GALLERY @ ENGINE
Guidelines and Responsibilities
Thank you for your interest in exhibiting in the Gallery @ Engine. Engine is a cultural center at 128 Main Street in Biddeford. It is our goal to provide an exhibition space that supports emerging and mid-career artists and the community.
The Gallery @ Engine is currently located in the Polakewich Block, a former men’s clothing store. The Gallery @ Engine’s intention is to create a space that encourages greater visitation and public engagement with art.
Please review our list of guidelines below. If you are interested in exhibiting your work in the Gallery @ Engine, please submit a proposal using the guidelines below and complete the Proposal for Exhibit form. Your proposal will be reviewed by Engine’s curatorial staff and gallery committee. You will receive an email confirmation upon receipt.
Please note: submissions are reviewed on a rolling basis. If your proposal is accepted you will
be contacted by a staff member from Engine. The Gallery @ Engine is routinely scheduled one year in advance. Check our exhibition calendar here.
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- In our effort to provide as much individual artist exposure as possible, priority will be given to exhibitions featuring more than one artist.
- The Gallery @ Engine will aim to host exhibitions that offer great variety of media, topics, and artists on an annual schedule. Engine endeavors to schedule exhibits months ahead and accepts proposals for exhibits on an ongoing basis. Engine also, on occasion, solicits proposals from artists which would fulfill the Gallery's mission.
- The Gallery @ Engine occasionally invites outside curatorial leadership.
- Artists must provide a layout design using the floor plan of The Gallery @ Engine as a guide, as well as a list of works. If accepted, this plan will be used as a guide for the installation. Any change to an approved plan must be submitted to Engine staff for review.
- Engine has an insurance policy that covers the cost of materials from natural disaster, theft, acts of arson, and building-related malfunctions, while your artwork is on exhibition. We also have a “break it you buy it” policy for visitors who damage artwork by negligence. Additional coverage is the responsibility of the exhibiting artist(s).
- Subject matter of show must be appropriate for children as well as adults, therefore explicit images are not permitted in gallery shows. Engine reserves the right to disqualify images that seem incongruent with the public nature of the gallery.
- The Gallery @ Engine is monitored by Engine staff and volunteers.
- Provisions must be made by the exhibiting artist(s) for any objects that are vulnerable to theft (i.e. small sculptures) or that present a safety concern.
- Installation and removal of work is the responsibility of the exhibiting artist(s) and must be done in coordination with Engine staff. Engine staff has final approval of exhibition layout.
- Proper information, high resolution images for publicity within Engine, labels, and price information must be provided by the exhibiting artist(s).
- Engine does act as a sales agent and has a commission structure of 70/30.
- Engine coordinates and participates in the Biddeford+Saco ArtWalk. All exhibitions must be in place for the last Friday of the month unless the opening date does not coincide with that event.
- All interested artists are strongly encouraged to make a site visit prior to submitting a
- proposal. Artists should thoughtfully consider the logistics of creating an exhibition that will make full use of the space.
- Photo Policy: Engine permits non-commercial photography with the following restrictions:
- No flash, video cameras, or tripods are permitted.
- No photography of works with a camera icon with a slash through it on the wall label.
- No video filming. Due to copyright law, Engine does not allow video filming of any artwork, person, or building contents residing within or on the property. This includes any and all electronic devices capable of recording video media. Any unauthorized video taken on the property of Engine is subject to confiscation.
- Non-commercial photos must credit the artist and the Gallery @ Engine.
Engine is responsible for:
- Providing exhibit space
- Publicizing the exhibit to the community through signage, press releases, print and electronic messages, and mailings
- Final approval of exhibit material and installation
- Providing and installing vinyl lettering (title of exhibit and artist(s) name) in the gallery
- Responsible for hosting a reception, typically during the Biddeford+Saco ArtWalk
The exhibiting artist(s) is responsible for:
- Providing a portfolio, resume, and price list for display in the gallery
- Providing an inventory and layout plan prior to the date of installation
- Installation and de-installation of the exhibit at designated times coordinated with Engine staff
- Providing installation materials, which include hanging wire, artwork labels, introduction panel
- Insuring the exhibit beyond the amount covered under Engine’s policy
- Making provisions for art work vulnerable to theft (i.e. small sculpture) or objects that present safety concerns
- Attending to problems that might occur with exhibit materials during the course of the display
- Replenishing promotional materials and inventory/price lists in the gallery
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