The Alternator Centre for Contemporary art is seeking submission proposals for works to be included in the second edition of Alternator ArtMart, a vending machine offering work by local artists available to purchase for $2.00 – $20.00.

Works accepted for the Alternator ArtMart will represent a variety of mediums and themes, and will embody the Alternator’s focus on community engaged, experimental contemporary art.

In keeping with the Alternator’s mandate of supporting artists, those selected for participation in the project will receive an honorarium, production funds to assist with the creation of work, and a commission on all sales of work through the project.

Deadline for submissions: July 6, 2019

The Alternator ArtMart is made possible by the generous support of the Central Okanagan Foundation.


Who can submit work?

All applicants selected to exhibit work in the Alternator ArtMart must be Alternator members.

However, if you don’t currently have an Alternator membership but would still like to submit work for consideration, that’s okay! On acceptance of your proposal you will be prompted to complete your membership.  

How do I become an Alternator member?

Becoming a member is easy and affordable. The Alternator has opportunities for both paid and volunteer memberships.

For more information or to become a member, visit:

The Alternator fosters inclusivity regardless of social, economic or other barriers. If you want to be involved with this exhibition but there are financial or other barriers preventing you from joining in, please reach out so we can enable your participation.

What type of work are you looking for?

Works accepted for the Alternator ArtMart for will represent a variety of mediums and themes, and will embody the Alternator’s focus on community engaged, experimental contemporary art. Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box!  

Art pieces should be unique and appeal to the public. Some examples of types of works that will be considered include (but are not limited to):

  • Printed matter, such as zines, artists books and pocketbooks, instructions or artist cards.
  • Items to be worn, such as various types of jewelry, temporary tattoos, buttons or pins.
  • Performative and play objects, such as finger puppets, toys or small games.
  • Sculptural objects, such as those that have been 3D printed, crafted, sewn and stitched, or formed.
  • Customized stamps, stickers, badges or other design items.
  • Original, two dimensional art pieces

Works must be made available in an edition or series.  Artists are expected to provide a minimum of 20 objects. Artists are required to supply business cards to be included with their items in the ArtMart.

Please keep in mind that works will be sold between $2 – $20. The types of works you propose should reflect an appropriate financial return.

Do all of the works in my edition have to be identical?

In short, no! We are looking for original work, which by nature may be slightly different each time. However, each item must be the same size and have either thematic or process-based consistency.

If your works are drastically different from each other, please submit each edition/series as a separate proposal.

Are there any types of works that will not be considered?

We cannot include works in the Alternator ArtMart that:

  • include perishable or food items;
  • are not appropriate for all ages. (The vending machines will be in public spaces); or
  • may break when being dispensed from the vending machine.

Simple reproductions of art pieces are discouraged. (For instance, reprinted postcards from paintings.)

What is the Selection Criteria for proposals?

Proposals for the Alternator ArtMart will be assessed on the following criteria:

  • Quality of work
    • Artistic Merit
    • Workmanship
  • Alignment with the Alternator’s Mandate
    • Community Engaged
    • Experimental
    • Contemporary
  • Diversity of works available for sale
    • Medium
    • Size
    • Price
    • Artistic context

Can I submit more than one proposal?

Yes!  Each artist can submit up to three proposals.

Given the size limitations of the vending machine format, selection consideration will be weighted towards diverse sizes and price-points.  If you choose to submit more than one proposal, we recommend you propose works that are different sizes to allow for your best chance of success!

What size should the works be?

There are four sizes of slots available in the vending machine:

6’’ wide by 2 inches deep

6’ wide by 1.25 inches deep

3’’ wide by 1.5 inches deep

3” wide by 3.5 deep

This is the maximum width and depth of the space, so objects will dispense most efficiently if they are under the dimensions listed above.

What about packaging?

The Alternator will oversee the installation of artworks to the vending machine. As part of this process, we may need to modify some presentation aspects of your works to allow them to dispense appropriately (for instance, adding a backing card). The Alternator will not make any modifications that fundamentally alter the integrity of your works.

If your works requires specific packaging, please include this information in your proposal. Staff will be available to discuss your packaging requirements on successful application to the project.

If your object is large or you believe it will need to be presented in a specific way to fit inside the machine, please note in your proposal how you intend to prepare it for display: for instance, a t-shirt that may need to be rolled to fit the vending machine slot. If your work is selected and we are concerned about its ability to dispense as you have described, we will reach out to you to discuss solutions.

How much should I price the work for?

All work must be priced to the pubic between $2.00 and $20.00.

Is the Alternator able to provide any support for production to artists selected to participate?

Yes, the Alternator will provide a $100 honorarium to selected artists participating in the project and $50 to assist with production expenses related to the project.

Honorarium and production payments will be disbursed to artists within seven days of completed work being delivered to the gallery.

What is the Alternator’s commission and how are the proceeds of sales distributed?

The Alternator will receive a 50% commission on all works sold through the Alternator ArtMart to assist with project operational costs.

Artists will receive payment for sold works within three weeks after the completion of the edition.

What happens if I have works that aren’t sold?

All unsold works will be returned to the artist on completion of the edition. Cheques for sold works will be issued to artists within three weeks of completion of the edition.

Where will the vending machines be located?

This iteration of the Alternator ArtMart will be located in the Rotary Centre for the Arts.

How do I submit a proposal?

Complete THIS form by Friday July 6, 2019

What happens if my work is selected?

Successful applicants will be notified by Friday July 19, 2019.

Selected artists will be required to deliver the final edition of their works to the gallery by Tuesday August 6, 2019

Who do I contact if I have more questions?

Please call us at (250) 868-2298 or email with any additional questions.

Media inquiries can be send to Lorna McParland, Artistic and Administrative Director, at


Call opens: Friday, June 7

Call closes: Saturday, July 6

Artists notified by Friday July 19

Artist drop off Artwork: by Tuesday, August 6

ArtMart Edition 2 Launch: Friday, August 9

ArtMart Edition 2 Close: Saturday, October 12

Complete THIS form to have your work considered for the second edition of ArtMart.