Visual Art Gallery

The Richmond Hill Visual Art Gallery showcases the works of artists, collectives, arts organizations and schools. The purpose is to present exhibitions that showcase the work of artists and provide an interesting display of artwork to be enjoyed by the community.  The Art Gallery is located in the main lobby at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts (RHCPA).  

Applications are now being accepted for the 2020-2021 Visual Art Gallery Exhibitions

The deadline for applications is April 24, 2020.

Visual Art Gallery Application Form  

Upcoming Exhibitions

February 2020 - Richmond Hill Group of Artists

March 2020 - Mari Nicolson  / Richmond Hill Cultural Summit

April 2020 - L'Arche Daybreak

May 2020 - Sue Foerster (Upper East Side) Josephine Vaccaro-Chang (Main Lobby)

June 2020 - Arts Program at Alexander MacKenzie High School

July and August 2020 - Margaret Buckworth

Visual Art Gallery Guidelines

Artwork can be exhibited in three locations at the RHCPA: in the Main Lobby Gallery, the Upper East Side Gallery and the Lower East Side Gallery. 
  • The Main Lobby Gallery is suitable for larger pieces of artwork and most disciplines of visual art are acceptable. 
  • The Upper East Side and Lower East Side Galleries are suitable for photography and visual artwork that will not be damaged by natural light. 

Each monthly exhibit includes an opening reception. The opening reception will be scheduled with the Theatre Manager, at a mutually-convenient time.  All costs associated with the reception are the responsibility of the artist.

Criteria for Exhibitions

Please follow the outlined criteria when putting together your visual art gallery:

  • The art exhibitions must be professional in presentation and suitable to be enjoyed by all ages. 
  • All artwork must be able to be hung on the wall and must be wired.
  • Mediums include, but are not limited to, paintings in oil, acrylic, watercolour, drawings, printmaking, photography and mixed media. Installation pieces may be considered providing they do not extend more that 14cm (5 inches) from the wall when hung.
  • Application is open to artists of all levels of ability (emerging, mid-career and established artists), individually or as a collective.
  • Priority is given to artists who reside in Richmond Hill
  • Applications must be complete, incomplete applications will not be considered. 
  • As the RHCPA is open to the community, the City reserves the right to excluded images that may not be appropriate.
  • The marketing and promotion of the exhibition is the responsibility of the applicant.
Application Process 


Applicants must submit: 

  1. Application form
  2. Biography (maximum 500 words) including:
  • An artist’s statement 
  • Information about the artist’s artistic experience including education, exhibitions, publications, etc.

3. The theme for the proposed exhibition and a list of works to be presented in the exhibition including name of artist, title of work, date, medium, size of works and the framing and hanging mechanism.  If there is a connection to Richmond Hill, this should be included on the application

4. 10 – 15 images of recent and relevant work capturing the style of the work and the artwork on display (.jpg format, maximum 1MB, maximum resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels).  Ensure that the photos are of good quality and showcase the artwork in the best way possible.

5. Preferred month of exhibition (2020 - September, December, 2021 - January, February, March, May, July & August)

6. Preferred location (Main Lobby Gallery, Upper East Side Gallery, Lower East Side Gallery)

Selection Process

All applications will be reviewed and evaluated by a selection committee, comprised of Richmond Hill staff and citizen representatives.  

Only successful applicants will be contacted to discuss the contract details and confirm the exhibit.  

Applications are accepted by completing the Visual Art Gallery Application Form online.  Applications will be available in Fall 2019.

Deadline for Applications is Friday, April 24, 2020 at 4 p.m.

There is no fee to apply to the RHCPA Visual Art Gallery.  

The artists that are selected to exhibit their work will be charged a $200.00 (+ HST) installation fee that includes the installation and takedown of the exhibit in the main lobby and use of the lobby for an opening reception. This fee is payable prior to the installation of the exhibit. 

All costs associated with the opening reception are the responsibility of the artist. 

The City will receive a commission of 20 per cent collected on all sales that are arranged during the exhibit at the RHCPA. The funds will be collected through the RHCPA Box Office.