Many people pass through City Hall every day, making our Rotunda Gallery the perfect space to showcase your work and talent with the community.

On this page:

  1. About the gallery
  2. Submit your proposal

About the gallery

The Rotunda Gallery is located on the ground floor of City Hall. This gallery features month-long, self-curated exhibits of original work from visual artists.

The gallery is a unique exhibition space, with a curved, wooden hanging wall that includes a 48-foot picture rail, and 48 inches of vertical hanging space above a wall-length bench where visitors can rest. The space is ideal for displaying two-dimensional artwork, hung using the existing suspended rod picture rail. Each piece of artwork must work with this hanging system. We expect artists to visit the gallery to familiarize themselves with the space and the hanging hardware.

The Rotunda Gallery is a member of the Ontario Association of Art Galleries.


Submit your proposal

We encourage visual artists with an active practice to submit proposals for month-long exhibitions. We welcome and encourage applications from artists of all ethnic or cultural backgrounds and gender identities, from Indigenous to immigrant, able-bodied to living with disabilities, binary to non-conforming.

There is no call for proposals for the 2022 exhibition program. Artists who had their proposals juried in before the pandemic, and whose exhibition scheduling was halted due to the pandemic, will be given priority in showing their work in the gallery once City Hall reopens to the public without the need of appointment.

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Applicants from the Region of Waterloo will receive preference, so we can continue to build and promote the development of visual arts in our area. We may consider applications from other Ontario artists.

To provide as many artists the opportunity to showcase their work as possible, we will not award Rotunda Gallery space to the same artists in consecutive years.

Compensation

We will provide CARFAC exhibition fees to each selected artist. Visit CARFAC’s website to see the current fee listing.