ViewPoint Gallery is an artist-run gallery inspiring, engaging, educating, and promoting the art of photography.
Photographers interested in joining ViewPoint Gallery may submit a portfolio for consideration year round.
Show your work in a well established photography gallery
Professional exhibition space
Store-front location on Barrington Street in a high traffic area with 5000+ visitors per year
Retail sales opportunities for cards, books, framed and unframed prints, etc. with no sales commission
Credit card and Debit card service
Mount solo exhibitions and participate in group exhibitions
Exhibit new work monthly
Online artist profile on the ViewPoint Gallery website with a link to your personal website
Participate in gallery submissions to Nova Scotia Art Bank, and other venues
Attend member only workshops and creative gatherings
Participate in local arts festivals such as Nocturne, Photopolis, and Culture Days
Professional status for wholesale purchasing and discounts at various suppliers
Participation in the annual ViewPoint Calendar
Voting privileges and share ownership
Co-operative relationship with other galleries
Membership in Visual Arts Nova Scotia
Use of iMac with Photoshop, 24" wide Epson photo printer, hoto/ slide/ negative scanner, Mat cutter
Opportunity to learn gallery administration skills, public relations, installation, curating, grant writing, arts programming
QUALIFICATIONS Practicing photographer with technical skill and proficiency in production and presentation of photographic images Demonstrated ability to present a body of work that conveys/expresses a coherent point of view or artistic sentiment Ability and interest to actively participate in the spirit and operation of the co-operative
MEMBERSHIP CATEGORIES There are four juried membership categories for ViewPoint Gallery:
Full Exhibiting Members hang new work on a monthly basis in Gallery B and may have unframed prints for sale, in addition to cards and books. They also may also have print portfolios available for viewing in the gallery. Full Exhibiting members may submit proposals for solo shows in Gallery A. Full Exhibiting members have an obligation to staff the gallery once a month and may vote at the AGM, sit on the board, and participate in committees.
Student Members/Emerging Artists are full time registered students (high school or post-secondary), or have graduated within the last three years, graduated from an accredited program or photography program at a recognised college or university. An Emerging Artist cannot have been a Student Member at ViewPoint before becoming an Emerging Artist. Student/Emerging members have all the same privileges as a Full Exhibiting Member, however students under the age of 18 are not required to fulfill the gallery sitting obligation. After the first year (the first year after graduation for students), fees will be increased annually over two years until the fee is equal to that of Full Exhibiting Membership, at which point the membership shifts to be a Full Exhibiting Member.
Out of Town Members have their main residence outside of "Halifax" (formerly known as HRM). Out of town members may have unframed prints for sale, in addition to cards and books. They also may also have print portfolios available for viewing in the gallery. Out of town members may participate in gallery member group shows, but have the obligation to staff the gallery as usual during the exhibition (but do not hang work on a monthly basis in Gallery B). Out of town members may submit proposals for solo shows in Gallery A, but have the obligation to staff the gallery for 9-10 days during the exhibition. Out of town members may vote at the AGM, sit on the board, and participate in committees. (special note: members who live out of town may opt to be an Exhibiting Member)
Non Exhibiting Members may sell unframed prints and cards in the gallery, and may have print portfolios available for viewing in the gallery. Non exhibiting members may also staff the gallery if they desire. Non exhibiting members may vote at the AGM, sit on the board, and participate in committees.
FEES Please note that there is a minimum one-year commitment with the first year’s payments being non-refundable.
One share in co-op $30, required for all membership levels (refundable upon leaving ViewPoint Gallery)
Full Exhibiting Member Fee: $100 monthly/$1200 annually
Student/Emerging Artist Member Fee: $50 monthly/$600 annually for the first year (or while a student) then $75 monthly/$900 annually for the 2nd (after graduation), $100 monthly/$1200 annually for the 3rd (after graduation))
Out of Town Member Fee: $75/$900 annually
Non Exhibiting Member Fee: $50 monthly/$600 annually
Non-active Member Fee: $17.50 monthly/$210 annually (for existing members taking a minimum 6 month leave of absence)
Solo Exhibition Fee for Gallery A: $150 (Upon acceptance of exhibition proposal)
Willingness to become an active participant in the co-operative framework and to commit to membership for a full year is an important consideration in reviewing the submissions of prospective new members.
Full Exhibiting Members, Student Members, and Emerging Artists must staff the gallery for 1 day per month or pay a replacement sitter if unavailable ($10/hour; $50 per sitting). Student members under 18 may not sit the gallery but are encouraged to participate on committees or gallery operations. Non exhibiting members are not required to sit, but may sit if they wish.
Support openings and other events.
Encouraged to attend the two yearly scheduled co-op meetings.
Sharing of tasks: e.g. exhibition planning, installation, hospitality, PR.