide an individual take on a subject matter or medium.  We also look for work that will provide our community and gallery visitors with the opportunity to explore topics of cultural, artistic and social relevance. 

Further details of the selection process and timing can be found here.

application for exhibition

 Applications to ATS for exhibitions should include three main elements:

 ·       the exhibition proposal;

·       an artist statement and a summary of relevant experience (for each artist, if applicable); and

·       a portfolio of five to ten images relating directly to the proposed exhibition.

It is important that the concepts and exhibition plans contained within your proposal are concise and clearly articulated, while also ensuring that your submission contains the level of information that will enable a selection panel to gain a clear understanding of what is being proposed.  

A series of guidelines are available here to support you in preparing your proposal but please note that they are for your guidance and are not intended to be prescriptive.  

However we do ask that:

·       all relevant written material to be included in your submission arrives as a cohesive unit;  

·       maximum word counts, where indicated in the guidelines (proposal and artist statement), are not exceeded;  and

·       images of your artwork are high quality (specifications for preferred file size and format are available in the guidelines).  

We also appreciate that proposals are being developed a year or so in advance of exhibition and understand that there may be some minor changes to selected proposals in the intervening period.  The ATS Exhibitions Coordinator will work with artists in the months leading up to their show to fine tune both the exhibition details and resource requirements.  


Electronic submission is preferred and completed applications should be emailed to Victoria Caine, ATS Exhibitions Coordinator, at

Guidance for separate electronic submission of images is available here.

If you would rather send your application by post, please send to the ATS office.  Note that submissions by post must include an electronic copy of both documents and images on a CD or USB stick and please do not include original artwork.

ATS will aim to acknowledge receipt of your submission within ten working days. If you have not received any communication by that time, please contact us to ensure that your proposal has arrived.