The Alternator Centre for Contemporary art is seeking submission proposals for works to be included in the 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: March 18, 2019

Submission Form

The Alternator ArtMart is made possible by the generous support of the Central Okanagan Foundation. The Central Okanagan Foundation is a community foundation providing an ongoing contribution to the quality of life in our community through building endowments, grant making and community leadership.  They bring donors and charities together to provide for the needs of the community today, tomorrow and forever.


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:

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 10 to a maximum of 20 objects.

Please keep in mind that works will be sold between $2 – $20. The types of works you propose should reflect your expected 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 is no set dimension for works that we are looking for, however, please keep in mind the types of items you frequently find in traditional vending machines, such as bags of chips, cans of soda, bottles of water and candy bars. Use these items as a reference.

If you have questions about the size of your proposed object, please call us at (250) 868-2298 or email to discuss your ideas before submitting your proposal – we are happy to help!

What about packaging?

The Alternator will provide transparent glassine bags with a card back support which provides information on the artist, project, and gallery. We supply packaging to ensures visibility of the individual works for sale and consistency.

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

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.

Cheques 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 checks 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?

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

Future editions of the program are planned for later in 2019. Locations and calls for submissions for these editions are yet to be confirmed, and are subject to change based on community feedback on the inaugural edition.

How do I submit a proposal?

Complete THIS form by March 18, 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