The Booth

Call for Proposals for The Booth!

A new site-specific space at The Gus Fisher Gallery from April 2019.

As part of the new programme at The Gus Fisher Gallery there will be a dedicated site-specific space for artistic response called The Booth. This is an architecturally distinct area which once housed the original telephone booth for the building during the era occupied by TVNZ. Situated in the central Dome Gallery and near to the entrance, The Booth is a two metre high recess which is characteristic of a booth or cubicle. The uniqueness of the space lends itself to artistic responses in all media and will be a repository for new and experimental site-specific practices.

Proposals will be selected for the strength of idea and its planned realisation. The selection process will maintain the anonymity of the artist in order to focus on the strength of concept and to counter categories of ‘emerging, mid-career and established’ to delineate an artist’s career stage.

The Gus Fisher Gallery is embarking on an ambitious journey to become a centre for contemporary art that is relevant, engaging and connected to contemporary society. Re-opening in April 2019, the gallery aims to become a hub for displaying contemporary arts practice that is meaningful, exciting and can bring something different to the already vibrant cultural scene in Auckland.

Our kaupapa takes its cue from the Gus Fisher Gallery building’s dynamic history as former radio and television studios. As the site of the first television broadcast in New Zealand, this pioneering mentality will feed into everything we do to create a place where artists of all career stages can be shown together to great effect.

Application requirements:

Please submit a 500 word proposal that clearly describes your idea and your intentions for how you will use the space.

You can submit up to 5 images or video links to work that ilustrate your overall practice and intended concept for The Booth.

Please send your proposals to: Artist names will be removed prior to selection, in order for the proposal to be judged purely on merit.

Artists will receive:

 A combined display fee and materials contribution of $500

Technical assistance

Curatorial dialogue

A display duration of 3 months

Selection criteria:

For 2019, three artists will be selected to coincide with concurrent exhibitions happening at the gallery.

The selection will be made by The Gus Fisher Gallery’s Curator of Contemporary Art and will be chosen for their strength of idea, experimental remit and consideration of The Booth’s surroundings.


Date for submissions: December 2nd, 2018

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