Art @ the Library
New Westminster Public Library is delighted to provide a space for art exhibits which reflect the diverse cultural interests of the community. We offer an accessible space for artists working in two-dimensional media, such as painting, drawing or photography in our Upstairs Art Space. Our Ramp Art Space is reserved for the library, community groups and local schools.
Each year we select our monthly art exhibits for our Upstairs Art Space by a Call for Artists in the Summer/Fall of the previous year. A Community Art Selection Committee make sure the community and library's interests are echoed in the exhibits chosen. The Committee is comprised of three community members, one library trustee, and one library staff member who use our outlined Criteria for Selection below to select the artists to exhibit each year. Our selection process for our art exhibits ensures that that we represent the varied community interests and artistic talents of New Westminster and beyond.
Selected artists are given one-month showings. Priority will be given to exhibitors who live or work in the City of New Westminster and we encourage any artist or group who exhibited previously to apply with our new submission process.
To learn more about what is required of artist's exhibiting please read the Art Exhibit Guidelines below.
- We are so pleased in your interest to exhibit your work at New Westminster Public Library and to share it with our local community. To ensure that you have a positive experience, we have compiled the following guidelines to outline your responsibilities as an artist exhibiting at the Library. Please make sure you understand each point and contact us at: if you have any questions or concerns.The guidelines are as follows:
By accepting a booking to display their works in the New Westminster Public Library Art Gallery, artists agree to these rules and conditions.
Works of art may be offered for sale, with prices established by the artist. The Library will not serve as a liaison for selling exhibited art or collect commission. The artist is responsible for providing contact information to communicate with the public for any sale. Works that are not available for purchase must be designated “NFS” (Not for Sale). Works sold must remain on exhibit throughout the designated period.
Works are hung by the artist only on the burlap area on the 4 Double-sided 53" wide x 67" high panels in the Gallery area. Works must be hung during the 1st two days of the month and taken down by end of day on the last day of the month or before if the last day falls on a statutory holiday.
- Art must be display ready in order for works to be protected and well-cared for in the Library:
- Paper pieces framed;
- Canvases, if unframed, have finished edges;
- If artwork is in a non-traditional format or left unframed/unfinished by design, the artist must present ideas on how to display on the art wall;
- Each piece should be labeled on the back with name of artist and title of piece for easy identification: and
- Exhibitors are responsible for the delivery, installation and removal of their exhibits, as well as the means for hanging their work (picture hooks, chains, etc).
The Library will print the artist and/or exhibition statement and labels. NWPL will provide pins to hang the artist and/or exhibition statement and labels. The library requires a copy of these items a week in advance of the scheduled exhibit to proof these items.
New Westminster Public Library, the City of New Westminster and the New Westminster Public Library Board and employees have no responsibility for any loss, theft or damage to works while they are being displayed in the library. We strongly suggest that you insure your work for any loss, theft or damage during your exhibit at the library.
The Library reserves the right to cancel or change show dates for any reason and has sole and final choice of artist’s works for hanging based on space considerations and the appropriateness of works for display in a public building. Exhibits will be evaluated within the context of the public space and its users. The Library may require the removal of any item during the period of the exhibit. To avoid potential issues, artists are encouraged to share the work they plan to hang in advance.
- The Library will issue press releases and promote art displayed at the library on our website and through our social media channels. Any information and images provided by the artist in their art submission may be used for the promotion of the exhibit.
- The Library cannot accommodate exhibit openings.
- Exhibit space at New Westminster Public forges a creative dialogue with the community, brings attention to local art and creates new opportunities for artists in our city. It is an accessible space and open to artists working in two dimensional media. The Community Art Selection Committee uses the following criteria in the selection and approval of exhibits. All works must be:
- responsive to the diverse interests of the entire New Westminster community;
- suitable in scale, material, form, subject and content for the library environment;
- consistent with the principle of respect for the dignity and worth of all people.
- not intended as advertisements or solicitations for recruitment, business, political campaigning or fund-raising; and
- ready for display/hanging.
- The New Westminster Public Library currently owns artwork that may be displayed in the Library or be stored for future use. From time-to-time the Library is offered gifts of artwork, including paintings, photography, textiles, and three-dimensional works such as statuary. When considering the suitability of a donation, the Library will use the following criteria:
The Library will not supply Income Tax receipts for donation without appraisal by a recognized Art Appraiser. Donors are responsible for having their gifts appraised for Income Tax purposes, and the cost of any appraisal must be borne by the donor. Only appraisals that are not more that 12 months old will be accepted. No appraisal is necessary if the donation does not need an Income Tax receipt. Before any donation of artwork can be accepted by the , a Donation form must be signed by the donor and the Chief Librarian or the Chairperson of the Library Board. The Donation Form transfers ownership of the gift to the Library, and clarifies the conditions of this policy.The Library reserves the right to refuse a donation that does not meet the collection criteria or the previous conditions.
- The artist or the subject of the work has a direct connection to New Westminster
- The gift is in good condition and does not require any restoration or repair
- Paintings or other items intended to be hung are framed and suitably prepared for hanging or display
- The library has space to display or store the work
- When a decision has been made that a work of art is suitable for the Library's collection, the Donor must agree on the following conditions:
Gifts must be unconditional, transferring ownership and all rights of ownership to the library.
Gifts are accepted only with the understanding that the Library has the right to determine retention, location, and other considerations relating to the use of disposition of the donated gift.
The Library may display the gift or not.
The Library may sell the item and use the proceeds for any purpose appropriate to the library's mission.
The Library may transfer ownership to any other person or agency it deems appropriate.