Friday, May 15, 2009

The Lab: Exhibition/Curatorial Proposals & Residencies

Deadline: Ongoing

Exhibition/Curatorial Proposals & Residencies
The Lab

San Francisco, CA

The LAB is an interdisciplinary arts organization which supports the development and presentation of new visual, performing, media, sonic, and literary art. We assist artists in the creation of new work and showcase work of the highest quality by emerging and underrepresented experimental artists. Of particular interest is work which crosses boundaries, encourages evolving artistic and social dialogue between artists and audiences, and develops the culture and community of the San Francisco Bay Area.


The LAB accepts submissions from emerging and experimental curators for group visual art exhibitions or performance series. The LAB also accepts proposals from visual artists for 2-4 week residencies in the main gallery space or solo shows in the front gallery. The LAB accepts proposals from performers for 2-4 week residencies in the main gallery space.

The LAB accepts proposals on an on-going basis. The LAB seeks proposals of new, site-specific work that fully utilize our space or engage the space in a nontraditional manner. Curators, solo artists, and collaborators are encouraged to apply to one of our three spaces:

*Main Gallery: Available only for curated group shows or residencies including visual artists and/or performances. 2100 sq feet gallery. Chairs, risers, and stages available for performances. Maximum capacity 100 seated. The LAB has a flexible space with 2 moveable walls available for use.

*Front Gallery: Primarily for solo visual artists. 123 sq feet. Four walls approx 8' wide x 10' tall.

*Ticket Booth: For single-channel new media works. Small (4x4) ticket-booth closet adjoining entry hall to the LAB. Currently we only have the ability to exhibit DVD works in this space.


Solo artists/performers or collaborators may apply for residencies in the Main Gallery space. The LAB offers 2 performance residencies per year. The LAB offers artists an extended workspace for 2-4 weeks to create new work; the length of time depends on the scope of your project. Residents are encouraged to engage the community with public events such workshops or panel discussions. If you are applying for a LAB residency, please address these additional issues of time, community, and budget (if applicable) along with the regular application.

Our programming committee meets monthly to review proposals. Accepted proposals are generally presented 6-18 months after the date of acceptance.

Visit website for complete application details:

Please print and attach the following checklist with your proposal: checklist (505.67 kB) [pdf]

The Lab
2948 16th Streee
San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone: (415) 864-8855
Fax: (415) 864-8860