Andrew Kennedy and Blaine Western, ornamental labours, 2014


The Blue Oyster prioritises project proposals that are speculative, and display new, innovative, experimental and non-commercial art practices. Proposals are selected on the depth and quality of the project proposed regardless of career stage or education. Proposals are encouraged to consider that the Blue Oyster programme aims to broaden an interest in contemporary art within the local and national community, and to provide a space for dialogue around contemporary art to develop.

Proposal Terms

All proposals sent before the open date will not be addressed until the closing date. Senders will receive an initial confirmation, and will officially hear back on the notification date.

All proposals must be submitted by the closing deadline. Any proposals submitted after this time will not be considered. Only emailed proposals in PDF format will be accepted.

Keep your proposal clear, succinct and specific as possible.

We aim to present original work that responds and works in harmony with the Blue Oyster space, locale and history. Please refrain from submitting a proposal sent to another gallery or organisation. As there are limited places available in the programme, we aren't able to accommodate all proposals submitted, but are happy to provide feedback on proposals where possible. 

Download Floor Plan (PDF) 
Contact us to acquire the Google Sketch Up file (SKP)
Plans Designed by Tessa Peach

2016 Exhibition Programme

Our call next call for proposals will open
for one month on 1 August 2015.


Proposal Requirements

1. 500 word written outline of your proposed project. Include a specific description of what you wish to make and display, as well as how you wish to do this and how this fits into your practice. Diagrams using the Blue Oyster floor plan and photos are encouraged. Include your preferred dates for your show.

2. 4-5 Examples of your previous work, written, photographic, audio and video documentation encouraged in links to websites.

3. A brief CV with your artist bio and contact details that explains your professional background and experience.

4. Email your proposal to