The Gallery at Victoria Hall

Please consult the events calendar for more information about the cultural season.

Victoria Hall Community Centre | 4626 Sherbrooke Street West | 514 989-5226

The Gallery at Victoria Hall is a unique public space dedicated to visual arts linking the community centre to the Library.  The Gallery’s mission is offer a space devoted to showcase and celebrate Westmount artists – be they emerging, semi-professional or established. Many exhibitions are presented in The Gallery each year.

Our annual call for proposals takes place from February 15 to April 15.

Selection process
Proposals are evaluated by the Gallery Selection Committee. A visit to the artist’s studio may be requested during the evaluation period. Selected artists will be offered a solo or group exhibition in the Gallery at the discretion of the Committee. Please note that no evaluation of the artwork will be provided. The Committee’s decisions are final.

Click here to view the Gallery Specification Sheet

Gallery Hours

Monday to Friday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sunday: closed

Invitation to Westmount artists

Westmount Artists are invited to submit their proposals for the next exhibition season of the Gallery at Victoria Hall.

This call for proposals is open to emerging, semi-professional or established artists residing in Westmount. Selected artists will be offered a solo or shared exhibition at the Gallery at Victoria Hall.

The Gallery at Victoria Hall
Located next to the Westmount Conservatory, the Gallery at Victoria Hall offers a space to showcase Westmount artists and presents many art exhibitions annually, including a community youth art show and a summer group exhibition.

Selection process

Admissible proposals are evaluated by the Gallery Selection Committee. A visit to the artist’s studio may be requested during the evaluation period. Selected artists will be offered a place in a solo, duo, trio exhibition, or in the yearly group exhibition at the discretion of the Committee. Please note that no evaluation of the artwork will be provided. The Committee is mindful of presenting a variety of artistic practices for a given year. The Gallery Selection Committee’s decisions are final.

Admissibility criteria

  • The applicant must be a Westmount resident
  • The applicant must not have been part of a solo, duo, trio exhibition at the Art Gallery in the previous 5 years. This criteria does not apply to participants in the summer group exhibition.
  • Feasibility and autonomy for the Gallery space and available equipment

Selection criteria

  • Artistic quality (50%)
  • Research, originality and relevance (25%)
  • Alignment of the style for the Gallery’s space and community-oriented mandate (25%)

How to apply

Please complete the online application form available below or email your complete proposal to mdenisdaigneault@westmount.org

Proposals must include:

  • 10 high resolution images of recent works
  • A descriptive list including the titles and details for each of the submitted works
  • A brief curriculum vitae
  • An artist’s statement

N.B.: Artists that have already participated in a seasonal exhibition (i.e., solo, duo or trio) in the Gallery at Victoria Hall are not eligible to resubmit for a minimum of 5 years.

Gallery Selection Committee
Victoria Hall Community Centre
4626 Sherbrooke Street West
Westmount, QC H3Z 1G1

Information:
Mélissa Denis-Daigneault
The Gallery at Victoria Hall
514 989-5265
galerieart@westmount.org

Would you like to get involved with the Gallery at Victoria Hall and participate in the selection of artists who will exhibit at the municipal gallery? The City of Westmount is always seeking jury members for the Art Gallery Selection Committee.

The Selection Committee is composed of three or four members of the jury and the Gallery Curator. Please note this citizen involvement opportunity is done on a voluntary basis and does not imply any monetary compensation.

This one (1) year mandate requires from jury members to study the admissible application files and to participate in a few meetings (1 to 3, videoconference or in person) during the selection process which takes place from April to June. Exceptionally, the members of the jury may be called upon to visit an artist’s studio in order to make the final selection.

Please note that you will only be contacted if you are offered a place on the committee for a given year.

  • Julie-Anne Cardella | Director, Library & Community Events | 514 989-5429
  • Anne-Marie Lacombe | Assistant Director, Library & Community Events | 514 989-5386
  • Donna Lach | Assistant Director, Library & Community Events | 514 989-5298
  • Ashley Baker  | Agent, Community Events & Logistics  | 514 989-5226
  • Emily Gamble  | Agent, Community Events & Logistics  | 514 989-5521
  • Mélissa Denis-Daigneault | Art Gallery and Community Events, programming | 514 989-5265

September 5th, 2017

REFERENCE: VICTORIA HALL / GALLERY BOOKING POLICY

Victoria Hall is Westmount’s community centre and home to the Community Events Division. This division is responsible for the operation of the building, including the Gallery at Victoria Hall, and for the coordination of local City organized events.

Victoria Hall is used for Council events, cultural presentations and recreation courses offered by the City of Westmount.

The Gallery was designed and built to promote and encourage Westmount artists. It is managed and curated by the Gallery Selection Committee.

OBJECTIVE: The City receives many requests for the use of Victoria Hall. In keeping this building’s mandate as a community centre, Council has established the following guidelines to ensure the facility is used exclusively for not-for-profit, community-based public events that are of interest and of benefit to the community.

These rules also ensure the smooth running of regular City programmes and the opportunity to accommodate Council events and special public events organized by City departments and by local groups and individuals.

POLICY: Rooms in Victoria Hall including the Gallery are not available for rent. The City does not consider proposals for:

  • 1. private events;
  • 2. members-only events (except planning meetings for public events);
  • 3. for-profit or commercial activities and events;
  • 4. non-city organized fundraisers;
  • 5. partisan political or religious events;
  • 6. gallery exhibitions by non-residents.

PRIORITY USE OF ROOMS

  • 1. Municipal elections or events held by the City’s municipal council;
  • 2. Sports, recreation, Library and Community Events Department activities and events;
  • 3. Activities organized by other city departments, including meetings, training sessions and public events;
  • 4. Events and activities that are not prohibited by this policy, which are organized and presented by Westmount-based not-for-profit organizations with a minimum of 50% Westmount resident membership.
  • 5. Events and activities organized and presented by Westmount residents that are not prohibited by this policy;
  • 6. Activities dealing with local or regional political matters are permitted if put on by Westmount-based groups, provided they are not partisan, lobbyist, or to do with a single issue. Any provincial or federal elected or civil servant may give non-partisan talks or lectures on strictly local or regional matters; however, multiparty events of a broader scope occurring during a formal electoral campaign are permitted.

Notes:

  • Activities 1, 2, & 3 have the highest priority in that order;
  • Activities 4, 5 & 6 are considered equally on a first-come, first-served basis;
  • Reservations will not be accepted more than 12 months in advance of the event;
  • When scheduling permits, the City will approve the use of Victoria Hall for memorial events for Westmounters, but cannot cancel previously-planned events for this purpose.

 

GUIDELINES FOR CITY EVENTS

All events must be:

  • 1. Final responsibility for City events resides with the Sports, recreation, Library Departments and Community Events Division or any other Department that presents the event;
  • 2. Public events will be publicized locally via the City’s web site, the Culture, Sports and Recreation Activities Guide, the Westmount Page, social media and local media;
  • 3. Funding will be solely from the City, except for the occasional participation of local businesses;
  • 4. City departments should include volunteer participation in the planning and delivery of the events.

GUIDELINES FOR CITY-APPROVED, COMMUNITY-ORGANIZED EVENTS

All events must be:

  • Organized by and open to all Westmount residents;
  • Free or with a nominal admission charge to cover expenses;
  • Cultural or educational in nature and of interest and benefit to the community;
  • Advertised and promoted locally.

Notes:

  • The responsibility for the organization, delivery and information related to the event remains with the group of individual proposing it;
  • Some events may receive financial or logistical support from the City and/or local businesses.

APPROVAL OF EVENTS

  • 1. The Community events office will manage the room bookings and accept events that meet all of the guidelines or have received prior approval from City Council;
  • 2. When approved events take place outside of the normal operating hours of Victoria Hall, they will incur a charge based on the going rate, per hour, per staff person.

Notes:

  • Some restrictions may apply to certain rooms at Victoria Hall (e.g., no food or drink in the Lodge Room; no use of the Ward Room for non-dance activities);
  • Some additional equipment (e.g. projector, coffee percolators) can be made available, but will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.