Our Visual Arts Policy:

-To host exhibitions of high quality visual art including painting, drawing, photography, and mixed media, that matches the Dukes’ excellence in theatre & film programming.

-To showcase the diverse range of artistic talent in the local and regional area, including providing opportunities for emerging artists.

-At least once a year to showcase some of the work of our Creative Learning participation programmes.

Artist submissions:

We encourage artists who would like to exhibit their work at the Dukes to familiarise themselves with our Front of House space before proposing their work for exhibit.

The selection panel meets twice a year to shortlist submissions – March and early September. Shortlisted artists may be asked to submit further information and/or bring in actual examples of work to be considered by the panel at the final selection meeting.

The selection panel members are Sarah Punshon (Artistic Director), Simon Nixon (Deputy FOH Manager), Danny Matthew (Creative Learning Producer), Anna Nguyen (Associate Producer) and Jacqui Wilson (Theatre Secretary).

Selected artists will be offered exhibitions in the Dukes’ Front of House spaces, generally the Gallery, but may spill into the bar as appropriate: this will be discussed with the artist(s) and Visual Arts selection panel.

Once selected and the dates of an exhibition agreed, the artist is asked to supply copy and images to publicise the exhibition in the Dukes brochure.  Copy supplied will be subject to edit by the Dukes Marketing team.

Please email proposals for exhibitions to Jacqui Wilson: jwilson@dukes-lancaster.org. Proposals must include:

– High quality images of your work, either via attachments or weblink.

– A brief proposal of what and when you would like to exhibit, and why you feel the Dukes is the right host for you

– A completed Equal Opportunities monitoring form – Download HERE

Information for exhibitors:

The Dukes Gallery is not a dedicated showing space – it is also a front of house facility for visitors/audience members to eat or have drinks.

Art works must be wall-based and must be hung using the wire hanging system– either unframed work on canvas, or framed. We are not able to exhibit unframed work on paper or unframed photographs. It is possible to mount work on paper and photographs on foamboard, but the foamboard must be hung from the wire hanging system and cannot be attached directly to the walls.

Exhibitors are responsible for hanging their own exhibitions at the agreed time and date. A ladder is available for this purpose. We encourage exhibitors to enlist the support of an able-bodied colleague to assist with hanging the art works. The Dukes is not able to offer staff support for hanging exhibitions, although Simon Nixon, our Deputy Front of House Manager, will usually be on hand to oversee the hanging.

Exhibitors are encouraged to include short text/artist statement and individual labels mounted on foam board to accompany individual works.  These can be stuck to the walls with bluetack.

The Dukes opening times are generally 10am-10pm Monday to Saturday, Sundays 5-10pm. Access to the Gallery depends on Dukes activities and outside hires. Exhibitors should advise visitors making a special visit to see their exhibition to always check Gallery opening times in advance with Box Office: tel. 01524 598500

Exhibitors are encouraged to arrange their own insurance to cover their work while on show at The Dukes.

If art works are for sale, works can be reserved at our Box Office by paying a 15% deposit. Box Office will take contact details of customers which are then passed on to the artist. The artist is responsible for collecting the balance of the payment and arranging delivery at the end of the exhibition. The Dukes charges 15% commission on sales.

Private views/previews can be arranged. The Dukes will reserve the Gallery for the private view and supply glasses.  Exhibitors are free to supply their own refreshments and invite their guests.